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New Hampshire -- The "Live Free or Die" State => Moving & Housing => Topic started by: Dawn on March 29, 2004, 11:00:02 pm

Title: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Dawn on March 29, 2004, 11:00:02 pm
1) Keene State College (Keene) www.keene.edu
2) Stonewall Farm (Keene) www.stonewallfarm.org
An educational facility and working dairy
3) Mount Monadnock (Jaffrey) www.nhstateparks.org/ParksPages/Monadnock/Monadnock.html
Offers a nice hike within the ability of most folks and is the second most frequently climbed mountain in the world.
4) Spofford Lake (Chesterfield)
5) Swanzey Lake (Swanzey)
6) Downtown Keene - wonderful shops
7) Rural towns surround Keene, giving you your choice of rural or populated areas without having to drive hours from a big city!
8) Swanzey has many auction houses
9) Rhododendron State Park (Fitzwilliam) www.nhstateparks.org/ParksPagess/Rhododendron/Rhododendron.html
Largest rhododendron grove in northern New England - peak season expected mid-July.
10) Close proximity to Interstate 91 for easy North/South travel – just 3.5 hours to NYC!
11) Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport (Keene) www.ci.keene.nh.us/airport
12) A lively amateur jazz scene
13) The Rynborn Restaurant and Blues Club (Keene) www.rynborn.com
One of the best blues clubs in the country
14) Local craft outlets and artists
15) Over 45 restaurants just in Keene alone
16) Keene Public Library (Keene) www.ci.keene.nh.us/library
A big, active library
17) Lots of parks, and a no-traffic bike and walking path around the city
18) Libertarians are well known and active here (as they are on the seacoast), but our candidates score 10-25% every election.
19) The Keene Sentinel (Keene) www.keenesentinel.com
A daily newspaper, dating back to 1799, which quite regularly puts Libertarians on the front page.
20) Keene is about an hour from Concord, and Stoddard and Sullivan are closer.
21) Keene is a burgeoning metropolis, with new jobs generated daily.
22) The Colonial Theatre (Keene) www.thecolonial.org
A 1921 theatre bringing big name acts to a small intimate setting.
23) Keene has the best college Baseball team in New England (The 2003 NECBL champion Swamp Bats)
24) Henry David Thoreau's mother lived in Keene. Her house still stands on Main St.
25) Ken Burns lives in the area. You can occasionally run into him downtown
26) Dark Star Pub (Keene) $2 mixed drinks, all the time
27) A strong local Green Party presence, willing to work with Libertarians.
28) Westmoreland has one of the world's best-known fluorite mines www.mtlilygems.com/fluorite/fluorinv.html
29) Dog racing at Hinsdale Greyhound Park www.hinsdalegreyhound.com
30) Cheshire Fair (Keene) www.cheshirefair.com/fair.htm
August 3 – 8, 2004
31) A yearly rodeo (hear this, westernfolk?)
32) It's the only part of NH not covered in granite, making it ideal for farming and gardens.
33) Some of the best air and watershed quality in the state according to bestplaces.net
34) Highest concentration of grassroots activism on issues such as drug policy, civil liberties, and local economics.
35) Great property value!
36) Antioch New England Graduate School (Keene) www.antiochne.edu
37) Colony Mill Marketplace (Keene) www.colonymill.com
38) The Friendly Farm (Dublin) www.friendlyfarm.com
39) Pumpkin Festival (Keene) www.pumpkinfestival.com
40) Monadnock Speedway (Winchester) www.monadnockspeedway.com
41) Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area (Chesterfield)
42) Pisgah State Park (Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Winchester)
Largest property in the NH state park system. Mountain biking, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, fishing, horseback riding, ATV/snowmobile use.
43) Miller State Park (Peterborough)
Located on 2290-foot summit of Pack Monadnock
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 11, 2004, 10:38:57 am
58 to go! C'mon Cheshirefolk!

