two-part guided hike of Mount Major offered by Lakes Region Conservation Trust

ALTON — A two-part guided hike on Mount Major will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 25. This outing is being organized by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in partnership with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition.

In the first segment of the hike, starting at 9 a.m., participants will explore lesser known cultural history features, glacial boulders, and rock shelters located off-trail along the lower slopes of the mountain. A more strenuous option will follow, at about 11 a.m., with a naturalist-guided hike to the summit. Hikers will be able to enjoy the magnificent views, to identify local landmarks, and to learn about forest ecology and recent land conservation success in the Belknap Range, returning at approximately 3 p.m.

The Conservation Trust and the Forest Society, along with the Belknap Range Coalition and its members, including the towns of Alton and Gilford, have worked together to conserve four key parcels of land in the Belknap Range totaling 950 acres and encompassing parts of key hiking trails, including the most popular trails to the summit of Mount Major. More than 1,800 individual donors, foundations, and other grant-making organizations, and the towns of Gilford and Alton, provided support for the project, and the $1.8 million campaign goal was reached in late August.

Participants will need to arrive by 8:45 am to have time to check in and prepare for the hike. The number of participants in this excursion will be limited, and preregistration is required. Those who preregister will be sent additional detailed information.

To preregister, please contact the Lakes Region Conservation Trust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-253-3301. LRCT guided excursions are free to all.


Annual gathering of marines planned for November 8

GILFORD  — "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli", the opening lines to the Marine Hymn will be heard loud and clear as Marine veterans, old and new from throughout the Lakes Region and beyond, gather for the 16th Annual "Gathering of Marines" sponsored by the Lakes Region Detachment #506, Marine Corps League, at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford on Saturday, November 8th commencing at 6 p.m.
This year Marine veterans and all those on active duty throughout the world will once again come together to celebrate the 239th birthday of the founding of the United States Marine Corps at Tun Tavern located in Philadelphia, PA. on November 10, 1775. This annual event has been a traditional ritual celebrated by the Marine Corps since its conception.

Marines throughout the world will gather together and welcome one another with the words "Semper Fi" ("Always Faithful"), which signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to "Corps and Country," and to their fellow Marines.
The "Gathering of Marines" in the Lakes Region was conceived by retired Colonel, Norm Noel, USMCR, initially as a way for those who had served in the Marine Corps from the surrounding area could come together and celebrate the annual birthday tradition. It has grown every year, now having attendees from throughout the State of New Hampshire and beyond.
Colonel Noel will once again serve as the Master of Ceremonies including the traditional posting of the colors, the National Anthem sung by well known area resident, Ruth Juve, and recitation of the Marine Corps Commandant's message by her retired Marine husband, Richard Juve.

This year's special guest of honor will be the Very Rev. Stephen B. Rock, a highly decorated retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Chaplains Corps, whose assignments over 20 plus years of service included active deployments aboard naval vessels and Base and Command Chaplain's duty at both Naval and Marine Corps installations around the world. In 2003 he became the Command Chaplain at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. retiring in 2006. He currently serves as the Pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Reading, MA.
Tickets to this year's "Gathering", which includes a buffet dinner of prime rib or grilled chicken, and dancing thereafter, can be purchased from Commandant Bob Patenaude by calling (603) 253-7970 or sending $45 per person to the Lakes Region Det. #506, P.O. Box 764, Center Harbor, NH 03226. Appropriate attire includes uniform, tux, formal gown, or business dress.

No-till seeding talk at Gilford farm Thursday

GILFORD — On Thursday, October 23 there will be a presentation on the benefits of No-till Seeding and Cover Cropping by well-known agronomist Joel Myers held at Ramblin' Vewe Farm from 9 a.m. to noon.

Attendees will hear of the benefits to the health of farmland soils through use of no-till seeding and the planting of cover crops, see a no-till seeder at work, view a soils pit, and view a PowerPoint presentation. The event will be held rain or shine.

Pre-registration for the program is suggested by Tuesday, October 21 and a voluntary donation to attend of $10 can be made the day of the event; however no one will be turned away for inability to pay or lack of pre-registration. To pre-register contact Joan at email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 603-447-2771.

We Believe In Recovery Rally in Concord on Saturday

CONCORD — A "We Believe in Recovery Rally" will be held at Statehouse Plaza in Concord on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People from throughout the state are invited to come and show their support for people living in — and seeking — recovery. And to help spread the word that people can, and do, recover from chemical dependency.

At the rally there will be speakers, food vendors and information tables. More information is available by writing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..