Gilford Library hosting special events this month

GILFORD -- The Gilford Public Library has scheduled several special events this month.

On Thursday, June 18, Sylvan Roots will perform a concert of authentic American roots music and traditional folk songs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.

Another musical program, Music with Mar, will present a musical storytime for babies and toddlers on Friday, June 19, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

On Monday, June 22, and Tuesday, June 23, the library will host the McGregor Institute of EMS for Babysitting Training workshops. Youngsters attending this course will learn CPR and first aid, child safety, how to handle emergencies, the care and feeding of infants and children, and about the business of being a babysitter. Those who complete the course will receive CPR, First Aid, and Babysitting Certifications.

Lunch will not be provided during the workshop so parents are asked to pack one for your child. The cost for the program is $35 per child which includes all certifications.

This program is co-sponsored with Gilford Parks and Recreation. Those interested are asked to sign up for one of these two sessions by calling the Gilford Public Library at 524-6042.

The Teen Tech program for June will take place on Tuesday, June 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. This month's program is Squishy Circuits. Participants will learn how to create basic electrical circuits and operate LED lights, buzzers, and fans – all with conductive play dough.

This program is open to kids and teens in Grades 5 and up. Those interested are asked to sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the library at 524-6042. Participants must be Gilford Library cardholders.

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Belmont residents now have access to drug drop box

BELMONT — The Belmont Police Department has added a prescription drug drop-off box to allow people to safely and properly dispose of expired or unneeded drugs.

Belmont is the latest local department to join the trend of police departments across the U.S. to become drop-off points for unused or unneeded drugs. Pharmacies are not allowed to take back certain drugs, such as pain relievers and stimulants because they are controlled substances.

Residents can drop off unwanted medications in the lobby of the police station Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The process is confidential. Liquid medications and/or needles cannot be disposed of in the drop box. For assistance with disposal of these items, please contact the Belmont Fire Department.

The department chose to add the drop box out of concern that Belmont residents thought they had only two options for medication disposal: Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away. Flushing prescriptions down the toilet is seen as one of the worst ways to dispose of drugs because they can eventually end up back in the water supply. Throwing them away leaves open the possibility that the drugs could end up in the wrong hands.

For example, earlier this year a child ingested drugs that were not properly disposed of. The child was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for complications of the overdose and eventually recovered. Disposing of prescription drugs in a safe, secure manner alleviates such occurrences.

The drop box was made possible through a donation from CVS. 

For additional information about medication disposal please contact the Belmont Police Department 267-8350.

Household hazardous waste collections scheduled

MEREDITH -- The Lakes Region Planning Commission's annual Household Hazardous Waste collection will take place later this summer on Saturday, July 25, and Saturday, Aug. 1.

A total of 24 communities will participate in one of the longest-running and most successful household hazardous waste collection programs in New England.

Four collection sites will be open each day from 8:30 a.m. to noon on both days. The sites in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith will be open on July 25, and Bristol, Laconia, Moultonborough, and Ossipee sites on Aug. 1.

Residents and property owners in the 24 participating communities may bring up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of household hazardous products in for safe disposal.

The participating communities for the collection are: Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton.

Information on collection sites and accepted materials can be found at or by calling LRPC at 279-8171. Please note that latex paint is not considered a hazardous product.


Squam Lakes Association program on water quality

HOLDERNESS — On Wednesday, June 17, at 7 pm, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) will host a discussion of water quality on Squam with Greg Disanto at SLA headquarters,.

Disanto is a 2015 graduate of Plymouth State University's Master's in Environmental Science and Policy program and focused his master's research on trails and erosion. Disanto also completed an in-depth look at the 35 years of water quality data on Squam.

"To detect changes in water quality in the Squam and Little Squam lakes, it's necessary to understand the how water quality varies by time and location throughout the lakes," says Disanto.

Using the rich water quality dataset from SLA's water quality monitoring program, Disanto examined long-term trends in chlorophyll, phosphorus, and clarity measurements at the 14 sampling locations throughout the Squam Lakes. The results of this study can help to provide context for any future changes in water quality.

Through the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program with the University of New Hampshire, the SLA has been studying water quality on Squam since 1979. In general, Squam exhibits healthy water quality, characterized by high water clarity and low nutrient levels. For further information about Squam's water quality and other indicators of watershed health, visit the SLA website for the Squam Watershed Report or to see current water clarity measurements.

"Greg's work takes a different looks decades of water quality on Squam," says SLA Director of Conservation. "His talk talk will add further depth and understanding to Squam's water quality and help to inform the SLA in shaping the water quality monitoring program into the future."