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Posterity on April 11, 2004, 05:08:17 pm
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13) The Rynborn Restaurant and Blues Club (Keene) www.rynborn.com
One of the best blues clubs in the country

That certainly piques my interest!

The Keene area is on my list to check out whenever I make my scouting trip to NH.
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 11, 2004, 07:02:03 pm
The Rynborn became famous when it was located in Antrim, and it moved to Keene last summer. I had drinks with Steve Cobb there once!

We'd love to have you check out Keene! I'm giving three people tours this week and next....

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Posterity on April 12, 2004, 12:17:17 pm
A guided tour would be great!  When I make my trip plans, I'll check with you to see if we can set something up.
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 14, 2004, 10:07:37 am
Alexander from Seattle came out last night, and it was POURING rain... We brought him to an art show a friend of mine was having, and we went out for pizza.... Great fun.

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on April 14, 2004, 03:19:31 pm
How 'bout the Taste of Keene?

And how about Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, Pennys, Borders, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pier 1 (yeah, that's right, Pier 1 in Keene, whoda thunk it), and rumor has it Target is coming soon (which means Best Buy can't be far behind), nevermind the previously mentioned plethora of restaurants (including Papa John's Pizza, a must have).  All this in a smallish town with reasonable property values.  Can it get any better???

V-

P.S.  I'm hearing more and more people looking at or actually moving to Keene every day.  Wheeee ;)
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 14, 2004, 03:49:12 pm
Hmmmm... I've never been a big fan of the big chain places, so I guess I never thought of those places, and you can get Wal-Mart anywhere, it isn't, in my opinion, something that makes the Keene area special.

Yes, I have been doing a lot of meeting and greeting lately. A lot of people really like this area, and there's good reason to believe it is fertile ground for liberty friendly campaigns.

JM

44) Even in the city of keene, the outskirts are already mostly farms.
45) Several farms in Keene and Cheshire county make STUNNING maple syrup, and give free tours of their farm.
46) After 10-11pm, most of the traffic lights in Keene switch to blinking yellows and reds, to allow traffic to move more easily.
47) Hot Tuna (http://www.hottuna.com) plays in Keene every year. They Love the place!
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 15, 2004, 09:27:11 am
48) The Taste of Keene - Sample most of Keene's 45 restaurants in one place at Colony Mill marketplace once a year.
49) Colony Mill Marketplace. A historic mill building turned into a mall with lots of great shops.
50) Drivers are great at stoping, and letting pedestrians cross the street.
51) Pauls Choice. A FANTASTIC place to buy freshly-cut meats.

HALF WAY THERE!!!!!  ;D

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on April 17, 2004, 07:45:36 pm
49) Colony Mill Marketplace. A historic mill building turned into a mall with lots of great shops.

You also have this listed as #37.  ;)

As far as Wal-Mart, yeah that's pretty common.  But when you add Borders, Pier 1, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sears, Pennys, etc., you have something unique.  Outside the 'golden triangle', only Keene and Lebanon has that kind of commerce available.  Keene is a little more 'compact' (i.e. the population in Lebanon is split between Lebanon, West Lebanon, and Hanover), and the downtown area is 'better' (totally subjective, but my opinion).

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 21, 2004, 09:41:40 pm
OK...

New #49) Most chain stores many people like... Target, Staples, Wal-Mart, Margaritas, Red Lobster, Barnes and Noble, etc.

52) Toadstool Bookstore. A great selection of books, music, and more, all NH owned and operated.
53) Dublin Lake - Rt. 101 winds its way around beautiful Dublin Lake, with Mt. Monadnock filling the horizon.

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on April 22, 2004, 10:14:15 am
New #49) Most chain stores many people like... Target, Staples, Wal-Mart, Margaritas, Red Lobster, Barnes and Noble, etc.

Is the Target for sure?  I have been trying to find that out for a while now and nobody can really confirm or deny ;)  And Red Lobster... did I miss that???

