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.

Meredith to be site of holiday weekend craft fair


MEREDITH -- Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith will once again be the site for 24th annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival.

The sale will run on Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday, May 25, (Memorial Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 100 juried crafters from all over New England will display and sell their work including fine jewelry, scarves, tapestries, photography, country woodcrafts, pottery, soaps, wall hangings, primitive and folk art, carved wildlife, slate, fleece, calligraphy, doll clothes, embroidery, toys, baskets, blown glass, lamps, signs, food items, candles, wearable art, and showshoes.

The Fair is held rain or shine, handicap accessible and admission is free.

Proceeds from food sales will benefit the Lakes Region Altrusa Club.

More information can be obtained by calling 603-332-2616 or visiting

Eat Out for Got Lunch to be held May 18-21 at local resturants (173 words)

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia announces the kick off to year five of the GOT LUNCH! Laconia program with its annual Eat Out For GOT LUNCH! Laconia week to be held Monday through Thursday, May 18-21. All are invited to visit one or all of the sponsoring restaurants for either lunch or dinner on their designated day.

Participants are asked to tell the restaurant that they are there to support GOT LUNCH! Laconia and each restaurant will make a donation to the GOT LUNCH! Laconia program. GOT LUNCH! Laconia delivers enough healthy groceries for five lunches a week to children in Laconia who don't have enough food during the summer months.

The following restaurants are participating this year: Monday – T-Bones, Cactus Jack's, Burrito Me or Patrick's Pub; Tuesday – Lyons' Den and The Local Eatery for dinner only; Wednesday – Brick Front and Faro Italian Grille for dinner only; Thursday – Hector's, 405 Pub, Tavern 27 for dinner only.

For more information about the program, or to register a child or for the schedule of restaurants check the website:

LRGH is asking for scarf and hat donations for cancer patients (158 words)

LACONIA — The Look Good Feel Better Program is hosting a hat and scarf drive to benefit the Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) Oncology unit and the Look Good, Feel Better Program now through June 1.

The Look Good, Feel Better Program is seeking donations of new and gently used head scarves and hats that are clean, free of stains, and if possible made of cotton. They are looking for oblong shapes up to 64 inches as well as square shapes sized 36" x 36". These items will be made available to patients who are going through Cancer treatment and would like to freshen up their look.

For every scarf donated each donator will receive an entry into a raffle for prizes from Laurie Mayhew Aesthetics and Reiki Practice, Annie's Café and Catering, LiSacha's Beauty Lounge, or Salon Amara.

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations: Garden Island Laundry, Laurie Mayhew Aesthetics and Reiki Practice, Salon Amara, or LiSacha's Beauty Lounge.