Teens, volunteers to spiff up Mt. Major april 19

ALTON — In honor of Earth Day, students and teachers from the Prospect Mountain High School Environmental Club, staff from The Society for the Protection of NH Forests (Forest Society) and members of Belknap Range Conservation Coalition will undertake a de-litter blitz on Mt. Major on Sunday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The group will also meet up with the Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTs) to improve the much-loved Mt. Major trails.

The N.H. Div. of Parks and Recreation Volunteers Office is collaborating on the event. This is the second annual Mt. Major workday event, aimed at caring for one of the most popular hiking destinations in New Hampshire. The State owns the Mt. Major State Park at the summit and the parking area, while the trails are on land owned by the Forest Society and other private landowners. Many stakeholders have been meeting in recent months to work out a stewardship plan for Mt. Major that will preserve the hiking experience while protecting this important natural resource. Sunday's event celebrates the mountain and gets local kids involved in caring for their local mountain.

Participants will meet at the main parking area of Mt. Major (off Rte. 11 in Alton) at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure for the summit. For further information, contact Dave Anderson, Director of Education, Forest Society at 224-9945 ext. 335 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open house at Beyond the Belt Martial Arts on Sat.


LACONIA — Beyond the Belt Martial Arts in downtown Laconia is celebrating five years of business.

Join Sensi Carl Young and his team as they invite the community in Saturday April 18th for their Annual Open House. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 12 noon to see classes in progress and talk to the team of instructors about the programs available and how to get started.

Beyond the Belt is a family focused school teaching the very latest martial arts techniques. Most known for their Martial Arts Leadership Program for children, Beyond the Belt not only teaches valuable Martial Arts techniques and skills, but also life skills, self-defense, and character development. The Adult Jeet Kune Do (JKD) Program is one of the only belt-ranked Mixed Martial Arts programs in the state. In addition, Beyond the Belt offers a "Boot Camp" Aerobic Kickboxing Program, one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to get in shape.


Pitman’s to host comics Artie Januario & Paul Keenan

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host live comedy featuring Artie Januario and Paul Keenan on Saturday April 18 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Artie Januario is one of Boston's premier comedians. He's a pharmacist by day and a comedian by night. Artie's relatable and hilarious act has brought him all around the country. This has included headlining stints in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In 2013, Artie was a featured act at Denis Leary's Comics Come Home fundraiser. He has become one of the most well-known and respected comedians in the country.

Paul Keenan Paul is best described a twelve year old boy trapped in an 6'4" adult body. He has become a regular performer in the talent-rich Boston comedy scene. Crowds can't help but be drawn in by his All-American looks and childlike charm as he shares his bizarre and sometimes twisted thoughts.
You may also recognize Paul as the crazy shirtless fan in a NESN.com/mobile commercial, or as the "X guy" and a softball player in Olympia Sports commercials on NESN. You may have also seen him in the Showtime series Brotherhood and in the Academy Award winning film Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Extra for this film.

For reservations call 527-0043.


Hermit woods winery goes high tech

MEREDITH — If you think Hermit Woods Winery's wine is good now, it's likely to get a lot better very soon. Thanks to an equipment loan from Meredith Village Savings Bank, Hermit Woods has upgraded its entire production line.

"We are always striving to make the best wine we can possibly produce, this new equipment will go a long way towards making that happen" says Ken Hardcastle, wine maker at Hermit Woods. "We will be able to handle our fruit and wine more gently during production, have a cleaner, sterilized work environment, greater filtering capabilities, and an improved bottling line." Says Ken, " and this is just the beginning."

Talking with Hardcastle about all the possibilities now available to him, it is clear how excited and passionate he is about putting his new tools to work. According to him, some of this new technology will put Hermit Woods on the cutting edge of wine making in New Hampshire. One example of this is their new McClain Ozone Generator, an organic solution to optimal sterilization of the winery and winemaking equipment.

It's not just about making better wine either, some of the new equipment will allow Hermit Woods to produce sparkling wine and cider for the first time. They hope to have these new products available by this fall.

The owners of Hermit Woods took the acquisition of this new equipment very seriously, spending over six months researching industry standards. Their research brought them to California and the country's largest wine conference, Unified. "Attending Unified provided us the perfect opportunity to meet manufacturers first hand and choose the best equipment," said Bob Manley. While in California, the partners also took the opportunity to meet with wine makers from Napa and surrounding wine regions to learn from the best.

More recently, the Hermit Woods team attended the Eastern Winery Exposition in Syracuse, NY, where they again met with manufacturers and visited local wineries that have been making wine a lot longer than they have. "It is so exciting seeing what others are doing and aspiring to bring what we have learned to bear on our own wine" says Hardcastle.