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Parade of Flags to highlight annual Multicultural Festival on September 6

LACONIA — The 13th Annual Laconia Multicultural Festival, a hallmark of Lakes Region events, takes place rain or shine in downtown Laconia, Rotary Riverside Park and The Historical Belknap Mill on September 6. Activities start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Included in the day are free entertainment, food and craft venders--some local and many representing a wide variety of cultures--along with exhibits, children activities, and the traditional parade.
Celebrating the worldwide inclusiveness of the day, the Parade of International Flags, organized by Larry Frates, leads off the day. As a special part of the day Up With People will join in with their flags. Traditionally, many flags are available to be carried. All are invited to find a flag of theirs or another cultural heritage and participate in the parade. It starts in the NH Bank area about 10:15 a.m. and marches around downtown Laconia to Rotary Park.
Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy of Malden, MA are a stunning addition to the day. Wah Lum Kung Fu and the Academy are well known throughout the Greater Boston Area and New England for their professional lion dance, dragon dance, drumming, and kung fu/tai chi performances.

They are recognized for the study of Chinese Martial Arts in an environment meaningful for the development of strong mental and physical well-being. They make positive cultural and community connections. They were voted as "Best of Malden" for seven consecutive years.
The Black Thunder Singers keep the old traditions as taught by the elders, both in their performances and in their daily lives. They bring their powerful drumming, dancing, and singing to the park. They are in high demand for pow wows on the east coast. Since they consider their songs as belonging to the people, they do not believe in making a profit for singing or dancing. All profits beyond expenses are donated to charity.
This year LMF has its very own cookbook: Tastes of Nations! It will be for sale at the LMF tent. The cookbook contains over 100 recipes collected from our original immigrants to the most recent ones.

With the construction and other activities in downtown Laconia, continuous shuttle bus service has been arranged from 10 am to 4 pm. Beacon Street East is the central area for the Festival. The shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at various parking lots near the center of Laconia, going to and from Beacon Street East. Parking for the Festival can be found in the following areas: St Joseph's Church parking lot on Church Street, the Laconia Clinic area, and the Water Street lots.

The Laconia Multicultural Committee is especially appreciative of our many sponsors, including the Laconia Human Relations Committee; the Penny Pitou-Milo Pike Family Fund; the Well Sense Health Plan; Genesis Behavioral Health; the Bank of NH; the Northway Bank; and Lutheran Social Services.

All entertainment is free through our sponsors and the many others whose donations we have received! Raffle tickets are available at the LMF booth. To relax in the park it is helpful to bring your own chair.

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WOW Fest '14 planned for Sept. 27

LACONIA — WOW Fest '14 is coming up on Saturday, September 27 and features 5K and 10K road races, 15-mile and 67-mile bicycle challenges and a 3-mile fun walk. The first event starts at 7 a.m. beginning and leaving from Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.  

All events are followed by a luncheon provided by Fratello's Italian Grille, T-Bones Great American Restaurant, The Common Man Restaurants & Patrick's Pub & Eatery.

"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to support the WOW Trail and the 2014 WOW Fest event," explains Mark Primeau, President and CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. "This is an exciting event that encourages all of us to get out and get active while supporting this worthy project. We believe the WOW Trail contributes to the health and economic vitality of our community and we support its continued growth."

WOW Fest is an important fundraiser for the WOW Trail, which is currently a 1.3 mile recreation trail connecting Lakeport to downtown Laconia. Final design and fundraising for Phase 2 is currently underway, which will double the length of the trail from downtown Laconia to the planned Belmont trail. The second phase is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015, if funds allow. 

For more information about specific races, starting times, registration costs, or to register for WOW Fest on-line, visit www.wowtrail.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Two More NH Ospreys Carrying Satellite Transmitters

HOLDERNESS —  Two New Hampshire Ospreys are sporting hi-tech backpacks that will allow researchers (and the public) to follow their incredible 3,000+ mile migrations. Lightweight, GPS-enabled, solar-powered satellite transmitter backpacks use interactive web-based technology to allow near real-time virtual tracking of Ospreys as they migrate from their nests in New Hampshire to South America and back.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) launched Project OspreyTrack in 2011 with financial and logistical support from Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust and the Science Center's own Innovative Project Fund. This year, additional funding has been provided by The Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith.

