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My Name is Jessie Sterling

Hello, my name is Jessie Sterling and I am a whitewater kayaking addict. Like any good addict when someone told me that there was a way for

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Staff Writer | WMUR FRANKLIN, N.H. —A fundraising barbecue is planned this month to support efforts to turn a former paper mill site in Franklin into an outdoor adventure park. The Concord Monitor reported Marty Parichand, who already operates an outdoor equipment store in Franklin, hopes to install whitewater paddling amenities, a mountain bike pump track, a community garden and an "eco-village" campsite. Event space is also planned for the city-owned property along the Winnipesaukee River. The barbecue is scheduled for Aug. 20. Parichand and nonprofit PermaCityLife must raise $45,000 to get the project started. He has asked state environmental...

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Jair Cruikshank I have come to realize that every paddler paddles for a different reason.  Some are adrenaline junkies, some paddle for friends or a special someone, others like the fact that rivers bring them to places they wouldn't normally see, and some get addicted to the challenge.  The list goes on and every paddler has a similar yet unique set of reasons for why they paddle.  I for one paddle for the reasons above, but also because it is meditative for me.  I love to hear the sound of the rushing water and feel its power as it glides...

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    This past weekend, I participated in an ACA Certification Course on the Winnipesaukee River. The outing clubs of both the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts were well represented with solid boaters.   The course was taught by Dave Su, accomplished whitewater aficionado and experienced teacher. His educational impact on the New England community is measured in the tens of thousands and with good reason.   It was nothing short of an eye opening experience. The course's objective is to teach paddlers to become ACA Instructors. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, proper technique...

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Elodie Reed | Concord Monitor Splashing in icy river water on a chilly winter day isn’t necessarily a popular way to attract people to a place. But in Franklin, it works. It’s done the trick for the last 35 New Year’s Days, when kayakers, rafters and bundled-up spectators have gathered along Winnipesaukee River to carry out the city’s “First Day” paddling tradition. “It kind of sets Franklin apart,” said Choose Franklin board member and First Day organize New Hampton resident and Franklin Service Credit Union employee Kathy Horgan said that while whitewater rapids have been few and far between this...

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