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‘Wild Gardens of Yosemite’ talk on November 6

SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club will host horticulturalist Mary Ellen Vana on Thursday, November 6 for a slide presentation about the Wild Gardens of Yosemite. The program will take place at the Benz Center in Center Sandwich from 1-3 p.m., and is free to garden club members and the public.
Mary Ellen Vana lived in the Yosemite region for six years, then worked as horticulturist at White Flower Farms in Lichfield, Connecticut, before moving to New Hampshire. She combines professional knowledge of cultivated, native, and wild plants with a passion for hands-on gardening in New Hampshire, and she will offer practical advice as well as creative insights about the kinds of plants that can prosper in cold New England climates.
The informal presentation will focus upon natural flower combinations, with inspiration and ideas for a less formal look in New Hampshire home gardens. Naturalist John Muir wrote of the Yosemite region, "When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent, so exuberant was the bloom of the main valley of the state, it would still have been extravagantly rich had ninety-nine out of every hundred of its crowded flowers been taken away."

Many of Yosemite's flowers or flower family groups, such as Penstamons, Primroses, Asters, Buttercups, and Lupines, will be familiar to gardeners everywhere. Nature, however, offers unique, seldom-seen, and often exquisite combinations which are never cliched. It is these uncommon combinations that Vana will illustrate and discuss.
Reservations may be made online at bearcampvalleygardenclub.org.

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LHS drama program staging ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Drama program will be presenting the classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, October 25 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Laconia High School auditorium.

While retaining the original Shakespeare language, the setting and location of the show have been updated to the modern era, with a few subtle winks and nods at current events. Don Pedro (junior, Taylor Gagne) and his half-sister, Don Joan (senior, Emily Paronto) have recently struggled for control of their father's company. Successful in the corporate takeover, Don Pedro visits his friend Leonato (senior, Adasha Santos), with his trusted lieutenants Claudio (sophomore ,Tim Mackzo) and Benedick (senior Reese Miles), with his disgruntled sister and her henchmen in tow. While visiting at Leanoto's, Claudio falls in love with the fair Hero (sophomore, Colleen O'Brien). And Benedick renews his "merry war of wits" with ex-
girlfriend Beatrice (junior, Jessica McDermott). But Don Joan sees opportunity for mischief and revenge in the goings-on.

"I love Shakespeare," said Director Bernie Campbell, "And I love the new film version of Much Ado that came out a year or so ago. A lot of the directorial choices were inspired by that new version, and the kids are having a great time with it. I'm really proud of them."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door. For more information about the show, you can call the school at 603-524-3350.

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Meredith rotary ice fishing derby tickets now available on line

MEREDITH —  The Meredith Rotary Club has opened the online shopping cart on its website (www.meredithrotary.org), enabling the public to purchase tickets for the upcoming 2015 Ice Fishing Derby, scheduled for the weekend of February 7-8, 2015.

Several years ago the Fishing Derby was enhanced to provide all cash prizes for the winning fishermen, and a totally new prize structure was developed that increases the opportunity for each fisherman to win the top prize with the capture of the largest fish in the seven available categories.

"Everyone who purchases a Derby ticket has a chance to win cash prizes," according to Craig Wiggin, Chairman of the 2015 Derby. "We have 14 drawings on Saturday for $100 each, and 32 drawings on Sunday for $100 each. Additionally, there are two $5,000 cash drawings, one drawing on Saturday and another on Sunday, and you don't even have to fish to be eligible for these prizes. All you need is a valid Derby ticket."

Late breaking Fishing Derby information is always available on the Meredith Rotary Club website and on Facebook. The 2015 Fishing Derby Brochure will be mailed to more than 10,000 fishermen throughout New England shortly. The brochure outlines the rules and regulations for the Derby and also includes a registration form. All Derby rules and regulations can be found on the website, as well as a copy of the registration form that can be printed.

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LakeFest paddlers officially bring Guinness World Record to NH

LACONIA — It's official. On August 3, 2014, 396 canoes and kayaks were launched off of Weirs Beach at Endicott Rock Park in Laconia and onto Lake Winnipesaukee within a 15-second window, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous launch of canoes and kayaks. The effort, organized by the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES), shattered the previous record of 308 canoes and kayaks set by a group in Tasmania.

The Guinness World Record attempt was the feature activity of LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, an all-day family-friendly festival and educational event hosted by NH LAKES on August 3. While the organization had its sights set on bringing the record to New Hampshire, they had an even bigger goal – to educate as many boaters as possible about how to protect New Hampshire's lakes from the spread of harmful aquatic plants and animals.

Before lining up their boats along the sands of Weirs Beach to get into position for the launch attempt, paddlers were taught by NH LAKES Lake Hosts how to inspect, and then clean, drain and dry their boats to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals. Aquatic invasive species, like milfoil and Asian clams, can be spread between waterbodies on boating, fishing and recreational equipment that has not been properly cleaned, drained or dried before being launched or used in another waterbody.

"Aquatic invasive species are unwanted in our lakes as they not only alter the natural ecology, they degrade boating, swimming, and fishing areas, are difficult and expensive to manage, and are nearly impossible to get rid of once they are well-established" explains Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES Vice President.

While only approximately 80 of New Hampshire's 1,000 lakes contain invasive species, NH LAKES urges all boaters – including canoeists and kayakers – to do their part to prevent the spread by always taking time to clean, drain and dry their vessels and gear before and after boating. To learn more about this simple procedure, visit www.nhlakes.org/lake-host.

NH LAKES is a statewide nonprofit organization. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer Lake Hosts have conducted more than 650,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,467 'saves' of aquatic invasive species that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:52

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