Wilmot “Bill” Nelson, flanked by sister Miriam, left, and Gloria Gagnon at right, holds the official proclamation stating that his birthday “is, and always will, be Bill Nelson Day” in Norton. Over 75 guests helped Bill celebrate his 100th birthday with a gathering on Sunday afternoon, October 26 at the Norton Restaurant. (Alan Farnsworth photo)

Poore Farm Receives ‘Seven to Save’ Nod from N.H. Preservation Alliance

The Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum in Stewartstown has been named to the New Hampshire Preserva-tion Alliance’s annual 2014 Seven to Save list of threatened historic landmarks from around the state that are deemed significant and worthy of preservation.

The bonus eighth listing this year focuses on historic family-owned farms and agricultural landscapes statewide, according to the October 22 announcement. “Seven to Save is a means to recognize the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to both local communities and our statewide heritage,” the release states.

This year’s list includes town halls in the neighboring towns of Bradford and Washington, the historic Watson Academy in Epping, the Hill-Lassonde house opposite Manchester’s Bronstein Park, Hopkinton’s Kimball Lake Cabins, and the Brown Company House in Berlin.

“The Poore Family Foundation board of directors and I are very proud to receive the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance designation as one of the Seven to Save for 2014,” said Richard Johnsen, executive director of the Poore Family Foundation for the North Country Conservancy. “We hope this will bring attention to the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum and our needs to preserve and display this North Country gem.”

Seven to Save chairman Hunter Ulf observed that the program “recognizes the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to local communities as well as the state’s identity and economic vitality.”

N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Foods commissioner Lorraine Merrill spoke on behalf of historic family farms. The owner of an historic farm herself, she noted that over the past 25 years, New Hampshire has lost one out of every four acres of prime farmland to development, and one of every three acres in the Seacoast region. Solutions, she said, include more farm-friendly land use policies, direct marketing and conservation efforts.

“Farms and farming activity contribute to the rural character so prized in New Hampshire communities,” Commissioner Merrill said. “We hope that this designation will foster creative efforts to support farms, farmers and farm buildings in a powerful coalition.”

Loss of population, rather than growth, has affected the two North Country properties on the Seven to Save list. The Brown Company House in Berlin, believed to be the oldest wood-frame building in the city, was a central part of the history of mills and logging in Berlin, but suffers from a long list of needed repairs.

Likewise, stewards of the Poore Farm Museum in Stewartstown are working to attract more visitors and more financial support to preserve its early house and barn, and fulfill its potential as a place to learn about life without electricity, indoor plumbing, or other modern conveniences. More information, including how to contribute, may be found online at

Criteria for Seven to Save include the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing could help in preserving or protecting the property. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance ( is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education, resources and advocacy.

(Issue of October 29, 2014)


Kayla Romero of New Mexico shot this 445-pound bull moose in Norton last week with Hunt of a Lifetime. She is joined by younger sister Arieanna, parents Paul and Annette, and Nicole and Dody Bleau of HOAL. (Jake Mardin photo)

Two Young People Get Their Moose, Thanks to Vermont Hunt of a Lifetime
By Jake Mardin

Two young hunters from New Mexico and Michigan successfully bagged moose in the Northeast Kingdom last week thanks to Hunt of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that grants hunting and fishing trips for people under the age of 21 with life-threatening illnesses. HOAL provides for the entire endeavor, including air fare, accommodations, firearms and safety equipment.

Kayla Romero and her parents, Paul and Annette, and younger sister Arieanna flew into Vermont on October 15 and started hunting last Saturday. They were joined by HOAL Vermont Ambassador Dody Bleau and his wife Nicole. Dody has been with Hunt of a Lifetime since 2002, and has been a guide in the Northeast Kingdom since 2005.

Dody said the group went all over the area, including Bloomfield, Lemington and Canaan, but had no luck until Tuesday, when they ventured to Norton. Dody suggested that they take a ride up along the power lines, where they spotted a fresh track in the road and continued farther up. Dody called for a moose with no result, but when they turned around and came around a corner they spotted a bull and cow walking down the road. Kayla shot the bull, which weighed 445 pounds, from about 120 yards out using a Savage 7mm-08 rifle.

“It was really awesome when we finally saw him,” she said. The group went out every day at around 4 a.m. and didn’t return until dark, and it wasn’t until a half-hour before dark on Tuesday when the big moment finally came.

“I was just short of tears,” Dody said of the moment when Kayla got her moose. “You see them smile, and that’s what I get for a paycheck.”

Eleven-year-old Blake Hulliberger and his father Joe arrived in Vermont from Michigan last Thursday, and started their hunt on Saturday morning. Karen and Don Nelson were the guides for this trip, and Eric Breault also joined the hunting party.

Like Kayla’s group, this crew also got up early in the morning and didn’t return until dark. Don said Blake got his 625-pound bull on Bloomfield Ridge at 12:30 p.m. last Wednesday.

