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Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

According to, "Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee is the moment when the ice that has covered the Lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship could navigate between its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

Ice-Out is anxiously awaitied by residents and visitors since it is the traditional start of the spring season and many Islanders regain water access to their cottages. The date has been observed and recorded for over 135 years. The setting of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is now determined by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the Ice-Out call it is considered official."


Ice-Outs by Date

Date Graph Years
March 18 X 2016
March 23 X 2012
March 24 X 2010
March 28 X 1921
March 30 X 1946
April 1 X 1945
April 2 X 1903
April 3 XXX 1953,1957, 2006
April 4 X 1902
April 5 XX 1981,2002
April 6 XX 1910,2020
April 7 XX 1930,1998
April 8 XXXX 1936,1949,1991,1999
April 10 XXXX 1925,1948,1983,2000
April 11 XX 1892,1931
April 12 XX 1987,2009
April 13 XX 1927,1958
April 14 XXXX 1889,1898,1951,1985
April 15 XXX 1914,1968,1995
April 16 XXXXXXXX 1916,1941,1954,1973,1974,1976,1986,1988
April 17 XXXXXXX 1913,1922,1938,1980,1996,2013,2017
April 18 XXX 1924,1929,1942
April 19 XXXXX 1909,1928,1955,1960,2011
April 20 XXXXXXXXXXX 1894,1901,1932,1950,1952,1963,1966,1967,1984,2004,2005
April 21 XXXX 1908,1934,1935,1992
April 22 XXX 1965,1990,1993
April 23 XXXXXXXXX 1891,1896,1897,1912,1977,1994, 2007,2008,2014
April 24 XXXXXXXXXXXX 1890,1905,1915,1918,1919,1920,1923,1947,1962,1997,2015,2019
April 25 XXXXXX 1933,1937,1969,1975,1989,2003
April 26 XXXXXX 1895,1900,1906,1959,1979,2018
April 27 XX 1961,1978
April 28 XXX 1917,1964,1970
April 29 XXX 1904,1907,1982
April 30 X 1943
May 2 XXXXX 1899,1911,1926,1972,2001
May 3 X 1944
May 4 XX 1939,1940
May 5 X 1956
May 6 X 1971
May 7 X 1887
May 10 X 1893
May 12 X 1888

Ice-Outs by Year

Year Date
1887 May 7
1888 May 12
1889 April 14
1890 April 24
1891 April 23
1892 April 11
1893 May 10
1894 April 20
1895 April 26
1896 April 23
1897 April 23
1898 April 14
1899 May 2
1900 April 26
1901 April 20
1902 April 4
1903 April 2
1904 April 29
1905 April 24
1906 April 26
1907 April 29
1908 April 21
1909 April 19
1910 April 6
1911 May 2
1912 April 23
1913 April 17
1914 April 15
1915 April 24
1916 April 16
1917 April 28
1918 April 24
1919 April 24
1920 April 24
1921 March 28
1922 April 17
1923 April 24
1924 April 18
1925 April 10
1926 May 2
1927 April 13
Year Date
1928 April 19
1929 April 18
1930 April 7
1931 April 11
1932 April 20
1933 April 25
1934 April 21
1935 April 21
1936 April 8
1937 April 25
1938 April 17
1939 May 4
1940 May 4
1941 April 16
1942 April 18
1943 April 30
1944 May 3
1945 April 1
1946 March 30
1947 April 24
1948 April 10
1949 April 8
1950 April 20
1951 April 14
1952 April 20
1953 April 3
1954 April 16
1955 April 19
1956 May 5
1957 April 3
1958 April 13
1959 April 26
1960 April 19
1961 April 27
1962 April 24
1963 April 20
1964 April 28
1965 April 22
1966 April 20
1967 April 20
1968 April 15
Year Date
1969 April 25
1970 April 28
1971 May 6
1972 May 2
1973 April 16
1974 April 16
1975 April 25
1976 April 16
1977 April 23
1978 April 27
1979 April 26
1980 April 17
1981 April 5
1982 April 29
1983 April 10
1984 April 20
1985 April 14
1986 April 16
1987 April 12
1988 April 16
1989 April 25
1990 April 22
1991 April 8
1992 April 21
1993 April 22
1994 April 23
1995 April 15
1996 April 17
1997 April 24
1998 April 7
1999 April 8
2000 April 10
2001 May 2
2002 April 5
2003 April 25
2004 April 20
2005 April 20
2006 April 3
2007 April 23
2008 April 23
2009 April 12
Year Date
2010 March 24
2011 April 19
2012 March 23
2013 April 17
2014 April 23
2015 April 24
2016 March 18
2017 April 17
2018 April 26
2019 April 24
2020 April 6
2021 ?

