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Moultonborough milfoil committee seeking volunteers for summer season

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market will open for the 2015 summer season on Thursday, June 4. The market will be open every Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 8 at Clark Park, 233 South Main St., rain or shine.

Founded in 2002, the market has grown to an all-time high of 27 vendors, and Board Chair Fred Martin of Carriage Hill Honey says vendor applications are still coming in.

"Word has gotten around that the Wolfeboro market is a fun, community-driven market with a lot of heart," says Martin. "Not only will we have more vendors, but the variety of local products will be better than ever."

Market offerings include fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products, cut flowers, meats, honey, herbal products, baked goods---even vegan ice cream. "The all-volunteer board of directors meets throughout the winter to select vendors and plan ways to improve the market. We adjust things every year, based on what we hear from the community. It's a fun market." Live music is provided by local musicians each week.

The 2015 season will feature a new "Double SNAP" program for food stamps recipients, who can use their Electronic Benefits Cards (EBT) at the market. This summer, thanks to a grant from Slow Food Southern Carroll County, cardholders will receive shopping tokens that allow them to spend $2 for every $1 withdrawn from their EBT cards.

"We're working with local agencies now to get the word out. Helping to make fresh, nutritious food more affordable to the community is really important to us," said Martin.

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market, a non-profit member organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and was founded in 2002. Visit the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market on Thursdays, from 12:30 to 4:30 at Clark Park in Wolfeboro.

More information about the market is available online at www.WolfeboroAreaFarmersMarket.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wolfeboroareafarmersmarket.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 09:42

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Slain journalist James Foley honored at Plymouth State University commencement

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University awarded nearly 1,300 degrees May 16 during the institution's 144th Commencement ceremony. The ceremony in Foley Gymnasium was the main site for the event; concurrent ceremonies were held in the Silver Center for the Arts, the Ice Arena and the Hartman Union Building. The crowd of almost 4,000 family and friends were welcomed by PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, who was presiding over her final Commencement ceremony after a nine-year tenure.

"This is my final commencement, which makes me a part of the Class of 2015," said Steen. "Graduates, you are going to change the world. You are joining more than 30,000 PSU alumni who are making a difference. You are standing on the shoulders of the faculty, staff, parents and alumni who came before you. Today, you join the ranks of those who will support future students to ensure a vibrant PSU for generations to come. Students, you have worked hard. You also have received a great gift. Use it well."

Senior Class President Alex Herbst congratulated his classmates and other graduates on their accomplishments and asked them to remember and support each other in the years ahead. "We lived together, worked together and played together for our entire PSU lives, but now it is time for us to go our separate ways," said Herbst. "Cherish every moment of days like today because these are the moments you will want to reminisce about as you continue to grow."

The Granite State Award was presented by President Steen to Rick Brenner, president of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball team. "You have committed yourself to working hard and playing fair," Steen said. "You are as dedicated to your community as you are to your profession. Plymouth State University holds you in high esteem for your accomplishments and for your character."

Brenner then delivered the commencement address, advising graduates the key to success and happiness isn't about acquiring material wealth. "Whatever your calling is, it will be much easier to achieve your goals if you set them based on who you need to be not what you want to have," Brenner said. "Who you need to be defines your path, your interim goals and ultimately your road map. It starts with who you are, not what you do or what you want. It is what is in your heart, your passion that will create your success."

Additional highlights of the 2015 Commencement ceremony include: John Garnsey, president for global mountain development with Vail Resorts, received an Honorary Doctorate of Business for his contributions to skiing and the snowboard industry. He recounted developing his love for skiing at Plymouth State and urged graduates to follow their passion.

Diane and John Foley of Rochester, accepted a posthumous honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in memory of their son, journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley. President Steen presented the award, stating James Foley's work was noble in purpose.

"Jim's legacy is that he really cared about the disadvantaged throughout his career," Steen noted. "He was passionate about using his writing to speak on behalf of those who had no voice. Plymouth State University stands in awe of Jim Foley's bravery, his commitment to freedom and his personal sacrifice."

John Foley made a heartfelt request to the graduates, asking them to continue his son's legacy. "I believe Jim's message today would be to take courage, stand up for what is right, help and encourage those in need and to be grateful for the gifts we receive," Foley said. "Graduates, this world needs you desperately–please accept Jim's challenge."

