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Gilmanton's Greatest Views - Conserved for Everyone Forever

GILMANTON — The project to conserve the extraordinary views from Frisky Hill, Route 107, plus rich agricultural lands in two other locations in Gilmanton, came to fruition in late December.

The properties, formerly owned by long-term Gilmanton resident George Twigg, III, have been conserved for agriculture and public enjoyment, under conservation easements held by the Five Rivers Conservation Trust. Gilmanton Land Trust, a local organization, undertook the project, in cooperation with Five Rivers, to raise the nearly $1.2 million needed to secure the future of four key properties owned by Twigg, including the views long admired by residents and travelers through the town.

In addition to contributions from more than 200 individuals, the project was made possible, in part, by funding from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the State's "Mooseplate" Conservation Grant Program, the Town of Gilmanton's Conservation Fund, and the US Department of Agriculture's Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP). All of the properties include important agricultural soils and are currently used for hay by local farmers.

The land conserved includes four parcels: (1) the 15-acre tract on the top of Frisky Hill (Route 107) with views to the north and east over fields, hills and the Belknap Mountains; (2) a 21- acre parcel, also on Rt. 107, looking northerly over Loon Pond to rolling hills and Mount Kearsarge beyond; (3) an 8- acre field on Loon Pond Road providing access to a cemetery once used by the Osgood family; and (4) a 41- acre tract of fields and forests with extensive frontage on Meetinghouse Pond across from the historic Smith Meetinghouse complex. This parcel includes a flax retting pond, where farmers prepared flax for weaving into cloth in the early 19th century. .The extensive stone structure built across the pond's bottom for processing flax is the only known example of such a feature in the State of New Hampshire.

The Frisky Hill view toward the Belknaps and the Meetinghouse Road parcels are now owned by the Town of Gilmanton (subject to conservation easements held by Five Rivers) under the stewardship of the Conservation Commission. The remaining parcels, also restricted by the conservation easements, are now available for sale for agricultural use, with provisions that require maintenance of existing fields and associated views; for more information about this offering, contact Tom Howard, at 253-4999.)

Tom Howe, of the Gilmanton Land Trust, took the lead in organizing the fundraising campaign and working with several funding agencies to create conservation easements to preserve these special places for future generations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 08:37

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Adult Ed Offers Free Basic Math, Reading Classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering free Basic Math, Reading and HISET Preparation Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:-8:30 p.m.

Peggy Selig, program director, says participants can improve their math and reading skills and eventually work toward a HISET Certificate or High School Diploma. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, Reading Comprehension Classes cover the subject areas of Science, Social Studies and Literature which are pre-requisites for the HISET Test. Math Skills are also reviewed covering the subject areas of basic math, fractions, decimals, measurement, Geometry and Algebra functions.

The classes are individualized; each student progresses at his or her own pace. There are no tests and there is no fear of failing.

To enroll in the reading, math and HISET classes call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 08:31

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Laconia Adult Education Offers ESOL Classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering Beginning and Intermediate free ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning January 14. These classes meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms #216 and #217 at Laconia High School.

The ESOL classes will enable new learners of the English language to speak, read, and write English. It is most important for foreigners making their home in the Lakes Region to be able to communicate in emergencies and in everyday living situations such as shopping, making doctor appointments, filling out job applications, relating with their child's school and teachers, and everyday expressions of common courtesy.

There is no charge for the ESOL classes. Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 to enroll in the ESOL classes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 08:27

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Felt necklace class at League of Craftsmen

MEREDITH — A Carnival Felt Necklace class with Nancy Evans will be offered Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the League of NH Craftsmen Shop on Rte. 3.

Come and learn to wet felt and make this fun necklace. We will be using new wool on the market that felts very quickly. Leave class with a completed work of art!

Bring to class: an old towel, a bar of soap (ivory or glycerin soap work well), round elastic cord (I found black cord at Joann's and colored cord at Michaels), a small bowl for water, and a lunch if you wish.
Tuition is $45 per student, and there is an additional $5 materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 08:18

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