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Swimmers on a mission in Northwood

  • Shirley Brownell, 91, and Harmony Anderson, 75, stand with event organizer Mark West of Nottingham. The women both live in Strafford and enjoy having the lake and the island as part of their lives. Courtesy

  • Swimmers head into the water at Bow Lake to cross over to the Bennett Island. Courtesy

  • Swimmers pose for a photo before crossing the lake. —Courtesy

  • A swimmer warms up after crossing Bow Lake to Bennett Island. —Courtesy


Thursday, September 07, 2017

In an effort to conserve Bennett Island on Bow Lake in Northwood, 19 swimmers swam a half-mile to the island from Bennett Bridge Beach or took a mile-long course around the island Aug. 27.

The “Swim to Save Bennett Island Forever” raised more than $8,000 to go toward Bear-Paw Regional Greenways’s fundraising goal of $234,000 to preserve the wildlife area that is home to bald eagles and common loons.

Swimmers came from across New Hampshire and ranged in age from 9 to 91.