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October 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
*** On October 28th at 7:00 pm at the Town Office there will be a public hearing regarding the CCC's recommendation of withdrawing $17,000 from the Conservation Fund. This sum will be applied toward the purchase of a conservation easement on 688 acres of land in Chesterfield, Swanzey and Keene. 175 acres or 26% of the land will be in Chesterfield, yet only 4.6% of the funds will come from Chesterfield. The major location in Chesterfield will be the former Gibbon's property, home of Otter Pond, which begins across from Stones Mill Road going south on Old Swanzey Road. This is a beautiful property and a terrific deal and will add substantially to the California Brook Natural Area. Please email me with questions and we hope you can make the hearing. The Selectmen need to hear your opinions.
 
*** It's terrific to see the work being done at the Gorge. Among others, Jeff Scott, Louis Quintillio, John Herrick, and John Koopmann, have been very active.  Their fall clean-up day is Saturday, October 19th, gathering at 9:00 am or after. There will be a lot of leaf clean-up so a rake and a tarp is always helpful.  Email John Koopmann at jknearomatics@gmail.com with questions.  It's a great group to work with and they can use some help!
 
*** We have been officially notified that our special ancient (red) oak has been designated as the Cheshire County Champion Red Oak. For you who have not seen it, it is on the Ancient Oaks Trail in Friedsam about 10 minutes up of easy hiking from the Lower Lot on Twin Brook Road. Shortly before it is a grouping of large trees; go past this and our champion sits by itself in a stone wall on the left.  At roughly 325 years it is probably the oldest living thing in Chesterfield, and is in excellent condition.
 
For more information, check out Jeff Newcomer's New England Photography Guild Blog : "Tale of Two Trees" , celebrating our giant Oak.

Also, for more pictures:
 
*** Cindy Walsh's art students are working on painting replacement trail map mailboxes. The first (photo below) was put up at the beginning of the Anne Stokes Loop (sorry for the quality of the photo ... I have an old and cheap phone!)

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