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UNH Cooperative Extension's Andrew Fast Wins Mollie Beattie Young Forester Award

DURHAM — UNH Cooperative Extension forester Andrew Fast has received further recognition for his commitment to the protection and productivity of forests in New Hampshire and throughout the country. On March 26, Fast was celebrated by his peers with the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award given by the New England Society of American Foresters at their annual meeting in Nashua.

The young forester leadership award goes to a member of the society who is less than 40 years old and has shown leadership in a program or project benefitting the practice of forestry.

Introducing the award winner, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist Steve Roberge said that Fast "inspires, empowers and creates stewards of the resources we all love and manage. Good management sustains, motivates and encourages our forest stewards to leave their piece of the world in better condition than when they started." He lauded Fast for his work with more than 600 landowners, impacting tens of thousands of forested acres throughout the state.

Although Fast's work takes him throughout the state, his primary role is as county forester in Strafford and Belknap Counties. On hearing news of the award, Strafford County Commissioners reacted. Commission Chairman George Maglaras said, "This recognition is of no surprise to me. We've long recognized what an asset Andy is to the citizens of Strafford County. I'm very pleased he is receiving this recognition from the New England Society of American Foresters."

Among those nominating Fast for this year's Young Forester award was Wendy Weisiger of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, who praised Fast's instructional and professional development efforts in ecology, forestry, wildlife and forest-based recreation. Members of the forestry industry threw their support behind Fast's nomination as well. John O'Brien of O'Brien Forestry Services commended Fast for "working diligently to articulate the concerns and issues we face in our program. He is an excellent communicator and has promoted our program through newsletter articles and updates to tree farmers and inspectors." He called Fast "competent, open, honest...integrity at its best."

The Beattie award is the latest in a series of tributes to Fast. Last March, he received the 2013 national Leadership Award from the American Tree Farm System. At that ceremony, held in Philadelphia, Fast was said to "exemplify what it means to be a leader in the Tree Farm program." He was cited for his work as an advocate for certified tree farmers and landowners. Under his leadership with the New Hampshire Tree Farm Program, Fast improved methods for identifying, evaluating and inspecting prospective tree farms in the state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:43

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Why Does Vermont Grow Crops While New Hampshire Grows Rocks?

LCONIA — Dr. Bryon Middlekauff of Plymouth State University will explore more than 1 billion years of history of the development of Vermont and New Hampshire landscapes and the reasons why the agricultural foundation of each state is so different.

The program is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Doctor Middlekauff is Professor of Geography, Environmental Planning and Environmental Science and Policy. He'll examine the geologic factors which influenced the evolution of the neighboring states' topography, rock types, soil and geologic history through a heavily illustrated presentation.

This program is part of collaboration between Meredith Village Savings Bank, Taylor Community and Plymouth State University, designed to bring educational and entertaining programs to Taylor residents and the greater Lakes Region area.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP and ensure seating, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:35

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Correction: VFW meat bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.

LACONIA — An announcement in yesterday's paper listed an incorrect start time for a meat bingo event at the VFW Post 1670 in Laconia on Friday night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will benefit post Commander Glen Groleau, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:00

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Bring Meditation to Your Gardening Life talk on May 9

MEREDITH — Bayswater Book Co. of Center Harbor teams up with Moulton Farm to host author Cheryl Wilfong for a Tea and Talk on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at Moulton Farm. Wilfong will be discussing her non-fiction book, "The Meditative Gardener." Tickets are $20, which includes The Meditative Gardener Notebook or $10 off the cover price ($35) of "The Meditative Gardener" and refreshments prepared in Moulton Farm's Bakery and Farm Kitchen.
In her down-to-earth book, Master Gardener and mindfulness meditation teacher Cheryl Wilfong offers a variety of wisdom practices and meditations that can be transplanted into daily life in the garden. Written for a beginning, lapsed, or seasoned meditator, her gentle, friendly, and humorous tone creates a nurturing environment in which to practice mindfulness in our very own gardens. Wilfong holds a Master's degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in Mindfulness and currently teaches at Vermont Insight Meditation Center.

Bayswater Book Co. and Moulton Farm are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome author Cheryl Wilfong as she discusses her book and teaches how to use the tools of mindfulness and kindness to discover how to cultivate both your garden and meditation practice. Space is limited and time is short. RSVP required, reserve your ticket in advance and join us for a Tea and Talk with the Author on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at Moulton Farm. Don't forget to purchase your ticket for Bayswater's season opening Tea & Talk with bestselling author and swordfish boat captain, Linda Greenlaw, on Tuesday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. Can't make it to either event? Call (603)-253-8858 to special order copies & Bayswater will have them signed for you. Be sure to check out Bayswater on Facebook and at www.bayswaterbooks.com to stay up to date.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:22

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