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Home orchard care workshop on May 16

CANTERBURY — On May 16 Canterbury Shaker Village will offer "Home Orchard Care" with nationally recognized organic orchardist, Michael Phillips from 10:00-3:00 pm. The cost to attend the workshop is $60 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members and $75 for Non-Members. Preregistration is required.

"Home Orchard Care" is filled with practical information for growing tree fruits right. Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what, and when. All sorts of fruits—from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries—make for a diverse home orchard planting. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Canterbury Shaker Village will have water and hot beverages available.

Instructor Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The "community orchard movement" that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael's newest book, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way, recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.

For more information on this and other Shaker-inspired workshops offered at Canterbury Shaker Village, visit www.shakers.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living by providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to rethink tradition by learning about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers.

The National Historic Landmark includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The Village cafe offers simple lunch fare and the Museum Store features unique gifts and wares handmade by regional artists. The Village is part of the Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail (www.nhmuseumtrail.org). Canterbury Shaker Village, located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, is open daily in 2015 from May 16-October 24 and weekends in November. For more information, visit www.shakers.org.

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Spend 2nd Saturdays with Friends of the Pemi

PLYMOUTH —  Members of the "Friends of the Pemi" -- Livermore Falls Chapter -- have been busy planning an active summer season of events to be held at the Livermore Falls/Holderness Beach side of the Pemigewasset River.

In collaboration with the State of New Hampshire through the Parks and Recreation Department of DRED, the Friends are happy to announce the Second Saturday Program. On each second Saturday, from May through September, the Friends invite the public to visit Livermore Falls at 10:00 am for a series of presentations about the recreation, history, and environment and to hear about future plans for our newest State Park at Livermore Falls.

Mark your calendars so you can join us for the following special events this summer:

▪ Saturday, May 9th --- Clean-up Day at 10:00 am: Bring your work gloves and join the members of the Environment Committee of the Friends as they host a major clean-up of the Holderness Beach led by Friends member and Chair of the Holderness Conservation Commission, Larry Spencer. Following the clean-up, the Plymouth Rotary Club will host a burger lunch to reward workers. On the same day at 10:00 am, the Friends will hold greeter training for those who volunteer later in the summer to staff both sides of the river with the goal of creating a docent-like presence at Livermore Falls.

▪ Saturday, June 13th -- Water Safety Demonstration Day at 10:00 am: River rescue teams will demonstrate water safety on the Pemigewasset and explain the potential hazards of recreation on the river. The goal is to provide information that will lead to a safe and healthy summer of river access as families enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, rafting, and paddle boarding on the Pemi.

▪ Saturday, July 11th – Livermore Falls History Day at 10:00 am: The Historical Committee of the Friends will offer a presentation about the history of Livermore Falls, identifying the various uses of the river over time while pointing out the location of past building landmarks. The talk will include a discussion of the impact of Livermore Falls on the surrounding communities, both then and now.

▪ Saturday, August 8th – Environmental Awareness Day at 10:00 am: The Environmental Committee of the Friends will educate visitors about the unique aspects of the area around the river and discuss water quality and the steps that need to be taken to ensure the river is maintained in its current natural, pristine condition.

▪ Saturday, September 12th – 2015 Summer Season Celebration at 10:00 am: Join the Friends at the Holderness Beach for a river paddle on tubes, kayaks, paddle boards or canoes; travel down the river to our destination, the Plymouth Amphitheater on Green Street, for a barbeque with entertainment hosted by the Plymouth Rotary Club.

Those planning to visit Livermore Falls this summer are asked to save some time to speak with volunteers of the Friends who will be there to greet guests as they arrive. The Friends hope to chat with visitors to convey facts about the Pemi/Livermore Falls area. Their conversations will serve to underscore the importance of the unique partnership between the Friends of the Pemi and the State Parks Department as they collaborate to develop this new State Park gem.

For more information about the "Friends of the Pemi" – Livermore Falls Chapter, like us on Facebook, or contact a member of the Plymouth Rotary Club which serves as its fiscal agent.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 10:01

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Plymouth State University honors athletic director

PLYMOUTH — One of Plymouth State University's longest-serving and most beloved employees has been recognized by his peers with the 2015 Distinguished Professional, Administrative, Technical (PAT) Award. Colleagues, family, and friends gathered to recognize Director of Athletics John Clark '71, '73G at a special ceremony on May 1.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Clark has worked at Plymouth State for more than 40 years and is an extraordinary professional whose commitment to the institution is unparalleled.

"John brings to his work a vision of the campus and community," said Steen. "And that vision has guided him to help create facilities like the Boyd Science Center and the Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) Center. He has mentored students, actively supported women's equality in sports and served as a campus leader. His positive impact has been enormous."

Clark, a Goffstown native, has been a part of the Plymouth State community since arriving as a freshman in 1967. After graduating in 1971, he worked in a variety of roles, including residential life, admissions and director of the College Union Building before his first stint as director of athletics from 1980-85. In 1985, Clark became a member of the Plymouth State President's Cabinet, where he served for 16 years, before returning to his role as director of athletics in 2001.

Clark said he was surprised at being chosen for the Distinguished PAT Award.

"I am so fortunate to have been associated with Plymouth State for almost 50 years and so proud of where the university stands today. I'm extremely excited about our future," said Clark. "Having been involved with the PATs since our very first meetings with President Hyde in the early 1970s, I hope I have contributed to the university's legacy of service to others. I am deeply honored to receive this award."

Richard "Dick" Hage, a longtime friend and colleague of Clark's, described him as a person of vision, positive energy and productivity.

"The University wouldn't be where it is today without your influence in so many areas. You've done it all, and you've done it right," said Hage. "You have the respect of all of your colleagues from every corner of campus."

Clark's latest recognition joins a long list of previous accolades, including the James Hogan Award, the Senior Class Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Theo Kalikow Award.

Beginning this fall, Clark will be the founding manager of Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) North, PSU's new $32 million academic and athletic facility.

Clark and his wife, Maureen '72, have two adult children, a son, Jamie '03G, and a daughter, Cathleen.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:57

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Legends of the Lakes Region 2nd Annual Music Jam at Paradise Beach Club on May 17

LACONIA — The Café Deja Vu Pub Mania Team presents Legends of the Lakes Region the 2nd Annual Music Jam on Sunday, May 17 at The Paradise Beach Club. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the music kickoff at 3 p.m.

All proceeds from this event go towards the The Children's Auction. The event will also feature door prizes, raffles, and 50/50. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at Lakesregionlegends.com or at Café Déjà Vu, All my Life Jewelers, Greenlaws Music & Patrick's Pub & Eatery

For more information visit www.lakesregionlegends.com, www.theparadisebc.com, or call 998-1418. 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 09:22

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