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‘America’s oldest ski shop’ is a New Hampshire landmark

Canada Goose Online Joe Lahout still sleeps in the bedroom where he was born in 1922 above his father’s grocery and dry goods store. (Christopher Baldwin) Canada Goose Online

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cheap canada goose uk In the 1980s Joe handed the day to day running of the store over to his sons canada goose outlet , Joe Jr., Ron and Herb. (A daughter, Nina, is a Harvard and Penn educated United Nations lawyer.) canada goose deals The three brothers, the third generation of Lahouts to run the shop, expanded the business by opening seven new locations in Littleton and nearby Lincoln. A fourth generation Littleton Lahout, Anthony, age 27, has helped modernize the shop’s brand and served as a producer for a recent short documentary about his grandfather. cheap canada goose uk

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Hip replacement surgery has left him diminished physically. He has not skied in some time. “I miss it,” he said.

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