Fishing with Father Figures event at Opechee Park on June 6 (151 words)

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire will be hosting a "Fishing with Father Figures" event as a celebration of fathers and father figures and shows the importance of men in the lives of children on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Opechee Park in Laconia.

Dads, step-dads, grandfathers, and other father figures are invited to spend an afternoon enjoying quality time with family, meeting other fathers, and learning about various supports offered by the Family Resource Center of Central NH. In addition to fishing there will also be swimming, and other various games. Fishing poles are limited, so personal fishing poles are recommended. Food provided while supplies last.

No license is required. For more information visit The event is hosted by the Family Leadership Council of the LRCS Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891or visit

Ron Meade tourism award named to student at PSU

PLYMOUTH — The Lakes Region Tourism Association (LRTA) awarded its annual Ron Meade "On the Track to Tourism" Scholarship during the Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism to Jack Wilson, a sophomore at Plymouth State University.

Pam Bissonnette, First Vice President of the LRTA, and Jeffrey Rose, Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, presented Wilson with the award, which is given each May to a Granite State student pursuing a tourism or hospitality career.

A Tourism Management & Policy major, Jack has been paying his own way through college by working as a server at Fosters Boiler Room in Plymouth. He previously worked at the Hanover Inn and for a local catering company. When he's not working or studying, Wilson's hobbies include reading, exercise, fishing, writing, fixing cars, cooking and bike riding.

LRTA Executive Director Amy Landers said Wilson's drive and passion made him a shoe-in for the honor. "With his hard work at school, previous years of tourism experience, and ongoing dedication to his career, Wilson is clearly on the path to success," Landers said. "The fact that he's funding his own studies is commendable."

Named in honor of the late former LRTA President Ron Meade, the Ron Meade "On Track to Tourism" Scholarship was founded in 2008.

For more information about the LRTA visit

Inter-Lakes to showcase student art,music and science

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes Junior/Senior High will be holding its annual Arts Week celebration featuring the visual arts and the Junior High Band, Chorus and Jazz Band concert. A showcase of student STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) along with other academic work will be held in conjunction with the annual Art Show opening.

Artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium from May 19th through May 29th.

Junior High Concert May 20th, 7:00 p.m. Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium.

Art Opening, STEAM, and Academic Showcase May 26th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium.

Gilmanton land trust completes sale of conserved fields on Route 107

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Land Trust Board is delighted to announce that the fields abutting Route 107, with views to the northwest over Loon Pond, have been sold to Ryan and Alicia Smith of Hammer Down Farm in Gilmanton.

The fields are protected from development by a conservation easement held by Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a regional land trust based in Concord, which holds easements on several other properties in Gilmanton. The Smiths will use the fields for agricultural purposes, under the terms of the easement. They will also maintain the views, long enjoyed by travelers along 107 in accordance with an additional conservation easement held by the Gilmanton Conservation Commission for this limited purpose. Future plans include timber stand improvement on the wooded sections, including removal of invasive vegetation, and possible maple production.

The Smiths plan to use the fields for hay to feed their growing herd of beef cattle. Their farm, on Griffin Road, also produces eggs, rabbits and pigs for meat. One Jersey cow will provide milk for their growing family. Ryan Smith grew up in Gilmanton, close to his farm. He is familiar with the area and appreciates the special rural/agricultural character of the Town. Ryan, a skilled carpenter, and Alicia built their home and the farm buildings, thus the name Hammer Down Farm. Gilmanton Land Trust is proud to welcome them as partners in helping to save some of the Town's greatest views as well as its important agricultural resources.

Sale of the 107 fields is the final step in the Gilmanton Land Trust's Gilmanton's Greatest Views for Everyone Forever campaign, to conserve four tracts of agricultural land in town, including spectacular views from Frisky Hill, a parcel on Meetinghouse Road with extensive frontage on Meetinghouse Pond and a flax retting pond, (used to prepare flax for making linen in the early 19th century), and a field on Loon Pond Road. Gilmanton's Conservation Commission manages the tracts on Frisky Hill and Meetinghouse Road, which are owned by the Town subject to the conservation easement restrictions.