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Woodturner to lecture at Craftsmen gallery

MEREDITH — The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen gallery in Meredith will be having a free lecture by award-winning Master Woodturner Donald Briere on Monday, July 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Meredith Bay Colony Club.

Briere will talk about his unique creative processes and his love of woodturning for more than the past 15-plus years. Using domestic and exotic hardwoods along with semi-precious stones, Briere creates segmented woodturnings that range from those with just a couple of pieces to more intricate ones with thousands. In 2009 he  won Best in Show at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair at the Mt. Sunapee Resort, in "Living With Crafts."

At the end of the lecture there will be time for questions and some of his pieces will be on display.

The lectures offered by the League's Meredith gallery are free and held in the Bistro Room at the Meredith Bay Colony Club, 21 Mile Point Drive in Meredith. Space is limited so those planning to attend are asked to reserve seats in advance by calling the gallery at (603) 279-7920.

More information on gallery's lectures, classes and demonstrations can be viewed at www.nhcrafts.org /meredith.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 06:58

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Former Union Street Church on the 28th Annual Hospice House Tour

WOLFEBORO —  There is so much to look at in this exquisitely decorated home built as a church in the early 1890's and converted into a residence in 2000. So be sure to buy your tickets for the 28th Annual Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice House Tour on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at Black's Paper and Gift Store located at 8 South Main Street in Wolfeboro. Optional luncheon tickets are also available for $15. The luncheon will be held at the Pinckney Boathouse located on the campus of Brewster Academy.

To the left of the brilliant cerulean painted front doors is a patio affectionately known as the "bird sanctuary" because of the two large cranes located there. Yes, they are statues. The current owners of the home purchased it in 2013. Both are avid antique collectors. Many of the unusual furnishings came with them when they moved to Wolfeboro from Houston, Texas. Throughout the home there are all kinds of interesting pieces to look at.

The focal point in the Great Room is an eleven by seven foot mantel which came from a mansion in Ohio and consists of two pieces. Sitting atop the English sideboard in this room is a bottle of anointing oil which was found during the renovations and the corner cabinet is from the original Nathan Hale house in Massachusetts. Located on the wall along the staircase which leads to a second story salon is an angelic painting done in New York City by artist J. F. Douthitt in 1820 the same year the church was built.

All proceeds from the tour are used to provide a comprehensive range of services that enable people to receive hospice care in the comfort of their home or in other community settings. The Hospice program at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a specialized kind of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. For more information about the tour or the hospice program call 603-569-2729.

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Guided sunset hike & photography lesson offered by Squam Lakes Association


HOLDERNESS — The Squam Lakes Association will hold a guided sunset hike on Friday, July 10.

One of the SLA's adventure ecology programs, the hikers will trek up to the scenic Eagle Cliff ledge on Red Hill in Sandwich. Those who are interested in hiking, sunsets, and/or photography, will find this outing interesting, say organizers.

The outing will include a brief photography workshop and about techniques for making landscape photographs even more striking.

The hike will begin at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Cliff trailhead. From Route 25 in Center Harbor, turn onto Bean Road where the trailhead will be on the right in Sandwich after about five miles. The hike is a steep 1.2 mile round trip with a view that overlooks Sandwich Bay on Squam Lake.

At the top, the group will engage in a brief photography workshop learning tips and tricks for landscape photography on any device. Types of photography discussed will include HDR (High Dynamic Range), long exposure photography, and any other ideas you bring along. Participants are advised to bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp for the hike down when it will be getting dark.

The hike will end at 9 p.m. back at the trailhead.

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Local police learn about intensive first aid at PSU


PLYMOUTH – Police officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies gathered at Plymouth State University recently for workshop to learn lifesaving skills from expert instructor Dr. Fabrice Czarnecki.

The "Tactical First Aid for Law Enforcement Officers" program brought medical training and research honed at the military's Joint Special Forces Operations Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, to officers from Grafton County communities.

Officers learned to treat life-threatening bleeding resulting from gunshot, stab and accidental puncture wounds. After tracing the historical development of "Tactical Combat Casualty Care" and its adaptation for American law enforcement, each participant learned, practiced and taught techniques such as the application of pressure dressings and placement of specially designed tourniquets on partners and on themselves.

Czarnecki, chair of the public safety medicine section of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, donated his time as a symbol of support for the New Hampshire law enforcement community. He praised the local officers involved in the training.

"Having presented this workshop to many state, local and federal agencies, I was struck by the ease of working with PSU in bringing this training to Plymouth," said Czarnecki. "Our team enjoyed exceptional, passionate assistance and commitment throughout the university, from the office of the president through the chief of police and his staff."

Czarnecki also noted the support of Dr. Joan Kirschner of Plymouth General Dentistry, whose grant covered all travel, lodging and medical supply expenses, allowing those who attended to return to their agency with their own personal tactical medical kit.

"I hope that the public/private partnership between PSU and Plymouth General Dentistry might serve as an example that will aid other communities in delivering these essential skills to their law enforcement officers," Czarnecki added. 

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