May 25, 2018
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Ice Harvest at Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps

By Gabor Degre, BDN Staff

Ice harvesting at Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps, in New Portland, was restarted by Gary Cobb in the mid-1970s as a novelty and to provide some additional refrigeration for food and drinks at camps, in lieu of an ice machine. This year the ice was about 15 inches thick on the pond near the camp. With the exception of a few minute’s use of a chainsaw, the ice harvesting tools used by the crew are the same as they would have been in the 1930s.

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