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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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Pitmans Hosting Michael Vincent Friday, NH Blues Challenge Winners Sunday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room has booked the Michael Vincent Band, which has Lakes Region roots,  to perform on Friday, January 3 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Michael Vincent discovered Blues and Soul music as a child. While still in grammar school, he formed a trio called Michael Vincent and Doubleshot with two of his classmates. The band performed frequent local gigs and house parties, quickly becoming a local favorite. Now traveling the country, he employs a reminiscent blues guitar style and an inspiring voice.
Danny Mack on bass has developed his own unique thumping style in his music. His main influences include Jack Bruce, Donald Dunn, Barry Oakely, Leon Wilkeson, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, and Billy Cox.
Dan Hewitt started playing drums in the summer of 2006. He moved to New Hampshire and met Michael Vincent in grammar school and they soon collaborated with Dan Mack to form the trio. Now an experienced percussionist, he has returned as the backbone. His main influences include Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, and Steve Gadd.
On Sunday, January 5 at 6 p.m. Pitman's Freight Room will host the Road to Memphis Blues Bands.

Winners of the NH Blues Challenge will be performing to raise money to support their trip to represent New Hampshire at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Blues Tonight band represents the Band category, Erik "Fingers" Ray won the Singles category and Riddle-N-Blues placed first in the youth category. Come listen to some great blues and help these talented musicians defray some of the cost of their trip to Memphis,

Suggested donation is $12.

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