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Arts Alliance hosting ‘B.Y.O.P.’ event January 21 at Karl Drerup Gallery

PLYMOUTH — Artists and arts supporters of all ages are invited to perform, present, and display their work  at an informal "BYOP–Bring Your Own Poetry, Painting, Performance, Presentation and Potluck (Dessert)" on Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in Plymouth.

The BYOP is hosted each year by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire as an informal celebration and showcase of the region's talent and artistic enterprise, and follows the Alliance's annual meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend the meeting, or to come for the potluck or for the 7 p.m. program.

Writers, dancers, actors, musicians, storytellers, visual artists, and traditional artists and craftspeople of all ages and artistic experience are encouraged to bring work, and to talk about their art-making process. In addition to two-minute performances and presentations, stands will be set up and space made available for an exhibit of visual arts and crafts. Cultural organizations and educators are also invited to give brief presentations on their organizational or school arts activities.

"We've discovered some amazing artists at these events," notes Executive Director Frumie Selchen. "It's always particularly interesting to hear painters and other visual artists talk about the thinking behind their work, and to talk about it with them. We're especially excited about being hosted by the Drerup Gallery and having a pop-up exhibit in such a beautiful gallery space. We hope this opportunity will draw people from around the state."

Cold drinks will be provided, and potluck participants are invited to bring their favorite dessert to share. Free admission but donations are welcome and memberships to support Arts Alliance activities are encouraged.

Pre-registration is requested, particularly for those interested in performing or bringing artwork, and for organizations that wish to give a brief presentation. To register, or for more information, call 323-7302, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Turkey Survey begins January 1

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is currently conducting a NH Wild Turkey Winter Flock Survey through March 31. Citizens who pass a wild flock of turkeys are encouraged to fill out a simple electronic survey form posted on the Fish and Game website at http://www.wildnh.com/turkeysurvey.

Turkeys are easy to see during the winter because they gather in large, highly visible flocks. The winter flock survey bolsters Fish and Game's understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during New Hampshire's challenging winter months. Participants are asked to report the number of turkeys in the flock; where they were seen; the type of habitat the birds were observed in; and what the turkeys were feeding on.

The survey is designed to fill gaps in Fish and Game's existing winter flock data collection efforts. "This reporting system allows the public to contribute important information to our understanding of winter turkey status in an inexpensive, efficient and, hopefully, enjoyable way," said Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader at Fish and Game.

Knowledge of the status of wintering turkeys is particularly important in New Hampshire, because severe winter weather and limited natural food supplies can present serious challenges for wild turkeys.

Last winter, people responding to the survey reported seeing 1,787 flocks – more than 28,389 turkeys in all. Results are also in from Fish and Game's 2013 Summer Brood Survey, another online reporting survey that helps monitor turkey hens and poults. The public reported a total of 1,676 turkey broods, comprised of 3,987 adult hens and 13,755 chicks and poults (young turkeys). Based on reports from August, when turkey broods are most observable, weather during the spring and early summer of 2013 likely influenced turkey nesting success. Observers reported 3.33 poults per hen in August 2013, down from 3.84 in August 2012, and 4.38 in August 2011. For a summary of 2013 NH Summer Turkey Brood Survey results, visit http://www.wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey/report_pdfs/2013_Brood_Survey.pdf.

Wild turkeys had disappeared from New Hampshire by the mid-1800s because of overhunting and habitat loss from extensive land clearing. Their successful recovery in the state began with a reintroduction of 25 turkeys by N.H. Fish and Game in 1975. Today, New Hampshire now has an estimated 45,000 wild turkeys.


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Laconia Parks & Rec offers Ice Fishing Course

LACONIA — The Laconia Parks & Recreation and the State of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will present the Let's Go Ice Fishing program in Laconia. The class will take place on Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The class is for anyone over the age of 8. This program will teach participants basic equipment, fish ecology, responsible outdoor behavior, knot tying, fish identification, care of the catch, casting techniques and safety.
The class will begin at the Laconia Community Center then move to a safe location to fish and is free of charge, but is limited. Call Laconia Parks & Recreation to register at 524-5046 before January 24.

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Sanbornton Planning Board to Consider Adoption of Housing Chapter of Master Plan

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Planning Board will be holding a public information hearing to present a proposed up-dated Housing Chapter of the Sanbornton Master Plan. This public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at the Town Office at 573 Sanborn Road (NH Route 132). The purpose of the hearing is to present to the public a proposed 14 page draft of an up-dated Housing Chapter of the Town Master Plan and to receive public input concerning the proposed Housing Chapter.

The previously adopted Master Plan, which was adopted in 1995, included a 21-page Housing Chapter. The proposed Housing Chapter was prepared by an eleven member Housing Advisory Committee which was created by the Sanbornton Planning Board in February 2012. Since that time the Housing Advisory Committee held thirteen meetings, many of which were attended by housing experts from state and regional housing agencies, including the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Stewart Property Management and Lakes Region Planning Commission. All committee meetings received administrative support and technical assistance from the Sanbornton Town Planner.

The new Housing Chapter includes up-dated housing and demographic data with inventory and analysis of housing supply, housing characteristics, housing conditions, housing costs/affordability, housing needs, housing projections as well as a summary and list of nine housing recommendations concerning all aspects of housing in Sanbornton including special emphasis on senior housing and work force housing.

The proposed Housing Chapter is available for review on the Town of Sanbornton website [www.sanborntonnh.org]. Anyone having questions about any aspect of the proposed Housing Chapter should contact the Town Planning Office at 286-8303.

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