O'Neill — Lakes Region Profiles — Newfound Lake: The secret is out



Newfound Lake draws a captive audience year after year. Its mystique is nothing new. Frank Roche, president of Roche Realty Group, mentioned to me that when he was doing a high school project on Newfound Lake in the 1960s, it was called one of the cleanest lakes in the country by National Geographic. Today, it is still considered to be one of the cleanest in the world.

Newfound is the 5th largest lake in New Hampshire. It encompasses 4,106 acres with 22 miles of shoreline and is fed by eight springs. It is about 7 miles long, 2 ½ miles wide, and is one of New Hampshire's deepest lakes, dropping to depths of 183 feet deep. The lake is surrounded by the towns of Hebron, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Alexandria.

Newfound beaches are renowned for their soft white natural sand. The lake is framed by the White Mountains to the North and enveloped by stately forest. There is a quiet, country atmosphere about it. This old New Hampshire character is due to the small amount of commercial development along the shoreline. The homes on Newfound Lake are an eclectic mix of cabin colonies, upscale homes, condominiums, and cottages. In the summer, both motor boats and kayaks find a place on the lake. In the winter, the activities continue with snowmobiling, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Newfound and the connecting rivers are popular with fishermen for a catch of the perfect trout or salmon. The region is very accessible to travelers from Massachusetts and the rest of New England. Popular ski and recreation areas including Loon, Cannon, Waterville, Ragged, and Tenney are an easy drive. Many quaint eateries surround the lake. The Pasquaney Restaurant & Wild Hare Tavern offers a beautiful dining experience as you overlook the lake and enjoy the sunset. The Big Catch, Kathleen's Cottage, Gilly's Breakfast and Lunch, The Mill Fudge Factory, and Pat's Seafood and Pizzeria are just a few of others in the Newfound Lake area.

Newfound's reputation as one of the cleanest lakes is not just a matter of opinion. Its repute is backed by hard evidence. The NH Department of Environmental Services monitors New Hampshire lakes to ensure their water quality. One important parameter of quality utilizes a method of assigning water bodies a numerical value according to a designation of "Color". The scale runs from "0" (clear) to "75" (tea colored). Newfound Lake is one of five in the state with a "0" designation, the others being Squam Lake, Merrymeeting Lake, Pleasant Lake, and parts of Lake Winnipesaukee. The DES also gives each lake a "Trophic Class." This designation labels the lake according to water clarity, rooted plant growth, algae production, and bottom dissolved oxygen levels. Newfound Lake is designated "OLIGO," which means there is minimal support for algal blooms and rooted plant growth. This is one of the contributing factors to the lake being milfoil free.

It's no surprise that people have taken notice of Newfound Lake's special attributes. This is another lake that draws the highest accolades from those who experience it. Yankee Magazine calls it the "most beautiful lake in New Hampshire." On Tripadvisor the reviews range from delighted to speechless. "The pictures didn't do it justice," said one commenter. One reviewer called it "the secret big lake in New Hampshire." Another reviewer said, "Newfound lake is gorgeous, surrounded by mountain views...we kayaked into the sunset, it was awesome!" Almost every reviewer echoes the remark of a commenter from Bristol: "The water is so clean and clear you can not believe it" and another adds you "can still see the bottom in 8+ feet of water." A couple who bought a home on the lake had this to say: "We bought our home up here after researching lakes in NH. Newfound, while not the largest, is so very clean and pristine. Living in the town of Hebron allows us to use the town beach which is only for taxpayers (and they do check). Great beach, small yet never a problem parking or finding a picnic table." Chris H. from Boston wrote: "It's the best place on earth...I almost lied and gave a bad review so no one else finds this amazing area."

