Meredith Rotary Club donates $5,000 to science center’s Nature Matters campaign

HOLDERNESS — Meredith Rotary Club President Elect Richard Gerken and Secretary Teresa Forbes presented Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod with a $5,000 check in May that will support the Science Center's Nature Matters Capital Campaign. Their donation matched another $5,000 gift made by Meredith Rotary in June 2014 for the campaign.

Meredith Rotary Club and the Science Center have had a very close and fruitful relationship over many years. A new sign at the River Otter Exhibit acknowledges the club's financial contributions and annual supply of fish left over from its annual Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. The otters and other animals at the Science Center enjoy eating the fish, which are frozen in chunks and fed to the animals throughout the year.

In 1989 to 1991, Meredith Rotary Club gave $30,000 to the support the construction of the Raptor Exhibit. In 2000, the Rotary gave $15,000 for the construction of the amphitheater where the popular "Up Close to Animals" presentations take place five times a day during July and August. In 2006, Meredith Rotary matched a private donation that funded the rehabilitation of the Upper Pond, where students attending school program field trips such as "Wet and Wild" learn about water and wetlands.

"We are very grateful to the Meredith Rotary Club for their continued support of the Science Center for over 25 years," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "They have helped us grow into what we are today and their support ensures our growth in the future."

"The Meredith Rotary Club is pleased to have participated in the growth and success of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center over the years" said Richard Gerken, President Elect of Meredith Rotary. "The Science Center is a tremendous community resource for residents and visitors alike. Watching the faces of youngsters exploring the exhibits and viewing the animals is a special treat to behold. We are proud to be able to serve the community through supporting the good works of the Science Center."

The Meredith Rotary Club was founded in 1928, and established the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby as the major fund raiser in 1978. The funds that are raised through the Derby and the Golf Classic enable the club to support the local communities with donations to local food pantries; visiting nurses; community caregivers; scholarships to traditional and non-traditional students; hands on building, remodeling and town beautification projects; and other worthy causes.

Open house at Fish & Game Dept.’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center to be held on Saturday

HOLDERNESS — The  Owl Brook Hunter Education Center will hold an open house on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to come and participate in hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at this one-of-a-kind Fish and Game Department facility at 387 Perch Pond Road.

Admission is free.

Open house visitors will have a chance to hone their shotgun skills breaking clay targets, or try target shooting at the center's environmentally friendly rifle range. Youngsters can use the BB gun range and video-based interactive shooting simulator. Both youths and adults can try out the archery range, or use your own equipment at the center's 3-D woodland archery course.

The event will also feature a tree stand safety seminar, retrieving dog demonstrations, and demonstrations by the NH Trappers Association. There will also be an opportunity to learn about safe firearms handling.

Free ice cream will be available, provided by Granite State Dairy Promotion. There will also be chances for a free raffle.


Laconia VFW hosting meat bingo on Friday

LACONIA — The Laconia VFW Post 1670 on 143 Court Street will be hosting a meat bingo event beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12.
There will be plenty of great meat prizes including a 50/50 and a "winner take all".
Food will be provided for all who attend, all proceeds will go to restoring the building which is in need of major repair.
As always this event is open to the public.

Music camp planning for 1st session in Aug.


GILFORD — The new Lakes Region Music and Arts Day Camp will begin its first season as a full-day camp experience weekdays Aug. 3-14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for students aged 9 to 14, or grades 4 to 8. The camp will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Route 11A.

Conceived by Director Karen Jordan, the camp will be unlike any other in the area in its mixture of offerings and opportunities for students.

"We have such a great resource of talented music and art teachers in this region that it only makes sense to offer a specialized camp," said Jordan. "Our mission will be to maximize the potential of each child through a quality curriculum that will stimulate thought and learning, in a safe and caring environment."

Four experienced instructors will make up the staff. Music educator Phil Breton has taught music in the Laconia School System for 31 years, accompanies community theater groups, is the organist at Gilford's First United Methodist Church, and plays the oboe and viola with the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. Alison Witham, art educator at Laconia High School, is certified to teach music and art K-12, and is a flutist with the LR Symphony Orchestra. Vickie Wood Parrish is an accomplished musician on the French horn, a pianist, and a retired pastor who also holds a degree in music education. Jordan is a professional singer/actress, current director of the Lakes Region Singers and Youth Chorus, and the Wesley Choir at First United Methodist Church, and past director of choral music at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith.

The camp will offer students options to participate in beginner or experienced instrumental lessons, beginner guitar or piano instruction, chime choir, music composition on the computer, voice lessons, theater classes (including audition preparation), art classes, and creative writing.

"The campers will be allowed to work at their own pace," said Jordan, "while also being encouraged to try new things."

Campers should bring their own instruments, but there will be a rental program available at an additional cost, for those who are just starting an instrument.

"The (First United Methodist Church in Gilford) has generously offered to sponsor us, and its support was integral in making this project become a reality. The building is perfect for our use, and the well-landscaped grounds will be wonderful for taking many activities outside," said Jordan. 

Camp planners would like registration and payment to be completed by July 15. Cost for the camp will be $400 for the full two weeks. There will be a limited number of scholarships available, and alternative drop-off or pick-up times can be arranged for a small fee, if needed. While classes are expected to be small, there is no size cap at present.

Campers should plan to bring their own lunches and snacks, but the church will provide drinks throughout the day.

For more information or for registration forms, please contact Director Karen Jordan at 524-0835, or the First United Methodist Church office at 524-3289.