This past week saw the publication and mailing of The Black Fly Quarterly, the print component Nelson In Common media. If you are on the mailing list you should have received your copy by now. If you did not get it but would like to subscribe, you can do so here.
The contents of the BFQ are drawn from what we have here on this web site. For many people having both provides the satisfaction of having something to hold and browse through in a very different way than scrolling through a phone, tablet, or computer. And while this website is getting excellent traffic (over 2,700 monthly page views), we know that not everyone gets to read everything that’s promoted through the weekly email update (The Black Fly Express), so it can be a nice surprise to come across an unread article. And there are a few folks who don’t even own computers (and whose lives are much simpler!).
One of the happy things about this project is getting to talk to people. I’m sure anyone can imagine how much fun it was to chat with Priscilla Walter and Bert Wingerson to gather information for the profile that appeared in the BFQ, and which also appears as one of the new articles this week here. I’ve known each of these women for decades, but each conversation brings out something new.
Other articles have brought about new connections. Early last summer we were making inquiries about the eagles on Granite Lake, and I was introduced to Wendy Wollaeger, who owns a cottage on the lake and has a long history here, which includes memories of the Munsonville Store. We published (on this site) a short article that Wendy wrote about the eagles, along with some great photos. Later in the summer she expanded her article and provided some more photos, which we included in the BFQ (and we’ve updated her article here as well).
Last week’s top of the page image was also the mystery photo – correctly guessed to be Tolman Pond. Here’s a post card from Tolman Pond in an earlier time – note that Mt. Monadnock is visible in the background.