Lakes Region Towns
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Town of Wolfeboro
Wolfeboro Community contact:
Town of Wolfeboro, Paul J. Skowron, Town Manager, P.O. Box 629, Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Telephone: (603) 569-8161
Fax (603) 569-8167
E-mail: not available
Web Site: no official town site
Town office hours: Mon. - Fri. 8-4
Town Clerk: Patricia Waterman, 569-5328, Mon. - Fri. 8-4
Population: 2000 Census: From 1990 - 2000 grew to 6,083, adding 1,276 residents. Median age of Wolfeboro residents - 45.3, with 22.1% under 18 and 24.6% 65 & older; the fifth highest percent of residents in that age group among the cities and towns. The total number of households - 2,574, with av. size 2.32 persons. Of those, 1,723 are family households, with av. size 2.83 persons. As of April 1, 2000 there were 3,903 total housing units.
Area: 48.3 square miles of land area and 10.1 square miles of inland water area.
Origin: This town was first granted in 1759 to 4 young men of Portsmouth, and named Wolfeboro in honor of General James Wolfe, who had been victorious at Quebec in 1759. In 1764, 2,300 acres were added to the 60 acres reserved for the governor: Gov. John Wentworth established an estate on the site, known as Kingswood. This was the first summer country estate in northern New England, thus the town’s slogan: “The Oldest Summer Resort in America.” Wolfeboro was incorporated in 1770.
Lake Winnipesaukee Facts:
- Means “beautiful water in a high place”. A second interpretation from Indian folklore is “The smile of the great spirit.”
- 6 mapped shipwrecks.
- 55,685 acres of water, 240 miles of shoreline.
- 625 billion gallons of water
- More than 300 islands, largest is 750 acres
- Elevation 504 feet above sea level.
- Deepest point is 187 feet.
- Average depth is 43 feet.
- Clarity in Wolfeboro Bay is 25 feet (Sechi disc transparency).
- Freezes over between late December and early January.
Ice Out Dates (Winnipesaukee): Official ice out is declared when the M/S Mount Washington can reach all four of its ports without touching ice. This usually occurs during April. The earliest recorded ice out was March 28, 1921; latest was May 12, 1888.
Lake Wentworth Facts:
- Entirely in Wolfeboro
- Has 15 miles of shorefront
- 20 islands, Stamp Act is the largest.
- 3,000 acres of water.
- Deepest point is 85 feet at Fuller’s Deep.
- Elevation is 30 feet higher than Winnipesaukee.
Lake Wentworth Boat Ramp: One public boat launching ramp at Mast Landing on Route 28, actually on Crescent Lake, access to Wentworth is via Smith River (no boat gas facilities on either lake)
Community median income: Per capital income in 2000 was $26,361 and median 4-person family income was $53,269. Median household income was $44,012.
Tax Information: Annual Budget for 2004 is $17,172,002. and 2004 tax rate is $11.94.
Selectmen: Elected, Shirley Ganem. Chair. Selectmen’s meetings: 1st and 3rd Wed. of each mo. at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Copies of agenda are posted at Post Offices and Town Hall. Contact Town Manager at 569-8161.
Planning Board: Elected; David Booth, chair; meetings 7 p.m. at Wolfeboro Public Library. Call Town Planner, Robert Houseman at 569-5970.
Planning Administrator: Lakes Region Planning Commission
Zoning Ordinance: 1950, revised in 2000; Master Plan 1996; Brian Underwood, chairman of Zoning Board of Adjustment
Police Department: Full time; Chief Brian Black, office 569-1444; Emergency dial 911.
Fire Dept.: Full time; Acting Chief Butch Morrill, 569-1440; Emergency dial 911.
Rescue: Volunteer, Huggins Hospital is in Wolfeboro; Emergency dial 911.
Utilities: PSNH; Wolfeboro Electric; Water - Wolfeboro Water Dept.; Sanitation - Septic and Municipal; Municipal Treatment Plant; mandatory recycling program; no curbside trash pickup; Cable TV access - Metrocast; public access channel 25.
Schools: Carpenter Elem. K-3; Crescent Lake Elem. 4-6; Kingswood Reg. Middle School and Kingswood Regional High School; Brewster Academy (private school). Nearest community/technical college is in Laconia, and nearest colleges or universities are Plymouth State and Univ. of NH at Durham.
Library: Wolfeboro Public Library, S. Main St.; Mon. - Thurs. 10-8; Fri. & Sat. 10 - 5; Cynthia Scott, director; 569-2428.
