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Owl Brook Center Open House features Shooting, Archery

HOLDERNESS — Try your hand at shooting sports and more at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center's Open House on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free. Bring the whole family to enjoy hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping. Operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Owl Brook is located at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness.

At the Open House, you'll have a chance to hone your shotgun skills with Ruger pro staff – as visitors will be able to test their skills at breaking clay targets with Ruger shotguns! LHR Sporting Arms pro staff will be on hand, and you can give their new Redemption muzzleloader a try. There will be a BB gun range for the kids, and a video-based interactive shooting simulator. Youth and adults can try out the archery range, or bring your own equipment to try out the center's 3-D woodland archery course.

Also during the event, check out a tree stand safety seminar, retrieving dog demos, and various trapping demonstrations by the New Hampshire Trappers Association. You can also test your hunting knowledge on the Hunter Education Field Exam Trail, get basic map and compass instruction, and learn all about safe firearms handling.

While you're there, be sure to get in on a free raffle for a Ruger firearm. And top off the fun with free ice cream donated by Granite State Dairy Promotion and free cheese from Cabot Creamery.

Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is located on 500 forested acres in Holderness. Facilities include an office/classroom building, a four-target practice archery area, a 25-yard covered firing range for small-bore and muzzleloader training, a shotgun training area, a hunter skills trail, an orienteering course and a 14-target wooded field archery course. Check out the trails, and get a peek inside the old-time trapper's cabin built on site by the N.H. Trappers Association.

Workshops, group programs and special events at Owl Brook help people start the lifelong journey of becoming safe and responsible hunters and trappers. The center offers classes and group activities for youth and adults related to the shooting sports, hunter education and orienteering.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:07

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Little Church Theater plans busy summer schedule

HOLDERNESS — Unique doesn't begin to describe the location and mission of The Little Church Theater on the shores of Squam Lake in Holderness.

The theater's home was originally the Sacred Heart Chapel, built at the end of the nineteenth century for summer worship. Church goers could catch a ride to church aboard a ferry run by the Asquam Transportation Company that went out of business shortly after the automobile was invented. The church was purchased in 2003 by George and Austine Howard who renovated the building, adding a stage and seating for 144 people. A cross still sits at the tip of the roof above the front door and stained glass windows filter the summer sunlight. The space inside, however, has been transformed by the creative energy and dramatic voices that echo down the aisles during summer performances.

The Little Church Theater celebrates its 11th season this summer with three months of performing and visual arts, all open to the public. Art shows, youth acting workshops, original plays, a green fashion show and more are on the 2014 schedule:

June 4, 4 - 6 pm: Annual High School Art Show with Silent Auction. Exhibit of students' work from Holderness, Plymouth, New Hampton and Interlakes High Schools.

June 24 & 25, 7 pm; Women at the Well by Grace Bauer, Adapted for the stage by Sharon Rae Paquette

July 7 - July 18, 9 am - 2 pm, Young @ Art Performance Workshops for Middle & High School Students Production on Friday, July 18

Thursday, July 24, 7:30 pm, Project Greenway, Inspired by the TV show, Project Runway, this is the 5th Annual LCT battle of the green designers.

July 31, August 1 & 2, 8 pm, Picasso at the Lapine Agile., By Steve Martin; Directed by Sharon Rae Paquette

August 21, 22, 23, 8 p.m., Goldfish Girl, Finding Love in a Fishbowl, an original play by Monique Devine

August 30, 8:00 pm, Cabaret!, directed by Christine Chaisson

For event updates and ticket information, visit www.littlechurchtheater.com or call 968-2250.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:03

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GMP Invites Merchants to Participate in Drop Anchor Promo

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee is planning a "Drop Anchor in Meredith" event on July 26 in conjunction with the Annual Antique and Wooden Boat Show which attracts many visitors and residents to Meredith.

A Drop Anchor Map and Events Guide is planned and Meredith businesses are invited to participate and promote an event, sale or discount coupon in the guide which will be distributed at various locations throughout the community. It will also be advertised on radio and by print advertising as well as Facebook , the GMP website and signage promotion. There is a $15 contribution to help defray printing costs. Deadline to participate in the Guide is June 6.

The GMP Promotions Committee will also hold a "Landlubber's Lot Dance" at the Community Park on Main Street that evening from 6-9 p.m.

The Drop Anchor Events Guide registration form can be found on the GMP website: www.greatermeredithprogram.com . For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 279-9015.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:59

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Speare Ranks Among Top Critical Care Access Hospitals in Country

PLYMOUTH, — Speare Memorial Hospital is celebrating being named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals nationwide on iVantage Health Analytics 2014 Top 100 list. Additionally, Speare is ranked as a HealthStrong™ Hospital for 2014, a designation given to 547 of the 4,299 acute care hospitals in the United States.

"We are proud of the efforts of our physicians, nurses, clinical and administrative staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving these national designations," says Speare Memorial Hospital's President and CEO Michelle McEwen, FACHE. "We place a tremendous emphasis on quality, performance and patient satisfaction, and this honor demonstrates our efforts are making a difference not only for our hospital, but for the local central New Hampshire communities we serve."

This is the third consecutive year Speare has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital nationally, scoring a 99 on iVantage Analytics Health Strength Index™ measuring 66 different publicly reported performance metrics including quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

Speare Memorial Hospital is a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire. Visit online at www.spearehospital.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:52

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