Most months, staff writer Richard Pinette focuses his stories on the North Country’s history. Sometimes, however, he serves up something different and this month’s issue includes one such piece. Dick tells us about the birds behind that unmistakable sound which haunts northern waters–the loon. But he also tells us of his experience becoming something of a foster parent to a young loon, watching and worrying as the bird gets ready to find his place in the world. It is an insightful observation with a happy ending. We’d like to especially thank photographer Chris Adams for letting us illustrate this piece with her stunning photography.
Dick is back on the history beat with his second feature, a look at the famous newspaper which was once published atop Mount Washington, Among The Clouds. He brings forth some of the gems which could be found in the pages of that novel periodical of the 19th and early 20th Century summers at the summit. There was nothing quite like it. We publish two weekly newspapers and this monthly amid an often hectic pace and weather conditions and can only imagine what the staff putting together Among The Clouds endured, working with a daily deadline at that. We first wrote about Among The Clouds way back in 1971 for the now long-gone N.H. Echoes. The article, in an updated form, also appeared in the January 1990 issue of this magazine. Among The Clouds can be counted on for a good story and Dick’s retelling proves that point.
There have been a steady batch of new regional books hitting the market recently and we’ve rounded up a few of the newest. Among these is Floyd Ramsey’s account of the bomber that crashed in the White Mountains during World War II and the latest volume from our friend, Joe Citro. Good reading for a chilly winter night.
We have been noticing an increase in quality musical performances available in our region. Last month, we saw a fine Chamber Music concert in Gorham. All around the area the arts seem to be becoming a more prevalent force. In Colebrook, a group of us are working on establishing a winter music series, as well as hopefully see a performing arts center come to fruition. The folks in Berlin have done very well with bringing new life to a former Catholic Church, St. Kieran’s. Littleton continues to work with its Opera House and, of course, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury has been the model for our region for years now. The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire is a big player in this development. Look for more news of music events finding their way into our News Briefs.
We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Charles J. Jordan