Welcome to a brand-new year of looking back. Like fine wine, the history of the North Country seems to get better with each passing year. This month, we present a host of North Country writers who bring you some of the latest from yesterday and today.
Our key purveyor of the past, Dick Pinette, takes us into one of his favorite landmarks, the North Hill Church, tucked away on a country road in Stewartstown. We once had the pleasure, like Dick, of attending the once-a-year service at the venerable church and can attest to all the fine things he says about the edifice.
Back at the beginning of this publication, we traveled above the border to cover the unveiling of the world’s longest suspension pedestrian bridge. It is at La Gorge in Coaticook. This month, now over 15 years later, Dick Pinette takes our readers back there. He tells of some of the geological wonders to be seen at the impressive gorge. Also above the border, Dick celebrated Thanksgiving last year in October at a church in nearby East Hereford.
Meanwhile, Dick Richards takes us back to the farm with a recollection of the “milk men” of yore. We also ride along with him during his school bus-driving days and share a particularly amusing account of the time he took a door-to-door salesman to task.
High school senior Morgan Judd of Pittsburg, who has been working with us as a school-to-work student for the past few months, tells readers about one man’s efforts to stop—and not a moment to soon—the demolition of the historic Payson Mansion in Bath. We applaud his efforts and can only hope that his plans come to fruition. The extraordinary structure is truly one of a kind and its rejuvenation would certainly stand as one of the key preservation projects to be undertaken in northern New Hampshire, especially considering the formidable task it will involve.
Carolyn Eidell, who is a reporter with our sister publication, the Colebrook Chronicle, spent an entertaining breakfast with artist Don Parker and his author wife Trudy Ann Parker of Lunenburg. Vt. You’ll find her report in this month’s “News Briefs.” Also in the same section you’ll find our reports on the passing of two men who may have never met each other, yet who were both well known in their communities: George “Pop” Langley of Groveton and Ed Berry of Littleton. We have fond memories of time spent with them in 1992 and 1994, respectively, preparing stories for these pages.
Kym Lambert, who handles the Advertising Production for all three of our publications, takes over reviewing new releases in this month in our “Reviews” section.
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Charles J. Jordan