Posts Tagged ‘environmentally friendly’


June 13th, 2017test

10 Cool Spots for Family Fun

Summertime in Eastman: Family fun is around every curve and cove. The most difficult thing you’ll have to do is decide what to do first.

The lake, of course: Paddle, peddle, or sail one of the many watercraft available to rent at South Cove Activity Center. Practice your butterfly, sidestroke, or crawl. And don’t forget Lake Appreciation activities on Aug. 6.

Playgrounds: Take the little ones to slide, swing, or climb on playground equipment on the beaches at North, South, Continue reading...

May 30th, 2017test

Blazing Trails

Blazes for Eastman Trails

New blazes for Eastman trails

Text and Illustrations by Craig McArt

Have you ever followed what looked like a trail only to end up at someone’s back door? Or gone out for a quick walk in the woods and ended up wandering around for hours? Does trying to find your way on hiking trails that are missing trail markers frustrate you?

The Eastman Community Association’s (ECA) Woodlands and Wildlife Committee is overhauling its method of marking trails to improve the Continue reading...

May 16th, 2017test

Farewell to invasive shrubs

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...

December 4th, 2016test

When the Ice is Nice

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...

July 21st, 2016test

Paddling Picks Outside of Eastman

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...
July 9th, 2016test

Northern Paths

Upper Falls _ Craig McArt

Upper Falls

Post and Photo by Craig McArt

More than one trail stretches northward from Eastman into Enfield’s Henry Laramie Wildlife Management Area. The familiar one leads to Cole Pond, but another one of similar length begins at Butternut Pond and takes you to Halfmile Pond. Halfmile is a small, narrow fingerling of a pond, about a quarter-mile long—call it a half-mile around to justify the name. NH Fish and Game stocks this 8-acre pond from the air with trout. Continue reading...

July 4th, 2016test

Saving Our Loons–Hook, Line and Sinker

Loon and chicks _ Cathy LacombeBy Susie Burbidge

We are extremely fortunate to have a resident pair of loons that calls Eastman Lake “home” each summer. How would you feel if one of those treasured adults was found listless, close to shore, unable to keep its head up, and showing signs of a neurological disorder? Continue reading...

April 1st, 2016test

Living Archaeology on Heron Island

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.

When I was Continue reading...

March 21st, 2016test

Shooting the Moon . . . and the Sun and Stars

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...

March 14th, 2016test

Let It Snow! Critters’ Snowpack Subways

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...