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An earth-sheltered home showcases a unique design

PLYMPTON — June and Richard Shire share their home with a whimsical collection of teddy bears that attests to the cozy ambience of their one-story, partially underground house.

A bear family gathers at a table near a nook in the kitchen, ready to enjoy a bowl of porridge. Another band of bruins stands ready to play marching music, and the rest of June Shire’s collection is scattered playfully in rocking chairs or lounging in a corner, waiting to be held.

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