Bolduc Park is hosting the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on Thursday, July 25, 4-6P p.m. Planning this event are Bolduc Park Directors Elaine Holt, Paul Warnick and Moira Warnick; Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford; Chamber Director Beth SanSoucie; Bolduc Park Director Rodney Glass; Park Superintendent Bob Bolduc; Chamber Ambassador Lynn McGrath; Bolduc Park Director Lonny Thibault; Bolduc Park Association President Chris Guilmett and Bolduc Park Director Kyril Mitchell. Attendees are invited to test their skills on the Closest to the Pin, Straightest Drive and Putting Labyrinth contests. Appetizers and beverages will be provided by the Wine'ing Butcher of Gilford. Door prizes will be awarded and will include a free season's golf pass to Bolduc Park, and a Wine'ing Butcher Specialty Hamburger Pattie
Package. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 06:28
CONCORD — The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire announces the launch of the 2013 NH Moose Permit Auction. Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation's web site at http://www.nhwildlifefoundation.org or by calling 603-496-2778.
2013 marks the fifth annual auction run by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. As the official nonprofit partner of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Foundation is authorized to auction up to five permits to the five highest bidders. New for 2013, the highest winning bidder will also win a 50% off coupon towards a state of the art Redemption muzzleloading rifle of the winner's choice, courtesy of LHR Sporting Arms, Rochester. The next 4 highest bidders will receive a free NH 2013 fishing, hunting, bear or turkey license.
Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives and education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, including Canine Search and Rescue, Barry Conservation Camp, Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Great Bay Discovery Center, Operation Game Thief, Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Center, Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration Program, Study of River Herring Passage at Wadleigh Dam, Aerial Trout Stocking of Remote Ponds, Operation Land Share, Low Plains Stewardship Endowment, 2013 North American Moose Conference, Wild Times for Kids, and the National Hunting and Fishing Day New Hampshire Expo.
"Every year, the auction provides the Foundation with a way to support Fish and Game programs and initiatives that are important to the people of this state. It is critical that we find ways to sustain wildlife conservation, education and outreach programs, particularly for the youth of New Hampshire who are the future stewards of our natural environment," said Steve White, Foundation Chairman.
Last year, the auction garnered 12 bids from eleven states, with the highest bid at $8,750. Two of the winners came from New Hampshire, two from Massachusetts, and one from Pennsylvania.
Successful bidders in the 2013 auction will need to show proof of a previous hunting license or a certificate of completion of an approved hunter education training program. Winning auction permit holders will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in a wildlife management unit of their choice, and will be responsible for purchasing their own 2013 New Hampshire hunting license to accompany their moose permit. Individuals who receive a permit in the 2013 New Hampshire moose hunt lottery are subject to the rules of the lottery, and will not be eligible to participate in the auction. A portion of a winning bid may be tax deductible as a charitable donation; potential bidders should check with their tax advisors to determine eligibility.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:29
Pictured above is Lauren Parker of Tilton, June's winner of the Hall Memorial Library Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Lauren has been busy writing reviews using the new On-Line Public Access Catalog... and now she'll be busy reading from the variety of books she's won in the June Goody-Bag. In addition to some good reads, Lauren received a Solar Light donated by Bryant Lawrence Hardware, a dozen free-range eggs donated by Charlotte Cooper, a plate of decorated brownies donated by professional baker Elizabeth Conlon, hand-made cards donated by Julie Dylingowski and Coral Theberge, and a Hall Memorial Library T-Shirt which anyone would be happy to wear. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:27
GILFORD — The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR met Monday, June 17 at Gilford Community Church. Hostesses for the meeting were Marian Ekholm and Denny Stringfellow. Guest speaker was Ernie Bolduc of Bolduc Farm in Gilford. He spoke on the History of Maple Sugaring at Bolduc Farm.
The Bolduc Farm sugar bush is the oldest in continuous maple sugaring operation in the country. Maple sugar or syrup has been produced at the Bolduc Farm on Morrill Street in Gilford continuously since the late 1700's. The property was originally owned by the Jewett Family which was quite prominent in the area. They owned a tavern, a country store, and a farm. Benjamin Jewett, Esq. was also a Postmaster, a Justice of the Peace, and very involved in early town affairs. The Jewett's began maple sugaring sometime around 1779. In a diary from that year Benjamin Jewett states that "several pounds of maple sugar were produced."
The Gideon Bolduc family eventually purchased the property. Mr. Bolduc purchased the present evaporator, pans, sap buckets and spiles (wooden pegs for drawing off maple sap) in 1924. The evaporator is believed to be from the 1870's and, after reconditioning, is still being used today. In the 1950's many old maples on the property came down to make way for a by-pass that went through the center of the maple orchard. There were, however, enough of the trees left for a limited degree of sugaring so not one year has gone by without maple sugar being produced at Bolduc Farm. Advanced technology has come to maple sugaring. Tubing now runs criss-cross among the maple trees and into the newer lower sap house collecting tank. But many trees are still hung with sap buckets.
Ernie Bolduc of Bolduc Farm in Gilford and Rosalie Babiarz, Regent of Mary Butler Chapter of DAR. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:24
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