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Scroll down to see the Fall Foliage Report and other news!  

September 30, 1999 UPDATE: Right now and until the leaves fall from the trees is PEAK in the Great North Woods!

There are still a few pockets of green, but not much. Now's the time folks!

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Beaver Trails Campground - Lancaster - right on the Connecticut River


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Bill Weeks Property for Rent - Whitefield


Carpet Barn - Lancaster - Also tile, wallpaper, etc.


Dimmitt and Sons Gun Shop - Lancaster - Guns and ammo, reloading supplies


Waterwheel Breakfast, Lunch and Gift House Jefferson 


Blueberry Hill Bed & Breakfast - Stratford


Garneau's Garage, Twin Mountain - Ski-doo Snowmobiles, Wells Cargo Trailers, Cooper Tires


Kilkenny Building Center, Lancaster - all your building and renovation needs here.


Kimball Hill Inn - Whitefield - A Bed & Breakfast with a great view.


Lancaster Motor Inn - Right in the middle of it all.


Marshall Insurance - Lancaster - Your Coverage needs here.


Mountain Lake Campground - Lancaster - Teepee, Cabins and Yurts too.


Munce's Superior Lubricants - Berlin/Gorham


North Country ATV Club - Trails to ride on


Real Estate in the Great North Woods


Twin Maples Bed & Breakfast - Lancaster - Also Depression Glassware.


Twin Mountain Snowmobile Club Index - Trails and more.


Napa Auto Parts - Lancaster


CMW Emporium - Lancaster Not just a store, but an experience

Sunday, September 26, 1999,

Same as below, but a lot more leaves have changed. Route 3 north of Groveton and up into Pittsburg is about peaking now.

Wednesday 22 September, 1999:

NH route 3 from Lancaster to Whitefield, route 116 from Whitefield to route 142 near the the Bethlehem town line to Maplewood Hill in Bethlehem, to route 302 to Trudeau Road to NH route 3 again in Bethlehem: Color increasing still more since yesterday. The cold nights have really helped in changing from green to yellow, red and orange.

Depending on where you happen to look you'll see from 30% on up to 90% in color. From Lancaster to Bethlehem are mostly maples and birches showing reds, some orange and yellow.

NH Route 3 from Trudeau Road in Bethlehem to the middle of Franconia Notch: 50% or so is now pastel yellow with some red. This area has mostly yellow birch, white birch and silver birch trees as well as beech and some maple. for deciduous trees. There are also some areas of conifers that will remain green.

NH I-93 from Franconia Notch to Campton: A few really colorful trees stand out, with some areas perhaps 20% leaf peeping material.

NH I-93 from Plymouth to Concord: The hills are mostly green, the trees next to the road where they are impacted by winter salt are changing color.

NH route 3A from, Concord to Hooksett: mostly green with a few trees turning.

It's kind of hard to tell exactly when is really "peak". Some trees turn color considerably before others, even right next to each other. As the season pregresses, some or all of the leaves from the trees that turned early will fall to the ground while the leaves on later turning trees will still be on the trees.

There are all kinds of guides that will say a certain time is "peak", and some years they may be right. It seems that some years most of the leaves in an area turn all at once, while other years it's more spread out. I'll try to relate my perceptions to you as accurately as possible, but bear in mind, even my perception of the foliage may be different from yours.

September 20, 1999 foliage report:

NH Route 2, Lancaster, through Jefferson and Randolph to Gorham: a few trees with some color, most are still green. The overall look of the mountains from a distance shows a slight glow of color beginning.

NH Route 16, Gorham through Gorham, Berlin, Milan, Dummer, Cambridge and Errol: Same as route 2. (We were in Berlin for the annual Game of Logging Festival).

NH The logging (dirt) road from Dummer through Cambridge to Upton, Maine that goes by way of Double Top: Same as the rest. There are a few bogs and ponds on the way through that are showing more color. This is private property, the owners allow access, but watch for logging trucks on weekdays. Be sure to have plenty of gas, survival stuff and food as this is the REAL boonies! If it's been raining or looks muddy don't try it with a car. We got through ok with our Saturn.

NH, ME Route 26, Upton, Maine, Lake Umbagog: showing slightly more color than elsewhere.

NH Route 110A from Dummer to West Milan: Same as the routes above.

NH Route 110 from West Milan through Stark to Groveton: Same as above.

NH Route 3, Groveton through Lancaster, Whitefield, Twin Mountain and Bethlehem to Franconia Notch: Some colorful individual trees next to the road, but still overall green.

NH Route 135 from Lancaster through Dalton, Littleton, Lyman, Monroe to Woodsville: Right at the Dalton/Littleton town line there are several maples in full color (red). Also at this point there is an excellent view of the mountains across the Connecticut River in Vermont that are showing some color. There are other trees scattered along Route 135 that are in color. We spotted a couple of cowmingos along the way, and a herd of deer.

NH Route 302 from Littleton through Lisbon and Bath to Woodsville: A little color showing overall and a few individual trees bright with color. (We were on the way to Hibbard House in Bath and Bread and Chocolate in Vermont for some pictures).

VT 302 from Wells River to VT I-91: Some color along the river.

VT 5 from Wells River to Barnet: Still mostly green.

NH 116 from Littleton through Bethlehem to Whitefield: Mostly green, a little color here and there.

NH 142 from Whitefield to Bethlehem: Some color beginning to show.

NHI-93 from Franconia Notch to Concord: Some color showing all the way, mostly still green though.

