Living Archaeology on Heron Island

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Courtney with quartz find _ McArtLiving Archaeology on Heron Island

By Courtney Cummings

The morning of October 10, 2015 was brisk, the leaves were brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds, and the wind on the lake was creating waves a foot high. Despite the weather, I was at the lakeshore with fellow anthropology students from Franklin Pierce University and our professor, Dr. Robert Goodby, loading a motorboat with shovels, buckets, tarps, and screens. We were embarking upon an archaeological excavation on Heron Island.

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Shooting the Moon . . . and the Sun and Stars

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Stars Over EastmanText and Photos by Steve Handley

On September 27, 2015, there was a lunar eclipse that was viewed by probably millions of people fortunate to be under clear skies—and photographed by many. Several members of the Eastman Photography Interest Club, formed in 2014 under the leadership of Fred Orkin were among them.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its umbra, or shadow. This can happen only when the sun, earth and moon align Continue reading...

Creativity at Work in Eastman

Monday, March 14th, 2016

By Leslie Moses

Carol Moses received a well-deserved thank you when she was awarded the 2014 Recreation Volunteer of the Year award final Recreation Volunteer of the Year Carol MosesCouncil meeting of 2015. Carol spends much of her volunteer time working behind the scenes on her computer, but her work is very visible throughout the community. Carol designed the Splash, Mash & Dash Triathlon logo for both the T-shirts worn by the athletes and the hats worn by our volunteers. Eastman’s Recreation Guides are Carol’s creation, Continue reading...

Let It Snow! Critters’ Snowpack Subways

Monday, March 14th, 2016

A _subway_ entranceText and Photos by Laura Nagy

Those of us who enjoy skiing or snowshoeing are not the only ones to benefit from a hefty snowfall. For some forest critters, a substantial snowpack is crucial to their survival.

The white blanket so peacefully covering your yard is surprisingly dynamic. When airborne flakes make landfall, their lovely filigree spokes immediately break off, leaving crystalline spheres. The accumulating ice particles cozy up, and wind, weight, and moisture amalgamate individual grains into a firmer, Continue reading...

Three Women’s Passion for Winter Camping

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Renee Gufstason and Amy Hoffman loaded downBy Judy McCarthy / Photos Courtesy of The Campers

When Amy Hoffman first came to Eastman and got involved in local hiking, hike leader John Lloyd taught that being adequately prepared was essential to going up a mountain. Preparation became Amy’s bottom line for all outdoor activities. When she and her friends Maureen Connelly and Renee Gustafson decided to try winter camping, Amy was clear that they had to know everything about it before they started. The Aloha Foundation in Continue reading...

Lonely Leavitt Pond

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

By Craig McCart
Photos courtesy of the Grantham Historical Society

Tucked away in the remote, northwest corner of Grantham is a beautiful pond – one that few people ever hike out to see. Nearby is a hilltop with an amazing view – one that few people manage to take in. Leavitt Pond and the hilltop called “Little Mt. Washington” are hidden treasures, to be sure. Continue reading...

Fending for themselves: Why you shouldn’t feed our wild animals

Friday, December 4th, 2015
Fox and kits

Photo by Bill Dempsey

By Laura Nagy and Dave Wood

“Oh, isn’t he beautiful?  And look, the poor thing is cold and hungry.” Yes, winter can be hard on our wildlife neighbors, but think again before you decide to offer them food.  Continue reading...

Eastman’s Crafty Ladies

Friday, November 27th, 2015
By Ethel Paquin / Photos by Fred Orkin
South Cove quilt

Jill shows off her wall hanging depicting South Cove.

Women gathering together to do handwork is an old and well-loved tradition. Knitting in particular is an ancient art. A pair of baby booties housed in an English Museum dates back 2000 years—with perfectly turned heels. The ladies of the Eastman Craft Group gather each week to continue the tradition.

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One Daring Man: Frank Furdyna

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

By Judy McCarthy

On the mountaintop

Milt Weinstein, John Lohmann, Frank Furdyna.
Photo Courtesy Milt Weinstein

“The tops of mountains are among the unfinished parts of the globe, whither it is a slight insult to the gods to climb and pry into their secrets, and try their effect on our humanity. Only daring men, perchance, go there.”
Henry David Thoreau, The Maine Woods Continue reading...

Why live in Eastman?

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
By Steve Haase
Why do we choose to live in Eastman? The nearest full-size grocery store is at least 20 minutes away. The nearest shopping centerFish August 1, 2015 is at least 30 minutes away. The nearest “real” shopping is about an hour away in Concord or Manchester. There are no street lights or mail delivery. So why do we choose to live here? Continue reading...