MOULTONBOROUGH — On August 1 at team of eight swimmers swam the seven mile length of Squam Lake, from the Squam Channel in Holderness to the Sandwich Town Beach, to raise funds for loon preservation.
The 8th annual swim is a fundraiser to benefit the Loon Preservation Committee’s Squam Lake Loon Initative, an ongoing effort to increase monitoring, research, management and outreach to change the fortunes of Squam's loons. Since 2005, Squam Lake has seen a dramatic decline in its number of loon pairs and Squam's loons continue to experience low breeding success, with only two chicks surviving per year. "The Swim" began in 2005 and has become a much anticipated yearly event in the Lakes Region and has raised over $130,000 to support LPC's work to benefit Squam Lake loons and to recover a healthy population of loons on the lake.
This year, funds raised through "The Swim" will allow LPC to extend its field season on the lake; test eggs from failed nests for contaminants; continue banding and monitoring the health of Squam's loons; expand its research into the causes of declines, including testing crayfish (loon food) for contaminants; educate lake users to encourage a culture of respect and appreciation for loons; and continue its intensive management to help loons cope with their challenges.
For more information on the Squam Lake Loon Initiative or to make a donation please visit www.loon.org or call the Loon Preservation Committee at 603-476-5666.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:38
LACONIA — The Kiwanis Club of Laconia announced today that it is continuing a motorcycle ride in honor of Kiwanis Past President Roger Ballantyne which successfully raised over $6,000 for local charities last year. The ride will take place on Sunday, August 24 beginning and ending at Rotary Park.
Roger Ballantyne was a 30-year Kiwanian who was very well known in Laconia. A former Marine and a West Virginia University grad, Roger returned to Laconia and became a Middle School teacher, Senior VP of HR at Citizen's Bank, Adult Ed teacher for 28 years, and also Taylor Community Director of HR until retirement. He was also the father of 4 and was devoted to children and children's causes. Ballantyne passed away as a result of kidney cancer, and his wife Betty, along with family, neighbors and friends, started the ride in his honor.
A fund-raising goal of $7,500, all for the Kiwanis Club-funded children's charities, has been set. The Kiwanis Club has a long history of supporting children-related charities in the Lakes Region, to include; Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Gilford Youth Center, Got Lunch! Laconia, Laconia Little League, Laconia Youth Soccer, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Kiwanis K.A.R.E.S. (Kids And Reading Equals Success, an elementary school reading program), Circle Program, Mayhew Program, Laconia Anti-Bullying Program, DARE, and RVYSEF.
The ride features a 120-mile course, where riders will be greeted with coffee and a light breakfast snack in the morning, and a BBQ picnic at the park in the afternoon. Kevin Halligan of the Village Bakery and Laconia Local Eatery will be preparing the food.
Riders will be asked for a $25 registration fee to participate. In addition, Kiwanis has secured a donation which will allow them to sell raffle tickets to win a two-night stay in any of the four (4) Inns at Mill Falls, in Meredith. Tickets will cost $5 each and will be sold exclusively by club members. Drawing will take place following the ride.
For more information or to register/purchase raffle tickets visit www.laconiakiwanis.com for more information and updates, or call John at 520-4383 or Betty at 581-2968.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:31
ASHLAND — The Ashland 150th Committee invites the community to a Kick-Off Party to begin the planning for its coming 150th anniversary in 2018 to be held on Sunday, September from 2-5 p.m. at the Ashland Railroad Station Museum at 69 Depot Street. Anyone interested in generating ideas for or helping with the planning of Ashland's Sesquicentennial and other historic celebrations is welcome.
Participants are encouraged to bring photos, documents and Ashland memorabilia to share and/or donate. A scanner will be available to create electronic copies of printed material. The Ashland Historical Society will be available to accept donations of historic items for future display.
A pot luck including sandwiches and drinks donated by the Common Man will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. History themed games and events will be included.
Participants will join in sharing ideas for honoring the coming milestone anniversaries in the town of Ashland including: 2014's 80th Anniversary of the Squam Lake House/Ednor Hotel "great hotel fire"; 2016's 200th Anniversary of "Year Without A Summer" honoring Reuben Whitten and 25th Anniversary of Pauline Glidden Toy Museum; 2017's 180th Anniversary of the building of the Obadiah Smith/George Whipple House (now a museum); 2018's 150th Anniversary of Ashland , 50th Anniversary of Ashland Historical Society, 50th Anniversary of Memorial Park established during the Centennial and 140th Anniversary of the birth of George Whipple in the Obadiah Smith/George Whipple House; and 2019's 150th Anniversary of Ashland Railroad Station (now a museum).
A separate account has been established by the Ashland Historical Society to accept donations to be used specifically for the 150th Celebrations and Memorials. The Society is a 501(c)3 NH not-for-profit accepting tax deductible donations for the 150th at PO Box 175, Ashland NH 03217.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:22
LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting our "Antiques Appraisal Day" on Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Three experts will be on hand to appraise item for local community members for a $5 fee per item. The proceeds will benefit the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. Space will be offered outside for people to set up flea market tables for $25 per space. Space is limited and pre registration is required. Call 366-5950 for more information.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:07
- MVSB Calendar Winners announced
- LRCT Program and Walk with Black Bear Expert Ben Kilham on August 14
- Four Projects Funded by Bicycle Group's First Grant Round
- Architectural Historian Richard Guy Wilson to Deliver Presentation at Belknap Mill
- Footlight Theatre Holding Auditions for "Run fo the Hills'
- Hands Across the Table Sustainability campaign successful