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 22, 2004, 11:15:58 am
My bad. I just checked with Pat, who is far more observant than I...
Some people are trying to bring a Target into town, but it's not here yet. The Red Lobster went out, and has been replaced by a 99 restaurant.

OK...

New NEW #49) Most chain stores many people like... Home Depot, Staples, Wal-Mart, Strawberrys, Margaritas, KayBee Toys, Applebees, 99, Barnes and Noble, etc.
 
54) Two dollar stores in town, competing to bring you the best items they can for $1.
55) A robust garage sale market spring through September.
56) McDonalds, Burger King and Wendys, all on the same block. Fast food heaven.
57) Keene Buffet..  All you can eat Chinese, Japanese, American, Italian, and more for around $10. Drink included.
58) The Winchester taxpayer-rights group being founded. FSP-member Michelle Otterson is already working with them.

Only 43 to go! :D

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on April 22, 2004, 05:04:20 pm
Some people are trying to bring a Target into town, but it's not here yet.

That's what I thought.  I'm hoping though.. ;)

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New NEW #49) Most chain stores many people like... Home Depot, Staples, Wal-Mart, Strawberrys, Margaritas, KayBee Toys, Applebees, 99, Barnes and Noble, etc.

Okay, you're really gonna kill me now... I think it's Borders, not Barnes and Noble ;)

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Posterity on April 22, 2004, 11:57:38 pm
Any hockey in the area?


And how long does it take to get to NYC?  Seems like I-91 would allow for a shorter trip than from other areas of NH.
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 23, 2004, 11:09:15 am
It's BORDERS!!!! Bloody BORDERS!!! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, VARRIN?!?!?!?  ;D ::)

jk...

The trouble is, there is always so much talk about bringing these big-name stores into town, that after reading in the paper for years about a place like B&N coming into town, I tend to think it's already here. And I generally don't go to big chain stores, so they all look alike to me. ;)

Manchester (about 1:15-30) has hockey and baseball (AA) teams, but Keene only has baseball right in town.

Justin does NYC pretty regularly from here. He would be the person to ask.

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 26, 2004, 10:02:16 pm
59) The world's greatest steak and cheese subs at Pizza Down Under
60) Listed as one of the "10 Great Places to Raise a Family", by Parenting Magazine, May 1997, because parents felt they could create "a healthy lifestyle for their kids.".
61) Yankee magazine is published in Dublin
62) Dublin is also the home of the Old Farmers Almanac.
63) The stark beauty of the granite quarry in Fitzwilliam
64) Gilsum rock swap - Hundreds of mineral collectors and dealers meet and swap every year in Gilsum.
65) Lucy Mack, mother of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr., was born in Gilsum in 1775.
66) The Congregational church is an architectural landmark, erected in 1820 in Hancock by local builders influenced by Elias Carter and Asher Benjamin.
67) Hancock, New Hampshire, was named after patriot John Hancock.
68) George A. Long of Hinsdale built a self-propelled steam vehicle in 1875, for which he received one of the nation's earliest automobile patents.
69) Keene's United Church of Christ, built in 1787, is a beautiful New England white church, standing tall above Central Square.
70) Southwestern N.H. Fire Mutual Aid network has been a national model for emergency communications centers
71) Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge
72) The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music has its headquarters in Sullivan
73) Lily Pond on Surry mountain is 700 feet above the village, and up to 80 feet deep.
74) Summer band concerts on the Walpole commons
75) The soup and 1/2 sandwich specials at BrewBakers on Main Street.

3/4 of the way there!!!!

Hoo-hoo!

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on April 30, 2004, 10:23:55 am
76) The annual art walk, where Keene's Main St. businesses display the works of local artists in their windows for a week.
77) An annual outdoor art show at Ashuelot River Park in Keene.
78) The Monadnock Hemporium, selling (almost) all hemp-made goods right in downtown Keene.

