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10th annual Choose Franklin Day on Saturday to kick off with parade

FRANKLIN — The Tenth Annual Choose Franklin Community Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, rain or shine. This year's event, sponsored by Franklin Rotary, Franklin Savings Bank and Watts Water Technology, will take place at Odell Park, located on Memorial Street in downtown Franklin.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. when booths, games, and food concessions open for the day. There will be a Wildlife Encounters show at 11 a.m. – shows are free courtesy of Hope Community Chapel. Karate demonstrations will be held at noon and the Franklin Public Library will sponsor a performance by award winning children's musician Steve Blunt at 1 p.m. at the Odell gazebo. In addition there will be a laser tag area, bounce houses, a climbing wall and bungee jump, along with children's games and activities throughout the day.

This year's parade/event theme is "Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day". The parade will step off at Franklin High School at 10 a.m. and proceed easterly on Central Street to Smith Street where it will turn and continue to Odell Park.

The first one hundred moms to visit the info table at Odell Park (beginning at 10 a.m.) will receive a special memento of the day.

The fair continues until 2 p.m. and will include games, craft booths, food vendors, and entertainment. Many area service organizations and businesses will participate with raffles, giveaways, etc.

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Learn How to Identify and Monitor Invasive Plants in Rivers and Streams

LACONIA — An Invasive Aquatic Plant Identification and Monitoring Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Elementary School, 225 Winter Street in Laconia.

Help protect your favorite rivers and streams by learning how to identify and monitor invasive aquatic plants with the New Hampshire Rivers Council's River Runners citizen science project. Members of conservation commissions, Local River Management Advisory Committees, Volunteer River Assessment Programs, budding citizen scientists, paddlers, and everyone interested in their rivers are invited.

Volunteers are asked to monitor one site at least one time between June and October. The workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Rivers Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 228-6472. This program is co-sponsored by Belknap County Conservation District and the New Hampshire Rivers Council and is made possible by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services Exotic Species Prevention Grant Program.

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Franklin Savings Bank announces Community Advancement grant recipients

FRANKLIN — Spring and summer projects will now benefit from over $22,300 awarded by Franklin Savings Bank through the Fund for Community Advancement. To date, the FSB Fund has awarded 150 grants totaling over $767,600 to non‐profit community organizations and agencies. Five local groups will be benefiting from this round of grants:

Copper Cannon Camp

Copper Cannon Camp provides underprivileged kids with an unforgettable experience that includes all the traditional fun of summer camp: swimming, hiking, archery, campfires, team‐building fun, and more. A $2,500 grant from FSB's Fund will help Copper Cannon provide this wonderful experience to campers from central NH.

Franklin Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Clubs serve to compliment vital community resources in providing recreational, social and educational programs for children from grade school through high school. FSB's Fund has awarded a $7,500 grant to the Concord Boys and Girls Club to assist with the opening of an afterschool and summer camp program at their Franklin location (in St. Gabriel's Parish Hall).

Paul Smith School Parent Teacher Organization

The Garden Project at the Paul Smith Elementary School helps children reconnect with the agricultural roots and traditions of Franklin, NH. Students have built and maintained raised beds for a butterfly garden, a teaching garden, and a food sharing garden. A $2,000 grant from the FSB Fund will help the Garden reach its goal of growing fresh vegetables and fruits to donate to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Tapply Thompson Community Center & Kelley Park Playground

The Kelley Park Playground is the only play space of its kind in the Bristol area and is well used by local schools and families. A park that is loved this much needs frequent repairs and maintenance. A $7,000 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will allow the Kelley Park to refurbish and replace key structures at this busy children's play place.

Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council

The Pines Community Center, which is maintained by the Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council, provides meeting and function space for more than 45 community groups. Thousands of local people visit the center each year. Programs include youth sports, 4‐H, Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, day care and summer camps, senior luncheons, dance classes, and so much more. A $3,300 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will enable the Pines Community Center to replace the hot water circulating pump, which is so critical to many of the programs, as well as to the safety and sanitation of the Center.

"Awarding the Fund for Community Advancement grants is one of the highlights of our community support," says Jeff Savage, FSB President and CEO. "Franklin Savings Bank is pleased to help our neighbors accomplish such worthy goals. It's an honor to be a part of these organizations' efforts."

These grants were awarded in the 33rd round since the FSB Fund for Community Advancement was created in 1997. The Fund provides support for substantial projects that enhance the lives of people in the communities that make up the primary market area of the Bank. Organizations wishing to apply for the next round of Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement awards are welcome to submit completed applications by July 1, 2014. For more information on how to apply in the competitive process, visit www.fsbnh.com or call Dorothy Savery at (603) 934‐8316. Connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank for news and community updates.

 

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Squam Collaborative Focuses on Invasive Species in the Squam Watershed

HOLDERNESS — In 2012 several Squam Watershed organizations formed a working group to address terrestrial invasive species through both education and removal efforts.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Rockywold Deephaven Camps, the Squam Lakes Association (SLA), the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society (SLCS) have joined to form the Squam Watershed Invasive Species Collaborative (SWISC). By combining expertise, volunteer recruitment and work days, the members of this collaborative will be able to better manage properties for invasive species such as Japanese knotweed, bush honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose.

May is a great time to begin to manage terrestrial invasive species. The soil is soft, making for easy removal, and plants have not yet produced flowers or fruit. This year, there is a watershed-wide focus on invasive species. First, Holderness Recreation welcomes Doug Cygan, Invasive Species Coordinator for the NH Department of Agriculture. On Tuesday, May 6 Cygan will discuss Invasive Upland Plant Species of New Hampshire. To learn more or to register contact Holderness Recreation (968-3700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

This May SWISC is pleased to offer two work days. The first, held on Saturday, May 10 from 9 am-12pm, will focus on the West Rattlesnake Trailhead on Route 113 in Holderness. This property, owned by the Squam Lakes Association, has a small infestation of oriental bittersweet.

"The Rattlesnake parking lot is a great spot for invasive removal," says SLA Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson. "It's a small infestation, and we should be able to remove most of the bittersweet. The high usage of this area is also a great opportunity for visitor education."

On Friday, May 16 from 9am-12pm, SWISC will host one more work day, at the Squam Lakes Conservation Society's Mill Brook property on Route 3 in Holderness. The Collaborative held a work day in this area between White Oak Pond and Squam's Piper Cove, last May.

"This year, we return to assess the work we did in 2013," says SLCS Stewardship Coordinator Joan Turley. "It will be exciting to both observe our progress and continue to remove invasive species from the Mill Brook property."

To learn more or to register, contact either the Squam Lakes Association's website (603-968-7336; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or the Squam Lakes Conservation Society's website (603-968-7900; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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