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Prescott Farm partners with 1% for the Planet alliance

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center has become a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of more than 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give 1 percent of revenues to environmental causes.

The partnership makes Prescott Farm eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled in excess of $20 million in 2013. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which Prescott Farm can look to for support.

Prescott Farm, located on White Oaks Road, offers year-round environmental education for all ages including WildQuest vacation camps, school field trips, family and youth programs and Naturalist-in-Residence programs at three local elementary schools. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm's three-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.

More than 3,600 nonprofits worldwide are included in the 1% for the Planet network, and over $100 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date. "The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world's problems," says John Tashiro, interim CEO of 1% for the Planet.

"At Prescott Farm, our vision is to inspire our community to make choices that will result in a healthier future on a personal, local and global scale," says Executive Director Sarah Dunham-Miliotis. "We are constantly working to make Prescott Farm a place that people want to visit, spend time and fall in love with the natural world. As many others have said, 'You won't be inspired to save something unless you love it first.'"

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:08

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Irwin Electric Vehicle Night (110)

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive group will host its second Electric Vehicle Night on Wednesday, July 23, from 5-6 p.m.

The purpose of this program is to explain how electric vehicles work, and the benefits they offer.

The Irwin Automotive group is one of only a few dealers designated as a Ford Certified Electric Vehicle Dealer. Irwin is also certified to carry Toyota electric vehicles.

The presentation will cover information about Toyota Prius, Ford C-Max, Fusion, and Focus Energy vehicles.

Food and other refreshments will be available, along with door prizes as well as gift cards for attending. RSVP by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603 581 2935 as participation is limited to the first 50 who sign up.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:00

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Gilford library hosts musician, ecologist on Tuesday


GILFORD — A fun musical activity geared to children, and an educational program on wildlife are scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, at the Gilford Public Library.

From 3 to 4 p.m. singer-songwriter Tom Sieling will perform a free family program called "Take A Tromp Through the Swamp...and a Break by the Lake!" Sieling is best known for his participatory, humorous children's songs and accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and a drum machine. This program is open to the public.

At 6:30 p.m. ecologist Chris Chader will give a presentation on Living with Coyotes in New Hampshire. Chris is the New Hampshire and Vermont representative for Project Coyote, a nonprofit that promotes wildlife conservation and coexistence. Chader uses sound livestock management practices and non-lethal techniques to avoid predation on her New England sheep farm and lives peacefully in an area populated by coyotes. She will share some of her practices and philosophy during this free presentation.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 09:57

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116th Gilmanton Old Home Day to be held Aug. 9

GILMANTON — Gilmanton's 116th Old Home Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Smith Meetinghouse complex from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day's events will feature the traditional bean hole bean dinner, an antique car show and "all things on wheels" parade, the Parker Hill Road bluegrass band, and two puppeteer shows. In addition there will be animals, children's games, the annual art show in addition to crafts, food and creations either edible or wearable. Everyone is invited and there is no admission charge.

Booth locations for crafters are still available, and volunteers are always needed to help with Old Home Day events. Anyone interested in setting up a craft booth for Old Home Day or anyone interested in volunteering to help out on the event, should contact Judy Wilson at 267-6346 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:34

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