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‘Touch a Tractor’ at Moulton Farm on April 11

MEREDITH — Children and adults are invited to explore tractors and other equipment used at Moulton Farm on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to noon during the Meredith farm's "Touch a Tractor" event. This free event was inspired by the questions of many adults and children who visit the farm.

"When I get thank you notes from children who have visited the farm they often include their drawing of a tractor. It's the thing they are most curious about at the farm," says Moulton with a smile. "That curiosity is not limited to the youngsters either. At our farm dinners we get many questions about the tractors from men and women."

At this event the public can touch the tractors, sit on some of them, take pictures, learn how they are used on the farm, and talk with some of the staff who use them at the farm. Some of the equipment used with the tractors, including the pieces used to plant the farm's popular corn maze, will also be available for visitors to look at.

In addition to the current tractors used in the farm's fields, there will be at least one antique tractor and possibly more at the event. "My dad's 1946 Ford 2N tractor will definitely be there," says Moulton. "I rode on that tractor from an early age and learned to drive it long before I could drive a car. It's still my favorite tractor."

Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. In addition to growing its own produce, the farm offers plants, garden supplies, baked goods and a quality selection of seafood, meats, dairy products and other items from northern New England producers.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 08:04

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Seasonal jobs & opportunities fair held in Plymouth on April 2

PLYMOUTH — As part of her commitment to helping create jobs and opportunity for middle class families, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will host a Jobs Fair in Plymouth on Thursday, April 2 to help connect local residents with employment opportunities throughout the Granite State.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flying Monkey Performance Center on Main Street, and will feature employers from the hospitality, tourism, and recreation industries, among others. Participating employers will include Whale's Tale Waterpark, Polar Caves, The Common Man, Mountain Club on Loon Resort and Spa, Sealite USA, Tender Corporation, and many others. The event is free and open to the public, and all job seekers in the region are invited to attend.

Since first taking office, Kuster has prioritized efforts to foster job creation, grow the economy, and improve workforce development. The Plymouth Jobs Fair will give residents an opportunity to learn about new openings in the area, and will provide attendees with a chance to visit with the Congresswoman.

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Children's Authors Tea returning to Belknap Mill on April 22

LACONIA —  The Children's Authors Tea returns to the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia on Wednesday, April 22, 5-7 p.m. The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire (FRC-CNH) has invited several local authors and illustrators to join the children and families of our community at this special annual event.

The Children's Authors Tea provides an opportunity for quality family time while promoting early literacy. Local children's authors and illustrators - Cheryl Bloser, Jennifer Carson, Shawn Middleton, Robbie Neylon, Denise Ortakales, and Liz Rossner will join the children for a celebration of early literacy. Families attending the Tea have the chance to meet the authors, hear them read their stories aloud, and purchase signed copies of their books. Tea and other refreshments will be provided by Curt's Caterers and every child that attends will receive a free book. 

"The Tea has become a wonderful, family tradition and the Family Resource Center is excited to be able to offer this event to the families and children of the community yearly," says Cheryl Avery, Director of the Family Resource Center.

Through generous sponsorship from Curt's Caterers and Well Sense Health Plan, the event is free to children and families of the Lakes Region. For more information about the event, contact Kaitlin Levesque at 581-1558 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAPTION — The Annual Children's Author's Tea a favorite of children and families in the Lakes Region return to the Belknap Mill on April 22, 5-7 p.m. Pictured are friends enjoying the Tea in 2014.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:32

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Opechee Garden Club to hear from loon expert

Opechee Garden Club reports on the state of the loon at its April meeting

 

LACONIA — The Opechee Garden Club will hear a talk by an expert on loons at its next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, in Gilford.

Following the business meeting, the members will listen to a program by Harry Vogel, senior biologist and executive director of The Loon Preservation Committee. Vogel's talk is titled "The State of The Loon -- The Natural History, Challenges & Successes of the Loons in New Hampshire."

Vogel has been studying loons for more than 20 years, first as a researcher, then a project biologist for the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey of Bird Studies Canada, and now with the Loon Preservation Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Northeast Loon Study Working Group, a consortium of government and non-governmental organizations from throughout the New England states and the Canadian Maritimes, working on issues affecting loons and other wildlife in the Northeast.

Since its creation in 1975, when concern about a dramatic decline in the loon population was recognized, The Loon Preservation Committee's mission has been to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in throughout New Hampshire, and to monitor the health and productivity of loons as sentinels of environmental quality. Through the efforts of the LPC the population of loons has more than tripled since they were first listed as a "threatened species" in 1979. The Loon Preservation Committee was one of the first organizations anywhere to show that it was possible to reverse the decline.

In his presentation, Vogel will speak about the Loon Preservation Committee's continuing work to safeguard New Hampshire's loon population, as well as the special place they hold in the hearts of New Hampshire residents as a unique symbol of New Hampshire's wild lakes.

Hospitality Chairs, Mary Lou John and Joyce McMath, and their committee, Bev Martin, Elaine Gagnon, Nancy Fuchs, Patsy Moore, Eileen Russilillo, Susan Primeau, Florence Merrill, Cynthia McNutt, Beth Clow and Eleanor Swain, will provide refreshments and table decorations.

The Opechee Garden Club welcomes new members. It meets on the first Monday of most months, at 1 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church.

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