Spotlight on Business

GARDEN CENTER

From the Issue: 
May 2011
May is one of the best months for the home gardener. There is so much potential for the growing season, everything is blossoming and those darned weeds haven’t taken over yet.  If you’re thinking of adding some color to the flower bed this year try our semi annual Pansies for a quick burst, or the ever spreading perennial Jacob’s Ladder coupled with a beautiful Peony or a solitary Canterbury Bell.

The vegetable patch can be planted by months end and we have tended to the seedlings to make them strong and healthy, ready for planting out.  If you’re looking for broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, kale and cucumber plants, (get the idea?) we have them.  We also have all kinds of berries and fruits for the orchard, from blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries (in three different colors), red currants and blackcurrants to all kinds and sizes of fruit trees.  While your busy planting you’ll be needing composted cow manure and mulch, perhaps some play sand for the kids too, we have that.

GREETINGS FROM PAMELIA’S.

From the Issue: 
May 2011
The warm weather has finally arrived, and our greenhouse and plant shelves are full to capacity with all sorts of lovely green and blossoming things!  Our new little garden shed/farm stand is almost completed, and we’ll be having a grand opening celebration the weekend of May 7th and 8th, with refreshments and a couple little gifts for all who stop by.  We now have gift certificates available as well – just in time for Mother’s Day.  Hope to see you soon!

IS IT SPRING YET?

From the Issue: 
April 2011
Here at Monadnock Berries Garden Center it is!  We arrive to work in our mud/snow boots and warm coats and hats, step inside the greenhouse, and put on our sneakers trade the coat for a t-shirt, and don our sunglasses.  We love what we do during all of the growing seasons, but somehow spring is special and especially this year after a crazy snowy stormy winter.

The greenhouse is a unique place, it involves many long hours, intense detailed work, and often repetitive labors, but oh the rewards!  While mother nature’s palette outside uses soft silvers, white, grays, and dulled pine green, inside we get the full  blast from pansies with happy multicolored faces, the oranges, pinks and purples of the gerbera daisies to the rich aroma of fresh young herbs and vibrant bulbs, the fiery reds of geraniums to the delicate and serene orchid flowers.

PAMELlA'S GARDEN

From the Issue: 
April 2011
Welcome spring! - Although March is still in its "lion" phase as I'm writing this.  Pamelia's Garden is back for our second year.  Our anticipated opening day is April 16th. Thanks to all who visited us last year, especially those who came back multiple times with friends and family.

This year, we're trying some new things.  We'll have a good selection of herbs, including the basics, as well as some more unusual varieties such as stevia and epazote, but we've also added more flowering annuals and perennials: geraniums, petunias, dahlias, zinnias, primroses, columbines, several varieties of viola, to name a few.  There will be hanging baskets as well - shock wave petunias and cranberry tomatoes (a miniature type).  For rock garden lovers, we've started sedums, hens and chicks and edelweiss.  We also have houseplants, terrariums and dish gardens, as well as a special variety of dwarf, pollenless sunflower which makes a lovely potted plant.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES

From the Issue: 
January 2011
Troy NCLA-ACCESS (a non-profit organization that offers educational after school programs for children and learning opportunities for adults) is offering free computer classes for adults after school at Troy Elementary School's Technology lab from 6 to 7 PM Monday through Friday.    

This six week program will start on January 24, 2011 and end on March 04, 2011.  Instructor led - self paced lessons will be offered on a variety of computer skills ranging from how to navigate through your computer to setting up an email account to Microsoft Office applications and more (based on the participants' interests and/or information needs).  If you are interested, sign up sheets will be available at the Gay-Kimball Library or you can mail Jin An with your letter of interest and contact information at Troy Elementary School, 44 School Street Troy, NH 03465.    
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jin An at jin.vista.troy@gmail.com or contact me via phone at 603-242-7741 ext. 232.

Spotlight on Business: BARNYARDS & BACKYARDS FARM AND PET SITTING

From the Issue: 
January 2011
Barnyards & Backyards Farm and Pet Sitting is a new professional farm and pet sitting service for the Monadnock area, covering Troy and surrounding towns.  Lily Plasse provides expert care with over five years as a pet-sitting professional, and twenty five years as a poultry, equine & livestock owner.  Husband Ron Boardman has over eight years experience in the care of pets & livestock, particularly with sheep & poultry.
    Many horse and farm owners aren't able to travel or leave their home for more than a few hours because they don't have anyone to care for their animals.  Horses have a very structured routine, and small farms usually have multiple species of animals with different care needs, so horse and farm owners may not want to impose on a friend or neighbor for such a big job.

Spotlight on Business: SURELL ACCESSORIES

From the Issue: 
December 2010
The company was founded in 1979 by Sue Adams and Darryl Meattey.  The name "Surell" was derived from a blend of Sue and Darryl's first names.  Sue retired a few years ago and Darryl is now the President and owner.
    Darryl has lived in Fitzwilliam his entire life.  The company started by manufacturing rabbit fur muffs and hats for children. Today, Surell is mainly a manufacturer and importer of women's accessories in natural material - Rabbit Fur, Fox Fur, Mink, and Sheepskin.  The Wall Street Journal voted the Surell earmuff as "best overall" in a "muffed fashion" article.
    It is a family business with Darryl's sons Dominic and Dan both helping out with packing and shipping during the peak season.  Dan is full time and has been calling on customers and attending trade shows, as well.  We also consider it a "cottage industry".  Talented Seamstress work full time at the factory but we also have contractors and "home workers" when our capacity is maxed out.

Baile McBreen’s Gift Shop

From the Issue: 
November 2010
Both Peter and Elsie (Judd) Breen are long time Troy residents: Elsie born in Fitzwilliam, moved to town with her family at age 2 years; Pete, born on Long Island, NY, was shipped to Troy in 1955 to live with the Antilla family and learn how to operate the West Hill farm. Pete and Elsie met in Troy High School and were married in 1958. For several years, Elsie was a stay at home Mom assisting her husband in his efforts at attaining a career; but while taking care of the home, she got her college degree and worked in the financial and banking fields. Pete worked briefly at TBM as a laborer, at Bower's Furniture Store as a manager/salesman, in Maine as a foreman producing the Afterburner Assembly for the Minuteman Missile and was a Patrolman for the Keene Police Department. While working at MPB, he attended KSC. Upon returning to Troy, he worked as an Industrial Engineer and Personnel Manager at TBM and was the first Manufacturing Safety Engineer in the state. Pete taught classes at KSC on the enactment and industrial impact of OSHA.
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