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Streetcar Company to present final performance of the summer on Tues.

LACONIA — Streetcar Company, one of the longest running community theater groups in the Lakes Region, is holding the final show of their 2014 Summer Series, on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., in Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St., Laconia. The doors will open around 6:30 p.m.
The Aug. 5 show got "rave reviews" from the attendees who saw the three one-act plays and the songs provided by musical guest Steve Gonzalez. Laconia's Nerisshia Bodwell teamed up with Gonzalez for a duet from "Phantom of the Opera." Gonzalez has agreed to return for the Aug. 19 show, along with singers Kelli Powers and Doreen Sheppard. They will perform between the one-act plays.

Rick Morten will also be performing one of his monologues during the evening.

Streetcar will have light refreshments available for sale at the performance. There is no charge for admission.

The Aug. 19 show will kick off with a performance by SKYT, Streetcar Kids and Youth Theatre. The show, titled "4 Seasons," is being directed by Raelyn Cottrell and features a cast of local youngsters, ages 3 to 14. The show is a mixture of narration and songs. The cast members are making their own costumes and props.

The second show of the evening will be a repeat performance of the proposal scene from "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play was performed at the show on Aug. 5 with Rick Kincaid, Valerie Kimball, and Oriana Filiault as the featured performers.

Next up is "Dinner with the McGuffins," which was written by Chris Sheppard. The show features Rick Kincaid and Valerie Kimball as the parents; Braeden Alward and Chelsea Parent as teen-age lovers; Danny Catalano and Nerisshia Bodwell as FBI agents; Doug Embree as Grandpa, and Eric Marsh.
The evening ends with "Post It's," a bittersweet story written by Paul Dooley and featuring Evelyn Taylor and Eric Marsh. The actor and actress read Post-It notes between a couple that span the duration of their lives together. This show is being directed by Kristine Snow.
The show will go on – rain or shine – in the comforts of Pitman's wonderful indoor venue. The cast members are looking forward to performing these shows for you so grab some friends, come on down, find a seat, settle in with some refreshments and enjoy the shows.

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Poet Marie Harris to read at the Clark House Museum

WOLFEBORO — Marie Harris, Poet Laureate of NH from 1999-2004 and author of G is for Granite: a NH Alphabet Book and Primary Numbers: A NH Number Book, will share both her adult poetry and children's books at the Clark House Museum on Thursday, August 21 from 1-3 p.m.

Harris's newest picture book is called, The Girl Who Heard Colors," and will be heard and discussed with the author during this event. Children will be encouraged to engage in conversation with the author about writing and poetry. Adults and children will have the chance to also hear some of the author's poetry during this program.

A door prize of one of Harris's books of poetry and children's books will be awarded at this program. Reservations for the event are encouraged. For more information or to reserve a space, call the Wolfeboro Library 569-2428 or 569-4997. 

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Fish and Game asks anglers to release tagged bass caught on Squam Lakes

CONCORD -- The state Fish and Game Department is asking anglers fishing the Squam Lakes to release immediately any largemouth and smallmouth bass they catch that have a radio tagged embedded as part of a department study.

All radio-tagged bass will have a thin wire protruding from their underside and a yellow numbered tag near their dorsal fin (see what these look like at http://wildnh.com/Newsroom/2014/Q3/bass_tags_Squam.html).

Big Squam and Little Squam lakes are a popular destinations for bass tournament and recreational bass anglers, with an average of 22 bass tournaments being held on Big Squam each year. Although Big and Little Squam are connected by a short channel, they are considered separate water bodies.

Fish and Game Department rules do not allow anglers to catch fish in one water body and release them into another water body. Because there is currently no available weigh-in location on Big Squam for larger bass tournaments, these tournaments typically weigh in on Little Squam. By law, bass are then required to be taken back to Big Squam for release. During hot weather conditions, bass survival could be hampered after a weigh-in on Little Squam, due to the extra time and handling it takes to bring these bass back to Big Squam for release. Additionally, boats must travel through the channel a total of four times in a given day in order to release fish back to Big Squam, providing the potential for additional boat congestion.

