Posts Tagged ‘second home community’


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...

May 12th, 2017test

2016 Eastman Survey reveals demographic trends

There’s a changing narrative about Eastman. A recent version you may have heard was: Eastman is changing! Younger families working in the area, many with younger kids, are making Eastman their primary home. We have more full-time residents, more busy families, and more children.

The Eastman Community Association (ECA) has surveyed Members with the help of RSG, Inc., a nationally recognized survey research firm located in White River Junction, VT, three times beginning in 2007. Most recently, from the results Continue reading...

May 9th, 2017test

Ken Ryder—15 Years and Counting

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...

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 12th, 2016test

Stalking the Elusive Heady Topper

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...

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...

July 2nd, 2016test

Proud to Be Part of The Prouty

By Judy McCarthy and Mary O’Rourke

2015 Eastman Neighbors captains Janet Correia and Mary O'Rourke _ Eastman Neighbors file photo copy

2015 Eastman Neighbors Team Captains Janet Correia and Mary O’Rourke

It’s about raising money. It’s about raising hope. It’s a way of remembering those we have lost and celebrating those who have survived. It’s a time for family and friends, neighbors and strangers to be part of the work to eradicate a disease that has impacted many lives. The Prouty, a two-day event sponsored by the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Continue reading...