Lake Hosts help prevent spread of invasive species

LACONIA — Memorial Day weekend not only signifies the start of the recreational boating season, it also marks the official start of the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) Lake Host Program. This summer, approximately 750 Lake Hosts stationed at 105 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state will teach boaters how to clean, drain, and dry their boats to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from water body to water body.

Aquatic invasive species can be spread between water bodies on boating, fishing, and recreational equipment. Once in a water body, they can cause serious problems. Not only do these species crowd out native plants and animals, they affect people by degrading boating, swimming, and fishing areas, and by reducing shoreline property values and tourism. Last summer 750 Lake Hosts working in partnership with 82 local groups performed over 83,500 courtesy boat inspections and captured 58 fragments of invasive species that were hitchhiking on boats and trailers.

Through the "Clean, Drain, and Dry" approach, Lake Hosts encourage boaters to always take time to do the following before and after boating to prevent invasive plants and animals from hitchhiking a ride into waterways: clean off any plants, animals, mud, and other debris from your boat, trailer, and recreational gear; drain your boat (bilge, engine, and ballast tanks), trailer, and equipment away from the water; dry anything that came in contact with the water--at least five days of drying time is best.

"Through the Lake Host Program, we have met thousands of boaters over the years that have told us how much they appreciate learning what they can do to help protect the lakes and ponds they love from devastating aquatic invasive species like milfoil and zebra mussels," commented Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of the New Hampshire Lakes Association. "We thank all boaters for always taking the time to clean, drain, and dry their boat, trailer and gear before and after boating."

The Lake Host Program is funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, private foundations, and local groups. Since 2002, Lake Hosts, have conducted approximately 664,579 courtesy boat inspections and captured 1,467 pieces of hitchhiking invasive plants and animals before they were able to infest N.H. water bodies.

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Electric Co-op annual meeting is June 16

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) will hold its 76th Annual Meeting of Members on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Prospect Hall on the campus of Plymouth State University in Plymouth. All Co-op members are welcome to attend.

A spaghetti dinner, catered by Sodexo Catering, will be served starting at 5 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 will support non-profit organizations in the Plymouth area. The business meeting itself starts at 6 p.m. Prospect Hall is located at 8 High Street in Plymouth. Members are asked to RSVP by calling 1-800-698-2007 if they plan to attend.

The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for members to meet the cooperative's Board of Directors and management, learn more about the company's operations and enjoy the fellowship of a tradition that dates back to 1939.

NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 members in 115 New Hampshire communities.

Genesis Behavioral Health hosting community forum on Thursday

MEREDITH — Genesis Behavioral Health will host its annual community forum on Thursday, May 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive, Meredith. The theme of this year's forum is "Partnerships: Collaborating for a Brighter Future." The community is invited to provide input and feedback on mental health services in the Lakes Region.

The community forum is held in May to honor Mental Health Month. Addressing mental health before Stage 4—this year's theme for May is Mental Health Month—calls attention to the importance addressing mental health symptoms early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4.

"When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. We need to do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness."

"This Mental Health Month," continued Ms. Pritchard, "We encourage everyone to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health."

She said that research shows that by ignoring symptoms, we lose ten years in which we could intervene in order to change people's lives for the better. During most of these years most people still have supports that allow them to succeed—home, family, friends, school, and work. Intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses.

"Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work," concluded Ms. Pritchard, "When you address symptoms before Stage 4, people can often recover quickly, and live full and productive lives. We look forward to highlighting the many community partnerships that make recovery possible at the community forum on May 28th."

Community members should contact Kristen Welch, Director of Development and Communications, at 524-1100 x 445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP for the forum.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,500 children, families, and adults each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 603-524-1100 or visit the website at Find Genesis Behavioral Health on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@GenesisBHNH) for updates and information.

Scholar to discuss research on Thomas Plant at Castle in the Clouds May 27

MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle in the Clouds is to host scholar and author Dr. Barry H. Rodrigue, as he discusses his research on Thomas Plant and the Lucknow Estate, as well as the new 2015 edition of his biography: A Castle in the Clouds: Tom Plant and the American Dream on May 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Room at the Carriage House.

Dr. Rodrigue is a Research Professor at the Macro History Center, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Lucknow Estate, built by Thomas G. Plant in 1914.

Admission is free and there will be a reception with light refreshments before the lecture. Please use Ossipee Park Road entrance and follow signs for visitor parking and the Carriage House. Seating is limited: please register for the event by calling Michelle Landry at 603-476-5418.

For more information about Castle in the Clouds visit the website at or call 603-476-5900.