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Grace Metalious among Literary Hall of Fame inaugural inductees

The New Hampshire Writers' Project, a statewide writers' group, in coordination with Southern New Hampshire University,has announced the creation of the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame and inaugural class of authors and poets inducted to the hall.

The 2015 inductees are:

· Robert Frost (posthumously) — Former poet laureate of the United States, Frost attended Dartmouth University and made his home in New Hampshire for many years. Frost was tapped to read at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 and received four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry. He is probably best remembered for his works "The Road not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

· Grace Metalious (posthumously) -- Born in Manchester, Metalious rocked the American literary scene in 1956 with "Peyton Place," a novel about the dark secrets of a small town. Metalious, who lived in Gilmanton, penned three more successful novels before dying at age 39.

· John Irving -- Irving was born and raised in Exeter. His "The World According to Garp" became an international best-seller in 1978, and, in 1999, Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his retooling of his novel The Cider House Rules. Other noted works include The Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

· Donald Hall -- Hall has authored more than 50 books, including 15 volumes of poetry. A longtime resident of Wilmot, Hall holds a Caldecott Medal for his children's book "The Ox-Cart Man." He is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and is highly regarded for his work as an academic, formerly holding teaching positions at Stanford University, Bennington College, and University of Michigan.

The induction ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the SNHU library as part of NHWP's annual Writers' Day conference.

The Hall of Fame will be housed at SNHU's new Learning Library on North River Road in Hooksett. It will display works by the inductees, including artifacts like first editions and rough drafts. This year, four writers will be inducted into the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame, with two additional writers joining the honorees every other year. Inductees were announced today by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The Hall of Fame was created to pay homage to the inductees as well as to the Granite State's broad literary history, said immediate past NHWP president John Herman. A secondary goal, he said, is to promote literacy here.

"Everyone knows the name Robert Frost, but how many high-school classes are sitting down to read him today? He's just as relevant as he ever was," Herman said. "Peyton Place created an uproar when it came out in the 1950s, but now that the fuss has died down we can see what a well-crafted and important piece of literature it is."

The NH State Library has identified more than 12,000 published New Hampshire authors and poets dating back to Colonial times.

The names of potential inductees were selected through a public nomination process, then the NHWP Board of Trustees culled the list down to 10 prospects. A selection committee -- composed of Tim Horvath, a short-story writer who teaches at New Hampshire Institute for the Arts; Sally Hirsh-Dickinson, NHPR Weekend host, NHWP trustee, and professor at Rivier University; Sidney Hall, poet and publisher of Hobblebush Books; Kathryn Growney, dean of the library at SNHU; and Van McLeod, the state's Department of Cultural Resources commissioner -- made the final selections.

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Center Harbor Townhouse one of five buildings added to state Register of Historic Places

CENTER HARBOR — The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has announced that the State Historical Resources Council has added five individual properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The five most recent additions to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places are all public buildings and are excellent examples of classical architecture:

· Center Harbor Townhouse (1844)

· Fuller Hall in Hillsborough (1883)

· Tucker Free Library in Henniker (1903)

· Whipple Memorial Town Hall in New London (1917)

· Goodwin Library in Farmington (1929)

The State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:

Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations;
Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants; and
Acknowledgment of a property's historical significance in the community.

After the Revolutionary War, architecture in the U.S. found inspiration in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome as the country modeled a new democratic nation. Choosing classical architectural styles for public buildings was a physical way to represent democracy, from the nation's largest cities to its smallest villages.

Details and design vary, but the styles can be identified by the use of elements seen in Greek and Roman temples, including symmetrical designs, front-facing gables with heavy cornices, pilasters and porches with columns. Buildings range from wood-framed and wood-sided to more ornate brick constructions with stone or wood details. Architectural styles such as Greek Revival and Classical Revival have overwhelmingly been the styles of choice for public buildings in New Hampshire.

Anyone wishing to nominate a property to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places must research the history of the nominated property and document it fully on individual inventory forms from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Having a property listed in the Register does not impose restrictions on property owners. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the "State Historic Preservation Office," was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire's citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling 603-271-3483.

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Speaker at luncheon gathering to talk about importance of balance

GILFORD — A Chowder and Chat will be held at Wesley Woods on Monday March 16 at 12 noon.

Dr. Kristie Ennis will offer another CORE presentation. Balance is necessary, the core is our powerhouse, but people need to be strong and balanced. Falls are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. 75% of these occur in the older adult population.

Dr. Ennis graduated with her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2006. She has worked in the orthopedic outpatient setting since graduation and specializes in women's health, dry needling, functional movement screening and assessment, oncology, and injury prevention. Dr. Ennis is also a certified strength and conditioning coach
RSVP to Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Symposium to highlight school, community gardens

PLYMOUTH — The annual Welcome Spring Symposium, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Master Gardener Association takes place Saturday, March 21, at Plymouth State University. The symposium is open to the public.

The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., costs $55, and after March 15, $60.

One focus of the symposium is on school and community gardens, a way to engage students and communities in growing food. Learn how to plan a garden project, engage everyone in the process, prioritize needs, identify leaders, source funding, and maintain momentum.

Jeremy Delisle, UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center coordinator, will also discuss specialized tools and production systems, including high tunnel production and other season extension techniques.

Alan Eaton, coordinator of UNH Cooperative Extension's Integrated Pest management program, will discuss "Meet the Beneficials - Natural Enemies of Garden Pests." Most references on garden insects focus on detrimental pests and the problems they create in your gardens throughout the growing season. Once you learn to identify insects, you will discover hundreds of species of insects that are busy helping your garden grow, as predators or parasites of the "bad" insects.

Eaton's presentation will focus on the abundant beneficial insects found in gardens and how you can promote garden health through a reduction or elimination of pesticides.

Roger Swain, "the man with the red suspenders" best known for hosting the television show The Victory Garden for 15 years, will share his knowledge of "Vegetables – From Plant to Food."

He will offer tips on growing vegetables, their culture, culinary advice, and storage/preservation methods, along with some special recipes.

Multiple vendors will showcase items ranging from gardening supplies to books, and participants can place bids on a multitude of gardening items in the silent auction. A buffet lunch is included in the price..

For more information and to register, visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8vfa4xcab&oeidk=a07eajr5tij0e6e7ea1 or contact the UNH Cooperative Extension Education Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 1-877-EXT-GROW (1-877-398-4769).

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