PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday August 14 more than fifty volunteers, citizens, and state and local officials were joined by Governor Maggie Hassan in a celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). The event took place at Plymouth's Rotary Park Amphitheater and boat launch area.
The New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program was established in 1988 to "ensure the continued viability of New Hampshire rivers as valued ecologic, economic, public health and safety, and social assets for the benefit of present and future generations" (RSA 483:1). Approximately 1,000 river miles on New Hampshire have been designated into the Program. Sections of the Pemigewasset were designated in 1991.
A unique aspect of the Rivers Program is that local residents or groups nominate their river for designation. As a result of this grassroots support, 18 rivers or river segments flowing through 126 towns, places and state parks are now part of the Program. Upon designation, a partnership is created among the State, local citizens and their towns through the formation of a local advisory committee (LAC).
In true New Hampshire tradition, hundreds of citizens have volunteered their time and expertise to help their communities manage rivers and provide the State with local input regarding development proposals and other decisions that may impact rivers. The Pemigewasset River Local Advisory Committee (PRLAC) includes the communities of Franconia, Thornton, Campton, Plymouth, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, New Hampton, Hill, Sanbornton, and Franklin.
The event was coordinated by NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) staff and members of the statewide Rivers Management Advisory Committee (RMAC). There were comments from the state's Rivers Coordinator, members of the statewide RMAC, a New Hampshire egg farmer, an environmental manager for Monadnock Paper Mills, and the president of the New Hampshire Rivers Council. Several of these people also serve on their local advisory committee.
DES Commissioner Thomas Burack spoke briefly about rivers and watersheds and recognized six individuals with awards for their efforts over the years on behalf of New Hampshire's rivers. A local recipient was Pat Schlessinger of New Hampton for her efforts to establish to the RMPP. Governor Hassan gave the RMPP a commendation.
Attendees then gathered on the riverbank for a demonstration of water monitoring by members of PRLAC. While analyzing a water sample collected by Governor Hassan they explained that the results of their bimonthly sampling have been used by NH DES to detect trends in water quality of the past eleven years and that the results are included in a regular report to the US Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Clean Water Act.
The Governor was particularly interested in fostering understanding of river and watershed issues and river stewardship among New Hampshire's youth. Governor Hassan and other attendees ended the day with a closer look at the river and its banks by floating down portions of the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:36
GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um trip on Monday, October 7 to Cannon Mountain where participants will ride the Aerial Tramway to the summit enjoying views of the fall foliage.
Participants will meet in the Town Hall Lobby at 8:15 a.m. and are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or they may purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Anticipated time of return is 3 p.m. This trip is free for all NH residents over the age of 65, with a cost of $15 for all non-residents or adults under the age of 65.
All participants must RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4. by contacting the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:33
MEREDITH — Fun and food will be in abundance at Moulton Farm's Foliage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6. The festival, which will run both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes family fun activities including tractor rides, visits with farm animals, munchkin mayhem, a bounce house for children and more. Food for lunches will be available. Plus the farm's corn maze will be open and Cider Bellies will be making fresh, warm, cider doughnuts.
Doughnuts will play a central role in one of the weekend's fun activities. On Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. the laughter will ring out as contestants challenge each other to a "doughnut on a string" eating contest.
"It should be great fun," says Rob Stephens, manager of the farm's popular market. "Eating a Cider Bellies doughnut is always a great experience. Attempting to eat one without hands while it's dangling from a string will just add to the fun and laughter." The contests are free and open to all ages.
Other Saturday activities will include free face painting and live music. On Sunday, activities will include a magic show starting at 1 p.m., corn bag races, and a free cookie decorating activity starting at 2 p.m. "It's the chance to let your creative side loose. If you're talented, your effort will look great and you can give it away. If you're not happy with your effort, you can eat the evidence," says Stephens with a laugh.
Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. In addition to growing its own produce, the farm offers pumpkins, fall decorating supplies, cider doughnuts, baked goods and a quality selection of cheeses, meats, and other items from northern New England producers. More information is available at moultonfarm.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:27
MEREDITH — Lakes Region Camera Club will meet on October 3 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church with a presentation by Bill Cain, professional photographer and writer, who will speak on Pet Photography.
Club members will learn his methods for dealing with and photographing pets from Cain, who once owned his own pet photography business, Dog Gone Portraits.
Having travelled to more than 80 countries in his professional life, Cain was a regular contributor to the Concord Monitor's Sunday travel section, and has six photography books to his list of accomplishments.
Now semi-retired, he is still active in photography. His work has appeared in several media, including photo exhibits; his work was recently exhibited at the Belknap Mill in Laconia. For a look at his work, go to www.blurb.com/b/632451-300-shots.
Lakes Region Camera Club is a local organization of photographers of many different skill levels, and welcomes guests to attend a meeting or two before joining the club. The club meets at Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith on the first and third Thursdays of the month for presentations, competitions, field trips and other activities. Scheduled meeting times are 7–9 pm.
For more information, see the club website at www.lrcameraclub.com or call Phyllis Meinke at 603-340-2359.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:18
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