There are many ways to experience Newfound Lake. Wellington State Park in Bristol offers the largest freshwater swimming beach in New Hampshire's State Park system. This pristine beach is surrounded by hiking trails and picnic areas. There are volleyball and horseshoe courts. The park's peninsula nature trail has designated fishing areas, plant identification markers, and unbelievable views. Trails from the park give hikers access to the Sugarloafs, Goose Pond, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls, and Mt. Cardigan. The N.H. Fish & Game maintains a boat launch, which provides boaters free year-round access to Newfound Lake. The park was given to the State of New Hampshire for one dollar back in 1931. A summer visitor from New York City, Elizabeth R. Wellington, deeded the land to the state in memory of her father, Aaron, with the intent "to be forever kept as a public forest reservation, to be used for the development of a bird sanctuary, for public recreation...and for any purpose tending to the promotion of forestry." Other parcels were later granted or purchased and added to the original reserve. The beach, picnic areas and original buildings at Wellington were created in the 1930s by President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC).
The Newfound Audubon Center, located on the lake's northern shore, is comprised of three wildlife sanctuaries: Paradise Point Nature Center, Ash Cottage at Hebron Marsh Sanctuary, and the Bear Mountain Sanctuary. Their trails are open year-round to hikers, bird watchers, Nordic skiers, and snowshoers. In the summer, the Nature Center offers interactive exhibits, canoe and kayak rentals, and programs for all ages.

During the first weekend in October, Newfound Lake plays host to the New Hampshire Marathon. This world class running event, which is a sanctioned qualifier for the Boston Marathon, offers events for all ages and abilities. The course takes in the amazing views around the lake during the peak of the fall foliage season. Other activities on and around the lake include the Granite Ledges Triathlon, Hebron Fair, Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, foliage tours, auto racing on the ice during the winter months, and "Snodeo" snowmobile races.

The pristine beauty and peaceful atmosphere provide an ideal setting for youth summer camps. These camps are considered special members of the Newfound Lake community since they are committed to protecting thousands of feet of shore frontage and hundreds of acres.

When visitors speak of the Lakes Region, the big lake, Winnipesaukee, usually comes to mind even though there are about 273 lakes, ponds, and rivers in the Lakes Region. But Newfound Lake will not be left behind. It has earned a reputation for its natural splendor and unspoiled waters. It has kept this reputation thanks to the efforts of local conservation groups, residents, and devoted visitors. Compared to old Winni, Newfound may be smaller in size. Still there is no question, there are those who love it. The secret may be out about the beauty of Newfound Lake, but its future is in good hands.

Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market. Mary O'Neill is a sales associate at Roche Realty Group in Meredith & Laconia, NH and can be reached at (603) 366-6306. rocherealty.com

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Sanborn — 'Oeil-de-boeuf'

As of September 1, 2015 there were 1,252 residential homes on the market in the twelve Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The median price point came in at $269,900 meaning that there were 626 homes at or below that price point. That's a lot of affordable property. There were 375 homes available under $200,000. The current inventory level represents 14 month's worth of inventory based on the current sales rate.

Everyone thinks they are experts on real estate and houses. After all, everyone owns homes or lives in one, so that must make them an expert, right? So, you can tell me what a door, a window, a stair tread, or a ceiling fan is. You know that the board nailed up there around the ceiling is a crown molding and if it is in the middle of the wall it is a chair rail. You know the difference between a slider and a French door because that's very important in getting out to the back deck. But here are some terms for some common parts and pieces of a house used loosely (very loosely) in sentences. Do you know what the words really describe?

Earlier settlers walked across a bargeboard to get onto the vessel to go across the river.

John returned from the doctor, obviously still and pain and could only utter "check throat" when asked what the doctor did.

Little Johnny was adept at flying his kite and used a specially made kite winder to bring it back to the ground.

This inglenook is very dry and you can't put it in either a gablet or a goblet (hey, that's two terms in one sentence!)

I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked on the roof and saw a gray squirrel sitting on a cricket. Amazing sight!

I saw the intruder in the back yard on his haunch and all scuncheon down behind a bush. (another double)

The kids down on the farm would sometimes try to put a stick in the oxeye and then run like hell.

She loved the new French fragrance called "oeil-de-boeuf."

Rosie had fireplace cheeks and a great larder to boot... (again, two terms in one sentence! Extra points for this one!)


A bargeboard is the board used on the edge of the roof on the gable end of a house.