Therefore, allowing bass tournaments fishing on Big Squam and weighing-in on Little Squam to release bass into Little Squam may, in some cases, increase bass survival and decrease social conflicts. However, the potential exists for negative impacts on bass in Little Squam if bass caught in Big Squam and released into Little Squam do not return to Big Squam on their own.

"If most of these bass do not return to Big Squam, it could lead to increased competition for food and habitat, and potentially increased opportunities for bacterial or viral transmissions, such as Largemouth Bass Virus," said Gabe Gries, Warmwater Fisheries Project Leader for the Inland Fisheries Division of state Fish and Game. "Additionally, bass must use energy to find appropriate habitat in their new area and extra usage of energy reserves may increase the probability of over-winter mortality."

The goal of this radio tagging study is to determine the percentage of bass returning to Big Squam after being caught in Big Squam and weighed in and released in Little Squam, and how long it takes fish to do so.

Bass caught in Big Squam during bass tournaments in 2014 and weighed-in on Little Squam will be tagged and released into Little Squam. A permanent antenna and receiver in the Squam Channel will record when tagged bass pass by on their way back to Big Squam. Bass will also be manually tracked via boat in Little Squam. It is expected that this study will last up to three years.

Fish and Game officials say it is imperative that anglers immediately release any tagged bass they catch. Anglers are being asked to contact Gries at 603-352-9669 to report the number on the yellow tag and location(s) if a tagged fish is accidentally transported or dies in your possession. Radio tag recovery will be made from any dead fish.

This study is being performed in cooperation with NH B.A.S.S. Nation and the Squam Lakes Association. Grant money obtained by NH B.A.S.S. Nation was used to purchase necessary equipment.

Follow updates on this study online at http://www.wildnh.com/Fishing/fisheries_management/bass_Squam_Movement.html

Those who want more information on the study and/or who want to report information on tagged bass, may contact  Gries at 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH 03431; phone 603-352-9669; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Shaker Village Rising on Saturday

CANTERBURY -- Canterbury Shaker Village will host Village Rising this Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day-long event celebrates the modern impact of the Shaker legacy through a new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, a concert of original music by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise, special tours and programs.

All activities and the concert are included with regular museum admission.

The new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, will be unveiled during Village Rising. The exhibit showcases the many ways in which visitors have been inspired to translate the Shakers' commitment to simplicity and mindfulness into their personal expressions. The collection of submitted works, many of which have been paired with historic artifacts from the Village's collection, is located in the Carriage House and will remain on display through December. A Gallery Walk with Executive Director and exhibit curator Funi Burdick will take place at 11 a.m.

Commissioned by Canterbury Shaker Village as part of Shaker Traditions, Contemporary Translations, Land of Pure Delight: Shaker Songs and Dances for String Quartet will be performed at 3 p.m. in the historic Meeting House. The original work composed by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise takes Shaker musical themes and places them in the context of a contemporary string quartet. A variety of styles are explored, from tuneful hymnody to foot-stomping marches.

Concert tickets are included in the price of admission and may be reserved by pre-registering by phone (603-783-9511). On the day of the event, remaining tickets will be available in the Museum Shop on a first come, first serve basis.

Special tours and programs will be offered including, Relationship with the Land, a walking tour with Lauren Chase-Rowell at 11 a.m.; Shaker-inspired Recipes, an audience-style cooking demonstration with Chef Todd Sweet, executive chef of University of New Hampshire's Philbrook Dining Hall, at 1 p.m.; and Translating the Shaker Aesthetic for Contemporary Life, a walking tour with Peg Donahue, Feng-Shui design consultant at 1 p.m.

Families interested in hands-on activities can make upcycled bird feeders and aromatherapy art until 3 p.m.

Those who want more information about Village Rising or what to purchase tickets can visit www.shakers.org.


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