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Town Column - March 21
Cathi Belcher (                                   

Local Family in Need After Storm Destroys Home

Due to a recent snow storm, Bartlett Police Officer Michael Chapman, who was on duty, responded to his own home after a large pine tree fell on his house with his wife, two children and pets still inside.  The Chapman's reside on Town Hall Road in Jackson, just over the town line from Bartlett.  Thankfully, everyone is safe. At this point their house appears to be a total loss, and although they do have homeowners insurance, their immediate needs and expenses are expected to be substantial.  Attached is a 'Go Fund Me' page for the family that has been set up by the officers of the Bartlett Police Department, and any donation amount will be greatly appreciated.  If you wish to donate services, you can do so by contacting me directly by e-mail.  I know that Mike and his family have greatly appreciated the support they've received so far.  Thank you.
There are some great programs coming up in Jackson at the Whitney Community Center: 

Public Health in Jackson and Beyond  Friday, March 24, 6:30 pm
What does “Public Health” mean and how do we address public health issues in Jackson, Carroll County and beyond? Join Emily Benson, Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) Coordinator and Jeff Jones, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator who will be sharing their work with Carroll County Coalition for Public Health (C3PH), one of 13 public health networks in the state of NH. Learn about work currently underway to address community health priorities as well as ways you can volunteer. Emily Benson has served as the PHAC for C3PH, an initiative for Granite United Way(GUW), for the past year, before that serving as GUW’s Collective Impact Coordinator and Early Learning Coordinator in Carroll County. Jeff Jones is the newest member of the C3PH team, having joined as the Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator in December. Jeff handles coordination and facilitation in Carroll County for Public Health emergencies, and oversees the Citizen Corps.This program is free and open to the public.

Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains, Thursday, March 30, 7 pm., presented by Jeremy Davis, author of the “Lost Ski Area” books. The White Mountains of New Hampshire are world renowned for the array of skiing opportunities offered to every skier, from beginner to gold medal Olympian. Today over a dozen resorts entice tourists and locals each year with their well-manicured trails, high-speed lifts and slope-side lodging. But scattered throughout this region, the ghosts of former ski areas can still be found. In the White Mountains alone, sixty ski areas have closed since the 1930s. Author Jeremy Davis has compiled rare photographs, maps and personal memories to ensure that these beloved ski outposts, cherished by generations of skiers, are given recognition for transforming the White Mountains into a premier ski destination. Join us as we celebrate these former ski areas at this presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their skiing momentos, photos, and stories to share. Jeremy Davis is the author of four books, Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks , and Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks , with the last 2 books winning the International Ski History Association’s Skade Award for outstanding regional ski history. This program is free and open to the public.

The famed Potluck Singers would like to perform at the Library at 7pm on March 28th. Not only is our building beautiful, comfortable, and welcoming, but it has fantastic acoustics. All are welcome.
The following Scholarship applications are available online at The Bushee Thorne Scholarship is available to those wishing to attend summer camp with priority going to those attending Christian based camps such as the Horton Center on Pine Mountain, but are also available for special needs, YMCA, YWCA, Tin Mountain, etc.   The Olive Godfrey scholarship is available to any full time Jackson residence pursuing a secondary education showing a financial need and obtaining a 2.5 GPA.

Jackson Art announces that there are still a few spaces left for Matt Brown’s “Introduction to Color Woodblock Printmaking”, March 31-April 2. Please see (603) 383- 3463 |    for more information.
If you are interested in learning about NH’s beautiful native plants, tips on how to plan your landscape, or where to purchase native plants come to the Tin Mountain Nature Program Native Trees and Shrubs for Wildlife, Wednesday, March 22, 7 PM at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Rd in Albany, NH. Nels Liljedahl, NH District Conservationist, and Debra Marnich, Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will fuel a gardening fever. Driving through town on a spring day, you are likely to see flower gardens and landscapes filled with leaves, berries and blooms of exotic plants from all over the world. Although aesthetically pleasing, many of these plants become invasive, taking over the natural plant habitats for surrounding wildlife. Imagine instead your own yard as a lush green landscape speckled with brilliant native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Debra Marnich holds a BS in Zoology and an MS in Forestry from Southern Illinois University.  She has worked as Soil Conservationist for NRCS for 13 years assisting private landowners with utilization of Federal Cost share programs in planning and executing  conservation practices on their properties.
Appalachian Mountain Club Pinkham Notch Visitor Center


Program start at 8:00 PM
April 1 Taken by Storm, 1938: The Science and History of the Great New England Hurricane with author Dr. Lourdes Aviles  The ’38 Hurricane is considered the most powerful and deadliest hurricane in recent New England history, and Plymouth State University Associate Meteorology Professor  Dr. Lourdes Avilés has authored a book,Taken by Storm, 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane, that provides a comprehensive picture of a devastating weather event that impacted millions of lives.  Join Dr. Aviles for a fascinating presentation. This presentation is offered in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society.

April 8 Thirty Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England   A hurricane will never surprise us again.  But that is just what happened to the people of Long Island and New England on September 21, 1938. Join author Stephen Long as he chronicles how the hurricane of ‘38 transformed New England , bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later. 

April 15 Intrepid Descent   This documentary captures the classic backcountry skiing experience of Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington and explores the rich history of the ravine, which has been home to triumph and tragedy since the early 1920's. A present day narrative takes viewers from the daunting hike and climb up the Ravine to the exhilarating descent over the lip, while interviews with experts, meteorologists, and rare historical footage provide a broad and dynamic view of Tuckerman’s. A classic man-versus-nature story, Intrepid Descent pays homage both to the mountain and to the individuals who dare to pursue their passion

April 22 Legends of American Skiing- Celebrating the 73rd Anniversary of the Inferno   Join film producer Rick Moulton before the showing of Legends of American Skiing. This lecture and film fall on the 73th Anniversary of the 1939 Inferno. The film depicts Toni Matt's legendary feat of Schussing the Headwall to win the race by more than a minute.  The 1939 Inferno can be looked back upon as the last Big Mountain Downhill Race in America and certainly the last in the North East.

April 29  The History and Science of Hurricanes with Kerry Emanuel Lorenz Center Massachusetts Institute of Technology   Hurricanes have had a profound influence on the history of regions as diverse as the Caribbean and Japan. In this talk  Professor Emanuel will describe how hurricanes have altered the course of history and the effects they have had on nature and on human society, leading into a discussion of just what they are, how they develop and thrive in the tropics, and how we go about forecasting them today. The effect of climate change in these fascinating storms will be the final topic of the evening. This presentation is offered in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society