Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thanks To The Daily News

Never thought I would write such a heading, at least not back when I ran the competition. But Thanks to Steve Tait, reporter for Newburyport’s Daily News for putting in a plug for our Winter Quest in Monday’s City Hall Notebook. Mr. Tait had the following tidbit:

Licorice & Sloe Co., the tea shop at 21 Middle St., is promising to donate 10 percent of its sales Saturday to a cause championed by former resident Tom Ryan.

Bil Silliker, the owner of the tea shop, said the Saturday before Christmas is typically the busiest of the year. It is also the first day of winter, the day which Ryan, the former owner the Undertoad, a local newspaper, will start his quest of hiking all 48, 4,000-foot tall peaks of New Hampshire's White Mountains - twice.Ryan is climbing the mountain peaks to help raise money for MSPCA-Angell and its Angell Animal Medical Center, which provides veterinary care for animals.

Ryan, who moved to the mountains earlier this year after selling the Undertoad, is making the climbs with his dog, Atticus, who was almost always at Ryan's side during his time in Newburyport. His journey can be followed at

Silliker said he is donating the money as a hiker and dog owner who lost his dog in the last six months."I'm close to the cause," he said. "And I'm a lover of dogs."I'm just glad to help out," he added. "He is a nice guy. I miss his local flare."

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