SANDWICH — An Old Home Week Rural Cemetery Walk and Talk will be held Monday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. This event is being conducted as part of the Sandwich 250th Anniversary.
The Walk and Talk will be led by Geoff Burrows and Lee Quimby. The tour will take place in the oldest section of the cemetery and will feature reminiscences about many of those who have contributed to the rich history of Sandwich.
The Rural Cemetery is located behind the Sandwich Baptist Federated Church on Church Street in Center Sandwich.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:08
LACONIA — Throughout August, the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) is conducting a mailed survey of randomly chosen households in Laconia as part of a national effort by NeighborWorks America.
For 20 years, LACLT has been providing permanently affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households in Laconia and throughout the Lakes Region. LACLT is part of a group of similar nonprofit organizations across the country interested in residents' impressions and opinions on issues such as involvement in community activities, public services, safety, and similar topics.
Responses to the survey will be kept confidential. The mailing is a part of a national effort by NeighborWorks America, which is conducting this survey in approximately 250 communities across the country. The survey will be repeated in two years in order to measure change, if any, in resident perceptions.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:05
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is urging people to report sightings of hen turkeys, with or without young, from now through the end of August through its web-based turkey brood survey at http://www.wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey.
“August tends to be the most important month in the summer survey,” said Fish and Game biologist Ted Walski. “By August, those young who have survived are likely to become adults, so these sightings provide the best index to the summer breeding productivity.”
Most sightings will be of “multiple hen” broods during August. It is common for hen turkeys to join together with their young later in the summer. This joint brood flock will often have poults of various sizes.
“Don't be surprised to observe some broods in August and September with small poults the size of quail or pigeons," explained Walski. "Re-nesting is common with wild turkeys. If something causes nest destruction or abandonment during May/June, the majority of hens will go and lay another clutch of eggs and hatch out in July or August.”
Last summer's survey yielded a total of 1,119 turkey broods reported from all parts of the state between May and August. So far, more than 400 turkey brood sightings have been reported.
The reporting period runs until August 31 and results will be posted on the Fish and Game website this fall. To report your turkey brood observations, go to http://www.wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:03
MOULTONBOROUGH — Judith Ryerson will be presenting a program about James E. "Jim" French on Monday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lamprey House Museum on Rt. 25 in Moultonborough village.
Born in Tuftonboro in 1845, French was one of the most influential men in Moultonborough's history. He held numerous local and state offices during his lifetime, and perhaps his most lasting contribution has been the creation of the Moultonborough Public Library, which began in an upstairs room of what is now the Old Country Store in 1897.
French was the owner of the store at that time, as well as one of the first three library trustees, and when he passed away in 1919, left the sum of $5,000 in his will for the construction of a library building. His second wife, Martha French, gave to the town the land where the library now stands, and after accumulating additional funds, the library building was built in 1929. A plaque over the fireplace in the original part of the building gives credit to French, who "for many years spared no effort on behalf of the town of Moultonborough." Appropriately, the program will be held in the Lamprey House Museum, which once belonged to Jim French and his father, also James French.
Among the other items on his resume, French was postmaster, town clerk, moderator, treasurer, school board, and member of the Masons, the Grange, and the Methodist Church. He was a state legislator, state senator, deputy collector for the Internal Revenue Service, and justice of the peace.
Also during the month of August, there will be a fun fundraising event for the Society. A murder mystery dinner entitled "Speakeasy Blues" will take place on Saturday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Magic Foods Catering banquet facility on Rt. 25 in Moultonborough, formerly the North End Restaurant. Magic Foods, owners of Canoe, O, and other local restaurants will provide the dinner, and Get-A-Clue Productions will present the mystery, which takes place in the hottest speakeasy this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. For more information or tickets, call Tracey at 253-9343 or Fran at 253-6950, or go to www.moultonboroughhistory.org/tickets. Tickets are $45 per person for dinner and the show, and proceeds benefit the Historical Society and the maintenance of the museum and exhibits.
James E. French (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:00
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