Quality Of Life In The Lakes Region
Cold temperatures have kept lakes and ponds safe for skating and ice fishing, and everyone is heading to local hills for old-fashioned sledding and tobogganing. It’s great to be a kid--or kid at heart--in winter! Downhill skiers enjoy Abenaki Ski Area, our own ski slope right in the heart of Wolfeboro (see February 26th blog), which draws families from far and near for both daytime and nighttime fun.
Steve and Carol think March is the perfect month to enjoy our local “winter wonderland” as temperatures have started to moderate, with days more comfortable in the thirties and even forties (here and there). The sun is higher and days are longer, so it is even possible to ski in just a heavy wool sweater or fleece, thereby enjoying the best of snow and sun at the same time!
We will be among the first to welcome spring, but until then, we are happy to enjoy our Winter Wonderland here in the Lakes Region.
On any given weekend, it’s easy to see memories are being made. Children barely knee-high grab onto the rope tow; teenagers zip off the jumps, while parents glide gracefully down the trails. Hot chocolate and cheeseburgers are being wolfed down and it seems like everyone is smiling. Just looking at the scene makes you happy.
In the beginning,Abenaki was owned by the Hershey family who generously allowed trails to be cut, a lodge to be built and a rope tow to be installed. The Abenaki Outing Club added lights and soon people were flocking to winter carnivals and night skiing at the mountain.
As time passed, the ski area continued to grow, adding trails and ski jumps. Local high school ski teams started training here; kids eagerly headed to Abenaki to ski after school, and families poured onto the slopes every weekend. The Hershey family sold Mt. Abenaki to the town in the late 1960s and for the next decade or so the happy times continued.
However, by 2000, Abenaki was in trouble. Lean snow years had taken a toll on usage and revenue; ski equipment was aging and falling into disrepair. Some town officials wondered if the area was still viable. Fortunately, when word of Mt. Abenaki’s situation got out, the townsfolk rallied--in a big way! The Friends of Abenaki formed and money was raised to restore the ski area to its former glory. A new rope tow was added, snow grooming equipment purchased, and most exciting, portable snow-making equipment was bought in 2006. Today, more skiers than ever ride the slopes of Abenak.
The ski area entered its 79th season in December of 2014, making it currently the oldest small ski area in the United States! I am thrilled to report that the last 10 seasons have seen incredible growth, and in fact, Abenaki has seen a record INCREASE in skier visits--one of the few ski areas in New Hampshire to do so.
The Friends of Abenaki are now raising funds for a new ski lodge and hope to see that completed this year.At this year's town meeting the voters of Wolfeboro are being asked to approve Article 8 to help replace the 75 year old lodge at the ski area. Private donations will be $350,000 with the town being asked for $250,000.
Steve and Carol are proud to have supported Mt. Abenaki through Maxfield Real Estate’s “We Care Program” and look forward to seeing many more children and families heading to the slopes for years to come.
- Wild turkeys disappeared from New Hampshire approximately 150 years ago due to hunting and habitat destruction.
- They were successfully reintroduced in 1975 and today the population is around 25,000 birds.
- The males are called toms and the females are hens.
- They are extremely social and tend to live in flocks.
- They arent territorial birds and often travel within a 4-5 mile radius during the year.
- The major predators are fox, coyote and fisher cats.
I just retired on Friday, June 24th from twenty-eight years of teaching music, sixteen of those years at Inter-Lakes Jr./Sr. High School in Meredith, New Hampshire. As I head into real estate full-time, after the last five years as a part-time Realtor in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, I want to send a huge thank you to all the students who have been members of my bands and music classes over the years. The reason I enjoyed what I did so immensely and seemed to stay young was because every day they brought with them an exhilaration to the music room that was infectious.It was their love of making music, quality music, not only in the band, jazz ensemble, and chorus but in the guitar class or the 8th grade electronic digital music workstation class that was the reason my wife Carol would say to me over the years, Ive never ever heard you complain about going to work. It was one of the high points of my life working with these amazing students in 7th - 12th grade. They allowed me to go out on a high note. Both my Inter-Lakes High School Band and Jazz Ensemble scored superior ratings at the Hershey in the Park Music Festival on June 4th. They were spectacular! If there was ever a testament to the importance that the role of music plays in the public schools and how it contributes in immense ways to the education of our young people, than what the students who shared their love and dedication to what music could mean to them in their lives did on June 4th was truly an experience for me to behold and treasure the rest of my life. In closing I thank the Inter-Lakes students, administrators, schoolboard, and parents for all you done for and given me over these last sixcteen years of my life. You have contributed to me in so many ways and I have been blessed to have been allowed to be a part of your lives.
We have been proud sponsors of Car Talk on New Hampshire Public Radio since late 2010. We were thinking How do we support a station we love, a program that is unmatched for entertainment, and gets our message out of who we are as Realtors?Whether it is Stump the Chump or the Puzzler, there is a full hour of tremendous banter between the hosts, Tom and Ray Magliozzi who are affectionately known as Click and Clack Tappet Brothers. Tom and Ray have been on the air since 1977 when Car Talk was first broadcast on WBUR out of Boston, Massachussetts. National Public Radio reports that over four million listeners tune in each weekend and thousands in New Hampshire listen to the program on New Hampshire Public Radio. Tom and Ray have become true folk legends in the radio world. We can attest to the awareness we have received as Realtors because of being proud sponsors of Car Talk on NHPR. There isnt a week that goes by that one of us hears, Hey I heard your ad on Car Talk, or I appreciate that you support public radio or the show Car Talk. That type of acknowledgement really makes us feel good about where we put our marketing money. So if you havent heard Car Talk yet or if you have heard it but not for awhile, do yourself the favor of an hour of the most fun youll have all week and tune it in on NHPR on Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM., and remember if you like Car Talk and live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, we would love to work with you when you get ready to buy or sell real estate.
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