Superheroes coming to the Lakes Region

Do you kids need a smile? Do you need a smile:) There are some superheroes coming to towns around the lakes region to brighten our day. Saturday, June 6th be on the look out. 

Ossipee woman Kim Bedard (aka Catwoman) and her fiance, Joseph Adjutant (aka Batman) have organized a motorcycle ride called Rolling Smiles through parts of Carroll County with their superhero friends from the Dover and Rochester area. They will be heading though Ossipee, Wakefield and Wolfeboro on Saturday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Here is the schedule:

Their route will start at the Wakefield Police Department, departing at around noon.

They will head to Meadow Street to the Forest Hills neighborhood. At about 12:30 p.m., they will head back through downtown and turn left at Poor People's Pub at 1 Witchtrot Road in Sanbornville, then head to East Wakefield on Route 153.

Shortly before 1 p.m., they expect to be by Seven Lakes Provisions (1260 Province Lake Road, East Wakefield).

After 1 p.m. they expect to be near the restaurant Cindy's Place at 3380 Province Lake Road before heading to Route 16 and Center Ossipee.



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Between 1:30-1:45 p.m. they will be in Center Ossipee, headed first to Indian Mound Shopping Center at 280 Route 16B.

Then, between 1:45-155 p.m., they will be traveling Folsom Road to Center Ossipee Village, going by Ossipee Central School (68 Main St.).

Between 1:55-2:10 p.m., the group will be getting back on Route 16 and heading to the Ossipee Hannaford's and Irving gas station at 891 Route 16, "to stop for gas take a little break."

From 2:15-2:35 p.m., they will be back on their way, headed on Route 28 to Route 171 to loop around Mountain View Community Nursing Home.

From 2:20-2:45 p.m., they will be on Route 28 heading to Wolfeboro.

From 2:55-3:10 p.m., they will be headed on Trotting Track Road where they will do loop through The Nick recreation center in Wolfeboro before going back out on Trotting Track Road to Beach Pond Road.

From 3:10-315 p.m., they will be on Route 109 to Bay Street.

From 3:15-3:25 p.m., they will be headed down Main Street in Wolfeboro to end their route at Kingswood Art Center on McManus Road.

All times are approximate.

Full story in the Conway Daily Sun

Nature Play Time

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Join us at the Squam Lakes Science Center to explore the natural world in winter with your little one!  We will investigate ice and snow, and experience winter with our five senses.  Come once or come every month.  Program will be held outdoors.  Dress in warm layers with snow pants, hats, gloves, jackets, and snow boots.  For ages 2 and 3 - adults get to play too!  An adult must participate with children at no additional cost. 

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advance registration is required by noon the day before the program. If minimum enrollment is not met, programs may be cancelled. Walk-ins may be accommodated if space is available.

Cost : $5/ member child; $7/ non-member child.

Maple Sugaring Season - Just Around the Corner!

Join us to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition—making maple syrup. From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will participate in every step of the syrup making process.  Our environmental educators will help you build tree identification skills, learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process.  Moderate hike to and from the sugar house.  All ages welcome.

Sat., March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH

(603) 366-5695

Message from Josh Arnold - Executive Director of GALA

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“Deep in our bones lies an intuition that we arrive here carrying a bundle of gifts to offer to the community. Over time, these gifts are meant to be seen, developed, and called into the village at times of need. To feel valued for the gifts with which we are born affirms our worth and dignity.” - Francis Weller -


Every single one of us has unique gifts to contribute, to exchange, to transact. Our mission-driven, social-profit, not-for-profit, organization - G.A.L.A. - is in the business of helping people in rural NH discover, develop, and share their unique “bundle of gifts” with the world, in a way that supports their own livelihood while responding to a real-world challenges and community need.


And real-world challenges there are - The opening summary on Workforce Development by the Governor’s Millennial Advisory Council reads, “Our aging population, growing skills/education gaps, and an outflow of the labor force to other states have all contributed to a workforce shortage in the Granite State.”


These three trends can each be addressed together through what is being called “the maker movement”, characterized by the “makerspaces” taking root throughout the country, but most disproportionately in urban areas. Some people think of makerspaces as a souped-up public library with tools instead of books, spaces where participants explore the intersections traditional trades such as welding, carpentry, and auto tech, with disciplines of information technology, design engineering, and fabrication. They are spaces that allow for multi-generational learning, mentoring around shared curiosity and collaborative problem solving. In other words, they look a lot like what G.A.L.A. has been orchestrating for the last decade, but without a key competent – a physical, dedicated facility – until now.


Last fall we received a phone call from Senator Jeanne Shaheen that we had been awarded a $250k matching grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission to purchase a building to bring this makerspace vision to life. After a successful, yet exhaustive, capital campaign, we were able to raise the required matching funds and close on the 7k sq foot building in at 23 Bay St. in Wolfeboro, NH.


