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Artistic Roots Gives Back to Community

PLYMOUTH — Artistic Roots, an Artisans' Coop, presented the Community Closet with a check for $610. This represents 10% of the coop's fundraising activities this year.

President Lynn Haust commented,"This is one of the many ways that Artistic Roots (AR) gives back to the community.
We provide a venue for local artisans to show and sell their work. Additionally, AR provides open tables in knitting, spinning, bead work, and embossing to support the work of others. Instructional classes are offered on a monthly basis providing for a wide variety of interests."

Artistic Roots is planning a final fund raising activity, Palette Creations, for October 23 at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth from 6-9 p.m. Artisans from the gallery are creating palettes using a variety of mediums and designs. "Each palette will have a local business sponsor," explained Richard Batchelder, Co-Chairperson of the event.

Members will be contacting local businesses to serve as sponsors and sponsor businesses will display the palettes the month
preceding the auction of the palette to be held at the Common Man Inn. Each of the 24 plus palettes is a unique creation of AR artist member. The mediums of the palettes will vary. Look to see the palettes in local businesses beginning September 15. All palettes will be auctioned off at the Common Man Inn on the night of October 23.

Penny Burke, the other co-chair, explained, "Just as the other fundraising activities have contributed to local charities, this event will give 10% of the profits to 'Keep The Heat On'. Coop members felt that this was a worthy cause to support our communities, especially when considering the past winter."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:01

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River Crew Art on exhibit at Busiel Mill

LACONIA — The photography, artwork, and pottery created by participants in the River Crew Art program will be showcased during the group's third annual art exhibit at the Busiel Mill, located at One Mill Plaza in downtown Laconia. The exhibit is free, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will run through the month of July.
The exhibit's opening reception will be held on Tuesday, July 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Artwork on exhibit is available for purchase, and all proceeds will directly benefit the program.
The year's exhibit theme is "River Connections." Participants in the program have produced artwork throughout the year in various media including, painting, wood sculpture, and new this year: pottery. Also new this year are mandalas created by River Crew Art participants that reflect on their lives, identities, and heritage.
The program began in January 2012 with local volunteers Elaine Morrison and Dick Smith. Morrison is a retired special education teacher and an artist, and Smith is a retired medical social worker and an amateur photographer. This year, the program boasts three new volunteers. Ursala and John Allen are teaching participants the fine art of pottery, and professional photographer Susan Brown is lending her  talent to help members learn about photography.
Morrison and Smith began the program with the idea to use art and photography as a tool for empowerment for the homeless. Challenges of addiction persist as most are in the later stages of alcoholism. River Crew members come together as a family to create art and photography as a means of expressing themselves.
The River Crew Art program relies strictly on donations to purchase art supplies and lunch for members. The program is structured so that members not only create art, but they also give back to the community that willingly supports River Crew. Projects have included making a flower wreath for the Newtown, Conn. residents, flower pins honoring the late Lilyanna Johnson, decorated pumpkins for the pediatric patients at the Laconia Clinic, and cards for the Wounded Warriors.
The program has been highly successful and has grown far beyond the expectations of its founders. The work of the talented members of River Crew has been exhibited in many places throughout the community including the Lakes Region Camera Club, Downtown Deli in Laconia, Laconia Congregational Church, Hands Across the Table, Friendship Club, Better Together, and the Taylor Home.

— by Carol Lee Anderson

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:51

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Observe nesting birds at Loon Center

MOULTONBOROUGH -- The Loon Preservation Committee has reported that loons are nesting off the Markus Sanctuary on a nesting raft that is floated there every year. The raft can be seen from a vantage point along one of The Loon Center's hiking trails overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.

This nest site has been used since the early 1990s, but in the last seven years there have been four nest failures and no chicks have hatched. This year, chicks are due to hatch on or about July 22, which makes it a good time to visit The Loon Center. Even after the chicks hatch, the loon family will still spend time in the bay.

The peak hatch of loon chicks generally occurs around the Fourth of July holiday. Loon pairs are very vulnerable at this time to disturbance as human activities on the lakes increase.

Loon Center officials note that  couple of simple precautions can help ensure a good year for loons in New Hampshire:
• Try to stay back at least 150 feet from a nesting loon or adult with chicks, or more. If the loon shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over a nest, thrashing about in the water, or vocalizing, then people should give them more space.
• If someone inadvertently causes a loon to flush from the nest, they should leave the area immediately to let the loon return to incubate its eggs. Time off the nest leaves the eggs vulnerable to cooling, overheating, or predation.

Last year Loon Preservation Committee biologists floated a record number of rafts to help loons nest and protected a record number of nesting pairs with signs and ropeline. They recorded 157 loon chicks hatched, but 24 percent of those chicks did not survive. Studies indicate that a minimum breeding success rate of 0.48 surviving chicks per loon pair is needed to maintain the loon population over the long term, but New Hampshire's loons have achieved that level of breeding success in only two out of the last eight years. The loon Center biologists are hoping for a more productive breeding season this year for the state-threatened loon population.

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including following adults with chicks. Anyone who sees harassment of loons, is asked to contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.

The Loon Preservation Committee is also reminding the public to leave any lead tackle at home if they are fishing on the lakes this summer, as lead poisoning from ingested lead tackle is the largest known cause of adult loon mortality in New Hampshire.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:44

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Rebecca Rule to visit Gilman Library

ALTON – Storyteller Rebecca Rule will lead a public discussion on life in New Hampshire at the Gilman Library on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m.

Rule's program, titled "That Reminds Me of a Story," is being made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about the state. She'll tell some of those and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Alton Historical Society and the Gilman Library.

Signed copies of Rebecca's books will be available for purchase.

Additional local support is provided by The Alton Historical Society and the Gilman Library.

For more information, contact Holly Brown, 875-2550, hollybrown@gilman library.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:12

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