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Opechee Garden Club to hear about hydrangeas

GILFORD — One of America's favorites, the hydrangea offers red, white and blue choices such as the mophead "Electric Rouge", the "Gatsby Star" in large white cones or the clustery blue lacecap, "Tiny Tuff Stuff". But these colors may change dramatically back and forth, dependent on the ph factor of the soil or a change in aluminum.

There is such a large variety of hydrangeas in all kinds of shapes and colors - big leaf or oak leaf, mopheads or lacecaps, panicle or climbing. Gardeners need to know how to care for them and when and how to plant and prune them. Co-Presidents Judy Robertson and Doreen Worthley will introduce their guest, Laurie Perry, owner of Cackleberries Garden & Gift Shop in Meredith who will offer tips to members at their Opechee Garden Club meeting on Monday, October 6 at 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road.

Perry, who believes that plants are good for your soul, started her business 13 years ago and appreciates nature in funky and whimsical ways in plants, gardens, her gift shop or events like her annual Fairy Night, or even a pet parrot who greets each with a "Hello". The name of her business also peaks curiosity since cackleberries are hen's eggs and she is a.k.a. the Chief Hen.

Program Directors, Marge Dyer and Louise Osburn and Hospitality Chairs Marilyn Lynch and Susan Finn and their committee members - Betty Hovey, Trudy Hastings, Gayle Green, Connie Russell, Fran Crawford, Gail Breyer, Judy Nelson, Claire Stinson, Brenda O'Brien and Fran Donahue - will host and serve refreshments.

A workshop on "Hydrangea Wreaths and Table Arrangements" will be co-chaired by Carolyn Temmallo and Sally Doten at the Gilford Public Library on October 14 at 1 p.m.

Co-chairs Louise Osburn and Carolyn Temmallo are preparing for the fifth "Homes for the Holidays" house tour and greens and gifts boutique to be held on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7th.

The Opechee Garden Club, a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Garden Club, Inc., meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford. New members and guests are welcome and those who would like to attend, can contact Membership Chair Sandy Hickok at 279-0515. For more information, write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 10:06

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Acting classes offered in Meredith starting Oct. 18

MEREDITH — Nancy Barry, producing artistic director of The Interlakes Summer Theater, will offer three theater classes on Saturdays for six weeks, starting Saturday, Oct. 18.

The first class is a group voice class. This introductory class, for students between the ages of 10 and 14, is designed to give students an opportunity to learn basic technique with regards to breathing and placement while assessing potential and interest for future study without the expense of the private lesson. The class will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

The second class, also for ages 10-14, is a musical theater workshop, from noon to 1:15 p.m. where the students will learn scenes and musical numbers and work on solos, duets, and trios.

The third class is an audition workshop which will run from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. It is for older students -- high school age -- who want to learn to choose/cut a song and monologue for an audition as well as also practice cold readings from scripts.

The price for one six week class is $90, and $150 for two six-week classes. For more information or to sign up for a class, call 1-888-245-6374.


Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 09:55

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Cellar hole secrets revealed at Meredith Library Tues.

MEREDITH  — The Meredith Public Library will hold a program titled Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. 

Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind, including what forces shaped settlement and later abandonment. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape.

Sponsored by a grant through the NH Humanities Council, The Meredith Historical Society and the Friends of the Meredith Library. This will also be the regular monthly meeting of the Meredith Historical Society and the Meredith Library Genealogy Club. For more information contact Erin Apostolos at 279-4303. 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 09:51

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Loon preservation biologists busy rescuing monofilament-entangled birds

MOULTONBOROUGH — LPC biologists have been busy with three different late summer rescues. A loon was released last Monday after spending two weeks with wildlife rehabilitators in Maine. The loon was found near Governor's Island on Lake Winnipesaukee on September 2 after being badly tangled in fishing line. Once captured, the loon was taken to Interlakes Animal Hospital in Meredith to be examined. A radiograph showed a large hook, but no signs of lead fishing tackle. The fishing line was removed from the bird's bill and tongue and the loon was transferred to rehabilitators in Maine for follow-up care. The prompt care from Dr. Jacques at Interlakes Animal Hospital and rehabilitators at Avian Haven in Maine paid off, as another x-ray on September 15 showed that the hook had broken down and made its way to the loon's gizzard, so the loon was released in a protected cove in Penobscot Bay.

In another rescue on August 31, LPC & NH Fish & Game staff and volunteers captured and untangled a juvenile loon on Bow Lake. Unfortunately there was a less happy ending for a loon on Lake Sunapee a few days earlier. A New London tax assessor reported a beached loon in Herrick Cove on Lake Sunapee on August 27. Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) staff and volunteers in the area attempted to capture the loon within an hour, but the loon continued to dive and would not let them get close enough to catch it. The loon was monitored by volunteers and staff of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA) during that afternoon. Residents in the cove had better luck capturing the loon later that day, and were able to untangle it and release it in the cove. Checks of the cove and nearby lake the following day did not find the loon, but one of the rescue volunteers relocated it the next evening in the back of the cove, and it died shortly after. Although post-mortem radiographs showed no sign of ingested sinkers or jigs, the loon was extremely emaciated, and did not have the strength to survive the ordeal.

Fishing line entanglement is unfortunately a common problem for loons and other wildlife, especially in late summer, as these three incidents show. Responsible fishing practices help: remember to reel in around loons, retrieve discarded fishing line, and always use non-lead tackle.

The Loon Preservation Committee (www.loon.org) 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.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 10:53

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