G.A.L.A. now has an opportunity in front of us to demonstrate how makerspaces are not simply urban phenomena, but perhaps have an even greater role to play in rural economic development and addressing the skills gap. Our proposed Makerspace will offer training, apprenticeships, micro-credentialing, incubation, and an affordable entry point to prototyping and fabrication. Some participants will utilize these resources to build strong portfolios and skill sets that improve employability and job security, while others will utilize the resources to create their own small businesses or freelance work.


Not to be overlooked, however, are the social outcomes related to prevention, “aging in community”, and retaining our young people. Don’t take my word for, consider what one of our local retiree Jon shared,


“I have had a year and more now that I am retired, to look back at my working career and reflect on what made me feel good. A major feeling of accomplishment was teaching people, both younger and older than me, new skills. Skills that gave them career advancement opportunities but more than that, a renewed confidence in themselves and what they can accomplish. Now I have the time to share my skills with the general public. I have mechanical and engineering skills and other experience developed over a lifetime. If these skills are not passed on they will disappear with me.”


Meanwhile, there are students like Derek who, as a high school senior suffered a major family crisis and his mother was struggling with mental illness. Understandably, his grades were beginning to suffer and he was missing class regularly. Derek was struggling scholastically, experiencing a difficult situation at home, and was at risk of falling between the cracks at the worst possible time: just on the verge of adulthood. But his teacher observed, “He’s always tinkering with the computers in our classroom.”


Are you seeing what I’m seeing?


Unfortunately, in our most dominant educational setting, accountability and standardized testing are ironically in competition with the fact that students need to be inspired to learn, and that the ultimate purpose of school is to develop citizens that can make meaningful contributions to society. Kids like Trevor, who are forever tinkering with tech equipment, aren’t problems to be solved, but rather the future of our communities, and that given access to the right amount of support, perhaps from someone like Jon, can uncover his or her “unique bundle of gifts” and breaking open all too limiting stereotypical rural career options that are assumed by our young people.


The stage is set, the need is clear, we even have the physical space, but it is empty.


Community members of all ages are ready to get involved – and they are - swinging hammers, ripping up old carpet, cleaning the slate of this former power equipment repair shop to take on a new life as a makerspace. But we need your help.


We have $60k left in matching funds from NBRC sitting on the table, that we can only unlock with your financial support. Let’s not let the Jon’s and Derek’s of this community wait any longer to discover and share their bundle of gifts with the world. Help us create a rural makerspace example that communities across the northeast can replicate. It is ambitious, sure, but I conclude with the words of Goethe, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”

Interview with Adam Dow

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Joshua Smith, voted top 30th Realtor in America by the Wall Street Journal and recognized as the top 1% Realtor worldwide, has established an incredible following with his brand GSD Mode and along with being a successful real estate agent he has pivoted into the role of a serial entrepreneur.

From coaching programs to software development, everything Joshua is doing can be traced back to one core belief: massive goals with massive action and refusing to ever be satisfied.

Joshua's podcasts are devoted to interviewing top brokers and high-level entrepreneurs, going in-depth as to what they are doing to raise their game and create success. He talked with Adam in October and you'll find in this conversation tips about personal development, producing, and what's coming next for the real estate game. Click through to find out what these two successful businessmen have to say!

NH Boat Museum Launches New Website

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Today websites serve as the “front door” for museums. With that in mind, The New Hampshire Boat Museum wanted a fresh new look for its website. Thanks to two anonymous donations, the Boat Museum was able to hire Wolfeboro-based graphic designer Yvonne Lauziere of Stark Creative.


Over the summer, a committee consisting of Yvonne Lauziere, Rich Massee, Betsy Farley and Lisa Simpson Lutts met to oversee the website’s redesign by Yvonne and the talented staff at Stark Creative. The new website,, features the stunning photography of volunteer Larry Houle, as well as many other skilled photographers who have captured the excitement, beauty and fun of the Museum’s many exhibits and events.


The new website is easy for visitors to navigate and includes sections about the Museum; how to visit; upcoming events, exhibits, and learning opportunities; details on the Millie B vintage boat ride; items to purchase from the Museum Store; and how to support the Museum.


Board chair Joe DeChiaro writes, “We are thrilled with the new website that shows off the many aspects of the New Hampshire Boat Museum, as well as promoting Wolfeboro and the Lakes Region to visitors. We are grateful to our donors who helped us fund this important project.”


The New Hampshire Boat Museum is closed for the 2017 season and will re-open Memorial Day weekend 2018. Staff continue to work year-round at the off-site winter office and may be reached via email at


The Museum is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating and fresh water heritage. It is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554,, or via Facebook. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a member of the “Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail.” To learn more about the Trail, visit

New Hampshire Boat Museum
399 Center St, Wolfeboro NH

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