A sprinkler system has been installed and other changes made to bring the inn up to fire code. I slept more soundly than I ever had thanks to those improvements. Now in my fifth decade as a firefighter I look for such things when I am choosing where to stay.
All rooms in the inn are non-smoking, have private baths, free WiFi, cable tv and phones.
The 15-unit Haley Pond Lodge behind the hotel is popular with snowmobilers, anglers with boats and others wanting to park in front of their units. All units overlook the water.
The Rangeley Inn and Tavern is right in the village. Restaurants, shops, the lake and my favorite, the Rangeley Fly Shop, are all within a short walk.
Ferland grew up in the hospitality business. His family owned an upscale boutique property in Ogunquit, Maine where he worked as a youth and which he later managed. It is clear he has an eye for detail and a desire to make the inn what it once was, the place to stay in the Rangeley region.
Bits and Pieces
Summer arrives Saturday. The Summer Solstice takes place at 6:51 a.m. marking our longest day and shortest night.
A two-day workshop coming up in Haverhill offers beginners a chance to learn about fly-fishing. Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" Program is teaming up with the Haverhill Recreation Department to host the fly-fishing course on Saturday, June 28, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Haverhill Recreation Department. To sign up or get more information, call the Haverhill Recreation Department at 603-787-6096 and leave a message.
Designed primarily for first-time fly-fishers, the weekend workshop covers the basics of equipment, fly casting, stream ecology, knot tying and safety. The highlight of the two days will be Sunday, when the class pulls on waders and heads out to put their newly learned skills to the test. A limited number of rods will be available for use.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department completed its annual aerial stocking of remote trout ponds last week. Every year, Fish and Game contracts a helicopter to stock remote ponds, from Sunapee to Pittsburg. During this one-day event, nearly 50 remote ponds are stocked with brook trout fingerlings from the New Hampton Hatchery.
Fish stocked last June should have reached 5-6 inches in most areas, with 2-year-olds reaching 12 inches or better.
For the list of remote ponds that are stocked, check the Fish and Game website at fishnh.com/Fishing/trout_remote.htm.
Last week was rainy. Far too much rain fell for those trying to hay or otherwise get things done outside. I left Sunday morning, June 8 to work at Newark Liberty Airport, feeling unhappy that the day was warm and sunny and I was leaving behind a lot of outside work. I returned home Thursday, hoping Friday would be a dry day. It wasn't as the rain that had fallen most of the week continued.
Saturday morning it was more of the same. Sunday was better, but far from the warm sunny day that had been predicted at the start of the weekend.
At least the grass was dry enough for me to mow the lawns and the day cool enough for me to skid and cut up some trees I had felled last fall.
Syndicated columnist Gary W. Moore may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or at Box 454, Bradford, VT 05033.