LACONIA — Irwin Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company's Drive 4 UR School program to the Laconia in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Laconia High School. For every person who takes the wheel and test drives a new Ford vehicle Thursday. May 22 at Laconia High School from 3-7 p.m, Irwin Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Laconia High School. The funds will be used for LHS's athletic programs.
"We know funding for school 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. "We're excited to raise money for the students of Laconia High School."
The event will feature fuel efficient vehicles, like the Fusion or Focus as well as an electric vehicle, the C-MAX. Irwin For's staff will be on site and available to assist with all Ford models.
Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drive will last approximately 7-10 minutes.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:06
TILTON — During the weekend of May 31-June 1, the Black Swan Inn located at 354 Main Street, Tilton, will be transported back in time with a one weekend Pirate Festival.
This fun family event will have entertainment, stage combat, pirate encampments, ﬁre breathers, vendors and more! Tickets can be purchased separately for The Pirate Dinner Theater on Saturday evening and Capt. Jack's Pirate Party/Treasure Hunt on Sunday.
A portion of all the proceeds will be donated to the Spaulding Youth Center Foundation.
This event will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Free Parking will be located at 433 West Main St. Tilton, firstdriveway on the right after Winnisquam High School (look for signs) Use the parking lot on the right across from the baseball ﬁeld. A shuttle to the festival will be available.
For more information call 603-286-4524 or go to www.blackswaninn.net.
Black Swan Inn in Tilton will host a Pirate Festival May 31-June 1. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:06
MEREDITH — Local photographer, Jon Secord will exhibit his work at VynnArt Gallery May 23-25. There will be a reception and a chance to meet the Artist on Saturday, May 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the gallery.
Secord is a 25 year old photographer from Meredith who specializes in landscapes and nightscapes. He is constantly inspired by the places photography takes him whether it be classic New England icons like Nubble Lighthouse, or hiking into the deep wilderness to capture the beauty of the unpolluted night sky.
"It's not just about finding the perfect light of sunrise or seeing the Northern Lights dance above the White Mountains, for me it's the sense of adventure I get chasing that next amazing moment" says Secord.
VynnArt Gallery is located on 30 Main Street in Meredith, just above Mill Falls Market Place. For further information call 279-0557 or go to www.VynnArt.com.
Photographer Jo Secord. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:05
CONCORD — This is likely to be the last spring that anglers will be able to fish for large brood stock salmon in central New Hampshire, as the program that was the source of these big fish has been phased out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"It's hard to believe, but this will be the final season of the Atlantic salmon broodstock fishery," said N.H. Fish and Game Department Fisheries Biologist Matt Carpenter.
Since 1993, Fish and Game has stocked Atlantic salmon into the Merrimack and Pemigewasset rivers to provide a fishing experience that would normally require travelling to Canada. Anglers from all over the region have come to New Hampshire each spring to try their luck at the broodstock fishery, which offers the chance to catch salmon that weigh as much as 15 pounds.
"The broodstock fishery was never meant to be an end unto itself," explained Carpenter. "It was a byproduct of the Merrimack River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Project, which ended in September of 2013 because of poor survival and shifting priorities within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."
Carpenter assures that the Atlantic salmon available for stocking this spring will not disappoint. "At 4 to 5 years of age, they have had plenty of time to grow, with many fish exceeding 10 pounds," Carpenter says. "We have just under 700 fish to stock this spring, so we should be able to hit all of the usual spots in Bristol, Franklin, Concord, and Hooksett."
The timing of stocking the broodstock fish is always a challenge in the spring, when heavy rains can wash salmon down river and make accessing the river difficult for anglers. Fortunately, trees begin to absorb more water during leaf out, so water levels generally begin to drop a little faster by the middle of May. Fish and Game began by stocking 200 salmon in Bristol on May 12, but with heavy rain in the forecast for the weekend, further stocking will be on hold until flows recede. "We hope to resume stocking some time next week (the week of May 19), depending on the amount of rain that we get," said Carpenter.
To fish for brood stock salmon, anglers need a current New Hampshire fishing license and an $11 brood stock salmon permit. Both can be purchased online at http://www.fishnh.com or from Fish and Game license agents statewide. Only salmon marked by Fish and Game with a T-bar anchor at the base of the dorsal fin may be kept, and the bag limit is 1 per day and 5 total for the season. For more information on New Hampshire's brood stock salmon fishery, including an access map, visit http://www.fishnh.com/Fishing/atlantic_salmon.htm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:04