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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:40

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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. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:32

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Motorcycle museum hosting Veterans Weekend

MEREDITH — The American Police Motorcycle Museum will close out its fourth season with a Veterans Appreciation Weekend on November 1-2.

Doug Frederick, owner says that a few weeks ago, a veteran phoned the museum and asked if we would take another disabled veteran who can no longer ride a motorcycle for a ride in our sidecar rig around town. Soon the veteran will have his ride but Frederick says the request ''had us thinking that we should be doing something more, for as we know; all of them gave something and some gave their all.''
He said the weekend will offer half price admission for all and a half price special for veterans on t-shirts, challenge coins and hats. Frederick says elected officials and challengers from all political parties are welcome to attend.

''We have invited veterans charities and support groups to set up tables under our tent in the field. We have also invited vintage military vehicle groups to the field. We hope that this event pays tribute to all of our veterans and families as we lead up to Veterans Day for a solemn day of tribute,'' says Frederick.

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Loon Center hosting presentation about Lake Umbagog on Thursday

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, October 16th at 7 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program about "A (Boat) Trip through Time with the Birds of Lake Umbagog," with Biologist Bob Quinn.

In far northeastern New Hampshire lies the richest wildlife area in the Granite State — Lake Umbagog. Its bird life has been studied for over 150 years, and the fascinating changes will be the focus of this program. Its avifauna was first chronicled by renowned 19th century field ornithologist, William Brewster. Naturalist Tudor Richards followed with advocacy for protection of the wildlife habitat in the unspoiled region.

A boat trip down the meandering and picturesque Magalloway River leads you into the fabulous marshes where Bald Eagles and Ospreys nest. The stillness of the quiet is frequently broken by the eerie wailing of Common Loons. Moose can appear anywhere, and the marshes are full of secretive critters that emit strange and haunting sounds.

Bob Quinn from Merlin Enterprises Eco-Tours will share the dramatic scenery of this remote area, and talk about some of the fascinating changes in Lake Umbagog's bird life. The focus of the program will be on the Lake Umabgog National Wildlife Refuge and its efforts to protect this dazzling northern lake and the surrounding forests.

Bob is a native of New Hampshire who has traveled and birded throughout North America since 1972, and was the first staff ornithologist for the NH Audubon Society. He continues as an active volunteer, and has has led hundreds of field trips throughout North America.

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 Rte. 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road. Refreshments will be served.

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