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Squam Collaborative Focuses on Invasive Species in the Squam Watershed

HOLDERNESS — In 2012 several Squam Watershed organizations formed a working group to address terrestrial invasive species through both education and removal efforts.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Rockywold Deephaven Camps, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA), the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society (SLCS) have joined to form the Squam Watershed Invasive Species Collaborative (SWISC). By combining expertise, volunteer recruitment and work days, the members of this collaborative will be able to better manage properties for invasive species such as Japanese knotweed, bush honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose.

May is a great time to begin to manage terrestrial invasive species. The soil is soft, making for easy removal, and plants have not yet produced flowers or fruit. This year, there is a watershed-wide focus on invasive species. First, Holderness Recreation welcomes Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator for the NH Department of Agriculture. On Tuesday, May 6 Cygan will discuss Invasive Upland Plant Species of New Hampshire. To learn more or to register contact Holderness Recreation (968-3700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

This May SWISC is pleased to offer two work days. The first, held on Saturday, May 10 from 9 am-12pm, will focus on the West Rattlesnake Trailhead on Route 113 in Holderness. This property, owned by the Squam Lakes Association, has a small infestation of oriental bittersweet.

"The Rattlesnake parking lot is a great spot for invasive removal," says SLA Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson. "It's a small infestation, and we should be able to remove most of the bittersweet. The high usage of this area is also a great opportunity for visitor education."

On Friday, May 16 from 9am-12pm, SWISC will host one more work day, at the Squam Lakes Conservation Society's Mill Brook property on Route 3 in Holderness. The Collaborative held a work day in this area between White Oak Pond and Squam's Piper Cove, last May.

"This year, we return to assess the work we did in 2013," says SLCS Stewardship Coordinator Joan Turley. "It will be exciting to both observe our progress and continue to remove invasive species from the Mill Brook property."

To learn more or to register, contact either the Squam Lakes Association's website (603-968-7336; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or the Squam Lakes Conservation Society's website (603-968-7900; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 07:15

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Faith Alive Christian Fellowship Holding 5th Annual Free Kids Carnival

LACONIA — Faith Alive Christian Fellowship, will be holding their 5th annual free Kids Carnival Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The carnival is free for all kids 12 and under. This event will be held at Memorial Field (off Court St.) in Laconia. There will be carnival games and prizes, face painting, balloon animals, 3 inflatables, popcorn, snow cones and more, all free to the public. There will be a State Police K-9 demonstration at 11:30 a.m. and a Fire Truck Demo at 1:30 p.m.

Faith Alive Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational, full gospel church located at 72 Primrose Drive in Laconia. For more information log on to www.faithalivenh.org or call 273-4147

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Irwin Automotive Group Helps Support Over 140 youth Lacrosse Players

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group helps supports over 140 youth Lacrosse players in the Lakes Region who participate in the Lakes Region Lacrosse club. Because of sponsors like the Irwin Automotive group, young athletes can begin or continue the development of their skills, sportsmanship and knowledge of the culture and tactics of lacrosse.

Across the United States, there are sport's programs that are being cut annually due to growing budgetary constraints and lack of funding. Today's youth are missing out on extremely valuable opportunities to expand their knowledge and diversify their interests, as well as the chance to have a little fun. The Irwin Automotive group wants to keep these opportunities available to the youth throughout the Lakes Region community.

"We know funding for sports programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of the Irwin Automotive Group.

Athletes residing in Gilford and surrounding town's actively participate in both Boy's and Girl's divisions. Many long-term friendships are formed that extend across town boundaries. Long-term relationships are very important to the Irwin Automotive Group and sports are a great way to begin form and build these relationships.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 06:39

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Children’s Book Week at Corner Library

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Corner Library is preparing for Children's Book Week, the national celebration of books and reading for youth runs that runs from May 11-17. 

In 1913, Franklin Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books. He proposed creating a Children's Book Week in the belief that children's books and literacy are life changers. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country.

Children vote for their favorite book of the year from January to May. Last year over 900,000 kids voted these books their favorite books for 2013!

Last year grades K-2 voted for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Robin Preiss and  Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta; grades 3 and 4 voted for Bad Kitty For President by Nick Bruel, and grades 5-6 voted for  Dork Diaries #4 – Tales From a Not So Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Russell and Diary of Wimpy Kid #7: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney. The general teenage group voted for The Fault of Our Stars by John Green.

The Gilmanton Corner Library is now open for summer hours. For more information or to reserve/request a book call 267-6200.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 06:28

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