Exploring in and around Eastman

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Exploring in and around EastmanBy Craig McArt

Charged with encouraging appreciation of our natural environment, Eastman’s Woodlands and Wildlife Committee entices us in its new booklet, Exploring In and Around Eastman, to take advantage of our beautiful surroundings. The publication encourages us to get out and explore the many natural and historical treasures that can be found in Eastman and close by.

The committee was given responsibility for publishing the booklet by Eastman’s Plan 2020, the Eastman Community Association’s Strategic Plan adopted in 2012. Continue reading...

Farewell to invasive shrubs

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

By David Wood

The Woodlands and Wildlife Committee has been working to minimize the spread of exotic invasive shrubs in Eastman. The University of New Hampshire (UNH) defines an invasive plant as one that is not native to a particular ecosystem, whose introduction is likely to cause economic or environmental harm, and is capable of moving aggressively into an area, monopolizing light, nutrients, water, and space to the detriment of native species. In Eastman, the two invasive shrubs that most Continue reading...

Ken Ryder—15 Years and Counting

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Ken Ryder

Ken heading out for the weekend.

By Norah Peterson

Upon entering General Manager Ken Ryder’s office, the first thing I noticed was the fine wooden case with a traditionally folded American flag surrounded by medals. This flag was raised at each of the seven bases on which Ken served during his U.S. Air Force career. It has a prominent place both in this office and in Ken’s life.

At 19, Ken became the youngest Gubernatorial Aide in the history of Continue reading...

Bear-ly There

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By Laura Nagy

ECA File Photo

ECA File Photo

The apparent increase in bear sightings in Eastman last spring and summer may simply be a factor of more observant residents, but there may be other reasons that the normally shy bruins are becoming more visible. Continue reading...

When the Ice is Nice

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

By Craig McArt / Photo by Ebba McArt

Most winters, the ice on Eastman Lake is covered with snow by the time it’s thick enough to walk on. Occasionally, though, the surface can be clear and smooth. That’s when I’ll rig up my iceboat for some cold, fast sailing. How cold? Damned cold. How fast? Well, this iceboat can travel at up to four times the speed of the wind.Craig McArt sailing on Eastman Lake

Because the lake is small, however, I try to keep Continue reading...

There’s no business like snow business

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

By John Larrabee

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” —Vesta M. Kelly

Gardens have long ago been put to bed, fragile foundation plantings protected against snow sliding from the roof, and “snow birds” gone to warmer climes. Those who stay through Eastman winters prepare for snow, ice, freezing rain, hail, sleet, and bone-chilling cold. Some with dread, others with glee. When the weatherman predicts eight inches Continue reading...

Golfing for a life-changing cause

Monday, August 1st, 2016

By Jill Hull
In 2012, the Eastman Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) began using its annual golf tournament and luncheon to raise funds for Turning Points Network (TPN) in Claremont. Plans are currently underway for the 2016 tournament and luncheon to be held August 25 to benefit the Sullivan County organization, which provides critical services for people experiencing or wanting information about domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking.  EWGA’s contributions are focused on emergency shelter because of the urgent need and Continue reading...

Paddling Picks Outside of Eastman

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
From Leslie MosesPeaceful paddling _ Amy Hoffman
Long, hot summer days make the water the perfect place to spend your free time. There is a variety of nearby locations that offer a spectacular day of paddling. Each is within a two-hour drive, with a couple only 15 minutes from Eastman via Winding Wood Road in Spring Glen. Here are some of the old favorites of Eastman paddlers. Continue reading...

Rock the Boat!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
By Leslie Moses
Recreation's Charlie Taber (left) assists Bill Platt in loading a kayak.

Recreation’s Charlie Taber (left) assists Bill Platt in loading a kayak.

If paddling around the same pond or lake has you going in circles and wanting a change of scenery, you may want to haul your boat off to different waters from time to time. There is an abundance of beautiful places to paddle in our area, but you need to be able to get you and your boat to the put-in.

Needless to say, a lighter Continue reading...

Stalking the Elusive Heady Topper

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

by Peggy McCauleycan_heady_03

When I venture out on my first Heady Topper expedition, I find myself up earlier than I want to be and barreling north on I-89, equipped with a large cooler in the back seat. As I cross the spine of the Green Mountains, I begin to feel that I am racing against the clock as well as against other beer lovers. The prize at the end of the quest is Heady Topper, one of the most highly Continue reading...