SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Historical Society will host historian Mike Mckinley of Bristol Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Lane Tavern. The topic will be the last major battle between two wooden ships in open water: the victory of the USS Kearsarge over the Conferate ship Alabama June 19, 1864 off the coast near Cherborug, France.
The program will take you aboard the two vessels during their dual at Cherbourg. It will give you a sense of what naval warfare was like on the last of the wooden warships. Mike McKinley has much experience as a historical interpretor with the US Park Service and also does personal historical research.
The subject of the Kearsarge/Alabama battle was the topic of an All Hands Magazine 1989 article "Duel At Cherbourg" by McKinley when he was a member of the US Navy as a petty officer journalist.
The USS Kearsarge was built at Portsmouth NH navy yard in 1861 under the American Civil War emergency shipbuilding program and launched at Portsmouth January 24, 1862 , Captain Charles Pickering in command. It was a steam powered vessel, as was the CSS Alambama. Subsequent ships in the 20th century were named in honor of the civil war ship. The original Kearsarge was the only American war ship named after Mt Kearsarge in NH.
While in later US service protecting waters in the Caribean Sea, the Kearsarge was wrecked February 2, 1894 off Rondacor Cay. The crew made it to shore, but the sip was unsalvageable. Some items from the ship are at the US Navy Museum in Washington DC.
All programs of the Sanbornton Historical Society are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the program. Call 286-4526 for further information.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:35
GILFORD — The AARP Mature Driver Safety program will be offered at Wesley Woods November 4-5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The course, offered in two four-hour sessions, will emphasize defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road to name a few. It points out how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. There is no test and those completing the course receive a certificate that may make them eligible to receive insurance discounts.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:30
TILTON — The Tilton Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee has begun the process of updating its 2008 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and man-made hazards that put Tilton at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.
The committee will have its first meeting on November 1 at the Tilton Town Hall starting at 1:30 p.m. Residents of Tilton and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.
For more information call Chief Robert Cormier, Tilton Police Chief and Emergency Management Director at 286-8207 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:27
LACONIA — Pub Mania team Bag O'Loot bring's animal education to Laconia as a fundraiser for the Pub Mania event, Children's Auction and Food Pantry. Pub Mania, which raised $165,300 for the Children's Auction last year, is once again working to exceed that number for 2013.
"While we call Pub Mania a 24-hour challenge, it is really much more, not only bringing everyone in the community together to work toward a common goal, but, its people helping people" explains team captain Melissa M Bigler. "We've set the bar quite high for ourselves, and all the teams are stepping-up and getting very creative in their fundraising. Wildlife Encounter will bring an amazing wildlife display to Levitt Park in Laconia and as a wildlife enthusiast; I'm very excited to share fun and educational experience with the community".
In a 45 minute educational show, guests will be introduced to more than six animals, including the Fennec Fox. The session will be followed by a question & answer segment, and will also feature guest exhibitor Christina Hazelton of the Upper Valley Reptile Group. Adoptable animals will be available.
Showtime is 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, at Levitt Park on Elm Street in Laconia. Admission for adult is $10, and for children 14 and under is $5. A $1 discount applied to admission with donation of one or more non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:26
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