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State doing away with hand-written hunting licenses

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will be converting to digitally-generated and printed regular hunting and fishing licenses beginning with the 2014 year. 

More than half of hunting and fishing licenses sold in N.H. are currently purchased online or at stores that use an automated system. New Hampshire is one of the few remaining states where regular licenses are hand-written. A handful of agents around the state are already using the new point-of-sale (POS) system as part of a pilot project that began in August, and things are going well, according to Fish and Game Licensing Supervisor Sue Perry.

When 2014 hunting and fishing licenses become available in mid-December, all Fish and Game license agents will be issuing hunting and fishing licenses via the automated system. Hand-written licenses will no longer be available after the 2013 license year ends.

One change under the new system is that, starting with the 2014 licenses, a $2 transaction fee will be charged per license form. This fee will go to the vendor, Sovereign Sportsman Solutions (S3), for the automated system to cover the cost of its operation, just as online license buyers currently pay a transaction fee.

The new automated system offers many benefits: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will gain faster access to critical license sales data, which can take months to get under the old system. It will also save on printing and shipping costs, since pre-printed license forms will not be needed.

For consumers, the license-buying transaction will be faster and easier. In many cases, their information will already be in the system. Fish and Game license agents will find their administrative reporting is streamlined, because end-of-month reports will be computer-generated, saving them time and effort. They will save time on transactions at the counter, as well, aided by helpful "prompts" to assist them during license sales.

"This should be a positive change for everyone, because it will allow Fish and Game to operate more efficiently and effectively, using technology that has been adopted nationwide with positive results," said Perry.

For more information, and Frequently Asked Questions about the upcoming move to electronic license sales, visit http://www.wildnh.com/POS

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:02

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6th Annual GYC "Turkey Trot" 5K Race & Family Walk Scheduled for Thanksgiving Morning

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center is hosting the 6th Annual GYC Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

This is a 5K Race and Family walk. The course, which is a registered 5K course, runs through Gilford Village and is considered flat and fast.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. (walkers will start at 8:45 a.m.). Awards will be given to best times in multiple age divisions. Results from the race will be posted on Coolrunning.com and on the GYC website.

Register before November 7, and receive a free long sleeve Turkey Trot shirt. Registration brochures can be found at gilfordyouthcenter.com. Proceeds from the event help fund current and future programming at the Gilford Youth Center. Only $24/per person & $65/Family Rate (up to five). Questions? Contact Scott at 524-6978.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:51

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Bayswater Book Co. to Host Author Edie Clark on Friday November 1

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will welcome New Hampshire writer and editor, Edie Clark on Friday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to noon as she introduces her newest book, "What There Was Not To Tell."

When asked to describe her newest work, she writes: "This is a book about war, what war does to anyone it touches, how the loss of one man (the man my mother hoped to marry) affected not only my mother, his family, and her own family, but also my sister and myself as we grew up, aware of the loss of Tom but unable to understand it. Based on more than 2,000 letters left to me after my parents died, What There Was Not To Tell tells the specific story of our family's loss which could be the story of any family who has lost a soldier in war, any war. The book took me 15 years to put together, starting with the massive task of reading through the letters and transcribing them into my computer and ending with an odyssey that took me to Camp Lejeune where my mother trained to be a Marine in an effort to look for Tom, to San Diego to see where she worked during the war and ultimately to Hawaii in search of Tom's grave. The journey to find Tom took me many places, physical and emotional and was ultimately redemptive."

Edie Clark has been writing and editing from her home in New Hampshire for the past thirty years. She has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine, where she served as Senior Editor for ten years and then Senior Writer and Fiction Editor for another fourteen years. Her multiple part series on topics such as land development, water pollution, the Christian Science church, the Connecticut River, and the politics of Lyme Disease have gained widespread attention. Her monthly column, Mary's Farm, is beloved by many. In her hundreds of articles published by Yankee, she has established her reputation as one who writes about ordinary lives changed by one extraordinary act or circumstance.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:37

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Opechee Garden Club hosts Florist Voted #1 in the Lakes Region

LACONIA — Elaine Hinchey, guest speaker for the Opechee Garden Club's meeting on Monday, November 4, 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road has had over 28 years of experience in floral design.

This award-winning floral designer, noted for her unique styles, and husband, Stephen, have been owners and operators of the Heaven Scent Design Flower and Gift Shop on Union Avenue in Laconia since 1993. Hinchey will demonstrate creating an organic tablescape using gourds, natural grasses and flora which will be gifted to some lucky member.

Chairs Jessie Lacombe and Brenda O'Brien and their committee of Christina Halstead, Ann Woglom, Gladys McCaughey, Sally Doten, Fran Donahue, Trudy Hastings, Pati Litchfield, Miriam Smith, Helen Denley, Sandy Morey and Eileen Russilillo will serve light refreshments.

The club will repeat a very successful "Little Black Dress" presentation to be chaired by Judy Robertson and Cynthia McNutt featuring Bill Graham's return with his "Blueprints for the Holidays". Graham will be offering ideas for holiday decorating from the front door to the dining room table and how to add some bling into fashion. Graham will create eight floral arrangements to be auctioned at the Gilford Community Church, Thursday, November 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program, open to the public for a $5 donation, begins at 7 p.m.

OGC members are busy working with Chair Doreen Worthley on the club's holiday Greens and Gifts Boutique at the Belknap Mill on December 6 and 7. Barb Sargent has organized several mini workshops in preparation for the sale, and Sandy Gove will take final reservations from members for wreaths and other greens and provide information on the club's traditional greens workshop.

The Opechee Garden Club, which meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Rd., Gilford. New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call Judy Robertson at 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:06

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