By Matt Guyette
Monadnock Food Co-op
The Monadnock Food Co-op provides a diverse selection of local, organic, and natural foods in the heart of downtown Keene. We offer bulk foods, meat, produce, frozen food, dairy, and beer & wine departments, as well as a deli with a prepared foods and grab-and-go section. Come visit the co-op today!
34 Cypress St.
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 355-8008
Investing in the community - that’s what the Monadnock United Way is all about. The United Way adds value to the community beyond the independent efforts of local human service agencies. By promoting partnerships and seeking preventative solutions, Monadnock United Way works to empower individuals and build communities.
MDS services and supports are provided by:
Children’s Service Coordination (CSC) – works with families to determine the best combination of supports for children up to age 21. Includes Early Supports and Services (ESS), Partners in Health, In-Home Supports, and information and referral.
Adult Service Coordination (ASC) – works with individuals over age 21 to identify and develop the support they need to live in their community.
Specialty Services – provides Intake, Respite, Transportation, Nursing, and the Personal Care Services Program.
MDS Individual Services Option (ISO) – provides direct support to people so they can live in their home, go to work, and participate as valued community members.
LifeArt – a community resource center in downtown Keene for meetings and activities open to people of all abilities.
Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST) – offers transition resources to students and adults with a wide variety of disabilities.
Provider Agencies – work directly with individuals served by MDS to provide residential, employment and other supports.
MDS – Keene 121 Railroad Street • 603-352-1304
Hiking & Biking Trails in the Monadnock Region
Much of the Monadnock Region is covered by woods, some of which have trails maintained for the pleasure of walkers and hikers. The city of Keene maintains a paved walking and bicycling path which runs from East to West Keene, and further unpaved paths branching out to the south through Swanzey, and northwest through Westmoreland.
These pathways follow the railway bed of the tracks which used to run between Keene and Boston. These are multi-use paths which are under development for road bikes, but are currently perfect for mountain biking, hikers or off-road walkers, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow machines and horses.
Snow machines are allowed to use the railbed trail from December 15 until the snow cover becomes spotty in the spring. Motorized dirt bikes, All Terrain Vehicles and other motorized vehicles are not allowed usage of the trail at any time.
Mount Monadnock, with trails off Route 124 in Jaffrey, is a symbol of the Monadnock Region. 3,165 feet high, it is one of the most climbed mountains in the world. The NH department of Parks and Recreation offers a map of routes up the mountain, locations of campgrounds, and other information found at www.nhstateparks.org
What are the Benefits of Kayaking
Few exercises provide the entertainment range of kayaking. One minute, you’re gliding through the water as you admire the tranquility of your surroundings — the next minute, you’re zipping down a set of rapids. But kayaking isn’t just a way to create variation in your workout. This water sport has a number of benefits that can greatly improve your overall health.
Strength — Inside and Out – The website Better Health Channel notes that kayaking can elevate your cardiovascular health and strengthen a number of major muscle groups throughout your body. While kayaking provides a challenging upper-body workout, it’s also suitable for your lower body. It’s possible to navigate the boat through leg movements, which keeps your entire body active during the activity.
Overall Health Improvement – Kayaking provides an aerobic workout, which should be a key part of your weekly fitness routine. General benefits of all forms of aerobic exercise include increased endurance, improved heart health, better regulation of cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, lower blood pressure and better lung strength, according to the Cleveland Clinic.