Recreation: Full-time year-round. Recreation Department, Director Susan Glenn; parks, golf courses, outdoor swimming, indoor & outdoor tennis courts, indoor ice skating rink, cross country ski trails, museums, performing arts facilities, tourist attractions, youth organizations (ie., Scouts, 4-H, Kingswood Youth Center); youth sports - baseball, soccer, football, basketball & hockey; campgrounds, fishing/hunting, boating/marinas, snowmobile trails, bicycle trails, walking trails, cross country skiing.
Nearest ski area: Gunstock; Abenaki Ski Area (town owned, 569-2513)
Other: Hampshire Pewter (tours); Wentworth State Beach, Libby Museum (May - October, 569-1035); Wright Museum; Antique and Classic Boat Museum, Clark House Historical Museum complex.
Special Events: May - Great Smith River Canoe & Kayak race, starting on Lake Wentworth, hitting white water in Smith River, and ending at Dockside downtown on Lake Winnipesaukee; in July & August Great Waters Music Festival - P.O. Box 488 (56 N. Main St.), Wolfeboro, NH 03894; 569-7710; Fax 569-7715, Web site: email@example.com; Wolfeboro Folk Festival open air concerts in the community Bandstand at Lakeside Wednesdays and Saturdays during July & August; annual Artists in the Park festival in August, Huggins Hospital Street Fair.
Tourism Region: Distance to: Manchester, 50 mi.; Portland, ME 99 mi., Boston 102 mi., NYC 310 mi., Montreal, Quebec 257 mi.
Largest Employers: Governor Wentworth Regional School District, Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro Municipal Services, SunBridge Nursing Center, Brewster Academy, Wickers Manufacturer, Wolfeboro Inn and PI Plastek.
Town of Tuftonboro
Carolyn Sundquist, Admin. Assistant
P.O. Box 98, Town Hall, Tuftonboro, NH 03816
Telephone: (603) 569-4539
Fax (603) 569-4328
Web Site: www.tuftonboro.org
Town office hours: Mon. & Fri. 9-1 pm and 2-4 pm, Wed. 9-1 pm & 2-7 pm.
Town Clerk: Leonora P. Quilliam
Population: 2000 Census: 2,148.00. Total number of households in Tuftonboro is 926, with av. size 2.32 persons. Of those, 666 are family households, with av. size 2.68 persons. As of April 1, 2000 there were 2,019 total housing units in Tuftonboro.
Area: 40.6 square miles of land area and 8.8 square miles of inland water area.
Origin: Called “The Diamond in the Heart of New Hampshire,” Tuftonboro is the only New Hampshire town that was owned by just one man, John Tufton Mason, for whom the town was named. Mason was heir to the Masonian Claim, the undivided lands of northern New Hampshire, which he sold to a group of Portsmouth merchants in 1746, thereafter known as the Masonian Proprietors. They disposed of the land via grants to prospective settlers prior to the American Revolution. Situated on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuftonboro includes the villages of Melvin Corner, Melvin Village, Mirror Lake and Center Tuftonboro. Melvin Village is the business center of the community. The town was incorporated in 1795.
Tuftonboro Community median income: Per capital income in 2000 was $25,070 and median 4-person family income was $51,875. Median household income was $45,729.
Tax Information: Annual Budget for 2004 is $2,,585,698. and 2003 tax rate is $15.30.
Town Offices: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 9 - noon and 1-4 pm.; Thurs. 9 - noon.
Selectmen: Meet on Mondays at 6:30 pm at Town Office; 569-4539; Susan Weeks is the chairman. Members are William Stockman and William Albee.
Planning Board: Meets first Thursday at Town Office and third Thursday at Town House at 7:30 pm; 569-4539; Mirick Friend, chair.
Planning Administrator: Lakes Region Planning Commission
Zoning Ordinance: Zoning 1972/01; Master Plan 1985; 569-4539; Bob Murray, chairman.
Police Department: Full time; Chief Andrew Shagoury. Dispatch 1-800-552-8960 or 539-2284; Town Office 569-8695; Town Office 569-8695; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire Dept.: Full time; Chief Adam Thompson; Dispatch 539-2262; Mirror Lake Station, 569-2261; E-mail: email@example.com
Rescue: Emergency Management - director Adam Thompson; Volunteer; nearest hospital is Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro.
Utilities: Electric - PSNH; NH Electric Coop.; Water -private wells; Sanitation - private septic; no curbside trash pickup or mandatory recycling program; Cable TV access - Adelphia; Public access channel 3.
Schools: Tuftonboro Central School for kindergarten through sixth grade; Kingswood Regional Middle School and Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro.
