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Sleigh rides at Waterville Valley starting on Dec. 26

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Sleigh Rides around the village at Waterville Valley Resort will make their first laps of the 2014/15 season on Friday, December 26. Rides last approximately 30 minutes and are scheduled to depart every half hour on Fridays 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The rides depart from Town Square, where guests can grab a warming beverage from the country store or restaurant and get cozy by the outdoor fire pit.

Rides this year will feature an Austrian sleigh, equipped with upholstered seats and warm blankets, carries up to 12 passengers, and is pulled by two Belgian draft horses. This sleigh has the capability to quickly interchange runners with wheels, allowing for a longer season and more flexibility with routes. The ride will tour the village roads, which pass by scenic and historic homes and landmarks.

Rates are $18 for ages 13 and over, $12 for ages 2-12, and free for kids under 2 on a lap. The entire sleigh may be reserved for $185. For a more private experience, guests can reserve a small one-horse carriage for up to 4 guests. Rates are $100 for 2 passengers or $150 for 3 or 4 passengers.

Reservations are required, but even last minute reservations are welcome. For more information and reservations, please call the Town Square Front Desk at (603) 236-8175 or visit www.waterville.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:27

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Owl Brook Hunter Education Center to host ‘Outdoorswoman’ workshop on Feb. 14

HOLDERNESS — Registration will open the first week of January for the 2015 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women can learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness.

Winter BOW participants choose a single outdoor activity to explore during the daylong workshop. Five different options are offered: Women can learn how to ice-fish, explore winter outdoor survival skills, track wildlife on snowshoes, try snowmobiling (beginners only), or experience the popular 'Shoe and Shoot' class featuring woodland target shooting on snowshoes. A brochure describing the workshop is currently available at http://www.nhbow.com. Registration forms for the winter workshop will be posted on January 2, 2015. Those interested in attending, are asked to visit the N.H. BOW program's website at http://www.nhbow.com on January 2, or soon after, and print out the registration form and mail it in right away.

A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use. New this year, a discounted registration fee of $25 applies to participants age 18-25. Participants must be at least 18 years old to take part in BOW programs. New Hampshire BOW programs are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (http://www.nhwf.org), a nonprofit group that advocates for the promotion and protection of hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:16

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Irwin Automotive collecting food items for local pantries

LACONIA — With the holidays comes the spirit of giving and helping others. The Irwin Automotive Group will be helping the local food pantry in their mission to collect non-perishable food items for families in need. Help us fill up the pick-up bin at Irwin Automotive with food items for those less fortunate this season.

This food drive will run December 4th through December 23rd and you can drop your items off at the Irwin showroom located at 59 Bisson Avenue. Your support in these efforts will make the holidays happy for those in need, as they are able to share a special meal with their friends and families.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:31

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‘Elf on the Shelf’ contest is part of Christmas Stroll in Meredith Village today

MEREDITH — An "Elf on the Shelf" contest is being held in conjunction with the Christmas Stroll in the Village and Art Walk on Thursday, December 18 from 5-7 p.m.

The elf will be traveling to participating businesses until December 18. Visitors of businesses can submit a ticket designating where it was last placed and win the following prizes, an "Elf on the Shelf" book or DVD or gift certificates to local merchants.  The Kinder Choir will sing at 6:30 p.m. in Community Park on Main with the drawing for the "Elf on the Shelf" prizes to follow.

For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

CAPTION — Santa’s elf helper, Tuffy Hamblet, is shown with one of the prizes. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:23

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