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Jan 23, 2016 10:54 AM

New Hampshire ice harvest event could begin next week

The Associated Press

SANDWICH — The weather is finally cold enough for the annual tradition of harvesting lake ice at a New Hampshire campground.

Manager John Jurczynski tells the Laconia Citizen the Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness are set to begin anytime between Wednesday and the beginning of February.

The three-day harvest at Squam Lake involves a crew of people who cut into the ice with a large saw, then cut blocks with chainsaws and move them in the water like an assembly line.

Campers use lake ice packed into insulated ice houses that keep the blocks frozen through summer. The blocks are about 12 by 15 by 19 inches and weigh about 120 pounds each.

Jurczynski says that if the ice hits 12 inches next week, a safety orientation will be held on Tuesday.


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