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February 03. 2013 10:34PM

Campton Post Office ready to celebrate new NH quarter

CAMPTON - The U.S. Mint has rolled out an America the Beautiful quarter featuring a well-known New Hampshire scene, and the Postal Service is offering a special postmark to celebrate its release.

The quarter, which debuted Jan. 28, features Mount Chocorua. Starting at noon Feb. 21, the staff at the Campton Post Office will stamp letters and postcards with a commemorative postmark honoring the White Mountain National Forest quarter, which features Mount Chocorua.

Postmaster Kathryn Adams of the Campton Post Office said, "We will be happy to cancel and return by mail any letters that our customers mail to us. Customers may also bring in their own envelopes to obtain a postmark that they can take home as a keepsake."

It's not a very tall mountain, as New Hampshire mountains go, but Chocorua's rocky peak, as seen from across the pristine Chocorua Lake in Tamworth, is one of the most photographed landmarks in White Mountain National Forest. The gateway of the Eastern Slopes region, the mountain is the eastern-most peak in the Sandwich Range and the final resting place of Chocorua, a Native American from the 18th century.

The shoreline of the lake has been protected from development. Even though the town of Tamworth has no formal zoning regulations - the town manages development through ordinances - much of the private land around the lake is conserved through easements through the Chocorua Lake Conservation Foundation.

The 3,500-foot mountain top and its slopes are in the town of Albany and have been federally owned since 1915.

According to the Postal Service, the special postmark will be available by mail for 30 days after Feb. 21 and can be obtained, free of charge, by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope containing the letter or envelope they wish to be cancelled to: Postmaster, 11 Southmayd Street, Campton, NH 03223-9998.

Also on Feb. 21, officials from the U.S. Mint and the Forest Service will ceremonially launch the coin at the Plymouth State University's Hanaway Theatre at 10:30 a.m.

syoungknox@newstote.com


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