We move along into our 16th year of publishing this monthly periodical with a summertime day-trip suggestion. Dick Pinette takes us a couple hours over the line to visit three interesting attractions the state of Maine has to offer. First, we visit a historic oddity called the “wire bridge.” We had never heard of this one before and Dick’s description of this 19th century engineering wonder makes you want to head east and try it out for yourself. He also stops at a deer farm and ends up at the museum dedicated to the inventive and talented Stanley family in Kingfield, Me.
Also this month, writer Pinette tells us about Thaddeus Lowe, who was born in Jefferson on Aug. 20, 1832, and has descendents still living in the region. Back in August 1996, as part of our coverage of Jefferson’s bicentennial (1796-1996), we reprinted a story which first appeared in the Aug. 23, 1907, issue of the long-defunctBerlin Independent. It reported on Jefferson’s celebration of Lowe’s 75th birthday. Everyone was there, except Thaddeus Lowe himself. But it didn’t stop the folks of Jefferson from having a good time nonetheless. This month, Dick Pinette looks at the early years of Lowe, when he was to gain his greatest fame during the Civil War by introducing the merits of balloon observation to the battlefield. Dick also shares with readers a lighter-than-air first-person experience of his own.
We were in Littleton last month for the annual Pollyanna Glad Days. This year the folks who put on the yearly tribute to Littleton-born Eleanor Hodgman Porter, author of the famous Pollyanna books, presented a delightful recreation of the original 1916 stage play. It was performed at the Littleton Opera House. Directed by Lyn McIntosh, the play was well done and the effect of stepping back to an earlier time was total.
Also congratulations are due our publisher (and my wife) Donna Jordan. In an honor that took her completely by surprise, she was chosen as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Pollyanna Signature Award. It was given to Donna in recognition of her “outstanding optimism and courageous determination for living on the bright side.” Donna first wrote about the Pollyanna books in these pages back in January 2000 and has drawn inspiration from the “glad” girl’s sunny disposition in dealing with her own health problems during the past year. We commend Pollyanna of Littleton, New Hampshire, Inc., in recognizing Donna with the Signature Award.
Also this month, Dick Richards’ tells three colorful tales, we review two new books and report on the latest arts, history and cultural news and events here in northern New England.
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Charles J. Jordan