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July 24, 2008
I was up kind of last night (Wednesday), 'till about 12:30. At 2AM almost on the dot my wife and I were awakened by an incredible noise that seemed to rock the house, followed by an absolute deluge. The sound was so loud and so singular that she thought that it was a major rockfall on Cathedral Ledge, which is only about 500 yards from our back door! Needless to say it took a while for us to get back to sleep.
When I got up at around 8 and was waiting for my coffee to brew I looked at the weather station and realized that between midnight and 8:15 AM we'd gotten 1.3 inches of rain! I couldn't see the cliff for the fog so I called around to see if another friend who lives closer had heard anything. They responded that they had heard the same thing but they didn't think it had been rockfall. As the morning went on I heard from several other folks that lived miles away, saying that they had also been woken up by what we knew now was thunder. By mid-day we got several other heavy showers, adding another half inch or more to the total. No doubt the Saco and surrounding rivers and streams have risen precipitously.
Later in the day I've heard reports of very severe weather in the Southern part of the state. A friend sent me a link to a picture posted on WMUR that looked an awful lot like a tornado and there was a lot of weather related damage in Epsom including a house collapse. I don't know if this is hugely worse than other summers, but in the almost 11 years we have lived up here I can't remember having this many storms in July. It's getting very tiresome and I hope that we have a drier August and September. It's getting hard to write about climbing when it's so wet I can't get out there to do any. This is getting OLD folks!
Joseph P. Ostroski, 91, died July 21, 2008 at his home in North Conway following a sudden illness. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado on Nov. 17, 1916 and spent most of his early life in Greenfield, Mass. He was a 1934 graduate of Greenfield High School. While working as a lineotype operator at the Greenfield Recorder Gazette, Joe’s avid interest in the outdoors and skiing led him to be a founder and early president of the Edelweiss Ski Club in Greenfield, and the founder of the Ostro Ski School at Chickley Alp in Charlemont, Mass. The mountains of the “Eastern Slopes Region” brought Joe to North Conway to continue his trade at the Reporter Press in 1947, where he worked until his retirement in 1979. He continued his skiing interest by working part time on the Cranmore Mt. Ski Patrol, and was a long time member of Carroll County Fish and Game Club, the Eastern Slope Lodge BPOE in Conway, the North Conway Camera Club, Mt. Washington Valley Ski Club, and a member of the 70+ Ski Club and was active as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 150. Climbing and hiking overtook skiing interest. He formed the first climbing school in North Conway, the Mount Washington Valley School of Climbing, in the late 60’s, and spent many happy days in the Cascades of Washington, the Colorado Rockies and the Alps of France and Switzerland, besides completing the AMC’s 4000 Footers. When his legs could no longer carry him to higher summits, he continued with his adventures by traveling to some of the more remote places on the planet: the Antarctic Peninsula, Africa, China, Russia, besides travels to Greece, Iceland, Scandinavia and many trips to Poland. His wife Blanche of 48 years predeceased him in 1994. He is survived by a son, Philip Ostroski, daughter-in-law Ann Ostroski, grandchildren Sophia and Peter Ostroski, all of Intervale, and several nieces and nephews from Massachusetts to California. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM on Friday, July 25 at our Lady of the Mountains in North Conway. There will be no visiting hours. The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Not too many bugs, but that's probably going to change after this last round of rain. Bring the bug dope & consider yourself happy if you don't need it.
If you are up here this weekend swing by the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson on Friday or Saturday night. My band Sounds Clever & The Valley Horns will be holding court on Friday & Saturday from 8:30 - 11:30. Great food, cold drinks and good music. I hope to see you there.
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