ALEXANDRIA — This week marks the nationwide release of "A Family Affair," a new romantic family life novel by Alexandria author Maxwell MacPherson Jr.
"A Family Affair" begins the adventures of Alex and Bess as their romance blossoms. MacPherson weaves the families' tales around a young man's experiences with various forms of wildlife and other animals. Fishing, hunting, animal husbandry and animal observation are a constant thread throughout the story. The opening scene takes place on a river in Alex's hometown, where Alex enjoys himself as he walks along the paths of the Pasquaney River and fishes for salmon while observing Blue Herons, mink and red-winged blackbirds. Comedy and, then, when least expected, tragedy, follow the lives of the various characters.
From the catching of a duck on a fly made from duck feathers to the untimely death of Abigail, Bess' sister. Then, the rampage of a large four-footed animal in Belchertown and the sudden impact of a falling tree killing Alex's old friend's wife and unborn child. The episode of Blackie, Alex's pet crow, provides entertainment for both Alex and his schoolmates as the intelligent bird heals from a broken wing and takes small objects and drops them on the school roof. Will the love of Alex and Bess overcome the obstacles they face? Readers will experience laughter and tears as Alex tells about growing up and falling in love—the struggles, the joys, the bewilderment and the discoveries he makes.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
MacPherson has written numerous articles for fly fishing and fly tying magazines. He also writes original song lyrics. A graduate from New York University, he lives with his wife, Darlene, and their cats, Moon and June, in central New Hampshire.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:43
ALTON — The Alton Fire Rescue will be holding an Open House on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Fire Station. The event will be held to kick off fire prevention week and will feature activities for kids and adults.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:39
PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday August 14 more than fifty volunteers, citizens, and state and local officials were joined by Governor Maggie Hassan in a celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). The event took place at Plymouth's Rotary Park Amphitheater and boat launch area.
The New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program was established in 1988 to "ensure the continued viability of New Hampshire rivers as valued ecologic, economic, public health and safety, and social assets for the benefit of present and future generations" (RSA 483:1). Approximately 1,000 river miles on New Hampshire have been designated into the Program. Sections of the Pemigewasset were designated in 1991.
A unique aspect of the Rivers Program is that local residents or groups nominate their river for designation. As a result of this grassroots support, 18 rivers or river segments flowing through 126 towns, places and state parks are now part of the Program. Upon designation, a partnership is created among the State, local citizens and their towns through the formation of a local advisory committee (LAC).
In true New Hampshire tradition, hundreds of citizens have volunteered their time and expertise to help their communities manage rivers and provide the State with local input regarding development proposals and other decisions that may impact rivers. The Pemigewasset River Local Advisory Committee (PRLAC) includes the communities of Franconia, Thornton, Campton, Plymouth, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, New Hampton, Hill, Sanbornton, and Franklin.
The event was coordinated by NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) staff and members of the statewide Rivers Management Advisory Committee (RMAC). There were comments from the state's Rivers Coordinator, members of the statewide RMAC, a New Hampshire egg farmer, an environmental manager for Monadnock Paper Mills, and the president of the New Hampshire Rivers Council. Several of these people also serve on their local advisory committee.
DES Commissioner Thomas Burack spoke briefly about rivers and watersheds and recognized six individuals with awards for their efforts over the years on behalf of New Hampshire's rivers. A local recipient was Pat Schlessinger of New Hampton for her efforts to establish to the RMPP. Governor Hassan gave the RMPP a commendation.
Attendees then gathered on the riverbank for a demonstration of water monitoring by members of PRLAC. While analyzing a water sample collected by Governor Hassan they explained that the results of their bimonthly sampling have been used by NH DES to detect trends in water quality of the past eleven years and that the results are included in a regular report to the US Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Clean Water Act.
The Governor was particularly interested in fostering understanding of river and watershed issues and river stewardship among New Hampshire's youth. Governor Hassan and other attendees ended the day with a closer look at the river and its banks by floating down portions of the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:36
GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um trip on Monday, October 7 to Cannon Mountain where participants will ride the Aerial Tramway to the summit enjoying views of the fall foliage.
Participants will meet in the Town Hall Lobby at 8:15 a.m. and are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or they may purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Anticipated time of return is 3 p.m. This trip is free for all NH residents over the age of 65, with a cost of $15 for all non-residents or adults under the age of 65.
All participants must RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4. by contacting the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:33
- Moulton Farm Holding Annual Fall Foliage Fest
- Camera Club Presentation on Animal photography (200) s
- Charity Volleyball Tournement for Skate Escape
- Adult Education offers Meditation Class
- Rockin' Daddios Presenting Golden Oldies at Music Clinic Theatre
- 4th Annual Tee Off for Ta Tas event will benefit Making Strides