June 5, 1944 – He was There

(This article was first published June 6, 2004. On June 3, 2014, a proclamation was issued by the Sugar Hill selectmen declaring July 4th as Roger Aldrich Day, in recognition of his devotion to his town, which helped found in 1962. — LJC) SUGAR HILL – Roger Aldrich is in France today, a country that…

Sign on High on Mount Lafayette

(Originally published in April 2003) FRANCONIA — As winter recedes from the steep slopes of Mount Lafayette, there are those who say the last remnants of the season cling to ravines, forming for a short time, a cross on the side of the mountain.  “It’s visible right now,” says Don Eastman, who spotted it from…

North Country Nomenclature

Originally published in the New Hampshire Union Leader September 1998.   At about the point where you come nose to nose with the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire nomenclature gets a little quirky. Whether on foot or in a car in northern environs, chances are that to get from point A to point…

From Landaff to LA

  LISBON, NH – Who knows what the future would have held for Harry Chandler were it not for a college dare and a vat of starch. Maybe he would have found another reason to leave New Hampshire and head west to southern California. Chandler’s future was set when, as a Dartmouth College student, he…

It Was Like Old Home Day …

   FRANCONIA July 2, 2011     Today was the annual Franconia-Easton-Sugar Hill Old Home Day, continuing a century old tradition of New Hampshire towns calling back to their communities those who left, for whatever reason, to rekindle friendships and maybe, just maybe, draw them back. A photographer friend of mine, always looking for a new…