If you look outside on the bottom side of the window sill you may see a groove called a check throat that keeps water from reaching the exterior wall of the house.

If you have three wedge shaped stairs that make a ninety degree turn, you have a kite winder.

An Inglenook is a corner nook beside a fireplace often with a built in bench. You can't drink out of a gablet as it is a small gable at the top of a hip roof. You do know what the gable is, right?

A cricket is a pointed roof section that diverts water around some obstacle like the high side of the chimney. A squirrel can easily sit on it.

A haunch is the curved part of an arch (like over a doorway) that is bookended at the top by the peak and a molding on top of the post, column, or trim on the side of the door. A scuncheon is the reveal or trim between the inner face of the window or door and the wall.

Both an oxeye and an oeil-de-boeuf are small round windows.

Fireplace cheeks are the slanted side walls of a fireplace and we no longer use a larder because we now have refrigerators. A larder was a room constructed to keep food cool.

P​ease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 9/1/15. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012.

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Susan Estrich - Selling the soul

In the old days, Labor Day was the kickoff to the fall campaign — that is, the fall of the election. I'll never forget the Labor Day kickoff in 1984, when it rained on the picnic in Wisconsin, and the sound equipment didn't work in California, and when someone in the crowd collapsed. I had the awful sense that the campaign was doomed. It was.

We are over a year away from the fall campaign, and Labor Day will hardly be its kickoff. The first caucus is still months away, but the truth is that the first primary has been going on for months. It's the money primary, and unless you're a fan of Bernie Sanders, non-millionaires need not apply. Or non-billionaires.

It all makes sense in a perverted sort of way. The Supreme Court has struck down the overall limit on contributions to political parties, which means the 591 people who maxed out in 2012 won't have to worry about what would have been a $123,200 limit for this cycle.

Who gives $123,200 to a political candidate?

People with views that are as strong as their wallets are thick. Yes. As much as the ideologues get attacked for trying to dominate politics, I don't really worry so much about them. Both sides have their ideological stalwarts.

Like most people who have worked in politics, I used to have a love/hate relationship with the rich people we depended on. On the one hand, when you're running a campaign, you desperately want support from the people who can write a six-figure check, because it allows you to get your message across and win points with the press as a serious candidate. On the other hand, it always bugged me that we had to spend so much time pretending that what some rich developer thinks about the tax laws should inform a candidate's environmental policies.

That's the sore spot.
I don't mind if people who care about global warming want to spend millions to stop it. I don't mind if Emily's List, the pro-woman candidates' PAC, spends big; and if the anti-woman lobby wants to have their own PAC, that's only fair.
It's the developer I'm worried about. You see, most people who give money in politics aren't acting out of ideological fervor but out of practical business sense. What they give is worth it given what they get. If you're a government contractor who stands to make millions in contracts, a donation — often to both sides — ensures that your calls will be answered and your concerns will get a hearing (even if it is from a cynical staff member like I used to be). I remember attending Mike Dukakis' first million-dollar fundraiser, a big deal in those days. I looked around the room and said to a friend: "Do all these people really believe he'll be elected president?"

"Of course not," was the answer. The room was packed with Massachusetts developers, who thought that when the campaign was over the governor would still be the governor, which was why they were there.

Now Mike Dukakis was about the most ethical politician I've ever met, which some have said is one reason he's still a professor and not a former president. He wouldn't accept unlimited contributions, even though we'd found a very good loophole, much to my chagrin at the time.

It is certainly true that whatever the law is, smart lawyers will always be looking for loopholes. Short of a constitutional revolution, we will not get the money out of politics. But you simply can't raise a billion dollars without selling your soul, or at least mortgaging it, and most of us know that — whether we support public financing or not. That is one of the reasons that this Labor Day most of us will be trying to think about anything other than politics, which is a far worse sign of the times than rain, or even a broken sound system.

(Susan Estrich is a professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law Center. A best-selling author, lawyer and politician, as well as a teacher, she first gained national prominence as national campaign manager for Dukakis for President in 1988.)