James Foley was the grandson of one of the Plymouth State's most beloved athletic and academic leaders, John C. Foley, for whom the institution's field house is named. Foley enjoyed a career that spanned 30 years, including roles as an English professor, university basketball and baseball coach, chair of the Athletic Department and dean of instruction before moving on to become dean of the College.

The ceremonies may be viewed in its entirety at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/commencement-2015-foley-gym.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 09:32

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Moultonborough milfoil committee seeking volunteers for summer season

MOULTONBOROUGH — The control of non-native invasive plants in Moultonborough's water resources is the focus of a very dedicated effort and over 50 volunteers in Moultonborough annually and this year new training sessions for volunteers will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 9 a.m. at the Squam Lakes Association Offices, Route 25 in Holderness and on Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. in the Moultonborough Library. 

Unwanted lake infestations are undesirable because they make recreation use of the water dangerous and unpleasant, they disrupt the ecological balance of waterbodies, they significantly reduce shoreline property values and ultimately, they affect tourism. Unfortunately, invasive aquatic plants and animals are both difficult and expensive to control. Supported by the State's Department of Environmental Services (DES), the NH Lakes Association, the Moultonborough Board of Selectmen and the taxpayers of Moultonborough, milfoil control efforts in Moultonborough have made significant gains in the past 5 years.

The Weed Watchers and Lake Host programs that began in the Lakes Region have helped to curb the milfoil infestation in the lakes. In both programs people work to spot infestations and prevent others from starting by taking careful precautions.

According to Bev Nelson who manages the Weed Watcher effort in Moultonborough, "Keeping watch over our shorelines and streams for milfoil is the cornerstone of the entire effort. In 2014, forty volunteers provided surveys of their assigned areas in June, July, and August. Their input and DES surveys of new and re-growth areas are the basis for all our mitigation activities. Bev continues, "In 2014 we successfully initiated volunteer snorkel and scuba diver Eyes in the Water Weed Watchers to help us better define the size and density of milfoil growth areas so the best method of mitigation could be scheduled. It's Volunteers who make this wonderful work happen."

Paul Ardito, Manager of the Moultonborough Lake Host Program states, "Education is a key element to reduce the spread of milfoil. In 2014,  there were 2,853 courtesy boat inspections performed at four high volume boat launch ramps in Moultonborough. During each interaction with a boat owner and their guests, the Lake Host explains what to look for and how important it is to make sure no plant material is transported in or out of the water on their boat or trailer. Boaters fully support this effort and become more aware of the need to carefully inspect their equipment. Trained Lake Hosts staff boat ramps on Saturdays and Sundays. You can volunteer for as little as a 1/2 day on a Saturday or Sunday once a month during the summer."

Volunteers are always needed to keep efforts in high gear. Someone who likes to kayak, canoe, paddle board, snorkel or scuba dive can significantly help weed watch while doing something enjoyable. Members will train each volunteer and help them get comfortable with the process by pairing them with a mentor.

For more information or to sign up to become a Weed Watcher or Lake Host call Karin Nelson at 603-253-7879.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 09:26

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Meredith Rotary Club’s 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament is June 26

MEREDITH — The Meredith Rotary Club has announced the eighth annual Meredith Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament to take place at Waukewan Golf Club on Friday, June 26, 2015. The tournament will start with registration at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

All proceeds will benefit the Meredith Rotary Scholarship Fund. Fees are $100 per person and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, prizes and special contests. There will be a special "$500 Closest to the Pin" event at the end of the tournament.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, which has been a supporter of the golf tournament from its inception, will be the major sponsor again this year. Additionally, Dixon Golf will provide two free airline tickets to the winner of the Hole in One contest.

"We are starting a new tradition in 2015 with the introduction of the Company Championship Award," according to Bob Kennelly, Chairman of the Golf Committee. "The name of the winner will be inscribed on the Rotary Plaque that will be on permanent display at Waukewan Golf Club."

Pre-registration for this golf tournament is recommended. For information and registration, please call Bob Kennelly at 630-4949 or Justin Barkley at 603-279-6661. Additional information can be found at www.meredithrotary.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 09:17

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