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HikingThe Willey Range
on a Beautiful Winter Day
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Crawford Notch from Mt Avalon
eing outdoors here in
northern New England
can make a person
happy to be alive regardless of the
weather. However, there is a particular pleasure on those precious
days in winter when it turns
bright and sunny after a recent
snowfall. On such a day, I
recently had the good fortune to
hike to the Willey Range in the
Crawford Notch. Within this
range are three 4,000 ft peaks:
Mt. Tom (4,051 ft), Mt. Field
(4,340 ft) and Mt. Willey (4,285
ft). For veteran hikers, it’s a relatively easy trek to take in all three
peaks in a day, and to also tack on
a short side trip to a 3,442 ft peak
named Mt. Avalon.
If you can team up with
someone to park a car at the top
of Crawford Notch and at the
bottom of the Notch, then you
can take in all three of the aforementioned 4,000 foot peaks
without retracing your steps.
However, many folks simply park
at the trailhead at the top of
Crawford Notch and hike to
these peaks in either a clockwise
or counterclockwise direction.
Regardless of your direction of
travel, if you use the single-trailhead option, then it means that
you’ll be climbing Mt. Field
twice. It would be far easier to
visualize this by looking at a trail
map. This is a perfect example of
why they invented the expression
that says “a picture is worth a
1,000 words”!
My trek on this gorgeous winter day began and ended at the
trailhead for the Avalon Trail. I
opted to do this hike in a clockwise fashion. My first stop along
the way was Mt. Avalon. Simply
put, the views from here are sort
of like those from Mt. Willard,
except bigger! Although the vista
looking down the Crawford
Notch from Mt. Avalon is outstanding, I spent only a few minutes there since I was eager to
continue onward to the higher
peaks in the Willey Range.
Mt. Field was my next stop.
Particularly in the winter when
the snowpack elevates you a few
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feet higher, there are some striking views from this summit. The
view towards the Presidential
Range is particularly impressive,
but there are eye-pleasing views
in other directions as well. From
the lofty perch atop Mt. Field
you can peer way down at the
area surrounding the Highland
Center complex. With the aid of
binoculars you can likely see your
parked car awaiting your return
at the end of the day!
Mt. Willey was my primary
target for this day, and so my stay
on Mt. Field was only slightly
longer than the time spent on
Mt. Avalon. Besides, I knew that
I’d be back on this summit later
in the day during the return leg
Webster Cliffs and Presidential Range from Mt Willey
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Presidential Range from Mt Field
From Mt. Willey, the view of the
Presidential Range is similar to
that from Mt. Field but with the
added attraction of Mt. Webster’s
massive cliffs of staring you right
in the face! These imposing cliffs
present quite an abrupt ending to
the ridgeline that leads down
from Mt. Washington. Just as
with Mt. Willard and Mt. Avalon, the vista from Mt. Willey
includes a portion of the impressive Crawford Notch. A conspicuous object in this view is the
sweeping gash of the railroad
located well above the valley
floor. Building this railway was
quite an engineering feat in its
day. Streams plunging from high
above the valley cut deep gorges
and many trestles were required
to bridge them. The impressive
trestle located near the foot of
Mt. Willard has tracks that are
about 85 feet above Willey
After lingering for nearly an
hour atop Mt. Willey, it was time
to head back to Mt. Field, and
then onward from there to Mt.
Tom which was my last stop for
the day. Just as is the case with
Mt. Field, the view from Mt.
Tom is given a helping hand in
winter by an extra boost provided
by the snowpack. The daylight
was quickly fading by the time I
arrived at the summit of Tom.
However, it was nonetheless an
impressive sight to see the outline
of Carrigain Notch magnificently
silhouetted on the horizon. I
didn’t linger long enough to get
the full effect of the astonishing
red/orange display of alpenglow
on the snowcapped mountains.
However, I got a “teaser” view of
this natural phenomenon with a
slightly reddened sky above me,
and below me were ridgelines
being transformed to a mosaic of
handsomely scalloped shadows.
When I experience a delightful day of snowshoeing in the
mountains, it frequently brings
to mind a verse from Winter
Morning by Ogden Nash: “I like
to walk on fresh fallen snow; the
kind that whispers and speaks. It
sings a song as I walk along, with
crackles and scrunches and
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My Daughter is
Getting Married
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My daughter, Maggie, is getting married this summer and I’m
here to tell you that things have
changed . . . a lot . . . since the little woman, Winnie, and I tied
the knot in 1977. The Wright
household is all atwitter with
excitement over the wedding
plans and, while I have offered a
few suggestions, it has become
readily apparent that my expected participation, at this stage, is
to write checks and stay out of
the way.
