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."


Talk June 25 on undefeated Civil War General G. Thomas

CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Historical Society is proud to host a presentation by David Decker, a local authority on the Civil War. The presentation is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Schoolhouse Museum on Dane Road in Center Harbor, N.H. Decker will deliver a presentation on the life and career of General George Thomas, with special emphasis on his unbroken string of victories throughout the Civil War.

Thomas is well known as the best commander on defense in the war. On two occasions he saved the Union Army from destruction: at Stone's River and at Chickamauga. After this second battle, the newspapers dubbed him "The Rock of Chickamauga" and President Lincoln called his effort the most heroic act in the history of the world. Thomas was equally effective on the offense, as was shown in the Tullahoma Campaign and the Atlanta Campaign. His crowning achievement occurred at the battle of Nashville where he completely destroyed John Bell Hood's army (originally 57,000 men) but reduced to 3,000 men at Tupelo, Mississippi, having been chased there by Thomas for 250 miles over three weeks. The result of this battle was the end of the war in the west in December, 1864 four months before Lee surrendered to Grant and five months before Johnson surrendered to Sherman.

At the conclusion of the war and five years later at his death, at least ten of his closest colleagues -- fellow generals -- proclaimed him to be the best general of the war, or of the 19th century, or since George Washington. Thomas was the only man who never lost a battle during the entire Civil War.

Science center celebrates water with H2Ooooh! Day

HOLDERNESS — Everyone needs water in one form or another, which is why Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is celebrating this vital resource with H2Ooooh! Day. On Saturday, June 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Science Center will offer guests a wide range of activities and entertainment in order to educate them about water and the many life forms which depend on it.

Guests will learn about water by watching engaging demonstrations, such as A Drop in the Bucket, which puts the Earth's current drinkable water supply into perspective, and Enviroscape Model, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additionally, guests will be able to work with a representative from the NH Department of Environmental Services to build their own plankton, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In a unique collaborative effort, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will bring the forces of art and environment together, through presentations (at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) and workshops (at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). Art for Water founder and director Christine Destrempes will invite guests to learn about, and contribute to, her three-dimensional art installation, "Stream of Conscience," a colorful art installation of paper pieces overlapped and spread across the Trailhead Gallery, to look like a rainbow-colored stream of flowing water. Each piece of paper used has an individual's thought about water written on it.

This event is meant to be enjoyed by those of all ages. Games specifically geared towards children will take place in three sessions, going from 11:30 a.m. to noon, 12:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Kids can also participate in crafts from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Finally, H2Ooooh! Day will offer ample opportunity to get to know many of the Science Center's animals. Guests can view a live mink, beaver, and osprey while listening to lectures by Science Center staff as they give presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. They can also see the mink, as well as two varieties of New Hampshire turtles, the Blanding's turtle and wood turtle, at an Aquatic Discoveries table on the terrace from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will additionally be able to watch river otter feeding at 12:30 p.m. and, in the process, see first-hand an animal that not only needs water to drink, but also spends much of its time splashing and flipping into its depths.

All activities for H2Ooooh! Day are part of regular trail admission ($17 for adults, $14 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (ages 3 to 15), and free for children 2 and under and members.) More information is at www.nhnature.org.

Storytelling workshop at Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle in the Clouds was recently awarded a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to host the workshop From Seed to Tree; Growing Memories into Stories. This workshop is open to the public and will be presented on Thursday June 18t at 6 p.m. at the Castle in the Clouds Carriage House.

Guided by well-known Storyteller Jo Radner, participants will experiment with a toolbox of practical storytelling techniques to make their stories more vivid and engaging. While this workshop is open to all, it will be especially useful for anyone working in the history, museum or education fields. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite small historical object to practice with during this program.

The program is free and light refreshments will be available before the workshop. Use Ossipee Park Road entrance and follow signs for visitor parking and the Carriage House. Seating is limited; register for the event by calling Michelle Landry at 603-476-5418.

Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Lucknow Estate, built by Thomas G. Plant in 1914.