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Alton Police to host Training event on June 26th

ALTON — The Alton Police Department, Alton Fire/Rescue, NH Marine Patrol, and State Military Personnel will be conducting a combined training exercise in Alton on Thursday June 26, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Police officers, first responders, and military personnel may be seen entering and exiting the area of the Prospect Mountain High School during the morning hours utilizing emergency response equipment. During the afternoon hours the training site will move to the Alton Bay area near the boat launch, where emergency response equipment and personnel will be simulating an emergency situation.

This is all part of a combined training exercise to train and assess our readiness to respond should a serious emergency occur in our community. The public should not be alarmed. If anyone has any concerns or questions contact Chief Ryan Heath at the Alton Police Department (603) 875-0757.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:57

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Moulton Farm program enables children to learn about gardening and food

MEREDITH — Once a month from June through September there are young voices chattering with excitement in the fields at Moulton Farm in central New Hampshire. The farm's "Little Sprouts Garden Club" takes children between ages 5 and 9 into the fields to explore how food grows. Part of the excitement and fun comes from the children searching for and picking whatever vegetables or fruits are ready that day.

"The looks are wonderful on their faces when they pick the item and realize they get to bring it home. They are excited about showing off their bounty and more inclined to try vegetables they may have previously avoided eating," says John Moulton, owner of the farm that's been actively producing food since the 1890's. "It is fun for the children and the parents or grandparents accompany them." Each session lasts 60 minutes during which the farm staff helps the children learn about how soil, water, and sun help food grow.

The activities are planned so even children who come only one time learn and have fun. "Some children and adults have never grown a vegetable and know very little about where their food comes from. It's a fun and educational experience, even for those who have gardened before," says Moulton, who was and educator for years before retiring to run the farm fulltime. "They explore, they get a little bit dirty, and they laugh and learn."

There is a small fee for the program and advanced sign up is recommended. Children can attend one session or multiple sessions. The sessions are on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 on June 25, July 23, and August 13. In September, the session is on Saturday from 9 to 10 on September 13.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:55

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Humane Society holds Summer Adopt a thon at VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society (NHHS) in partnership with VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital, will spotlight a variety of cats, kittens, puppies and adult dogs available for adoption at their annual Summer Adopt a Thon, Saturday June 28 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Following what is usually an initiative for cats, the local shelter has included all pets for this event with the goal of adopting as many pets as possible during this one day adoption extravaganza.

Shelter spokesperson, Managing Director Marylee Gorham stated, "while we have always fully embraced this June pet adoption promotion, we waited until after the excitement of Bike Week this year to launch this initiative. Confidence is high that many creatures will find loving forever homes on June 28".

Adding to the festivities, Ben & Jerry's will be doling out four euphoric selections of their delectable dessert, including a newly launched flavor, the rather aptly named Turtle Cheesecake. Proceeds from Ice Cream sales will benefit the homeless animals awaiting placement at the shelter on Meredith Center Road, Laconia.

Shelter partner, VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital, located at 1266 Union Avenue, Laconia, across from the Macdonald's restaurant, happily gave the lower level of their facility to stage the adopt a thon. This full service veterinary hospital has thrown open their doors on the same day to host an Open House, featuring a meet and greet of veterinary staff, tours, face painting, raffles and a bake sale.
New this year, Petco will be present to talk about the services they provide at the newly opened store in the Home Goods plaza in Gilford.
Those wishing to adopt a new pet will be able to finalize adoptions the same day, provided all necessary paperwork is complete. Adopters will receive goodie bags to accompany their new pet home.

To learn more about the Adopt A thon check www.nhhumane or call 524-3252 for details. Information about the Open House can be accessed by calling VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital 524-8387 or check www.vcalakesregion.com

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:50

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Destination: India with Sally Tinkham, June 26 at Gilford Library

GILFORD — On Thursday, June 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Gilford Public Library will host the first in their "Destination Series" of summer presenters.

Destination India will feature recent High School graduate Sally Tinkham as she reflects on 3.5 weeks spent volunteering in India with a non-profit group. She will share her experiences through pictures and stories. This program is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:44

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