I thought Winnie and I had a
wonderful wedding and reception 33 years ago. After exchanging vows at the Smalltown Congregational Church, we were off
to celebrate at the Bull Mountain
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Ski Lodge. We had a great meal
we picked up at Dan’s Market—
tuna and chicken salad finger
rolls, IGA potato chips and macaroni salad—served on paper
plates, the fancy ones with the little blue flowers on them.
It was quite a party too. We
danced the night away to “The
Rusty Bean Music Machine.”
Rusty was the mechanic down at
Blake’s Esso Station, but he
moonlighted as a wedding singer.
Accompanied by his Casio keyboard, he belted out all the nuptial classics, from Roy Orbison’s
It’s Over to the Rolling Stones’ (I
Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. I was
encouraged that Rusty just might
play something appropriate for
the occasion when he invited
Winnie and me to the dance
floor as he played the lovely Beatles ballad I Will. My new bride
was less than impressed though,
when he completed the Fab Four
medley with I’m a Loser and I
Should Have Known Better.
It was a great party and before
we knew it, we were dragging
Schlitz cans behind our 1972
Chevy Vega on our way to honeymoon for two glorious nights
at the Buck and Doe Lodge in
Island Lake.
Now that Maggie is planning
a wedding, I’m discovering that
some entrepreneurs have found
hundreds of ways to turn marriage into a major industry.
There are no more do-ityourself weddings. One must
hire a wedding planner for fear
that the bride and her mother
will forget some of the ways to
spend money on the big event.
Maggie is a beautiful, wonderful, young lady, but she’s
pushing 30 – old maid material
by 1970s standards—so I was
happy to agree with the little
woman that our little girl should
have a nice wedding. I was
duped; had no idea what I was
agreeing to.
Let me provide you with a
partial list of the components of a
21st Century wedding.
An engagement party –
because the bride’s parents aren’t
going to spend enough on the
wedding itself.
Save the date cards – these go
out several months prior to the
invitations just in case one person
didn’t hear about the impending
nuptials via email, Facebook or
The bride’s dress – must be
custom made by a designer to
ensure that it is like no other and
costs as much as an entire 1977
Music – no “Rusty Bean
Music Machine.” One must hire
different musicians for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The band for the reception
must include a horn section and
a lead singer with, at least, one
Grammy on his/her mantle. The
cash outlay for music on the big
day must be equal to, or greater
than, twice the cost of the bride’s
Flowers – must include exotic
species only – nothing grown in
this country and certainly nothing the father of the bride can
pronounce . . . or afford.
Photographer – must include
still photos and hi-def video. The
photographer must be a descendent or former student of Ansel
Adams and must be so busy that
he/she couldn’t care less if you
turn down their offer to document the big day for the cost of a
European vacation for two.
Guest Bags – The list goes on,
but this is the item that earned
me the nickname, “George
Banks”—you know, the Steve
Martin character in Father of the
Bride. I’m told we have to give
each guest staying at the hotel a
guest bag containing bottled
water, aspirin, and snacks.
Pleeease! I love these people, but
will they really need snacks after
the $150 meal? And aspirin
because I bought them too many
$10 cocktails? And water? Doesn’t that come out of that shiny
thing hooked to the sink, like at
I love Maggie and I hope she
is happily married for many
years. Her mom and I have been
in a state of continuous bliss for
33 years now. If wedding expense
is a happiness factor, I figure she
and Roscoe should be good for,
at least, 330 anniversaries.
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What Smart Consumers
Should Know About Warranties
children think gum is a good substitute for glue!
Limited or Extended?
Most electronic goods come
with limited manufacturers’ warranties, but coverage is minimal,
mostly for defects in manufacturing or workmanship. If accidents
happen, you’re out of luck. Moreover, coverage may be split
between parts and labor. For
example, coverage for parts may
be for one year, but labor for 90
Extended “warranties,” more
appropriately called extended service plans, go beyond defects in
parts or workmanship. They
often cover normal wear and tear,
damage due to power surges or
environmental factors like dust
and heat.
Many such plans, primarily on
portable electronics, also cover
accidental damage. Some will
help you troubleshoot technical
problems even if repair isn’t needed, giving you experts to contact
any time of day or night when
most manufacturers are closed.
This is especially helpful if your
These days, time is money.
Purchasing a service plan can be a
huge time-saver. Not only do
many offer 24/7 access to customer service representatives
online or by phone, you can get
many issues resolved on the first
call through technical troubleshooting. This can be helpful
when buying an electronic gift
for a tech-phobic loved one, to
make sure your present doesn’t
give them major headaches.
Read the Contract
Before purchasing an extended
service contract, there are several
things to check, according to the
experts at N.E.W., the leading
independent administrator of
buyer protection services. First,
understand it isn’t the same as
insurance. Nobody will replace
your purchase if it’s lost, stolen or
has excessive physical damage.
