With the crack of an auctioneer’s gavel, 28 years of gaming — and embarrassing — DES, state judges and the Office of the State Attorney General came to an end this month as big lake environmental violator Donald Lee forfeited his property. Unfortunately for the neighbors he hurt, the proceeds from the sale are hundreds of thousands of dollars short of the cost to clean up his mess.
The satirical barb comes on the heels of the Ossipee Zoning Board’s third decision to uphold the Planning Board’s approval of the controversial campground expansion, which will double capacity at the business. The case remains in court after Ossipee turns down an apparent offer to settle.
Camp director Jody Skelton and fellow “Hucksters” have been busy over the past year planning the camp’s 90th anniversary celebration, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18. More than than 300 alumni campers, including June (Chick) Lowd of Center Ossipee, who was one of its first campers in 1929, will be attending.
Effingham got its chance to publicly support Freedom’s claim that the controversial campground expansion plan violates Ossipee’s floodplain zoning ordinance, but the outcome was the same. Meanwhile, Ossipee’s Select Board has turned down a proposed settlement of the issues with Freedom, and an Effingham Planning Board member warns that Ossipee residents could lose eligibility for federal flood insurance if the town is found to be out of compliance with its floodplain regulations.
For the past three weeks, a pair of nesting loons on a central New Hampshire lake have been the stars of the Loon Preservation Committee’s webcam, which is being accessed by more than 7,000 people daily across 141 countries. The hatching is expected this weekend.