2017 Team Stonewall Surveying Platinum Sponsor – Phoenix Fitness

In putting together a Team for the Barrington Chamber Peeper Race, I need support from sponsors for everything to work. The Team drives participants to the Peeper Race, which benefits the Chamber of Commerce, participants like the shirts and bags they get for being on the Team, and Stonewall Surveying donates $500 to the Barrington Food Pantry. This all sounds great except I can’t do it without the help of sponsors. They are vital to the success of this event!Phoenix Fitness

Today’s sponsor I would like to thank for their continued support is Phoenix Fitness located at 24 Crosby Road in Dover Suites 1 & 2.

Phoenix Fitness specializes in personal one-on-one training, group and individual weight training, strength and conditioning classes, weight loss, online consulting, TRX suspension training, and group fitness classes. Phoenix Fitness serves all ages, from youth to seniors and all levels of fitness. They recently expanded into a new location, doubling their space, but are still located in the same industrial park. They provide top quality personal training, small group classes and the utmost client care with top notch trainers and equipment.

Phoenix Fitness, LLC strives to be involved with the local community, sponsoring young athletes and other local and New Hampshire events that support growth for local business and community values.

I have personally taken classes in the past with Coach Royce (owner) and he is terrific! My son has also taken classes to improve his strength for baseball, which truly changed his game. If you are looking to get fit, give Phoenix Fitness a call or check out their website for upcoming events and classes.

Please check out their Website at phoenixfitnessnh.com or Facebook page at facebook.com/PhoenixFitnessNH.


Help Team Stonewall Surveying Raise $2K for the Barrington Library Foundation

SS_2016tshirt-logodesign_FNLHelp Team Stonewall Surveying and the Barrington Library Foundation meet its goal of raising $2K by May 14th.

This year Stonewall Surveying will be donating $500 to the Barrington Library Foundation as part of our 2016 community outreach effort. In addition, we have secured a generous dollar for dollar match up to $2,000 from Karl Arndt, a longtime resident of Barrington and an avid supporter of the library. Funds donated by Stonewall Surveying, extra money from sponsors and any additional donations from runners of Team Stonewall Surveying, who will be competing in the Barrington Chamber Peeper Race on May 14th, will go towards this match. Your donation of $10 will become $20! A donationBLF New Logo of $25 becomes $50! And so on.

If you would like to donate towards this effort, please mail your tax deductible donation, made payable to the Friends of the Barrington Library, to Stonewall Surveying, P.O. Box 458, Barrington, NH 03825. Please indicate in the note section: For Foundation. You can also drop off your donation at the Library located at 105 Ramsdell Lane in Barrington before May 14th to count towards our goal.

Please help us spread the word!


A Day in the Life of a Surveyor: The Compass is Always Correct, Right?

Holding CompassWorking in the White Mountain National Forest presented many challenges. Weather, swamps, mountains and rocks are some examples.

On one project, we were tracing the steps of a previous surveyor to remark one on the boundaries of the Forest Land along the base of a hill. While using the old plan, we found our starting point and used the bearing on the plan to proceed along the line. As we followed the bearing we discovered an old blazed line. We were able to follow the remains of the blaze line and the compass bearing all the way to the next corner. We then setup our control points and located the monuments and blazes. We felt pretty good about finding all this old evidence.

Later, back at the office, one of the licensed surveyors mentioned that there was confusion about what we located. I was surprised and told him that everything seemed to match the compass bearing and evidence from the old survey plan. He then told me that what we located plotted as a curve. The distance from monument to monument was good, but the line was supposed to be straight. What we found was that in this area there was so much iron in the hill that it threw off the compass. Good thing we weren’t lost (see post about “Surveyors DO get lost at times, sort of” Posted on June 7, 2013.

A Day in the Life of a Surveyor: View from the Top of a Tree!

Spruce Trees with Mountains

Spruce Trees with Mountains in the Background.

One advantage to working along the Appalachian Trail was being able to see all the beauty that surrounded us. While we got a lot of work done, we also would take a few moments when the surroundings beckoned us.

One day I was working with Andy, a tall, thin, long-haired and long-bearded gentleman – and quite a character. We came upon some enormous White Pines and Spruce Trees. Largest trees I have ever seen until I saw the Redwoods. Three people could not reach around the base of these trees. Andy saw one and said to me “can you imagine the view from up there”?

Before I could say anything he scurried right up a Spruce Tree. Not half way or three quarters, but all the way up. He convinced me that I should climb up. I decided why not, knowing that I would not go up as high. I went up an adjacent tree just over three quarters of the way up. High enough that I could see the view in the valley, but not high enough that I would need a helicopter to rescue me (easily over a 150 feet up). I looked over at Andy and could not believe what I was seeing. He was at the top of his tree. When I mean the top, I mean his head was above all the branches and the tree top was bending over similar to the tree from the Grinch that Stole Christmas.

In the Life of a Surveyor, you never know what you will see or where you will see it from!

Old Maps

Durham 1856 Atlas

Durham Village 1856 Map

Durham Village 1856 Map

Old maps are more than just cool to look at or to hang on a wall. There is so much valuable information on old maps. Look closely and you can see roads, rivers, houses, cemeteries, hills, old boundaries, even names of residences. This information is not needed for every project, but when you get into a survey that does, and you are researching deeds back to the late 1700’s or 1800’s, these maps are invaluable!

Next time you see one hanging on a wall, see if you can recognize anything.

The maps shown are from the Strafford County 1856 Atlas. This is the Town of Durham, NH and Durham Village.