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NH selectmen vote to rename Jew Pond

April 20, 2012
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MONT VERNON, N.H.—Selectmen in a rural New Hampshire town have followed residents' wishes and voted unanimously to rename a fishing spot that's been called Jew Pond since the 1920s.

WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/J9OFrC) the Mont Vernon board voted this week to change the name to Carleton Pond, after one of the town's founding families. Final approval must come from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Residents voted last month to change the name. Town officials said it originally was named Spring Pond because the owners of a hotel there created it by digging up a spring to irrigate their golf course.

The rest of the story is a bit murky, but it's generally believed that the spot became Jew Pond when two Jewish businessmen bought the hotel.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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