by Lin Chapman
After the eight inches of snow last week, it was nice to have summer return this past weekend.
Mary Tyler, who is a member of the Grange in Shelburne, N.H., wants to let everyone know that the Grange is sponsoring a Stuffed Chicken Breast Dinner this coming Sunday, May 9, at the Shelburne Town Hall from Noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years old. This is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Aline Dupont went out to breakfast with her son and his wife, Jarrod and Paige Crockett, at the Route 2 Diner in Rumford Center. She said they have great food.
The construction on Route 2 is moving right along. They have torn up the pavement through town and have been digging out and replacing the base for the new road. At times, the dust gets quite thick, but the water truck comes around several times throughout the day and soaks the road down.
My brother, Steve McLain, decided that he felt well enough to return to work this past week.
Hugh and I attended a meeting last Saturday at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. They are trying to get area historical societies to get together to have a website that promotes the White Mountain history. Since Gilead borders the White Mountain National Forest, the GHS was invited to attend. We went to the meeting to get information to bring back to the GHS meeting on May 8.
We headed for Crawford Notch by way of Route 2 out of Gorham, N.H., but decided to come back to Gorham on Route 16. Crawford Notch is a beautiful place, we saw Frankenstein trestle and stopped at the Willey House. This is known as the site of the famous “Willey Disaster” that happened on Aug. 28, 1826. The Willey family perished in a landslide that came down the mountain behind their home. The landslide divided in two and went on both sides of the house and left it standing.
Randall Bennett published a great book titled “Images of America, The White Mountains”. There are many stories and pictures about Mount Washington, Crawford Notch and other places in the White Mountains. It is available at the Bethel Historical Society’s gift shop.
Gilead Fire Department
The Gilead Fire Department was one of the area fire departments that responded to the fire in West Bethel last week.
Gilead Historical Society
There will be a planning meeting on Saturday, May 8, at the Town Hall at 1 p.m. This will be the only meeting that we will have before Friends and Family Day on June 19. Besides final plans for the event in June, there will be an update on the Schoolhouse project, the train station project and the meeting held at Crawford Notch.
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