Talk Friday about creating habitat for native bees

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will host "Creating Forage and Nesting Habitat for Native Bees" on Friday, May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m.

NH is home to several hundred species of native bees. Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist, will discuss the roles and importance of native bees in New Hampshire's natural ecosystems and agriculture and will discuss what you can do to support native bees on your property by protecting, creating, and enhancing forage and nesting habitat. Papineau will discuss the steps involved in creating perennial wildflower meadows and guidelines for creating bee gardens and nesting sites.

Papineau is a Field Specialist in Food & Agriculture with UNH Cooperative Extension, Merrimack County and is Co-Director of the Northern New England Pollinator Habitat Working Group. Papineau works with the county's agricultural and horticultural industries, providing research-based education and information to help farmers, growers, and others solve problems, make informed decisions, and strengthen businesses while conserving natural resources. Amy is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with degrees in Environmental Horticulture and Plant Biology.

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Shaker Roots—In Celebration of Simple Living and the Shaker Legacy, the annual dinner and auction benefiting Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday, June 24. To view the complete 2015 calendar of events and workshops visit

Gilford Youth Soccer registration night on June 3

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a registration night for the Fall Youth Soccer program on Wednesday, June 3 from 5:30–7 p.m. in the Gilford Parks and Recreation Office in the Town Hall.

The youth soccer program is open to all Gilford students entering grades K-5 this fall. Registration for the summer sports camps sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department will also be available this evening. The cost is $25 per participant or $35 per family by August 10. Cost is $35 per participant or $45 per family after Monday, August 10 accepted on an availability basis only.

For more information contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Lakes Region Community College’s innovative projects receive funding

CONCORD — Eight projects at NH's community colleges to enhance student success and career readiness were selected for seed funding in the third round of grants from the Community College Innovation Fund of NH. The Innovation Fund was created in 2012 by private donors to foster innovation within NH's community colleges. Proposals submitted by college faculty and staff were evaluated by a panel of NH venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and business leaders. In addition to funding, recipients will benefit from access to a group of experts organized to support their efforts.

The majority of projects funded this year focus on STEM (science, math, engineering and technology) fields, and many engage students at the middle and high school level in order to build interest in college STEM pathways.

Each project will serve as a pilot effort that can potentially be scaled up or shared to create broad impact across the system, according to Ross Gittell, CCSNH Chancellor. "NH's community colleges benefit from expert faculty and staff who are committed to the success of their students and to exploring new ways of meeting educational needs," said Chancellor Gittell. "Education is a rapidly changing field, and today's innovative ideas will be tomorrow's leading educational approaches."

Proposals at Lakes Region Community Colelge funded through the Innovation Fund for 2015 include projects to:

· Establish a Computer-Numeric Controlled skills competition for Lakes Region-area students (team lead: Michael Labreque, Lakes Region Community College CNC machine technology instructor)

· Create a technology camp for middle and high school girls in the Lakes Region area (team lead: Sandra Lavallee, Lakes Region Community College, applied computer technologies instructor)

Charter contributors to the fund include Paul Holloway, Chairman of the Holloway Automotive Group and Chairman of the CCSNH Board of Trustees; Craig Benson, technology entrepreneur and former Governor of the State of NH; Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO of Dyn, Inc and a member of the CCSNH Board of Trustees; Jesse Devitte, Managing Director and Co-founder of Borealis Ventures; and Matt Pierson, Chairman of the NH Charitable Foundation, trustee and past Chairman of the NH High Technology Council, and Managing Director with Dunn Rush & Co.

Touch-A-Truck event planned in Plymouth on June 27

PLYMOUTH — The Pease Public Library is kicking off our summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story! with their third annual Touch-A-Truck at the Plymouth Municipal Airport (11 Quincy Rd.) on Saturday, June 27, 12-3 p.m.

Touch-A-Truck is a fun filled family event meant to be enjoyed by children of all ages. Children can meet local heroes, ask questions, and have hands on experiences with their favorite vehicles. So far the Plymouth Fire Department, Plymouth Police, Plymouth Highway Department, Longview Farm, State Police, Municipal Airport and Andrews Construction will be bringing fire engines, police cars, tractors, back hoes, airplanes and dump trucks.

This year we are asking everyone to make a $5 per person donation if they are able. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This money will help fund the summer reading program.

Mo Fun, a balloon artist, is coming to twist balloons for the kids during the event. A mascot from the Fisher Cats will also be joining us and there will be a raffle for 4 tickets to a Fisher Cats game.

Contact Tanya Robbins at the Pease Public Library for more information at 536-2616.