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CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Hazard Mitigation Update Committee is reviewing a draft update to the town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan on Tuesday, August 13 in the Center Harbor Municipal Building beginning at 9 a.m. 

The committee, which includes members of the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Fire and Police departments, the Emergency Management Director, and a local citizen reviewed the various hazards the put the town at risk and has developed recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents. Residents of Center Harbor and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Center Harbor  identified by the Committee include severe winds, flooding, and the transportation of hazardous materials. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Center Harbor one step closer to that goal.

For more information please call Kenneth Ballance, Center Harbor Emergency Management Director at 455-6823 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

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GILFORD — Just Love to Sing! will present the Engelbert Humperdinck opera "Hansel & Gretel" at the Gilford Community Church on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m. This production will feature all the characters of the childhood fairytale, complete with Witch, Gingerbread Children, and Angels.

"We are looking forward to bringing this special opera to life right here in the Lakes Region," says Carlos Martinez, music director. "It is a beautiful and light opera which is perfect for the entire family. People will recognize some of the tunes, and much of the music is lively and engaging." said Martinez. In addition to being musical director, Martinez will also play the role of "Father" in the opera.

Other roles to be performed will feature Jane Cormier from Alton, as "Gretel"; Amy Mitchell of Contoocook in the role of "Hansel"; Erin Deady, Hillsboro, as "Dew Fairy"; Letitia Stevens of Boston as the "Witch" and Emilia DiCola of Boston as "Mother". As in most Just Love to Sing! productions, many of the singers performing in "Hansel & Gretel" participated in the Just Love to Sing! Opera Competition, which is an annual event held each October.

Alicia's School of Dance from Loudon, NH will offer the choreography of the "14 Angels" who protect Hansel and Gretel while they are lost in the woods. Also, a 14 member Children's Chorus will perform the enchanting "Gingerbread Chorus" at the end of the opera.

Tickets for "Hansel & Gretel" can be purchased online at www.justlovetosing.com and will also be available at the door. Tickets are $12 for adultd and $10 for seniors and children. For more information, call (603)781 5695.


Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 09:17

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NEW HAMPTON — The Belknap County Master Gardeners invites the public to view a demonstration garden they have established and maintained this season at the Huckins Farm in New Hampton. This viewing will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. at 52 Magoon Road in New Hampton. 

The garden highlights new and interesting vegetable varieties available to home gardeners including heirloom varieties and a three sisters garden.  Volunteers will be on hand to discuss garden site preparation, variety selection, and the performance of the vegetable varieties they grew this year, as well as answer gardening questions.  Visitors may also tour the Huckins Farm dairy, yogurt and cheese sales area. 

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension staff.  UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy.

For more information about this event or the Master Gardener program, please call Belknap County UNH Cooperative Extension at 527-5475 or visit www.extension.unh.edu.

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081413 Boat Museum's Annual Boathouse Tour August 15 (374)

WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum will host its Seventh Annual Boathouse Tour on Lake Winnipesaukee on Thursday, August 15, with a rain date of Friday, August 16. Car tickets are available for sale at the Museum by calling 603-569-4554 or on line at www.nhbm.org.

"This event gets more and more popular each year." stated Kristin Isley, the Boathouse Tour Chair. "Tickets for the water tour began selling fast over the winter and at a record-breaking speed. We are thrilled that we can offer an opportunity for those still wanting to take the tour via car, or new this year, via antique car. The Boathouse Tour has become one of the Museum's most popular events. Funds raised from the tour assist the Museum's general operating fund."

Taking the tour via car offers attendees a leisurely way to visit the boathouses at their own pace throughout the day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For those wanting a unique experience, a limited number of tickets are available to take the tour in an antique car, driven by the car's owner. Most antique cars will seat three, plus the driver.

All car tour participants meet at the Museum to begin their tour. Detailed maps with driving directions are picked up at the Museum that morning, which will open early at 9 a.m. to accommodate tour participants. Each boathouse location has parking easily available with signage clearly marking the site.

Antique car tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Self-drive car tour tickets are $40 for not-yet Museum members and $36 for Museum members. Self-drive car tickets can be purchased up to the day of the event or in advance by calling the Museum at 569-4554 or on line at www.nhbm.org. The ticket price for the tour includes free admission to the Museum.

Each year, the Museum features new boathouses on the tour. All are on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, and Alton areas. Boathouses will boast a variety of styles and interesting stories. Greeters will be on hand to discuss the boats and the boathouse histories.

Other upcoming events include the Alton Bay Boat Show on Saturday, August 10 as well as a lecture on August 22 on "Race Boats Reborn." The Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta rounds out the season on September 13-14.


Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 09:00

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