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Rep. Cordelli to speak at Lakes Region Tea party meeting

MOULTONBOROUGH — State Rep. Glenn Cordelli will be reporting on developments at the state Legislature at the next meeting of the Lakes Region Tea Party, scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in the Moultonborough Public Library.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for members of the audience to air concerns or specific problems they might be experiencing with local, state or national issues.

A video about the U.S. Constitution will also be shown.

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Hal or Peggy Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 06:33

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Meredith Parks and Rec Planning Red Sox Trip

MEREDITH — Come join the Meredith Parks & Recreation Department for another fun trip to Fenway on Friday July 18 to see the Red Sox play the KC Royals. Premier Coach will pick up at the Meredith Community Center at 3 p.m. with an estimated arrival time of 5:30 at Fenway so you have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the park before the game begins at 7:10.

The ticket price includes the game ticket as well as coach transportation to and from Fenway, no need to battle Boston traffic or drive home late at night. The fee for a Meredith resident is $75 per ticket and Non-resident is $85 each. The bus will be transporting 50 participants only.

Check out the website for more information, as well as a flyer and registration forms at www.meredithnh.org or call the Community Center 279-8197.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:45

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Loons Have Started Nesting Throughout the State


MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) recorded its first pair of nesting loons this year on Bolster Pond on May 12. Since then 40 more loon pairs have begun to incubate eggs.

In 2013, Loon Preservation Committee biologists recorded 180 pairs of nesting loons, a decrease of 8 pairs from the previous year. Thirty-six of those pairs nested on rafts—artificial islands that LPC floats to help loons cope with water level fluctuations or being displaced from natural sites by shoreline development or recreational activity on the lakes.

Of the 180 nesting pairs, seventy-seven were protected by signs and ropelines. Even with this level of management, LPC biologists recorded 98 failed nests, many of them due to human disturbance. Studies indicate that a minimum breeding success rate of 0.48 surviving chicks per loon pair is needed to maintain the loon population over the long term, but New Hampshire's loons have achieved that level of breeding success in only two out of the last eight years.

The peak of hatch of loon chicks generally occurs around the 4th of July holiday and loon pairs are vulnerable to disturbance as human activities on the lakes increase. A couple of simple precautions can help ensure a good year for loons in New Hampshire:
• Stay back at least 150 feet from a nesting loon, or more, if the loon shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over a nest. Loons may even appear to be injured or dead while in this head-down position, but it is simply a response to the close approach of people.
• If you do inadvertently cause a loon to flush from the nest, leave the area immediately to let the loon return to incubate its eggs. Time off the nest leaves the eggs vulnerable to cooling, overheating, or predation.

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including flushing loons from nests. If you observe harassment of loons, you may contact New Hampshire Fish & Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.

The Loon Preservation Committee monitors loons throughout the state as part of its mission to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.
To learn more about loons in New Hampshire, visit the Loon Preservation Committee on the web at www.loon.org or call the Loon Preservation Committee at (603) 476-LOON (5666).

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:40

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Opechee Garden Club Marks 75th Anniversary

GILFORD — The Bryant sisters, Marilyn Bryant and Betty Goss, were much honored guests at the Opechee Garden Club 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 2 at the Gilford Community Church.

It was 75 years ago that their mother, Thelma Bryant, living on Belvidere Street in Lakeport, founded the Opechee Garden Club in 1939 and served as the first president and in the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs. Thelma was a very active person until her death at age 100. Her club is now one of the oldest in New Hampshire, still very active and membership continues to grow.

Co-Presidents Judy Robertson and Sandy Gove welcomed many members attending the annual meeting and luncheon hosted by the Executive Committee. Rev. Michael Graham followed with an invocation. Gove compiled a 75 year history highlighting the club's activities - from "A seed is planted....June 5, 1939" to "Flower Power 2010 ....2014!" Mary Lou John, who was celebrated for her artistic contributions over many years, especially her water color paintings, provided the illustrations for the booklet.

Local fine cuisine artist, Christine Richer, served her creation of crudités – fruits and vegetables, cheeses and dips and crusty baguette bread to diners at beautifully set tables with floral arrangements by individual board members.

Guest Chef Paul Split, a nationally recognized horticultural consultant, lectured on the use of herbs and their important role in diets and as natural insecticides and nutrients when planted in flower beds. As he prepared the buffet meal before them using herbs, fruits, vegetables, oils and vinegars, he incorporated them into a variety of vinaigrettes, marinades, infusions, herbed butter and a 20-minute tomato sauce with pasta and a fresh garden salad.

The club received a commendation from Governor Maggie Hassan, celebrating their many contributions to the greater Lakes Region community. Awards received from the NH Federation of Garden Clubs were Recognition of OGC's 75th Anniversary, GROW award for increased membership, first place for the OGC scrapbook and the Silver Seal Citation to Eleanor Brouillard for her many years of service to OGC.

Past presidents who attended the meeting - Jo Connelly, Beverly Martin, Joyce McMath, Audris Clark and Carmel Lancia - along with 15 members having 25 or more years of membership were acknowledged. Trudy Hastings holds the present record for longest serving member.

The newest award for exemplary service, the Orchid Award, which is a tulip-shaped crystal vase created by Pepi Herrmann, was presented to Jo Connelly, who reinstated the club's garden tour and remains active on many levels. It will be passed on from recipient to recipient each year.

New officers elected are Co-Presidents Judy Robertson and Doreen Worthley; Vice President Carol Block; Recording Secretary Donna Vernon; Correspondence Secretary Rachel Achber; and Treasurer Suzanne Perley.

Outgoing board members - Eleanor Brouillard, Annette Hutchins, Gladys McCaughey, Jean Vaillancourt – were thanked and new directors, Helen Murphy, Louise Osburn, Jane Rollins, Marge Dyer, Sandy Hickok and past President Sandy Gove, were installed. Standing Committees are led by Debbie Cotton, Auditor; Barbara Sargent, Civic Gardens; Suzanne Perley, Federation Representative and Scholarships and Awards; Simone Routhier, Parliamentarian; Joan Stephenson and Diane Beaman, Photography; Dorothy Duffy, Local Publicity; and Marge Dyer and Linda Belcher, Scrapbook.

Members are invited to participate in three events:

*A trip to the Fells, Tuesday, June 17, 9 a.m. bus departs Belknap Mall/Big Lots and to return at 3-3:30 p.m. $15. Bring lunch. Call 731-9810;

*NH State Flower Show at McAuliffe-Sheppard Discovery Center, Concord on Friday, June 20, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. See Jane at OGC horticulture table;

*Tour OGC's civic gardens on Tuesday, July 15, 1- 4 p.m. at Belknap County Courthouse, Laconia Post Office, Laconia Public Library, Prescott Farm Butterfly Garden on White Oaks Road, Gilford Roe House and WOW Trail, Elm Street entrance in Lakeport

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:32

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