Library: Tuftonboro Free Library, 221 Middle Road (Route 109A); 569-4256; Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 10-5 pm; Saturday, 9 - noon
Recreation: Eric and Kathy Roseen, co-chairmen; municipal parks; outdoor swimming facility; youth organizations (ie., Scouts, 4-H); Youth sports - baseball,, soccer, football, basketball and hockey; campgrounds; fishing/hunting; boating/marinas; snowmobile trails; bicycle trails; cross country skiing, outdoor ice rink. Nearest ski area: Mt. Cranmore, Attitash, Gunstock.
Other: Summer camps.
Special Events: The Hikers Club’s annual home and garden tour
Tourism Region: Distance to: Manchester, 69 mi.; Portland, ME 70 mi., Boston 112 mi., NYC 320 mi., Montreal, Quebec 243 mi.
Largest employers: PAK 2000, Audio Plex, MYTV Inc. (Marina), N.E. Technic
Town of Alton
Alton Community contact:
Town of Alton
Board of Selectmen
Town Administrator Russell Bailey
P.O.Box 659, Main St., Alton, NH 03809
Fax: (603) 569-38894
Zip codes: Alton 03809; Alton Bay 03810
Web Site: Should be operational by July 2004
Town office hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30-4:30
Town Clerk: (603) 875-2101, Mon. - Fri. 8:30-4:30
Population: 2000 Census: From 1990 - 2000 grew to 4,502, adding 1,216 residents. Median age of Alton ressidents - 41.4, with 23.8% under 18 and 15.4% 65 & older. The total number of households - 1,825, with av. size 2.47 persons. Of those, 1,295 are family households, with av. size 2.93 persons. As of April 1, 2000 there were 3,522 total housing units.
Area: 63.9.3 square miles of land area and 19.3 square miles of inland water area.
Origin: Originally called New Durham Gore because of Mount Major’s rocky terrain, the town was settled by a group from Roxbury, Mass. The name Roxbury (NH) had already been used, so the town was named for the Alton family. The town fronts Alton Bay, the southeastern point of Lake Winnipesaukee, and its 19.3 square miles of inland water area is the largest of any in New Hampshire. Alton was incorporated in 1796. The area features small cottages and motels, catering to a quiet stay on the lake. The old railway station, once a hub of activity, is the information center for the community.
Median income: Per capital income in 2000 was $25,940 and median 4-person family income was $46,467. Median household income was $43,451.
Tax Information: Annual Budget for 2004 is $5,979,463. and 2003 tax rate was $16.84.
Planning Board: Elected.
Planning Administrator: Lakes Region Planning Commission
Zoning Ordinance: 1970 and 2002; Master Plan in 2002.
Police Department: Full time; Alton Police Dept. Depot Street; Kevin Iwans; (603) 875-3752.
Fire Dept.: Volunteer Alton Fire & Rescue, Route 140, P.O. Box 472, full time Chief Alan Johnson 875-0222.
Rescue: Commercial and volunteer; nearest hospital is Huggins in Wolfeboro.
Utilities: PSNH; NH Electric, Wolfeboro electric; Water - Alton Waste Works; private septic systems; private curbside trash pickup; mandatory recycling program, Cable TV access - Adelphia.
Schools: SAU 72, P.O. Box 120 Alton, NH 03809; 875-7890, Fax 875-0391; Alton Central School, P.O. Box 910, School St. 875-7500; Fax 875-0380. In 2004 students will attend Prospect Mountain High School, a cooperative school between Alton and Barnstead. District students now attend Alton Central School, a kindergarten through grade 12 facility, all under one roof, or travel for vocational classes to the Region 9 Vocational Center at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro. The nearest community/technical college is Laconia and the nearest colleges are the University of NH in Durham and McIntosh college in Dover.
Library: Gilman Public Library, Main St.; 875-2550.
Alton Recreation: Director Kellie Troendle; Municipal Parks, outdoor swimming facility; outdoor tennis courts; museums; tourist attractions; youth organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H); youth sports - basketball; campgrounds; fishing/hunting; boating/marinas; snowmobile trails; cross country skiing. Nearest ski area, Gunstock in Gilford.
Special Events: From May though mid-October the M/S Mount Washington steams into Alton Bay to pick up passengers for a scenic cruise around the lake, 366-5531; summer concerts in the bandstand, fairs and other activities at the Bay.
Tourism Region: Distance to: Manchester, NH 39 mi.; Portland, ME 88 mi., Boston 91 mi., NYC 299 mi., Montreal, Quebec 255 mi.
Largest Employers: Alton School Department, Town of Alton, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Water Industries, Hillsgrove Macbine, Alton Service Center and RF Plante Company