It's cold enough for annual ice harvest at New Hampshire lake, ice blocks saved for campers



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HOLDERNESS, New Hampshire — It's cold enough for annual tradition of harvesting lake ice at a New Hampshire campground.

Crews started sawing blocks for the Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness on Tuesday. The event goes back a century.

It's a timely start, helped by very low temperatures. In 2013, the three-day harvest at Squam Lake didn't start until on Feb. 6, due to rain, warm temperatures and wind.

Instead of refrigeration units, campers use lake ice packed into insulated ice houses that keep the blocks frozen through summer. The 16-by-19-inch ice blocks weigh between 120 and 160 pounds each.

On their Facebook page Tuesday, organizers honored Norman Lyford, who headed out to the ice for his 70th year of harvesting. The posting said, "We are grateful that he continues to share his wisdom with us."

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