Hurricane Floyd left most of the leaves on the trees, but there's a couple of miles on the south end of Franconia Notch that had a high percentage of the leaves blown from the trees.

This is the first monthly issue of the web site. I've been trying to figure out an easier way for you to navigate the site, perhaps this will be it. I'm going to put it in sort of a monthly magazine type format. You can click on back issues to navigate those sections. Click on the Summer 1999 section to see the beginning of the New Hampshire primary in the Great North Woods Region. You'll also find an interesting camp, an iron horse and a couple of houses moving among other interesting things. Scroll below to see new stories and links as I add them. 

You'll find the Great North Woods web site and another of my sites, weaving together.

Some of this is for technical reasons, much because it makes sense for some parts of the sites to be linked together.

They are on different servers at opposite ends of the country. One of the reasons for this is redundancy in the event of communication problems.


If there are storms or other natural disasters, Y2K problems, etc., that interrupt one server, try the other.

We'll try to get info about the area out as long as we can if things are going haywire with phone lines, electricity, etc.

This summer we were able to get pictures and info on what was causing a power outage before power was restored by using out laptop and deep cycle battery bank.

This winter could be interesting as there will be a solar cycle peak, Y2K and who knows what else coming together. navigates by auto routes within and beyond the Great North Woods region of northern New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

For instance, you can see what is on routes two or three in the region and beyond.

Both sites are constantly being improved and expanded, come back often to check them out!

Link to Routes section of

Seti@home banner - search for exreaterrestrial intelligence - moose group.

The night sky in the Great North Woods is something to behold. The crystal clear nountain air makes for the perfect place to watch the stars.

Did you ever wonder if anyone is out there?

A few years ago there were a lot of UFO sightings up in Colebrook. If anyone reading this knows who to contact, please let me know.

In any event, read on! Here's a way you can participate in the search for... well... whatever turns up!

SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data collected at the Arecibo Radio Observatory. There's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth.

SETI@Home only uses your computer to process data when you aren't using it and the screen saver would be on anyway.

Here's how to get started with the SETI@Home: You download and install the really neat computer screen saver that is used to process SETI data.

It's simple, first download the SETI Screen Saver and install it.

Once you start processing, Join Team Moose. You'll need to select a nickname and receive a password via email.

The SETI@Home screen saver is something you've just gotta see!


Saturday, September 18th - Northern Forest Heritage Park,

4th annual Game of Logging and Fall Festival.

(Click here to see more)

One of the events was a quilt show and drawing by the Berlin Quilting Guild and the Shady Ladies from Errol. They will be on Display at the Brown House, home of the Northern Forest Heritage Park until October 4th.

Below is quilter Sylvia Charest (L) and the winner of the quilt raffle, Denise Rancourt (R), holding the quilt on the way to its new home.

Click here to see the Quilt Show.

One of the events was a quilt show and drawing by the Berlin Quilting Guild and the Shady Ladies from Errol. They will be on Display at the Brown House, home of the Northern Forest Heritage Park until October 15th.

Click here for the Berlin Quilting Guild Newsletter - Saturday, September 25, 1999

Lancaster foot bridge re-located by

flood waters from Hurricane Floyd


In 1998 volunteers of the Lancaster Main Street Group built a foot bridge to an island in Israel's River so folks could enjoy a walk. The bridge was designed by retired GE engineer Bob Todd to be removed each winter to avoid damage from ice jams.

In 1998 volunteers of the Lancaster Main Street Group built a foot bridge to an island in Israel's River so folks could enjoy a walk. The bridge was designed by retired GE engineer Bob Todd to be removed each winter to avoid damage from ice jams.

This year it was relocated a little early and a few feet in the wrong direction by flood waters from Hurricane Floyd.

As you will see when you click to look at the other pictures, the design was good as the bridge appears to be easily restored.

East West Highway Panel

Link to route 2 panel pictures

On September 13, 1999 a panel of folks from across route 2 in Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York gathered in Lancaster, NH to discuss the future of the highway. Click here or on the picture to see more. Look in the local papers such as the Caledonian and Coos County Democrat as well as the Northern NH Magazine for stories later.

After Hours in the Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce

The Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce has started an after hours get to know your local business gatherings. Folks meet at a different business after normal business hours each month to schmooze and see what's going on. The first one was at the Siwoogonock Bank.

To the right Pat Kelly, Lancaster Town Manager is emphasizing a point with Don Mooney, Executive Director of the Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Gina Hamilton, Executive Director of the Lancaster Main Street Program. The first session was poorly attended... Look at all the food you missed!


Ok, what's the webmaster (me) doing slogging out in ankle deep water and mud chopping off plants?

Read on and find out! The Great North Woods is being invaded!

Help stop the Purple Loosestrife invasion!


This European plant is spreading in northern New Hampshire. It proliferates in swamps and flood plains. The clump below is just above the dam near LaBonville's on Route 16, the Berlin - Gorham Road.

Purple Loosestrife flowers closeup on the Berlin - Gorham Road, Route 16 in the east part of the Great North Woods Region of Northern New Hampshire. Webmaster, Ed Sanders removing flowers and seeds.

Wherever it grows it takes over completely, displacing all the other plants in the habitat used by native animals and birds for food and cover.

To the right is a closeup of the flowers.

Click here or on the pictures to learn more.

Purple Loosestrife flowers closeup on the Berlin - Gorham Road, Route 16 in the east part of the Great North Woods Region of Northern New Hampshire. 

You might like to check out my other web sites: - Areas beyond the Great North Woods - Politics, Opinions, History, and a lot of miscellaneous stuff

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