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New Hampton Historical Society presents: "Canvas Floor Coverings"

NEWHAMPTON — The New Hampton Historical Society will present "Canvas Floor Coverings" on Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at the Gordon-Nash Library.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, painted floor canvases decorated many New England homes. With renewed interest in these beautiful floor coverings, presenter Lisa Mair of Canvasworks Floorcloths in Weathersfield, Vermont, a master of this art, will share her designs. Her painted canvas floorcloths are made as they would have been hundreds of years ago-one painstakingly slow step at a time.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience researching, designing and creating floorcloths for homes and museums throughout North America and beyond. Her talk will incorporate the use of a slide show and she will also discuss the benefits of their use in today's home and how they are made. The Society began selling raffle tickets on Old Home Day for a chance to win a floorcloth inspired by the early 1800's artist Rufus Porter that Lisa hand painted and donated, and the winner will be announced tonight. Raffle tickets will still be available at the program, prior to the drawing. Upcoming 2015-16 program listing cards are now available at the Library and at the program.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, along with fundraising items for sale.

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Friends of Pemi plan paddle


PLYMOUTH — The Friends of the Pemi are urging those with a kayak, canoe, tube or stand up paddle board to join for a paddling excursion on the Pemigewasset River on Saturday, Sept. 12, starting at 10 a.m.

Paddlers should meet at the Holderness beach at Livermore Falls to float down to Plymouth for a barbeque lunch on the Plymouth Green hosted by the Plymouth Rotary Club from noon until 2 p.m. Event organizers are urging the public to come down and learn about the plans and recent accomplishments at Livermore Falls.


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FFA students attend officer leadership event


TILTON — The Granite State Association of FFA recently hosted a Chapter Officer Leadership Training event for members from around the state. All eight officers of the Winnisquam FFA Chapter attended the event, and took full advantage of the workshops and social activities offered.

Students arrived at the Newport location in time to join their FFA peers in an evening meal.

Following that, activities designed to break the ice and help students become acquainted with one another were played. Several team bonding sessions were held, followed by a campfire and camping out.

The next morning, FFA members participated in four workshops designed to help them get the school year off to a strong start. Topics included team building and trust, respect, expectations and advocacy.

The student officers left COLT feeling energized and ready to lead their FFA Chapter in the coming months.

Upcoming events include participation in the Eastern States Exposition, the Deerfield Fair, UNH Fall Interscholastics and the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

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Laconia honored for drinking water flouridation


LACONIA — The Laconia Water Department is one of six municipal water services which has honored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control for for its water fluoridation program.

Fluoridation is the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay.

The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated
water throughout 2014. In all, 2,282 awards will be given out across 33 states. Although seven of these have been awarded to New Hampshire
communities, less than half of the people served by a public water system (46 percent) receive fluoridated water. New Hampshire ranks 43 in the country for the fluoridation of public water systems. Many New Hampshire residents receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally occurring fluoride.

Other municipal water systems in the state to receive the award were Manchester, Concord, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dover.

"Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective ways that communities can prevent tooth decay in children and adults," stated Dr.
Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. "Our current research shows that people living in communities with fluoridated
water have about 25 percent fewer cavities."

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly
three-quarters (73.9 percent) — or 204 million people in the U.S. — served by community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs of dental treatment.

"The New Hampshire DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a strategy to improve the public's oral health. The proper amount of fluoride
from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DPHS.


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