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'Early bird' registration available for Prescott Farm summer camp

LACONIA — The deadline for early bird registration rates for the Prescott Farm WildQuest Summer Camp is Wednesday, April 30.

WildQuest Summer Camp is offered nine weeks out of the summer, starting June 23 and is for children ages 4-15. Camp always includes nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, games, and hands-on learning. Most of the day is spent outdoors.

The camp's goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Prescott Farm, and by extension, children's own special places as well. The camp strives to enhance children's ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere.

There are several options in terms of age groups so that each child receives an age-appropriate experience.

This summer WildQuest will offer Pre-K Pioneers (Ages 4-5), Explorers (Ages 5-7), Questers (Ages 6-12) and Teen Trekkers (Ages 12-15). Depending on the group some attend camp half day, partial day or full day. Each camp week is also a different theme. Some of this year's camp themes include Garden to Table, Life on the Farm, Let's Go Camping, Survivor, and Nature's Builders.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools.

To register for WildQuest Summer Camp visit the Prescott Farm website at www.prescottfarm.org. Or call with questions at (603) 366-5695.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:22

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Laconia Christian Spring Carnival held May 10th

LACONIA — Laconia Christian Academy is hosting a Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. 

Laconia Christian Academy is a non-denominational Pre-K through grade 12 school committed to providing a stimulating educational experience in a nurturing environment that fosters a passion for God’s truth. This event will help raise funds for LCA’s Tuition Grant program.

For more information call (603) 524-3250 or visit www.laconiachristian.org

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:17

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Laconia Airport's Operations are Earth-Friendly

GILFORD — Earth Day is celebrated in numerous ways throughout the nation, and at Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, “going green” is a just normal part of conducting daily business. If anyone thinks that the airport that lies in the heart of the Lakes Region isn’t constantly working toward making sure its operations are earth-friendly, they are in for a pleasant surprise.

The airport’s green initiatives begin with Laconia Airport Manager Diane Terrill, who explained, “We believe that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and here at the airport we take that responsibility very seriously.”

“We’ve created and are constantly reevaluating our operating policies and every infrastructure and drainage improvement is designed with the philosophy of balancing the need for public safety with minimizing environmental impacts,” she added.

Over 140 acres of the airport property are part of a conservation easement that ensures the open space will remain in a preserved state. As part of that continued preservation, the removal of trees occurs only when it is absolutely necessary for the safe operation of aircraft within the airport environment. Additionally, airport personnel actively participate in a strict recycling program; however, the airport’s green initiatives go far beyond preservation and recycling.    

Student pilots are quickly made aware of environmental guidelines at the airport, starting with their first flight lesson. As part of the preflight inspection that student and licensed pilots perform prior to a flight, a sample of fuel is taken from the tanks of an aircraft, which allows the pilot to see if any water is mixed in with the fuel. In days gone by, after the samples had been checked, they were simply thrown onto the ground. Today, the airport has special containers in which pilots can deposit those samples. The fuel is then dealt with appropriately.

All fueling of aircraft when on airport property is performed only in locations protected by oil/water separators. If an airplane is washed, any of those fluids are captured and are then processed accordingly. Winter presents its own challenges for the airport, but no urea, salt, sand or de-icing chemicals are ever used on aircraft operating surfaces. This often creates more intense work for the crews that clear snow at the airport, especially when surfaces become icy. However, unnecessary impervious surfaces have been removed during infrastructure improvements without compromising safety and operational efficiency.

Terrill watches these initiatives closely, but the airport property is closely monitored for any pollution. Fourteen water test sites are located on airport property, and quarterly sampling and annual inspections are conducted by a team of consultants as part of the airport’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, commonly known as SWPPP. The plan, created in 2000, identifies potential sources of stormwater pollution, and if any are found, a plan is created to eliminate the problem. To date, no stormwater pollution has been identified at the airport.

Terrill is fully aware of the airport’s commitment to preserving the environment. “We live and work and raise our families in this community, and we’re committed to being good neighbors in addition to supporting the economic, social, and public safety fabric of our region, ” she explained.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 06:56

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Local dentists expanding their ‘Smile School’ program

LACONIA — Two local dentists are expanding their program to bring dental care education to area elementary school students across the region.

Dr. Melissa Kennell and Dr. Matthew Smith of Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region are involved with the Give Kids a Smile program sponsored by the American Dental Association. More than 1,500 central New Hampshire youngsters have benefited from the program so far.

Kennell and Smith have developed the Lakes Region Smile School — assemblies which include a brief elementary-age appropriate presentation, interactive questions and answers, a fun promotional video and take-home toothbrushes for each child. Assemblies were hosted by a dental team, including a pediatric dentist and hygienist – and took place on Fridays at 10 local elementary schools throughout the Lakes Region and Plymouth regional areas.

In an effort to make oral healthcare a priority for children and families, not only in the Lakes Region; and, in connection with the opening of their new Plymouth location at Boulder Point on the Tenney Mountain Highway, Kennell and Smith were excited to bring this educational program to Plymouth regional schools. Expanding the Lakes Region Smile School was a resounding success as the dental team of the Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region reached and educated over 1,547 students.

Expectations for Smile School 2015 are high, with Kennell and Smith committed and determined to reach even more children throughout the North Country, in a combined effort to educate children and their families while offering convenient and accessible pediatric dental care to these communities. To confirm your interest in the 2015 Smile School travel schedule; or, for more information on this program or any other questions, call 603-527-2500 in Gilford, 603-536-2500 in Plymouth, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 06:41

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