Hard to believe that another year is wrapping up. It has been a good year for us atNorthern New Hampshire Magazine, as more people than ever are reading these pages thanks to our wider distribution and a constant subscriber base. We enjoy hearing from you, our readers–with story ideas, questions or just to say hello.
We close out the year 2002 with a mixed bag of stories beginning with Columnist Richard Pinette’s two features. The first tells the story of “Little Berlin,” a portion of land along the Magalloway River which is being absorbed into the Umbagog Wildlife Refuge. What to save of our past sometimes pits historians against environmentalists. We’ll leave that argument to others at this time. But before this bit of our human past vanishes forever, we are grateful to Dick Pinette for recounting its history.
His second feature recalls another vanished part of the North Country’s colorful past, Camp Millsfield. Once owned by the Balsams Hotel, the camp was where the well-heeled “roughed it” in the nearby wilds way back when. Today, a lone chimney and a few scattered remnants are all that are left of Camp Millsfield.
Lancaster Herald Editor Gene Ehlert, who, by the way, helped get this magazine out the gate every month when we started over a dozen years ago, returns with a look at a fascinating photo first run as a “Then and Now” in the Herald. It’s a picture of the old P. J. Noyes building sometime in the second half of the 19th century. Using modern computer enhancements, we were able to significantly magnify the fine old picture to bring into view fascinating details. We hope to put more classic images “under the magnifying glass” in our new reoccurring department “Closer Look” in future issues.
About 10 years ago we introduced our Christmas section in these pages. We later broke this out and circulated it separately for free on newsstands. We are happy to report that we’ve brought “Christmas Echoes” back into the magazine for all of our readers to enjoy. We like to find really obscure gems from Christmases past for this section and this year we bring back a story first published in a long-ago children’s magazine in 1871.
Susan Zizza provides readers with Part 2 of her “Glenduen’s North Country Scrapbook.” This time she offers excerpts from a diary written by Glenduen’s grandmother. Susan also reports on the heyday of the old steamboats of Pittsburg.
Merry Christmas to all and our best wishes for the New Year 2003!
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Charles J. Jordan