News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Bea Ackerman,96, is a summer fixture on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury, said the Addison Independent. This summer marked the 70th year that Bea has spent at her home on the lake. Now, it’s just Bea, but it started in the 1930s with she and her husband, Sidney, and their three children who wanted to get out of New York City to spend their summer amid flowers, grass and trees.

There was a real sense of community around the lake which was inhabited by many teachers from New York, and social occasions like square dancing and tea drinking were frequent throughout the summer. Camp Dunmore for Girls and later Camp Dunmore for Boys added to the lake’s visitors and noise. "I was watching the moon last night from my bedrom window. It was full, very full, to such a fullness you almost thought it was going to burst," observed Bea. She will be leaving the lake for her NYC home in a few weeks, looking forward to next summer when she returns.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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