Page 3 - FEB2021
P. 3

 February 2021
Page 3 Community
the TTCC, there wouldn’t be all of the camps, sports programs, classes, and events offered to var- ious kids, teens, and adults. Their endless services have had such a positive impact in the Newfound Area, and now it’s our turn to give back to them. Gift card donations will be accepted until January 28th, and the calendars will be on sale in February, with all of the proceeds going to the TTCC. Supporting your favor- ite business and getting a fun calendar full of gift cards? It definitely adds some light to the COVID-19 tunnel. A big thank you to Stephen Hanser for organizing this!
continued from page 1
non-profit recreation department that serves the needs of families in their community. Their goal is to provide different activities to families no matter their abil- ity or financial status because it’s all about working together as a community to support one another. Stephen Hanser part- nered with the TTCC to help them raise some money while also supporting small businesses.
Hanser knows that Tap- ply-Thompson Community Center has helped the Newfound area immensely and wants to re- turn the favor. His creative fund-
raising idea kills two birds with one stone by supporting both the Bristol-based center and various small businesses. The fun event asks people who are willing to buy gift cards and donate them to the community center to cre- ate gift card calendars that will be available to purchase. After the cash calendars’ success last June, Hanser thought this was a no brainer.
Residents can choose any small business like restaurants, hair salons, specialty stores, and many more that are near and dear to their heart. It’s a surefire way to offer support to the busi- nesses that have been apart of
your daily lives for as long as you can remember. That local diner that makes your favorite stack of pancakes?
That hair salon that gives you
the best
cut and
color imaginable? They’re all estab- lishments that hold a very spe- cial place in our hearts, and now they need us
more than ever. The Tapply- Thompson Community Center has been a staple in the Newfound Area since 1946 with its mission to influence one life at a time positively. Without
By Brittany amalfi
Think Twice Before Stepping on Ice
It’s officially that time of year again! New Hampshire’s lakes are slowly becoming chasms of glit- tery ice and frost that makes you believe you’re in a winter won- derland. New Hampshire’s lakes freezing over means more time for skating, ice fishing, pond hockey, dog sledding, and plenty of recre- ational lake activities that the res- idents surely love participating in over the winter. With all of these activities on the lakes coming in to play this season, all residents must keep something important in mind – ice safety.
Lucky for New Hampshire, our lakes are unique. Not all lakes in the United Stated freeze over, but ours sure do! Seasoned residents probably know the first thing about ice safety, but some- one who hasn’t been here their whole life might be pretty new to the concept, so it’s good to have a little crash course on the subject. And a little refresher for the ex- perts never hurts.
The most important thing to note is that ice is never 100% safe. It’s always best to take the nec-
essary precautions like checking the thickness, wearing a life vest and ice picks, and, as we all have learned from a young age – using the buddy system. Vice President of NH Lakes, Andrea LaM- oreaux, states, “Falling through the ice happens quickly, and you must be prepared.” LaMoreaux stresses the use of ice picks while out on the lake because they can, quite literally, save lives. Remem- ber, there will always be areas on the lake that aren’t safe, especially with the fluctuating temperatures, so remain cautious and diligent when venturing out.
Just like people, many other things can fall through the ice that can result in significant problems. Any petroleum-powered vehicle or machine can fall through the ice as well. So trucks, snow- mobiles, bobsleds, and other carriers need to use an abundance of caution in the winter. If this happens, the vehicle must be removed within 48 hours or until the weather permits. And just as you may think, it is not easy nor inexpensive to remove a vehicle like this from the lake. I’m talking
a potential fine of $500 a day, so proceed with caution!
If lake goers practice basic ice safety measures and continue to remain diligent, then there are so many things to enjoy out on New Hampshire’s beautiful lakes. Not only is there an abundance of fun recreational activities to do, but the captivating sights could also draw anyone in. Residents might get lucky to see some animals out having fun on the lake, like otters, foxes or moose.
Other than the entertain- ing sights on the lake, residents might also hear some fascinating sounds. Frozen lakes can create different sounds and distinctive music. LaMoreaux described it as “electronic music or sound ef- fects accompanying lasers” from the “Lakes in Winter” webinar. When the temperature fluctuates ice, it causes the ice to expand and contract, sending sound waves throughout the ice. So if you’re looking for a free concert, you might be able to find one on a lake!
NH Lakes’s webinar also had a great part about how you can
do your part in keeping the lakes safe and healthy. Residents can be mindful of their use of salt and sand on their properties to help limit chloride exposure, which is toxic to aquatic life and soils the drinking water sources. Always remember to never plow or dump snow into a lake or river, and avoid plowing snow onto bare soil.
Keeping New Hampshire’s lakes healthy while practicing ice safety is a sure-fire way to enjoy all the activities winter has to offer this season. There are plenty
of things to keep in mind when going out to spend a fun day on the lake with your family, but fol- lowing these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable day. The staff at NH Lakes work to keep the lakes clean and healthy while encouraging ice safety and clean water policies. You can learn more about NH Lakes and access more webinars at Be sure to find some time outside this winter. There’s nothing better for the soul than a good day out on New Hampshire’s lakes.
Where Honesty and Integrity
Equals Success 802 Lake Street, Bristol, New Hampshire 03222
The Bristol Budget Committee will hold a public hearing in accordance with RSA 32:5 on the proposed operating budget and warrant articles for 2021 on Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 PM via Zoom and at the Bristol Town Office: Meeting Room A located at 5 School Street, Bristol, NH 03222. If a second public hearing is necessary, it will be held on Wednesday, February 12, at 6:00 PM at Town Office.
All related information is available for review at or may be obtained at the Bristol Town Office.

   1   2   3   4   5