Annual Meeting - 2014-11-11

The Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting was held at the Town of Chesterfield Town Hall on Nov 11, 2014. Over 80 members and guests were in attendance.

The meeting opened with the introduction of our speaker, Willem Lange, a television personality and outdoor enthusiast and the long serving host of NH Public TV's award winning show "Windows to the Wild." Mr. Lange presented a video of outdoor scenes primarily from northern New England featuring primarily himself hiking and commenting on various aspects of the outdoors. After the video, Mr Lange answered questions with many humorous comments judging by the frequent laughter during his comments. The program was well received.

A break was taken for a very fine selection of refreshments and then the business meeting commenced. The following slate of officers for 2015 was presented, nominations closed with no additions and the election was held.

All persons nominated were elected.

FOP needs a Secretary as the position became vacant just before the Annual Meeting when the current Secretary’s job position changed. A volunteer for Secretary would be appreciated. The Council meets once a month on the first Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Call President Gary Montgomery at 603-363-8420.

Officers : For 2015
President: Gary Montgomery (Chesterfield)
Vice President: Matt Edson (Hinsdale)
Treasurer: John Hudachek (Chesterfield)
Secretary: Open
Council Members: To serve a Three Year Term, expiring in November 2017
Kim Nilsen (Chesterfield)
Abrahm Howe (Westmoreland)
Council Members: To serve a Two Year Term, expiring in November 2015
Laura Susmann (Dublin)
Beth Phippard (West Swanzey)
History and Education Volunteer
Neil Jenness (Spofford)

A very brief discussion followed the election of officers. A comment was made that we are still waiting for the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) promised almost 3 years ago by the State of NH. Also, Kim Nilsen suggested that we really need to get someone involved who can talk about this neck of the state.

Matt Donachie

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Pisgah Trail Maintenance - November 9, 2014

Jim Schofield, David Weisel, Krister Raasoch with his dogs Art and Harry, Iva Wood, John Hudachek and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Pisgah Park Manager Whip Newell at the Visitor Center at 10:00am.  Although chilly to start it was a perfect working day.  We drove down to Fullam Pond where we cleared brush and limbs to open the view of the pond.  Using John Herrick's tractor and chipper all the branches were ground into wood chips.  This also opens the shoreline for fishing.  We finished shortly after 2:00pm and were back at the Visitor Center before 2:30.

John Hudachek

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Fall 2014 Update Newsletter Posted

The Fall 2014 Update newsletter has been posted.

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Monadnock Happy Trails Workday - October 18, 2014

Beth Phippard, Sharon Thomsen, Angie Hauri, Mary Page, Laurie
Russell, John Herrick, Gary Montgomery, Art and Laura Susmann and Park
Manager Whip Newell worked on the Snow Brook Trail and Orchard Trail. 
Both are now clear for use.   We did not gather for lunch as we were all
working in different locations - divide and conquer!   Weather was
cool; we did get sprinkled on for a minute or two but nothing serious.

Pictures and story by Laura Susmann

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2014-10-11

Volunteers met Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell at 10 am on a cloudy Saturday, October 11th, at the Kilburn Trailhead in Hinsdale.  The rain had stopped by that time.

Using Matt's ATV Gary Montgomery and Matt Edson cleared the east side of the Kilburn Loop.  John Herrick, David Weisel and John Hudachek (plus Whip for 1.5 hours) cleared culverts, water bars and ditches and removed any branches across the trail from Kilburn trailhead down the west side of the loop. It was actually very peaceful and quiet in the park.  Kilburn Pond was still as glass and beautiful.  We met no other hikers the entire work session.

As the sun appeared at the south end of the Kilburn Loop we met Gary and Matt Edson for lunch.  After lunch we cleared the trail from the bottom of the loop that heads down to Hinsdale (the trail ends on private property so we had gotten permission).  We were back to our vehicles just before 2:00 pm.

One stone culvert on the Kilburn Road to the
pond is falling in and needs a real culvert soon.  One of the bridges at
the south side of the loop needs several new deck boards now and new
stringers within a couple of years.

John Hudachek

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27th Annual Friends of Pisgah Picnic at Visitor Center Barn - 2014-10-04

The 27th Annual Friends of Pisgah Picnic was held Saturday, October 4th in the Visitor Center barn.  At least 26 friends showed up on a drizzly morning.  Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and sweet corn as well as great food brought by attendees was enjoyed by all.

The morning drizzle turned to steady afternoon rain.  Mums and pumpkins were raffled off after dinner.

We’d like to thank the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use the park for our picnic.

Click here to view photos by Marty Summers

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2014-09-13

Laura Susmann, Krister Raasoch, Krister's dogs Art and Harry, Iva Wood and FOP trail chief John Herrick met Pisgah Park Manager Whip Newell at the Visitor Center at 10:00.  They cleared brush to the north of the Visitor Center with the aid of John Herrick's tractor and chipper.

John Hudachek

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Monadnock Happy Trails Workday

10/18/2014 - 9:00am

The Monadnock Happy Trails Association (MHTA) plans to meet at the Pisgah Visitor Center at 9 am and work on the Snow Brook Trail (Whip will do chain saw work and supervise).  If we finish that we will move on to Orchard Trail as we understand that has not been worked on in quite some time.  Of course, bring tools, lunch, etc.   

MHTA is a non-profit equine pleasure trail riding club servicing members in the Southern NH/Northern MA area.  MHTA offers its members informative speakers, friendly advice, and scheduled trail rides throughout the riding season. Meeting the first Monday of every month at the Swanzey Congregational Church and welcoming new members any time of the year.
Check out the MHTA web site:

Kilburn Bridge Rebuild 2014-08-16

Laura Susmann, Jim Schfield, David Weisel, Krister Raasoch with Harry and Art, John Hudachek, Matt Edson, John Herrick and his John Deere tractor and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell met at 9 am on Saturday, August 16th at the Kilburn Trailhead in Hinsdale. The goal of the day was to rebuild the decking and hand rails on the bridge on the northeast corner of the Kilburn at the end of the Kilburn Road.

First the old stringers were removed and the new stringers set into place.  We replaced the decking and hand rails with new lumber provided by the state that had been already cut and transported close to the bridge.  Gary Montgomery arrived around 1:00 to assist. We were done by 3:00 and back to our vehicles by 4:00.

Later Matt Edson and Gary Montgomery returned with additional lumber
and built the ramps and improved the tops of the hand rails.

Thanks to all for a job well done!

John Hudachek

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Vehicle Break-ins Reported at Kilburn Parking Lot and John Hill Road

Vehicle break-ins at the Kilburn Parking Lot have been reported to have occurred this past weekend.  Two on Saturday, September 27th and one on Sunday, September 28th.  Broken glass was also found in the parking lot on Saturday, September 20th.

It was just reported by Whip Newell, Pisgah Park Manager, that a van parked on John Hill Road in Winchester was broken into and a pistol stolen on Saturday, September 27th.