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Public asked to participate in moose photo survey

CONCORD — As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor New Hampshire's moose, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to participate in a spring moose survey and submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through 15.

Images submitted should show one whole side of the moose (they should not be taken from in front of or behind the animal). And the images must be taken only during the May 1 through May 15 survey time period. Photos may be from regular cameras or trail cameras.

To learn more about the spring survey and submit your photographs May 1 through 15, go to www.wildnh.com/surveys/moose.html.

Ducks Unlimited group sets fundraising record

TILTON — The Daniel Webster Chapter of Ducks Unlimited raised a record amount of money at its recent 29th annual dinner banquet auction held at The Room in Riverfront Place, the award-winning renovated mill building at 322 Main St.

James Cropsey was area chairman again this year. This is a group effort from the committee consisting of Randy Comeau, Ian Keith, Bob Mazur, Peter Spear, Kevin Stack, Doug Swett, Bill Allen, Ron Columb, Mark Dewolfe, Dick Magie, Frances Magie, Jon Reed, Wes Reed, and Angela Swett. Thanks to their efforts yet again we broke our record.

Efforts like those of the Daniel Webster Chapter are a vital part of Ducks Unlimited's efforts. This year the Daniel Webster Chapter raised almost $32,000, an increase over 2016.

The average cost per prime acre conserved last year was $880 with a little under one waterfowl nest per acre. About 0.39 metric tons of carbon is sequestered each year on average on each acre of prime wetlands. Ducks Unlimited thanks you for your support.

There is still time to assist our effort and perhaps win a valuable prize by becoming a Sponsor. Please call Jim Cropsey at 603-286-9633 for more details.

Award-winning garden designer to give talk May 4

GILFORD — Opechee Garden Club will host a special evening presentation with award-winning garden designer and author Kerry Ann Mendez on Thursday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church.
The title of Mendez’s program is “The Right Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions For Aging & Time Pressed Gardeners.”
Mendez, the proprietor of Perennially Yours, has dedicated herself to teaching the art of high-impact, but low-maintenance flower gardening and landscaping. Quoting from her website, “As a garden consultant, designer, author and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving garden techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.”
Mendez’s history as a gardener began in the early 1980s when she was working as the associate director of Alumni Relations at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Needing supplemental income, she asked a woman for a weekend job dividing perennials in her fields. The woman later suggested that Mendez begin her own gardening business. Finally, in 2003, after 18 years at Union College, Mendez took the leap into starting her own business, teaching, writing, and speaking to groups all about gardening.
Mendez began to rethink the size and time requirements of her gardens. Thus, “The Mendez Method” began. She reduced the size and scale of her gardens by 50 percent, and replaced time-consuming plants with others requiring less time but still bringing beauty to the gardens and joy to the gardener’s heart. Thinking that other gardeners might benefit from her gardening revelations, resulting in smaller garden sizes, and more careful choices of plant material to lessen garden labor, she began writing books, and giving talks.
This program is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested.

Greater Meredith Progrm’s ‘Do the Loop’ expands; deadline is today

MEREDITH — Today is the last day for local businesses to sign up to participate in the Greater Meredith Program's promotion designed to attract visitors to explore downtown businesses.

For the second year the GMP is sponsoring the Do the Loop sign, brochure, and online promotion with two opportunities available to Meredith businesses.

The first is an opportunity for Meredith businesses to be depicted on an artist-created walking map, which appears on two signs at the Meredith town docks. For a $200 annual fee, these businesses may list their name, address, contact information, and website. Their listing will appear on the signs, and details will appear in an accompanying brochure that will be available at each sign location as well as in participating businesses, and on the GMP website (http://greatermeredithprogram.com/do-the-loop).

Also, for a $50 annual fee, any Meredith business may list its name, address, contact information, website, and a tag line in the brochure that accompanies the sign, and on the GMP website. These listings will appear in the section titled "Beyond the Map" which will guide visitors to all participating Meredith businesses.

Notices on the sign, in the brochure, and on the website will invite visitors to "Do the Loop," the walking portion of the promotion. Notices will also encourage them to venture "Beyond the Map" to many additional merchants, services, and other businesses available in Meredith.

Participating businesses my also choose to be part of a "Do the Loop" punch card promotion. Visitors who complete a "Do the Loop" punch card by visiting 15 participating businesses will have the opportunity to win prizes at the annual "Do the Loop" drawing held in October. Completed cards must be placed in the "Do the Loop" drawing box located in the Mill Falls hotel lobby.

Applications for the "Do the Loop" promotion may be picked up at Hermit Woods Winery 72 Main St. from "Do the Loop" Committee Chairperson Bob Manley.

For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, call 603-279-9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., find it on Facebook, or visit www.greatermeredithprogram.com.


04 27 Do the Loop

The Do the Loop sign, above, lists participating downtown Meredith businesses and depicts their location on an artist-created map. Today is the deadline for businesses to participate in the program which strives to get visitors to stroll through the downtown and visit the various shops, eateries and other businesses. (Courtesy photo)