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Open house at Prescott Farm on natural playscape project

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, September 24, from 4:30-5:30 in the Pardoe Building at 928 White Oaks Road to unveil a design for their proposed Natural Playscape project.

In recent years, so-called natural playscapes have gained popularity as an alternative to conventional playgrounds. Research shows that kids prefer natural playscapes over conventional playground equipment, that they are more eco-friendly and less costly to maintain over time, and that kids have fewer injuries in natural playscapes than on conventional playgrounds.

Prescott Farm strongly believes in the importance of getting kids outside for their healthy development and well-being. Thanks to a generous grant from the NH Charitable Foundation, Prescott Farm brought in designer Rusty Keeler of Planet Earth Playscapes (www.earthplay.net) to put together a Master Plan for the project. Keeler has worked with organizations and communities around the world to design spaces that bring nature to children in fun ways with hills to climb, dirt to dig, plants to explore, and water to splash, among many other things.

Prescott Farm intends to build support, enthusiasm and funding for the project through the winter and implement the project through a community-build process in the spring and summer of 2015. Once complete, the Natural Playscape will be open to the public for free.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers year-round environmental education for all ages including WildQuest vacation camps, school field trips, family and youth programs and Naturalist-in-Residence programs at 3 local elementary schools. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm's 3-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.

For more information on the project, visit http://prescottfarm.org/education/natural-playscape-project/. To RSVP for the Open House, please e-mail Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (603) 366-5695 by September 22.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 08:18

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Meeting Tuesday on Bringing Cub Scouting Back to Gilford

GILFORD — There will be a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23 at the Gilford Elementary School for parents and boys interested in Cub Scouts. Pack 243 in Gilford has been dormant for over the year and it is important for the boys in town and the community to bring the pack back.

Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today

In Cub Scouting boys will have lots of fun, adventure, and activities with their dens and pack. But there's more to it than that. Being a Cub Scout means boys are members of a worldwide youth movement that stands for certain values and beliefs.

Character development should extend into every aspect of a boy's life. Character development also extends into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders strive to use Cub Scouting's 12 core values throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings

Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities the boys get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help their hometown and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means "doing."

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they are eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing programs. Boy Scout Troop 243 in Gilford welcomes all boys 11 years or older who are interested in Scouting to come to one of its weekly meetings to check things out. The troop meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church.

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‘It’s not about the hike’

WATERVILLE VALLEY — "It's Not About the Hike," an inspirational talk on facing life's challenges, will conclude the Rey Center Summer lecture series on Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.

Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper will talk about various kinds of "mountains" people might be facing such as going to college, getting a job, bringing up children, caring for aging parents or dealing with an illness. Sporborg and Piper are two 50-plus-year_old non-hikers who one day decided to climb the 100 highest mountains in New England.

The presentation is not about their hiking adventures. Rather, it is an inspirational and motivational program about pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, overcoming fears, finding passions and living lives to the fullest.

 The book, "It's Not About the Hike," will be offered for sale after the presentation.

 This program is generously sponsored by Town Square Condos.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:33

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Pleasant Street School launches ‘Year of the Book’

LACONIA — Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia has launched The Year of the Book, a year-long event celebrating reading, writing and literacy.

The program, funded by a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) grant, kicked off on Sept. 17. The $25,000 grant provides literacy programs, events, support, professional development and new books over the course of the school year. Each student in the school received a free book to take home. Seven more book giveaways are scheduled throughout the year.

Duncan McDougall, executive director of CLiF helped Pleasant Street School launch the grant with a storytelling presentation and book giveaway. Other schools receiving the grant are Valley View Community School in Farmington, Beech Street School in Manchester and Stewartstown Community School in West Stewartstown.

Mrs. Rosenfeld, Pleasant Street's school librarian, was delighted with the student response to the CLiF program.

"I am so proud of our students. They were enthralled by Mr. McDougall's stories and they enthusiastically responded to his questions. PSS students were a top notch and well behaved audience. One second grade student told me that 'the more you read books, the smarter you get' and she is absolutely right," she said.

The CLiF sponsors for The Year of the Book at Pleasant Street School are The Couch Family Foundation and Matt and Margaret Rigtmire.

CLiF is an independent nonprofit based in Waterbury Center, Vt. It was founded in 1998 and its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. For more than 16 years CLiF has supported and inspired 160,000 young readers and writers through five literacy program sponsorships and has given away more than $3 million in new, high-quality children's books.

CLiF does not receive any federal or state funds for its programs. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals, local companies, social organizations and foundations. For more information please visit www.clifonline.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:28

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