And don’t purchase an extended
service contract if the retailer
doesn’t provide a copy of the
terms prior to purchase.
Once you are clear on the
terms, make sure the name and
contact of the contract provider
is stated on the document. Keep
the service contract paperwork,
original receipt(s) and all maintenance records in an easy-to-access
location. And register with the
plan provider online if you can.
Bryan Hadlock
Casey Hadlock
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or your
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To All You Animal Lovers:
Our pets are also our best friends. They give us so much without
question and they ask so little in return. They make us happy, they
make us healthy, they take away our loneliness and they make us
laugh when we most need it. They work for us without pay and
often they work for us without even getting a pat on the head.
They helped us settle this country, they fought in our wars, and they continuously give their lives
in service including medical and other research. And yet, may times their reward becomes death,
only because they become unwanted, surplus nameless statistic. Why do so many people mistreat them? Why are so many people unkind to their best friends? There are no easy answers,
but we have to deal with the unfortunate results many times; when we investigate cases of
neglect, abandonment, and abuse when we take in homeless and abandoned animals that are
often mistreated as well. Here they get warm shelter, high quality nutritional food, the best
medical care, and TLC they so richly deserve. Then they get chance to find a loving, lifelong home.
Miracles do happen, and in our shelter they happen often. But they can only happen because generous animal lovers like you, open their hearts and, yes their checkbooks. Your financial support
helps us buy the food, pay for the medical care and help us to take care of the animals, which
truly cannot help themselves. We are here each and every day of the year. Rain or shine, holidays
or not, every one of the 365 days, because we care.
Thank you so much for your compassion and dedication to our animal friends.
Sincerely, Mila Rizzo, Director
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(StatePoint) When buying electronics and appliances, we’ve all
had salespeople ask, “Would you
like to buy an extended warranty?”
“Many consumers today do a
lot of research online before they
buy products, but don’t know
much about warranties before
entering the store,” says Jamie
Breneman, contributor to
spokesperson for N.E.W. Customer Service Companies Inc.
“The challenge is that there’s a lot
of misinformation out there
about warranties and extended
service plans.”
Here’s what you need to know
to make an informed decision:
While limited warranties come
free with the purchase of any
electronic, extended service contracts usually cost between 10
and 20 percent of the product’s
retail price since it adds additional value for longer periods of
time. They’re often good investments when buying products
that are expensive to repair, like
plasma TVs, computers, appliances and video game consoles.
You can probably forego the
extended warranty on a $10
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52. Old fashioned "before"
20. Gathered leaves
53. "____ on Me"
22. Preceding month
55. Rub-a-dub-___
24. Movie review, e.g.
1. It comes from the past?
57. *Location of air travel-disrupting volcano
25. Popular perennial garden plant
6. Like one of the Testaments
61. *Infamous secret spiller
26. Belted starman
9. *Lady Gaga - most charitable ____ of 2010 65. Ecclesiastic council
27. Ann Patchett's novel "Bel _____"
13. Cooler clime conifer
66. Goes with "aah"
29. *A revolutionary device?
14. Actress Thompson
68. Scandinavian gnome
31. Intersecting nerves or vessels
15. Garlic mayo
69. Everyone but clergy
32. Easternmost state
16. *"The Hurt Locker" won this
70. Biography
33. Thespian
17. Romanian monetary unit
71. Hollywood's legendary swashbuckler
34. *Home to trapped miners
18. Three goddesses of destiny
72. Odds and ____
36. Expression of contempt or scorn
19. *It broke out in Haiti
73. Boundary Waters entry point
38. Text messenger
21. *2010's best actress?
74. One _____ what he sows
42. Toboggans
45. Unwellness
23. Object of fairytale princess test
49. *Fashion-conscious character from "Toy
Story 3"
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24. Capital of Norway
25. Ad ___
1. Eastern ____
28. Bypass
2. Eye hair
30. Plane road
3. To be played with a bow
35. Verbal test
4. Sell illegally, as in tickets
37. Long narrative poem
5. "______ a crowd"
39. Impart knowledge to
6. Used in India for writing paper
40. Cosine's buddy
7. *Pitcher who led Rangers to first World
60. A bunch
8. Smears
61. Sailor's call
9. Upper layer of earth's crust
62. Novelist Roberts
10. Dorothy's dog
63. Lump of stuff
11. *This Baldwin co-hosted 2010 Academy
64. Building extensions
47. Organic compound
48. Heavy windbreaker
12. Strategic board game
50. Margarine
15. Drifting
51. Wrongful dispossession
Crossword Solution on page 15
54. Sun-dried brick
56. Pavlova's rail
57. Just one of British Isles
58. Bluish green
59. Children's author ____ Blyton
41. Inhabitants of Denmark
43. ----caca, South American lake
44. Native American pole
46. Popular pickling spice
67. *Spilled in the Gulf
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