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Moultonborough to hold focus groups for rec programs

MOULTONBOROUGH — The town is scheduling focus groups as part of an effort to obtain public input regarding recreation programs.

Focus groups will consist of six to 12 people and will be interviewed by the team from the University of New Hampshire's Department of Recreation Management and Policy.

Interested taxpayers and residents, recreation program participants of all ages, and seniors, are encouraged to participate. The groups will meet on Monday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. and then on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Additional slots will be available on those days if needed.

Anyone may sign up to participate in a session by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , calling the Recreation Department at 603-476-8868, or stopping by the department offices at 10 Holland St. during normal business hours. People are asked to be prepared to indicate their preferred date and time and understand that they may need to be offered an alternate time if that group has filled up its available slots.

In the run-up to the Oct. 22, town-wide meeting at the Moultonborough Academy Cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. which is also being offered as part of this effort, the online and paper surveys are beginning to come in. The survey is available at www.moultonboroughnh.gov by clicking on the yellow box which reads UNH Recreation Study. It is immediately below the home page picture. Those who prefer taking such surveys in a paper format may pick a copy of the survey at Town Hall or the Public Library and drop it off at the reception desks once completed.

Those who cannot get to either location may call 603-476-2347 to request a survey be mailed to them along with a return pre-stamped envelope. All surveys need to be submitted by Oct. 27.

Additional information on this process may be accessed by going to the Town's web site, clicking on Town Committees and clicking on BRC/Gym Facility Needs & Feasibility Study by UNH. Interested parties may also send comments or questions which go beyond the scope of the survey to Town Administrator Carter Terenzini by mail (Offices of the SelectBoard, 6 Holland St., PO Box 139, Moultonborough, NH 03254) by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), by fax (603-476-5835) or by hand to the town offices.

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Meredith Garden Club Honors Nancy Lavigne

MEREDITH — At the closing luncheon held Thursday, October 2 at the Meredith Community Center the Community Garden Club of Meredith recognized Nancy Lavigne as the outstanding volunteer of 2014. Nancy represents the mission of the garden club by her outstanding dedication to promoting horticulture education, community beautification, conservation, volunteerism and friendship. The club awarded her a Lifetime Honorary membership.

President, Charlene Malek installed Jodi Wilson as Vice President of the club board of directors. Jodi and her committee will be responsible for planning the program calendar for 2015.

The Home Tweet Home winning raffle ticket was drawn. A local Meredith resident won the bird house handcrafted by a local artisan of barn board. Funds raised will fund scholarships for local high school students planning to study horticulture or environmental studies in college.

The club membership voted unanimously to further the club's mission and spread good will by supporting the following nonprofit organizations: Lakes Region Conservation Trust, Kirkwood Gardens, the Loon Preservation Commission, the Castle in the Clouds Preservation Trust, Friends of the Earth, and the New England Wildflower Society.

Additionally, the club offers scholarship opportunities to local students pursuing post secondary education in the fields of horticulture and environmental studies and funds subscriptions to the Garden Gate magazine for the Meredith, Center Harbor and Moultonborough libraries.

Chartered in 1951, the Community Garden Club of Meredith, a volunteer organization, strives to promote horticultural education, civic beautification and conservation. The garden club maintains the plantings at the Meredith Town Hall and Post Office, the upper garden at the Meredith Community Center, the Chamber, the Waukewan boat ramp, and the triangles at Pleasant and Plymouth streets. Guests are welcome at all programs. For membership information and additional details about programs, visit www.meredithgardenclub.org

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Guided hike of Fogg Hill Conservation Area on Sat.

CENTER HARBOR — Join the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) in partnership with the Center Harbor Conservation Commission on a guided hike with Dr. Rick Van de Poll at the Fogg Hill Conservation Area in West Center Harbor on Saturday, October 18. The hike will depart promptly at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately noon. Participants will need to arrive by 8:15 a.m. to have time to check in and prepare for the hike.
The Fogg Hill property is a part of Center Harbor’s largest undeveloped forest and wildlife habitat block, north of Lake Waukewan, east of Lake Winona, and south of Hawkins Pond. The property includes the Fogg Hill Bog Wetland Complex, a designated prime wetland, and the summit of Fogg Hill, one of the town’s highest elevations. The land contributes to protection of water quality in the Waukewan Watershed, including Lake Waukewan, which serves as the public drinking water supply for Meredith. This remote upland area contains a mix of unusual forest types of venerable age, complete with high value wildlife habitat and rare plant species.
LRCT purchased the Fogg Hill property in late 2013, and the Town of Center Harbor will hold a conservation easement on the land. Since purchasing the property, LRCT has continued with stewardship efforts, including clearing a half mile of trail and cleanup of debris. Come along on this approximately 2.5-mile moderate to strenuous hike and follow the new hiking trail, old logging roads, and some off trail hiking to highlight these efforts as well as the property’s natural features.
Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich,and has completed field-based biological inventories on over 200,000 acres of land. He completed a Natural Resources Inventory for the Town of Center Harbor n 2011. Dr. Van de Poll was a core faculty member of the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch New England from 1985 to 2001 and an adjunct faculty member for the Plymouth State University from 2003 to 2008, and he has assisted LRCT with land conservation projects since 1998.
The number of participants in this excursion will be limited, and preregistration is required. Those who preregister will be sent additional detailed information. To pre-register, contact the Lakes Region Conservation Trust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-253-3301. LRCT guided excursions are free to all.

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Bristol Historical raising funds for Christmas tree lighting

BRISTOL — The Bristol Historical Society has scheduled this year’s Christmas tree lighting for Friday, November 28 in Bristol Square. To raise money for lights and decorations, the society will be holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets can be purchased at Earthly Treasures, the Town office, at the TTCC Apple Festival, at Bristol Shop and Save on the morning of Saturday, November 15. 

In addition to supporting the Society through the 50/50 raffles, community members are encourage to get involved by becoming members of the Society. Members may be supportive and or active. Dues are $10 per year and may be paid anytime. This summer the museum was open on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The 2015 Bristol Historical Society calendar is now available for $15 and can be purchased at the Minot-Sleeper Library and the Town Clerks Office. The calendar features both colored and black and white photos of the square and nearby areas. Also available for sale or copies of RW Musgrove’s 1904 History of Bristol Volumes 1 and 2 at $20 each and his autobiography for $10.

For more information about becoming a member or to purchase a calendar call 744-2751 or 744-2686, or visit the Society on Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

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