Saturday, September 15, 2012

{PHOTO's} Deer at Mine Falls Park, Nashua NH

3 Deer @ Mine Falls Park, Nashua NH
©Dave Peatfield 2012


Mother and Daughter Deer Portrait
Mine Falls Park, Nashua NH
©Dave Peatfield 2012


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Mine Falls Park
Park hours are 6 AM to 10 PM.

Mine Falls Park is one of the most instantly recognizable and vital parts of the city of Nashua. The park is located in the heart of the city and was purchased in 1969 with city and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) monies. The 325-acre park includes forest, wetlands, and open fields; it is bordered on the north by the Nashua River and on the south by the Millpond and canal system.

Visitors enjoy numerous passive recreation opportunities such as walking, boating, fishing, cross-country skiing, and biking. The park also includes several fields for organized sports.

The name "Mine Falls" derives from the 1700s, when low quality lead was supposedly mined from the island below the falls. In the early 1800s the potential of the Nashua River to drive the wheels of industry was recognized. Workers used shovels and mules to dig the three-mile long canal, which provides a vertical drop of 36 feet at the mills.

The Gatehouse near the falls was built in 1886—with the first gates being built in 1826—and it still brings the river to the Millpond. Currently, the gatehouse is the focus of a middle school student lead restoration project. The hydroelectric plant near the falls was built in 1984.

In 1987 the Nashua River Canal and the Nashua Manufacturing Company Historic District (the Millyard) were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1992 the park trails were designated part of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail system, which extends 130 miles along the Merrimack River from Massachusetts to Canada.

Mine Falls Park Rules
*These rules are legally enforcable by City Ordinance Article II, Section 15-16 Parks & Playgrounds


Carry out all trash
Keep pets on leash
Pick up pet waste
Stay on established trails
Get a permit from the Nashua Park & Rec. Dept.* for Group Events


Motorized vehicles
Discharge of Firearms


Harm or deface trees, plants, wildlife, or rocks
Damage or deface signs or structures, such as bridges, rocks, etc.
Create or modify trails without City approval
Remove Park signs
Cut trees
Start fires

Park abuse should be reported to the police: (603) 594-3500

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NH Warns Drivers Over Sharp Increase In Deadly Crashes

CONCORD, N.H.  — Traffic fatalities have spiked in New Hampshire, prompting authorities to urge drivers to slow down and avoid dangerous activities such as texting and talking on cell phones.

Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes says there have been 71 fatal crashes so far in New Hampshire this year, compared to 54 during the same period last year. The crashes resulted in the deaths of 77 people, compared to 57 last year at this time.

Barthelmes also stated the number of reportable crashes so far this year totals over 15,000, compared to over 17,500 for the same period last year.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mass woman rescued from NH's Mount Monadnock

JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire officials say a Massachusetts woman had to be rescued after suffering a leg injury while hiking down Mount Monadnock.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 27-year-old Mia Parviainan of Lowell hurt herself Saturday afternoon while descending from the summit of the 3,165-foot mountain in Jaffrey.

Officials say Fish and Game employees, volunteers, and students and staff from Franklin Pierce University hiked up the mountain in pouring rain and carried Parviainan on a stretcher down 1 of the mountain's steepest trails.