Only 23 to go!!!! :d

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on May 04, 2004, 10:44:17 am
79) The annual Dublin flea market. A HUGE sale where the Dublin-folk unload great stuff cheap.
80) Flying lessons at Keene airport for would-be-pilots!

21 to go! :D

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on May 04, 2004, 11:17:04 am
80) Flying lessons at Keene airport for would-be-pilots!

;D  That's a good one!!!  And how about (could this be separate???), the Keene airport itself?  Close to Keene and good for pilots who might want the convenience of flying in or out to the population center of the region.

Here are some stats you could include:

6201 ft. runway, Jet-A and 100LL fuel available, and an ILS approach to runway 02.

If you do that, you could separate out Green River Flight Center and C.M. Lovett for flight instruction and rental.

V-

Oops:  I just noticed Dillant-Hopkins is #11 on the list.  Maybe you could add the stats there.  Here are my suggestions:

11)  (existing text +) 6201 ft. runway with ILS; Jet-A available
80)  Green River Flight Center and C.M. Lovett offer flight instruction at Keene's airport for would-be pilots!

Maybe that's more helpful... ;)

edit: added everything after V-
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on May 04, 2004, 11:23:39 am
81)  FedEx Staffed World Service Center with Saturday hours for express packages

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on May 05, 2004, 10:06:18 pm
Great ones, Varrin!

I thought of a couple more today, but I can't come up with them right now.... ???

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on May 16, 2004, 11:05:53 pm
82) Jacks True Value Hardware. Yes, this is what hardware stores used to be like.
83) Thornton Wilder based "Our Town" on Peterborough, New Hampshire.


18 to go!!! :D

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on May 17, 2004, 12:55:08 am
84)  Over 70 churches listed in the Keene Phone book
85) Auto dealers in or near Keene:  Big 3 (GM, Ford & Chrysler) plus many foreign manufacturers including Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
86) Both cable and DSL high speed internet access is available throughout Keene and in some outlying areas.

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Kyle on May 17, 2004, 08:23:43 am
In Ayn Rand's novel Fountainhead, Howard Roark is an objectivist/libertarian architect who builds a number of things.  One of the things he is most proud of building is a resort development of many small houses arranged somewhat communally in the...Monadnock Valley!  Its a fictitious location, but it provides an excellent opportunity for a developer or group of libertarians to fulfill that fiction and create such a resort or living arrangement somewhere in the Monadnock region.
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on May 17, 2004, 12:15:39 pm
That's cool. I hadn't realized that.

I can't manage to read fiction, so I've never read it.

Can't wait til the Atlas Shrugged movie comes out. Looking forward to finding out why everyone like it so much. :)

JM
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on July 19, 2004, 09:58:48 pm
87)  Brand new Starbucks in Keene - one of only 4 in New Hampshire and testimony to Keene's hipness.

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Pat K on July 20, 2004, 09:22:42 pm
This reminded me, during my visit to Keene I got a cup of coffee at a local shop on main street . Can't remember the name its between the police dept. and the Lane hotel. The coffee was good but they had alot of anti starbucks signs and flyers. I was gonna comment on the sillieness of this to them, but I invoked the good nieghbor policy and stayed quiet.


While I was drinking my coffee a police officer walked by, I noded to him and he said" good morning sir" I almost fell over.

I stopped in the evil Wal- Mart while there as I needed a new watch. The very nice lady added several links to the band so it would fit my chubby wrist at no charge!!! and dont tell any one in NY but no sales tax weeeeeeeeee.

I recommened a visit to the Keene area it has every thing a person of the burbs could want and yet a few min. out of town  its woods streams, lakes and lots of parks.
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on July 21, 2004, 09:23:54 am
Thanks for the story Pat.. So how 'bout we put them in the list...

88)  Polite Police officers who say "good morning sir" instead of "license, registration and proof of insurance"
89)  Even in the chain stores, the help goes above and beyond with friendly 'local' service.

