World Ward II and Lancaster’s big bicentennial (1964)


With this issue, readers may note a few cosmetic enhancements to Northern New Hampshire Magazine. These are visual indications of the fact that we have changed the way we are putting this magazine together. This month’s issue marks our first foray into pagination.

Technically, this marks the biggest change in the way we assemble this magazine since its debut in 1989. Being believers that the old ways are sometimes the best ways, it is understandable that we not been in any rush to move toward pagination. Basically, until this month, each issue of this magazine has been done using paper galleys which have been pasted up via hot wax on mechanicals. That’s how most publications of this kind were assembled from the 1960s until just a couple of years, when publishers began discovering that it is more cost effective and time efficient to put together the pages entirely on a computer screen. The only down side for is that it does away with the layout boards, which for years were a big part of publication offices. Thus an editor can no longer look at his or her publication on display boards as each issue comes together. Instead, more time is spent peering at a computer screen.

But the benefits are many. Beside the savings in time and materials there’s the ease at which a publication can get to the printer, which in this case is two-hour drive away from our office. This issue was sent to our printer by email–completely over the phone lines.

For the time being, we will continue to produce our two weekly publications, the Colebrook Chronicle and Lancaster Herald, the old-fashioned “paste-up” way. But in the not-too-distant future, they two will be done by pagination.

Now to this issue: this month readers will learn from writer Dick Pinette just how a one-time sports club formed after World War II, only to all but fade away, has come back to as one of the most active snowmobile organizations in the North Country. Also, if you happened to spot a fellow lurking around outhouses last summer with a camera and notepad in hand, it was likely our own Dick Pinette. He takes an interesting–and humorous–look at the venerable outhouse. Meanwhile, Kym Lambert reviews four new regional releases this month–two books, a DVD and VHS tape. We got a look at the latter, which was produced documenting events surrounding Lancaster’s big bicentennial back in 1964. Were amazed at just how much things have changed in the past 40 years–most notably the winter clothing warn by children and their parents. There’s vintage snowmobiles, a night parade and much more.

Read our next entry here.

Charles J. Jordan