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Pancake supper at Gilford Methodist Church on Feb. 17

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church will hold a pancake supper to mark Strove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church located directly off Route 11A.

Following the meal there will be games and other fun activities for the family. Organizers note this event is designed to appeal to all ages and those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their family and friends.

Donations to help defray the cost of the supper are appreciated but not required.

This is the last hurrah before the Christian period of Lent begins. Services will be held on Ash Wednesday, 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 with distribution of ashes.

Those who want more information may call 524-3289 between 8:30 a.m. and noon. At other times, leave a message and someone will get back to you.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:13

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Laconia VFW hosting meat bingo on Saturday

LACONIA — The Laconia VFW will be hosting a raffle Saturday, February 7 to benefit Renee Jesseman and her courageous battle against cancer. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the raffle starts at 2 p.m.

This will a meat bingo type format with a lot of prizes and gift cards to go along with two 50/50's. Food will be provided and all are welcome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:08

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Republican group to meet in Barnstead on Tuesday

CENTER BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant, 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.

State Representatives from the three towns have been invited to be the guest speakers at the meeting; Rep. Ray Howard and Rep. Guy Comtois have indicated they plan to attend. Rep. Peter Varney and Rep. Dave Russell are unable to attend due to prior commitments that evening; however, they have indicated that they plan to speak at a future meeting.

In addition, the Committee will provide an update regarding the various events featuring potential Presidential candidates in New Hampshire, and discuss how to get involved in the campaigns of your favorites. BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire.

Those interested in eating dinner interested in having dinner or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. The Committee reminds attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Landscaping workshop sponsored by Belknap County Conservation District

GILFORD — A free workshop on soil friendly landscaping techniques will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gilford Public Library.

The program, sponsored by the Belknap County Conservation District, will feature a talk by Peter Howard of Steve Smith & Associates who will discuss do-it-yourself landscaping projects aimed at preventing soil erosion, and when a project may call for a little professional assistance.

In addition, Michael Skolnick, a student intern at the Conservation District will introduce a user-friendly on-line tool that calculates the reduction in soil and nutrient erosion afforded a property owner by installation of the soil friendly landscaping methods discussed.

The workshop will offer an introduction to various landscaping methods that help prevent rain water, snow melt, and foot traffic from eroding the soil.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP with the Conservation District by calling 527-5880 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

This on-line tool, titled "What's Your P?" ("P" refers to the nutrient phosphorus), is being promoted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) as a Lakes Region specific version of the NH Residential Loading Model first unveiled by the state Department of Environmental Services and later adapted by LWA through a public/private partnership. Those who are interested in a one-on-one walk-through of the on-line "What's Your P?" model tailored specifically for their property, are invited to visit with Skolnick at the Gilford Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Monday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., or Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. The length of the one-on-one session is up to the landowner.

This workshop is part of a larger project dedicated to addressing soil erosion and water health within the Gunstock Brook watershed through a collaboration between the Town of Gilford Conservation Commission, various Gilford municipal departments, and BCCD. Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the work being done through the EPA 319 funds please contact BCCD.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:01

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