For what it's worth, I found #89 to be true, too.  We had an opportunity for a little 'lesson' for my son in November when we were there.  The lady behind the counter at Burger King was happy to help ;)

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: Pat K on July 21, 2004, 04:04:58 pm
You might want to add The Cathedral Of The Pines to the list, I made a visit there  while staying in Keene. I am not a religous person but it still has a great view of MT. Monandock and is a place for any kind of meditation or reflection.

The volunteer's who work there are very nice and informative.


If the chemicals have taken over and you are for some reason thinking of getting married,it is a great spot for an out door wedding. :P

Yikes just checked the list again and it is reason # 71 . Well then I second reason #71  ;D
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: bookish_lass on July 22, 2004, 07:50:41 pm
90.  P.J. O'Rourke lives in Peterborough....hobnob with the rich and cantacerous.
91.  Great new karaoke bar in Winchester!  ( ;) for Dawn and Mark)
Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on July 23, 2004, 08:01:32 am
Yeah!!!

4+ months later and we only have 10 to go.  We outta be able to finish this up quick!

Unfortunately my brain isn't awake yet (I'm running low on sleep...)  I'll keep thinkin though...

V-

Title: Re:101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: BlueLu on July 23, 2004, 10:34:00 am
90.  P.J. O'Rourke lives in Peterborough

I wondered how they got him to do a book signing at the Toad Stool!
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: bookish_lass on March 09, 2005, 06:07:41 am
92.  Freestaters won places on the budget committee and school boards in Winchester last night (3/8/05)!!  (Dawn and Bill :) )
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on March 09, 2005, 02:53:20 pm
Actually, Dawn won TWO offices yesterday, so with Bill's election, and the two warrant articles we won yesterday, that means we went 5 for 5 in Tuesday's elections!

Read us 5 and 5!
Monadnock Free Staters go 5 for 5!
 ;D

JM
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: varrin on March 20, 2005, 06:08:28 pm
93:  The Monadnock region is now home to more FSP leaders than any area in the nation.

94:  Keene is home to NHUnderground.com

95:  Keene is the headquarters of Liberty Tree Mail - a direct mail fulfillment service for pro-liberty organizations.  Volunteering for Liberty Tree Mail is an *easy* way for early moving Porcs to actively promote liberty, get to know other pro-liberty activists, and eat free food ;)

96:  More Porcupines per capita are moving to the Keene and the surrounding towns than any other area in southern NH.  (can someone verify this statement?)

5 more .... let's hear it!

V-



Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jgmaynard on June 01, 2005, 12:02:08 pm
I think the seacoast is gving us a run for our activists, so to speak.... How about:

#97 The local talk radio station, WKBK now has a libertarian talk show host, and a new additional liberty-friendly talk show host as well!  ;D

JM
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: jnoyes on June 03, 2005, 12:11:01 pm
Ok Guys and Gals, routing for a mass immigration to Keene; I love your enthusiasm but how bout informing us of some small town liberty fine print for Keene?

---how bout telling me about the zoning, deed restrictions, and the planning committee, how much road frontage do you need to have a "so big" buildable lot",  can you subdivide?, where does the electricity come from, is it an environmentally friendly, can you choose not to tie in to the municiple grid
what are the regulations on treating ones own waste stream etc.

Thanks
Jeremy
Title: Re: 101 Reasons to Move to the Monadnock Region!
Post by: lloydbob1 on June 03, 2005, 06:28:08 pm
Its a city, figure it out yourself.  You know,   living way north where the land is cheap and the building codes scarce is fine for the independently wealthy, those who make a living with an internet connection and any who are able and willing to live off of the land, but, some people have to work where they can make a living.  Also, some like to live where there is some culture and access to shopping, theaters and the state capitol where much of the political stuff will take place.  Plus, at this time, most Porcs live in southern NH and it is convenient to get together for activism and partying. In fact, I can't figure how anyone could be an activist living as far north as Lancaster, even though I like that area.
I understand that a professionally designed septic system is a statewide requirement for every dwelling.