They had spotted a couple of moose in the morning, and after they jumped this bull in the afternoon, Don called it back and Blake got a shot off from about 150 yards away with a Savage .308 rifle. Blake said he was “pretty happy” when he got the moose and described his first trip to Vermont as “awesome.”

(Issue of October 29, 2014)


Eleven-year-old Blake Hulliberger of Michigan shot this 625-pound bull on Bloomfield Ridge last week. Blake was granted a wish by Hunt of a Lifetime to go on a moose hunt, along with his father Joe, guides Karen and Don Nelson, and Eric Breault. (Courtesy photo)

NHIAA Div. IV Tournament: Colebrook to Host Preliminary Round Soccer Games Today and Tomorrow
By Jake Mardin

Pairings for the 2014 boys’ and girls’ soccer tournaments were released on Monday, and both Colebrook teams will host preliminary round games this week. Game results and tournament updates can be found on-line at

Boys’ Tournament #11 Pittsfield vs. #6 Colebrook

The boys’ playoffs begin at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, October 29, with Colebrook hosting Pittsfield in the preliminary round. These two teams did not face each other in the regular season, and their only common opponent was Lin-Wood.

Colebrook went 1-1 against the Lumberjacks, losing 3-1 at Lin-Wood and winning 4-3 at home. The game in Colebrook was Lin-Wood’s first loss of the season. Lin-Wood bested Pittsfield twice by identical 2-1 scores.

Colebrook went 11-4-1 in the regular season. After a 2-3-1 start the Mohawks went 9-1 in their final ten games, with their only loss coming from Littleton. Along with the win over Lin-Wood, another standout win for Colebrook was on September 30 when they defeated Division III White Mountains Regional, who finished the regular season with an 11-4-1 record.

Pittsfield finished with a record of 7-7-2. With the exception of a win over Sunapee (11-4-1), all of the Panthers’ wins came against teams with losing records. Pittsfield also had ties against Sunapee and at Newmarket (12-2-2).

The winner of the game will go on to face the winner of #3 Lin-Wood vs. #14 Epping, at the home of the higher seed at 2 p.m. Saturday. Other first-round games are #9 Lisbon vs. #8 Woodsville; #13 Gorham vs. #4 Derryfield; and #10 Profile vs. #7 Littleton.

Girls’ Tournament #12 Epping vs. #5 Colebrook

The girls’ playoffs begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, October 30. As with the boys, these teams did not play each other during the regular season, but in this instance they also did not share any common opponents.

Colebrook ended the regular season with a 12-3-1 record and closed out the season on an 8-1 run. Regular season highlights included a sweep of Profile (10-6-1), a win over Littleton (10-5-1), and White Mountains (8-7-1) of Division III.

Epping finished with a record of 7-9. The Blue Devils ended the season on a five-game losing streak, facing Moultonborough (twice), Newmarket, Derryfield and Sunapee--four teams with a combined record of 49-13-2. Epping’s signature win came early in the season, with a 1-0 over Newmarket.

The winner of tomorrow’s game will face the winner of #13 Pittsfield vs. #4 Newmarket in the quarterfinal round, set for 2 p.m. this Sunday at the home of the higher seed.

(Issue of October 29, 2014)


Pittsburg runner Kirby Judd receives her medal following a 20th-place, 22:09 finish in the Division III girls’ state meet at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday. By finishing in the top 23, she qualified for the NHIAA Cross Country Meet of Champions to be held at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, November 1 at Nashua High School South. This event draws the top runners from each divisional meet and serves as the qualifying races for the New England High School Championships. (Arlene Allin photo)

Canaan-Pittsburg X-C Runs at States, Judd Qualifies for Meet of Champions
By Jake Mardin

The Yellow Jackets ran in the 2014 NHIAA Cross Country Divisional Championships at Derryfield Park in Manchester this past Saturday, competing in Division III. “The weather was perfect for running,” coach David Herr said. “Most of the team had good races.”

Kirby Judd was the sole female runner for Canaan-Pittsburg. Coach Herr said she was a little off her normal time, but she still finished in 20th place out of 150 runners with a time of 21:58. Derryfield’s Casey Hecox won the girls’ DIII race with a time of 19:25, and White Mountains Regional High School finished first as a team.

Judd’s finish earned her a spot in the Meet of Champions race, 2:30 p.m. this Saturday at Nashua High School South, where she will compete against 149 other top runners across all three divisions. “She should be able to knock a minute off her time if she has a good race,” Coach Herr said.

The boys’ race drew 186 competitors. Jeremiah Zybas was the top Canaan-Pittsburg runner, finishing in 58th with a time of 19:36. Joey Flanagan finished 78th at 20:08; Colin Carlson 92nd at 20:43; Dylan Gilbert 125th at 22:04; and Jonah Cote 165th at 25:05. Cote cramped up early but fought through the pain to finish. Inter-Lakes’ Cameron Daly won the boys’ race with a time of 16:11, and Mascenic Regional won as a team.

(Issue of October 29, 2014)



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