Spending my teen years in a rural New England town with its old time charm, rich history, beautiful farms and hidden treasures was a gift many "city folk" dream of. One of these treasures is tucked in what is known to the old townies of Windham, NH as the neighborhood of "Shady Brook". There, about a half mile from where I lived, and across the street from where my significant other Romeyn Todd Murphy lived, lies two ponds Rock Pond and Moeckel Pond (aka Simpson's Pond). Well...that's not exactly true anymore, because the damn for Moeckel Pond was breached in 2010 by the state & now needs to be replaced. At the moment, it's more of a dry wetland and quite honestly sort of depressing to those of us who remember the beautiful little pond from growing up there. The once 40 acre pond at the base of Deer Leap is engulfed in 700 acres of public hiking trails and wildlife who need the pond to enhance their survival. The goal is to replace the 250 year old damn with a much safer one so the wildlife can thrive and the community may once again enjoy froggin' adventures, canoeing, pond hockey & the view from a top Deer Leap. Incidentally, if you haven't been up there you are missing out, especially during foliage season. Ro & I had our very first date there and to us there is no better place to picnic.
There are a couple ways you can help. The Friends of Moeckel Pond are selling scarecrow frames which can be purchased from them & decorated by you in all sorts of creative and fun ways. Think out of the box, go crazy! There are virtually millions of possibilities, perhaps you could depict iconic movie, TV or historical characters. Give Chester, NH a run for their money & don't let them be the only town that takes scarecrow building to new heights! Display them in your yard & possibly get featured in the Windham Independent News. For an additional donation you can even be part of the contest possibly winning first place!
You can purchase a scarecrow frame by calling Dianna at 603 893-7334. If scarecrow building isn't quite up your alley you can still donate to the cause by sending a tax deductible donation marked for "Moeckel Pond" to Windham Endowment, PO Box 4315, Windham, NH or donate via WindhamEndowment.org. Don't forget to check out all the Friends of Moeckel Pond happenings on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmoeckelpond
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy