We’ve known Richard Pinette, pictured here, for over 20 years. We first met him around 1980 when he had just begun writing a weekly column for The Berlin Reporter called “Errol Echoes.” From his home in Errol, Dick turned out a very popular column for the Berlin paper eagerly awaited by its readers each Wednesday. His topics ranged from tales of the old-time logging days along the Androscoggin to stories about out-of-the-way curiosities he’d encounter during his northwoods jaunts. His stories have been published in two popular books, Northwoods Echoes (1986) and Northwoods Heritage (1992).
When it appeared that the Berlin Reporter was ceasing publication in March, we contacted Dick and asked if he’d like to continue his column on a monthly basis for Northern New Hampshire Magazine. We were happy when he agreed to and pleased when he remained enthusiastic about moving his column to these pages after the Reporter was subsequently purchased by Salmon Press and resumed publishing.
Dick’s column, which has been renamed “Northwoods Echoes,” makes its debut in our pages this month. To get things underway, we’re reprinting a classic story he wrote about Parmachenee Lake in his first book. It recalls when President Dwight D. Eisenhower fished Parmachenee in 1955. Next month, we will publish an all-new piece by Dick. We welcome him aboard.
Wilbur Willey of Littleton is a writer who has built up a following through a regular column in a Lincoln-based weekly. We were delighted recently when Wilbur sent us the text for our “Spotlight” this month. It is comprised of a series of letters he received during the final weeks of World War II from a former classmate serving in Europe. The letters reflect the drama of the times better than any words we could write on this, the 56th anniversary of V-E Day.
Donna and I had a memorable time last month in Lancaster for the 169th birthday celebration of Col. Edward Cross, who was lost at Gettysburg and who is the subject of a new book we reviewed last month, My Brave Boys. The costumes, the music and the momentum of the period evoked was particularly stirring. For an afternoon, all present were transported to those turbulent times of the 1860s.
We continue our drive through the North Country in 1930, thanks to the old travel brochure we’ve been serializing. This time we make a stop in the Paper City of Berlin. Also, we bring more of the Upland Mystery your way. And look for the latest news and reviews this month, as well.
Finally, we recall three very different individuals lost to our region last month. One was a former governor, another a local doctor and the third a man who loved the railroad. One made state history and the other two collected local history. And we were pleased to have spent time with all three in these pages over the years
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Charles J. Jordan