The project is led by Iain MacLeod, SLNSC Executive Director. MacLeod has studied Ospreys for more than 30 years and has monitored the growing nesting population in the Lakes Region since 1997 in collaboration with NH Audubon and NH Fish and Game.

"This project will allow us to track these birds continuously for three or more years and is part of a larger New England-wide project spearheaded by Dr. Richard (Rob) Bierregaard, a distinguished visiting research professor at the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina," said MacLeod. "Bierregaard has been studying Ospreys on Martha's Vineyard for 40+ years and holds extensive experience using this satellite tracking system. After 14 years, and more than 80 birds tagged, his project is providing much-needed data revealing migrational differences among Ospreys and helping pin down where threats to the birds lie," added MacLeod.

Logistical support this year was also provided by Bridgewater Power Company, J.Jill Distribution Center in Tilton, and Donovan Tree Experts. Chris Martin, a conservation biologist from NH Audubon, is a key project advisor.

On August 12, MacLeod and Bierregaard fitted transmitters onto two youngsters. A male named Tilton was tagged at a nest in the town of Tilton. Tilton's father, Donovan was tagged in 2013 at this nest and spent his winter in Venezuela. "It will be interesting to watch any overlaps in the migration routes of father and son," said MacLeod. Tilton began his migration on August 19 and is now in New York. Donovan is still at his nest feeding Tilton's sister.

The second chick was tagged at a nest in Bridgewater. This bird, named Bridget, is the daughter of Art, an adult male who carried a transmitter in 2012 and 2013, and is a one-year-removed sister of Artoo and Bergen, two male chicks that were tagged at this nest in 2013. Artoo is currently in Brazil hanging out on a small lake near the Amazon. Bergen also made it to Brazil last year but died in February.

Bridget left New Hampshire August 21 and was in Massachusetts by the end of the day.

The Osprey - sometimes called the "fish hawk" - is a large fish-eating bird of prey - the only raptor in the world to feed exclusively on live fish. Bierregaard's studies have shown that Ospreys are still shot while migrating through Cuba and Haiti - usually at fish farms - and at their wintering grounds in South America. Hurricanes in the Caribbean are also a major threat to the birds.

To follow the latest updates on this Osprey project and follow the NH tagged birds, visit: http://www.nhnature.org/programs/project_ospreytrack.

You can also follow MacLeod's Osprey Tracking Twitter feed at @OspreyNH.

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Wolfeboro friends of music opening 79th season

WOLFEBORO — "Old, New, Borrowed, Blues!" Wolfeboro Friends of Music springs into its seventy-ninth season with acclaimed cellist Yehuda Hanani joining American guitar master Eliot Fisk in a diverse, unconventional duo recital on Saturday September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the All Saints' Episcopal Church, 258 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. The concert is sponsored by Roy and Sandy Ballentine, in memory of Robert Richardson.

Yehuda Hanani has been praised by the New York Times as performing music which comes "bounding to life in vital interpretations rich in imaginative detail and virile strength," and Elliot Fisk has been hailed by the New Yorker as "the king of the American classical guitar." For over a decade the charismatic duo has appeared in a multitude of settings across the U.S., blending the sonorities of their instruments and bringing together their combined mastery, superb musicianship, strong musical profile and commitment to connect with diverse audiences.

Known worldwide for his adventurous repertoire and willingness to take art music into unusual venues (logging camps and prisons!), Fisk has performed to dazzling critical and public acclaim in recital, as soloist with major orchestras and in a wide variety of chamber music combinations, including command performances for President Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos of Spain. Fisk's forays into unconventional territory have included creative collaborations with other musicians in classical, flamenco, jazz, and world-music styles. He has transformed the repertoire of the classical guitar through his groundbreaking transcriptions including works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, and Albeniz.

Hanani and Fisk's diverse Wolfeboro program will include works by Boccherini, Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Lecuona, Cesar Cui, and Ernest Bloch, as well as Grammy Award-nominated composer Robert Beaser's Mountain Songs. All are original arrangements by the two performers.

This is the first of eight programs presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music to people of the greater Lakes Region during its season, which runs from September through May. Tickets are available for $25 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org.

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