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Dr. Rick Van de Poll guest speaker for annual meeting of Libby MUseum

WOLFEBORO —  The Libby Museum is pleased to host scientist, Dr. Rick Van de Poll as the speaker at its annual meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Van de Poll is the owner of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, He is a well-respected scientist and professional coming from Sandwich. Completing his Master's Degree at Dr.San Francisco University and at Antioch New England Graduate School, Dr. Van de Poll went on to receive his PhD in Natural Resource Management from the Union Institute in 1996.

Dr. Van de Poll's presentation to the Libby will focus upon the development of New England forests since the glaciers receded through our current times of Global Climate Change. His speech will address how conditions after the glaciers affected the settlement of such groups as Abenaki Native Americans. The idea that New England's temperatures are currently 2 degrees below the world weather average will be an integral part of this presentation.
Dr. Van de Poll's company has performed natural resource inventories for the public and private sector of New England since 1988. They have provided inventories and assessments for local and state land trusts, state and federal agencies, municipalities, and private individuals. In 2003 he completed a bio-inventory of the 5,600 acre Castle-in-the Clouds property for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.
The Libby will maintain normal summer hours of T-Sat. 10-4 pm and Sun. 12-4 pm through Labor Day weekend.
After Sep. 6, the museum will only be open on weekends, through Oct. 11.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 06:16

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Central NHVNA and Hospice seeks volunteers

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be holding its next Hospice Volunteer Training during the months of September and October.

Volunteers provide important services to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice and the people we serve. Whether it's providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by hospice program. In fact, hospice care in the U.S. was founded by volunteers and there is continued commitment to volunteer service.

This is an opportunity to be part of a team that cares for those with life ending illnesses at a very meaningful time. The rewards of this work are many and it is a privilege to be allowed into a person's life as they reach this particular chapter. By being a hospice volunteer, people can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that they have made an impact in another person's life and in their community.

Those who would like to find out more about the Hospice Volunteer Program, can contact Martha Horton, Volunteer Coordinator @ 569-2729 X 3263.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 06:13

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Emily's Wish turns tragedy into hope

LACONIA — Often times you hear of tragedy inspiring something wonderful, as is the case with Emily's Wish.

Emily Clogston loved cats, had four of her own, and often spoke to her mother and father about the cats at the NH Humane Society and how she hoped they'd all find loving homes. She would visit the shelter on Meredith Center Road to spend time with the cats that currently call NHHS home. Tragically, on July 12 this year, Emily, a vibrant 18 year old recent high school graduate, lost her life in an accident involving a motor vehicle.

To honor Emily, and to help as many cats find their forever homes as possible, the Clogstons have made a donation to the NH Humane Society to establish Emily's Wish.

For the month of September, $5 - $25 of all cat adoption fees will be covered by Emily's Wish. The full adoption fee will be covered for Bud, since he and brother Howey must go to the same home. In addition, $500 will help cover expenses for LJ; an orange tiger cat that arrived at the NH Humane Society from a hoarding situation with a large, oozing tumor in his ear that needed removal. You can read more about LJ's story online at nhhumane.org.

"We are privileged to honor Emily this way", said Marylee Gorham, Executive Director for NH Humane Society. "There are currently 125 cats looking for a forever home at the shelter. Our feline population increased significantly in just a matter of weeks this summer due to three hoarding cases. We hope to see Emily's Wish come true, that all of our current feline population find their forever homes."

For more information about Emily's Wish and to see adoptable animals, visit the shelter at 1305 Meredith Center Road in Laconia or online at nhhumane.org.

The NH Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to find responsible and caring forever homes; provide shelter for the lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted animals; advocate and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The Society works hard to prevent cruelty to animals and offers education and outreach programs along with many community initiatives to help people and their pets. Find out more at nhhumane.org

 

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Emily Clogtson (Courtesy photo)

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15th annual Laconia Multicultural Festival set for Saturday, September 12

LACONIA — On Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.M, a cherished tradition returns to downtown, as the 14th edition of the Laconia Multicultural Festival bids 'bienvenido willkommen welcome' to throngs of guests. Sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee and the Belknap Mill, in addition to many other contributors and numerous dedicated volunteers, this signature event celebrates the cultural diversity and rich ethnic heritage of the Lakes Region.

As Multicultural Committee Festival Executive Director Becky Guyer explains, "We all enjoy travel and exploring exotic lands, as much as learning about our own family backgrounds or those of our friends. Attending the Festival, you can experience the sights, sounds and flavors of six continents. And all that without jet lag, flight delays, turbulence or missed connections!"

"Everyone will want to try the cuisine offered by all the participating vendors," added Muff Kruse, committee member. "There's Argentinian food provided by the Gonzalez family, Egyptian dishes from Gamil's, traditional Thai fare by Lanna Thai, blintzes courtesy of Temple B'Nai Israel, and pastries from the Greek Orthodox Church. Don't forget to include homemade ice cream from Rock Salt Creamery and the Syrian desserts at Aissa Sweets,"

Good food creates a great memory, but there will also be many opportunities provided for visitors to acquire a more tangible reminder of their multicultural trip. "Start your journey at Native Creations for Ecuadorian crafts," suggested committee member Matt Soza, "or Just A Dream Farm for Peruvian products. Enjoy a side trip to Wink of Africa for Congo crafts, and don't overlook the native Rwandan items at Immaculee's. And then have a look at the Native American goods provided by Cindy Shelley or Dianna Wells."

Festival globetrotters will also be entertained by performance artists representing many varied styles and traditions. The Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi's colorful dragon dancers will usher in the Parade of Flags event opening. Later the awesome Black Thunder singers and dancers will present their native rhythms. Then the audience will leap across an ocean as a talented troupe of classic Asian Indian dancers take to the stage.

Meanwhile younger voyagers visiting the Kids' Korner will enjoy wildlife, puppets, storytelling, a drumming workshop, and an interactive adventure into the world of musical instruments, courtesy of the Concord Community Music School. And strolling musicians will enliven the added City Hall stage as well as the vending areas.

"Every year the Multicultural Festival seems to grow and improve, and this year's version looks to be the best yet," concluded Mayor Ed Engler, who will officially proclaim the event's opening. "No offense to Jules Verne, but it really will be like going around the world in a day in Rotary Park and downtown Laconia."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 05:46

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