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Pat Buchanan - Islam's conquest of Europe

"Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide," wrote James Burnham in his 1964 "Suicide of the West".

Burnham predicted that the mindless magnanimity of liberals, who subordinate the interests of their own people and nations to utopian and altruistic impulses, would bring about an end to Western civilization.

Was he wrong? Consider what is happening in Europe.

Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia, small nations sensing they will be swamped by asylum seekers from the Muslim world, are trying to seal their borders and secure their homelands. Their instinct for survival, their awareness of lifeboat ethics, is acute. Yet they are being condemned for trying to save themselves.

Meanwhile, the pope calls on Catholics everywhere to welcome the asylum seekers and Angela Merkel will be taking in 800,000 this year alone, though the grumbling has begun in Bavaria.

This is but the beginning of what is to come, if Europe does not pull up the drawbridge. For the scores of thousands of Syrians in the Balkans, Hungary, Austria and Germany are only the first wave. Behind them in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan are four million refugees from the Syrian civil war. Seeing the success of the first wave, they are now on the move.

Behind them are two million Alawites and two million Christians who will be fleeing Syria when the Bashar Assad regime falls to ISIS and the al-Qaeda terrorists who already occupy half of that blood-soaked land.

Now the Iraqis, who live in a country the prospects for whose reunification and peace are receding, have begun to move. Also among the thousands pouring into Europe from Turkey are Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Afghans. When the Americans leave Afghanistan and the Taliban take their revenge, more Afghans will be fleeing west.

Africa has a billion people, a number that will double by 2050, and double again to 4 billion by 2100. Are those billions of Africans going to endure lives of poverty under ruthless, incompetent, corrupt and tyrannical regimes, if Europe's door remains wide open?

What is coming is not difficult to predict. Europe is going to run out of altruism long before it runs out of refugees. For as The New York Times reported Monday, there is no end in sight to the coming Third World and Islamic migrations to Europe.

Humanitarian groups, said the Times, claim "successive waves of migrants ... are on the way, perhaps for months or even years, until the wars, poverty and other underlying causes of the dislocations have abated."

But with terrorism expanding from Nigeria to the Maghreb to the Middle East, wars spreading, and tyranny pandemic in those regions, will not a peaceful, prosperous and free Europe always be a magnet?

If Europe does not seal its borders, what is to stop the Islamic world and Third World from coming and repopulating the continent with their own kind, as the shrinking native populations of Europe die out? Will Old Europe even be recognizable by midcentury?

The inevitable reaction to what is happening has already begun. European nations will divide with anti-immigrant parties like the National Front in France and UKIP in Britain gaining adherents until the major parties embrace restrictions on immigration or are swept aside.

Already there is a backlash in Germany and Austria to the tens of thousands invited in. Eastern Europe, with shrinking populations of native-born, has shown little interest in admitting migrants.
Though attacked by his opposition, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not be admitting Arab and Muslim asylum seekers. Having built a fence from Gaza to Eilat to keep Africans from crossing the Sinai, a wall to separate the West Bank from Israel, Bibi is now building a fence on the Jordanian border.

The Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas says he would welcome Palestinian asylum seekers. Both sides know that, in this struggle, demography may very well be destiny.

The Schengen Agreement that guarantees "open borders" among EU nations is also unlikely to survive this invasion. The old national borders of Europe will be re-established.

And as divisions deepen within and between countries over how many to accept, and when to shut the door, the EU may itself crack up over this most momentous and emotional of issues.

The scores of thousands of migrants bursting into Europe and the hundreds of thousands and millions coming after them are going to force Europeans to address an existential question. Who are we? Are we unique and separate peoples of a particular race and tribe, history and faith, language and culture, identifiable to all the world and worth preserving at the price of our lives?

Are we Germans, Russians, Poles, Italians, Spanish and French first? Or are we simply Europeans, people who live on the world's smallest continent and share a belief in the equality of all peoples and cultures, and in secularism and social democracy?

Liberal Man almost alone excepted, every species of animal life reacts or recoils when another species intrudes upon its turf.

Thus, in the end, Burnham was probably right. Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.

(Syndicated columnist Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.)

