Come Together Right Now Over Steve

Managing Real Estate Broker with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., NHRE# 02863

            It’s 8:25 a.m. today, August 24, 2016 in Lincoln, NH: The sound of bagpipes fills Church Street. As I continue my morning routine of rushing about like a madwoman gathering objects in my condo to bring into the Real Estate office my body comes to a hault- when is the last time I heard bagpipes? Only in New Hampshire. 

            As I continue to listen to the Scottish tunes bounce through our beautiful White Mountains I take a moment to meditate on what's going on. Lincoln, NH is a small town- under 2000 people live here year round. During winters and summers our town quadruples, probably even more. The drawn out sounds are melodic and hypnotizing but I know in this town, this early in the morning, something monumental has happened.

            The sound comes from the Fire Department, across the street from the Church. Men in uniforms start to direct cars to parking spaces as community members line the sidewalks, dressed in suits and black dresses.

            Someone has died. In fact, there are others in critical condition. A car accident occurred and took someone’s life, and maybe another soon.



             By 11:30am the Funeral procession is in full swing with more than a dozen state departments showing presence. Fire trucks line the streets with flashing lights while police vehicles block off parts of Church and Main Street. Flags are at half mast and will remain so for the duration of the week. This is a big deal. For a few hours out of the day the entire community, all the way down Main Street, observe and come together to honor this local.

            I didn’t know Steve Bomba personally, but he was born and raised in Lincoln. I’ve heard the name around town. We have about a dozen friends in common on Facebook. At only 25 he was an EMT and a Dispatcher with the Lincoln Police Department, an active community member and made it to Captain of the Fire Department here in town. Lincoln has had a tough few years of young adult deaths ranging from car accidents to drug overdoses. If you haven’t heard, New Hampshire has a huge drug and alcohol problem. It makes absolutely no sense- we live in one of the most beautiful four season resort towns in the country. Activities for the family are plentiful year round, yet drunk driving accidents are the number one cause of death in this state. In fact, a few of our towns make the list to most alcohol consumed per person per area in the country. It doesn't make any sense...we have gorgeous mountains and lakes to play in. Despite it all we have some of the strongest communities I have ever seen and experienced- families and friends bond together like glue, through heartache and hardship. After living out West for several years and in the UK before that, I have never seen such strong family ties and values. It’s the reason I moved back to NH- to be closer and more involved in my family. Maybe it’s because the states are smaller or there are more Ivy leagues than any other area of the country. Family values are extremely important to us. When something happens to one of us, we come together.



            This is exactly what anyone can expect when they join this community. Yes, there are some die hard locals who have been in town since it’s founding years who see second home owners as an invasion, but understand that’s only temporary. We want our community members to be involved; have your kids attend Linwood Elementary School and join one of the best ski teams in the country. Train and have coffee with Olympians. Hike the trails and join a volunteer organization to build and maintain them. Get involved in a local theatre production at Jean’s Playhouse or bring your guitar to Open Mic at the Woodstock Station. This is what community is. This is Lincoln, NH.


                                                         Photo taken by local artist Becca Powell



            For more information or how to donate to the Heroes Memorial Foundation, click here:                                         


To donate to Mike Weden, another victim in the car with Steve, please give whatever you can to help his wife and child while Mike is in critical condition at Dartmouth-


Written by Sarah Alexandra, Office Millennial

Posted by


                                                                                                                                                                              Your-White Mountain New Hampshire real Estate Expert

           toll free 800-926-5653 /cell 603-381-7898

                        MLS search and Realtor web site:

                         My outside Blog:

                    Lincoln NH &  Local interest site:

    Grafton County NH MLS search


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Local News and Events
white mountains
real estate

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I also love the sound of baf pipes but I also get an eerie feeling when I heaar them

Aug 24, 2016 11:42 AM #1
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

My admin, who is in her 20's has seen life through differnt eye than I have. I happy to give her my platform to talk to young and old... God bless Steve Bomba, and prayer to his loved ones.

Aug 25, 2016 12:55 AM #2
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Steve Loynd

800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
ask about NH properties
Spam prevention

Additional Information