Bank of New Hampshire's Prestige Plus Members Visited 5 National Parks

LACONIA —  Bank of New Hampshire recently traveled with 88 Prestige Plus customers and visited five of America's National Parks.

The tour began in Scottsdale, Arizona, and then headed north to Sedona with its amazing rock formations and artist colony, before ending at Lake Powell where the group visited the Glen Canyon Dam.

A highlight of the National Parks tour was the spectacular Grand Canyon, where Prestige Plus members enjoyed the rustic cabins on the North Rim and the beautiful sunset and sunrise offering magnificent views overlooking the canyon.

The next stop included two very distinct and equally beautiful National Parks, Zion and Bryce. Zion National Park takes you down into the park where the huge red and white sandstone cliffs rise above you in sheer magnitude and color. Bryce National Park in contrast is seen from the side of the cliffs and the formations, called Hoodoos, with their natural orange and red hues, are a beautiful sight that resembles castle spires.

Next was the beautiful "City of Saints," Salt Lake City where members enjoyed Temple Square and saw the 6-spired granite Salt Lake Temple. Prestige Plus members went on to enjoy a tour of downtown Salt Lake City and the Great Salt Lake.

From Utah, the tour entered Wyoming and the cowboy town of Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole is a mecca for shopping, art, river rafting and hiking. The trip would not be complete without a visit to Jackson's famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its iconic "saddle" bar stools.

Passing through the Grand Teton National Park was a highlight for the Prestige Plus members. The Grand Tetons rise to 13,770 feet and is the youngest range in the Rockies. The snow covered peaks of the Grand Tetons made for beautiful viewing and many photographs.

The final days of the National Parks tour traveled to the amazing Yellowstone National Park, where the group was greeted by the work-famous Old Faithful Geyser. The tour ended with a stay in South Dakota and visits to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, The Crazy Horse Monument and the great symbol of the United States, Mount Rushmore.

"We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members," stated Valerie Drouin, SVP – Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. "With 25 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for a trip, the quality will be unsurpassed. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for choosing Bank of New Hampshire."

To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire's Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meredith ASTRA Club to hold Magic and Mittens event during Festival of Trees on Dec. 1 & 2

MEREDITH — The Meredith ASTRA Club will be creating a special "Magic and Mittens" children's event at the annual Altrusa Festival of Trees at Waukewan Golf Course on Saturday, December 6, at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. This event includes a tale all about "Lost Mittens" and a "Magic and Mittens" magic show. Admission to the Festival is $3 for adults, $2 for children (5 and under are free). Reservations are required by calling 253-3167.

As an added bonus this year, the ASTRA teens will be doing some of their own MAGIC by collecting new mittens and/or hats at the Festival to donate to the Meredith Village Savings Bank annual Mitten Tree. ASTRA will deliver the mittens and hats to Meredith Village Savings Bank who will distribute them to children and senior citizens. The ASTRA teens are excited about this collaborative effort of community service in partnership with the bank. Anyone attending the Festival of Trees Gala Thursday evening, December 4, or during the Festival daytime hours on December 5, 6 and 7, are invited to bring in new mittens and/or hats to help ASTRA create the MAGIC of many warm mittens and hats to adorn the MVSB Mitten Tree.

Birds of Alaska presentation at Loon Center Thurs.

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program titled "A Passage Northwest: Birding Alaska by Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Boats," on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough.

Pam Hunt of the NH Audubon Society spent two weeks in August 2012 covering more of Alaska than many native-born Alaskans see in their lives. From the Pacific rainforest to Mount McKinley to remote areas on the Bering Sea, Hunt logged a lot of miles and saw a lot of birds, plus mammals and scenery, and will share her experiences in this slide show.

Pam holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, and is currently an avian conservation senior biologist at the NH Audubon Society. She works closely with the state Fish and Game Department to coordinate and prioritize bird research and monitoring in the state, and most recently authored New Hampshire's "State of the Birds" report. She also coordinated a five-year New Hampshire Dragonfly Survey.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road. Follow the signs on Blake Road from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School, or from Route 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road. Refreshments will be served.


Sportsmen’s Association annual turkey raffle is Nov. 20

GILFORD — Belknap County Sportsmen's Association will hold its annual Turkey raffle on Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m. at its club house on Lilly Pond Road.

All are welcome. Participants can enjoy pizza and win a Turkey. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Twenty turkeys will be raffled off. Pizza is $5 per person all you can eat.