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Bob Meade - Equal justice & political correctness?

I just read the CNN report on the Jury verdict concerning the charge of rape made against a St. Paul's prep school senior. According to the report, it appears that the jury did not believe the young woman's testimony that the act was against her will, nor did they believe the young man's claim that there was no intercourse. He was acquitted of the rape charge and the most serious verdict rendered by the jury was that the defendant was guilty of a felony charge of ". . . using the internet to seduce, solicit or entice a child under age 16 in order to commit sexual assault."

The (now) nineteen year old defendant faces a possible eleven years in prison and must register as a sex offender . . . for the rest of his life. Whether or not the young man will have to forfeit his acceptance and scholarship to Harvard is not yet known, but likely.

There are only two people who know exactly what happened. The rest of us can only speculate on what is the truth. The jury seemed not to believe either one of them, but the jurors were able to arrive at some sort of "compromise" verdict. But, is it justice?

In looking at some information on teen age sex, it appears that much of underage sex that results in a pregnancy never gets reported to authorities. There are "activist" websites that promote abortion, including for underage teenagers, and provide information about the fourteen states in which parental consent or notification is not required. (http://www.positive.org/Resources/consent.html) Such sites also provide information on how to bypass parental notification or consent requirements in those states that do have some notification requirements. And, there are numerous references that show that Planned Parenthood provides abortions to teenagers and, in some cases, do their best to avoid determining the age of the person who impregnated the young woman. Why? Because, if they knew the age, they would have to report that, at the minimum, statutory rape may have been committed. Apparently, they consider performing the abortion more important than notifying the teenager's parents that a "medical procedure" is going to be performed, or notifying the police that a rape has been committed. Has what passes for "political correctness" evolved to the point where parents have to cede their parental rights to some unknown person? Or responsible "health care" providers can avoid reporting likely felonies to the police? But, that same "political correctness" prevents a school nurse from giving a teenaged student an aspirin to relieve a headache?

In the case of the St. Paul's students, the young woman's name cannot be divulged. And, even though the jury evidently believed the sex was consensual, the young man may serve a long term jail sentence, lose his ability to study at one of the country's most prestigious universities, and will forever have to carry the label and be publicly identified as a sex offender; an unforgiving "life sentence". Equal justice?

A former classmate sent me an article on the latest creation in the world of Political Correctness . . . this time it's, "gender neutrality". Now the PC mavens at the University of Tennessee have determined that to use the terms, he-she-male-female-boy-girl-masculine-feminine is not nice. In fact, those erudite keepers and definers of what is politically correct speech have determined that to use any of those descriptors is biased and/or prejudicial. They suggest the person does not have to use their given name nor do they have to use any word that would identify their gender; a term such as "Ze" may be used as a substitute.

Can it be that some have determined it is better not to provide an education that would provide the student with marketable skills so that they could achieve a reasonable level of independence and, perhaps, some level of wealth? Rather, do they feel that espousing some theoretical; feel good measure of equality of outcome is more important? Or, are they simply obsessed with denying that the sexes are in fact, different, and are purposely so?

We have seen a number of academia's finest espouse "humanism" — a code word meaning atheism. They seem to not want to believe that some Almighty power may have actually caused what is now called the "Big Bang theory". That big bang is what caused everything known to man and beyond, to be created . . . the stars, the planets, the meteors, the gaseous clouds, the land and seas, and time and space, plants and animals, and thoughts and reason . . . everything.

And, as we look around, we see the bees that sting and the birds that sing, the fish in the seas and the leaves on the trees, Trees that abound and grass on the ground, the apes and the grapes, iron and copper and the Burger King Whopper, and Adam and Eve, for all who believe. You see, every living thing was made to live and to sustain life. The oak sheds its acorn to feed the squirrels and begin the growth of another oak. The seeds of the grapes will produce another vine. The bees move from tree to tree or plant to plant to make it possible for the fruits to grow. And men and women make children. You see, in nature, the natural thing for plant or animal (including humans) is to pro-create.

Let's see if "Ze" can do that without any help.

(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)

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