Over the years, columnist Dick Pinette has visited some very interesting places around the north. Shown here is Dick, at the right in the photo, taking some friends into an old gold mine near Rumford, Maine, back in 1997. “Note marks on my shirt from dripping water,” Dick wrote.
This month, Dick takes readers on a tour of many fascinating locales all around the region. Some may be favorites of readers, while others many may have never seen first hand. Dick has seen and written about most of them. With the fine weather still beckoning us to go outdoors, especially with the change of colors which will be reaching our northern hills later this month, Dick has put together a mini-tour of some of his favorite attractions. We admit that there are some that we’ve only read about and his guide is encouraging us to try and see a few we’ve missed.
One place we did get to recently was Bill Lord’s house in Pittsburg. Bill is a very sociable fellow who has often stopped by to share with us some fine old books or stories about the north he has culled over his 89 years. When he told us about the fact that he had his hand placed in cement when he was two years old, back in 1914, our imagination soared. Wouldn’t it be interesting, we thought, to visit the site and have Bill place his hand beside the handprint he made in the foundation of his parent’s barn in that long-ago year? Bill was agreeable and we had our opportunity to experience–and photograph–this unusual link with the past for this issue.
Sadly, another fascinating link with our region’s past left us last month when Rose Bugeau, believed to be northern New Hampshire’s oldest living person, passed away at the remarkable age of 105. Rose had lived in Berlin all of her long life and sounds as if she was a most interesting lady. We are very grateful to her daughter, Lucille, for preparing the piece we publish this month recalling her mother, whose life spanned three centuries.
Our thanks also goes to Madeleine Croteau, who has been very helpful to this publication over the years on all things pertaining to Stark. This month she supplied us with the information about the new statue of Gen. Stark which will be unveiled in Stark on September 29. Thanks to the people of Stark, this community situated in the center of Coös County has developed into a must-see locale for visitors to the North Country. Beginning later this month, the new statue will be just one more reason why a trip to the north is not complete without an afternoon spent in this picturesque and historic town.
We note the passing of one of Stark’s residents, former Boston Globe photographer Joe Dennehy. Joe retired from photojournalism a number of years ago to grow berries on his farm and take part in his beloved adopted home. He was active with the promotion of the Stark Fiddlers’ Contest and served as a town selectman. Also in our “News Briefs” are reports of numerous historical projects taking place all over our region. In addition, we review two new books of interest to readers.
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Charles J. Jordan