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‘Calendar Year’ exhibit at The Studio on Canal Street

"Calendar Year", a striking series of graphite drawings at The Studio shows that numbers don't have to be dry ciphers on a spreadsheet. There is an opening reception for the art exhibit will be held on Friday, January 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Studio located on 50 Canal Street. 

"2013 was my first full year on Canal Street," says McCarthy, whose eclectic gift shop and gallery has carved out a niche as the go-to place for both unique gifts and uncommon art. "I decided to keep track of how many people came in every day I was open, with a view toward creating an exhibit. I've been showing other artists for the past 3 years in the gallery, so I was excited for the challenge of making and showing my own work here".

The count was, by McCarthy's own admission, not fully accurate - she confesses that she sometimes would forget to tally - but the drawings show a year's worth of business information in a form that is more engaging than a traditional bar graph.

Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3; other times by chance or appointment. For more information call 603-455-8008.

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Gilford Library expands hours of operation

GILFORD — To better serve the needs of the community, the Gilford Public Library has expanded its hours to better accommodate the needs of the community. The library will now open at 9 a.m. everyday, and will remain open until 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

The library will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:04

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Rey Center lecture on Jan. 17 covers skiing history of Tuckerman’s Ravine

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Rey Center winter lecture series, entitled "Infatuated with Snow", continues on Friday January 17 at 7 p.m. with "Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine" by New England Ski Museum Director, Jeff Leich.

Learn the history of Tuckerman Ravine and how it affected skiing, from the earliest ski mountaineers to the telemark revival and advent of the snowboard. Lectures are held at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley. Lectures are free for our members and only $5 for not-yet-members. All proceeds benefit the Rey Center art and science education programs.

Based on the New England Ski Museum's 1998 exhibit, Jeff Leich's book, "Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine", features photos and text about Tuckerman Ravine, site of the most dramatic and popular backcountry skiing in the Northeast. It details the story of the ravine's pioneer skiers in the 1920s such as Joe Dodge, the first headwall descent by John Carleton and Charles Proctor in 1931, the legendary top-to-bottom Inferno races of the 1930s when Dick Durrance and Toni Matt led the pack, the many first descents of Brooks Dodge in the 1940s, the various shelters at Hermit Lake, and the efforts of Forest Service Rangers and the volunteer ski patrol to protect skiers from avalanche and injury.

Tuckerman Ravine has drawn skiers since 1913, along with a handful of expert photographers who documented the outstanding scenery and exciting action. Come hear this fascinating story.

On Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. Getting to Know Snow by Mary Stampone, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire State Climatologist. Later, on Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. the featured program will be Moose on the Edge by Kristine Rines, TWS certified wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department.

For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit www.thereycenter.org or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:01

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Under the ice, local fish & amphibians wait for spring

MEREDITH — During a typical New Hampshire winter, lakes and ponds are sealed off from the rest of the world with a thick layer of ice. The aquatic organisms that were not able to go south in search of warmer waters face the challenge of adjusting to water temperatures low enough to freeze their homes and declining levels of oxygen. To deal with these adversities, frogs, turtles and fish have adapted many unique strategies which allow them to survive.

As the air temperature drops throughout the fall, the body temperature of frogs and other amphibians and reptiles drops as well, alerting them to head for their overwintering site. Some frogs overwinter by burrowing down in the thick layer of decomposed leaves along the shoreline where their bodies may partially freeze. They don't freeze completely, however, thanks to a high amount of glycerol or glucose that their bodies produce which acts like antifreeze. Other amphibians and reptiles that cannot tolerate freezing spend their winter at the bottom of the lake in the mud where the ice can't reach.

Most turtles burrow into the mud and become inactive during the coldest winter months. However, some turtles have an unusual ability to survive very long periods of time without oxygen—in fact, their metabolism can continue uninterrupted without needing oxygen. These turtles enjoy their normal activities throughout the winter.

Like other cold-blooded animals, fish adjust their body temperature to decreasing water temperatures and can modify their metabolism to tolerate the cold. Some fish are able to reduce the amount of fat in their bodies and, like frogs, produce an antifreeze-like substance inside their bodies—trout, salmon, and yellow perch are particularly good at this. This allows them to remain active during the winter, but their movements are slow. These fish often migrate to the deepest part of the waterbody where the water is the warmest. Other fish, such as bass and sunfish, which are unable to tolerate the cold water, spend the winter in a resting state by burying themselves in the mud and leaves at the edge of the waterbody. Amazingly, bullheads, and other members of the catfish family, can completely freeze during the winter and thaw in the spring without being harmed.

Although, the activity level of these cold-blooded aquatic animals drops during the winter, it typically does not stop entirely. Instead of going into a constant state of inactivity commonly referred to as 'hibernation' like some warm blooded animals, certain fish, and many turtles and frogs go in to a period of reduced activity called 'brumation.' During a warm spell, like a January thaw, they may get heated up enough to venture out of their winter home.

The biggest threat to the aquatic organisms that stay behind in New Hampshire each winter is not the cold weather—it's the loss of winter habitat. Man-made alterations along the shoreline can prevent frogs and other amphibians and reptiles from reaching their vital overwintering habitat on land. Water level draw downs conducted too quickly during the fall can strand organisms out of the water before they are able to relocate to their overwintering site, causing them to perish.

The Meredith Conservation Commission will meet on the first Thursday of every month at the Meredith Community Center at 7 p.m. Additional information about the work of the committee is available at meredithnh.org. or can be obtained by calling 226.0299.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:47

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