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112213- Boy Scout Troop sleeps out and collects canned goods

Boys from Troop 68 in Laconia spent the night under the stars in below 30 degree weather at Opechee Park and collected non-perishable food items for our local food banks. The troop collected a total of 5,551 cans. Shown from left to right (back row); Jacob Miner, Nick Jope, Brendan Sica, Garrett Shore, Timothy King, Dan Engelson, Matthew Piasick, Tyler Lantz and Tanner Shore. Shown from left to right (front row); Michael Bates, Steven Poliquin and Ryan Poliquin. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 10:02

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Lakes Region Conservation Trust very close to goal to secure 192-acre parcel in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust, working in partnership with the Town of Center Harbor, has the opportunity to conserve a 192-acre ecologically significant parcel — and its ecological, wildlife habitat, scenic, water quality, and recreational values — in perpetuity, and is asking for help from the public.

The total necessary to conserve the parcel is $211,500, which includes funds for the acquisition as well as transaction fees, survey costs and money to be set aside for stewardship.

LRCT is very close to raising all the funds needed by the December 2 deadline to complete the project. People from the community and throughout the Lakes Region, the Town of Center Harbor, and the Aquatic Resources Mitigation Fund of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services have already contributed generously toward this conservation effort. With just a week to go, we need your support to successfully complete fundraising for this key property.

The property is located within Center Harbor's largest undeveloped forest and wildlife habitat block, north of Lake Waukewan, east of Lake Winona, and south of Hawkins Pond. This property is part of one of the highest priority areas for conservation based on ecological characteristics in Center Harbor, as identified in the Natural Resources Inventory completed by ecologist Dr. Rick Van de Poll for the town in 2011.

The Fogg Hill property encompasses important natural resources, including the town's only kettle hole bog and significant surrounding wetlands. This area, known as the Fogg Hill Bog Wetland Complex, was designated as a prime wetland by the Town of Center Harbor earlier this year. The land also contains old growth forest and valuable wildlife habitat.

The property also includes one of the highest elevations in town, providing views to the Sandwich Range. It is an important element of the scenic landscape of the area, visible from vantage points in Center Harbor, Meredith, Ashland, and New Hampton.

The Fogg Hill property contributes to water quality protection in the surrounding watershed and its water bodies, including Hawkins Pond, the Snake River, Winona Lake, and Lake Waukewan, which serves as the Town of Meredith's water supply.

The forest cover on parcels such as the Fogg Hill property plays a critical role in maintaining the quality of this water supply.

The Fogg Hill property is also an important recreational and educational resource for the community and the region. Once conserved, the land will be open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, with the potential for trails to be established around the wetlands and to the summit of Fogg Hill for enjoyment by all. In addition, the property affords extensive opportunities for nature education and scientific research.

Each and every donation will help us successfully complete this project by the December 2 deadline. Donations may be made online (www.lrct.org), by phone (603-253-3301), by mail (LRCT, PO Box 766, Center Harbor, NH, 03226), or in person at LRCT's headquarters at 156 Dane Road (Route 25B) in Center Harbor.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 09:58

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Gilford Village Candlelight Stroll Set for December 14

GILFORD – Over 1,000 lit candles will line Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford Village as guests are welcomed to the festivities scheduled for this year's Candlelight Stroll, which will be held in Gilford Village on December 14 from 5–7 p.m. The event is open to the public and all activities are free. The inclement weather date is Saturday, December 21, from 5-7 p.m.
Planning for this year's event immediately began after last year's highly successful stroll, which was part of Gilford's bicentennial celebration in 2012. After the bicentennial drew to a close, many residents hoped that the stroll would become an annual event. Consequently, a formal Candlelight Stroll committee was formed in January of this year. Members immediately began seeking sponsors for the event and were successful in finding numerous real estate agents, local businesses, and town departments that were willing to donate.
The committee picked a country theme for the event to honor the town's history of farming. In keeping with the theme, the committee decided to dedicate the 2013 stroll to Pete LaBonte and Ben Weeks. Both were long-time town employees and both men passed away earlier this year. Pete and Ben grew up during the town's farming era and remained dedicated to keeping the memory of it alive. Gilford Public Library will have displays created by the LaBonte and Weeks families for all to enjoy that evening.
The Thompson-Ames Historical Society will have all three of its historical buildings open. Jane Ellis plans to perform at the Mt. Belknap Grange while holiday cookies are baked in the oven. The Union Meetinghouse will provide the setting for Bonnie Deutsch & The Line Dancers, followed by Jeff Warner and his musical program, "Family Fun in Folk Music". Holiday decorations will adorn the Benjamin Rowe house for the holiday season, and old-time wooden toys are to be demonstrated.

Visitors can take Heritage Farm's horse-drawn wagon rides through the village. A number of residents plan to open their homes to visitors including some of last year's favorites, Dr. Kelley White's historic home and the Bickford/Snow house where Sally and Bill Bickford will be serving soup and chowder.

Be sure to stop by the library and make a holiday ornament or visit Norm Soucy at his Gilford Village Store. Gilford Fire-Rescue will be tending to a bonfire in the vicinity of the bandstand where Santa will greet children of all ages. Guests can roast marshmallows or create their own S'mores by the warmth of the fire. Members of Gilford's police department and Gilford's K-9 Unit, Officer VanSteensburg and Ike, will be on hand to answer questions.
The full program of programs and events will be posted on the website of Gilford Public Library at www.gilfordlibrary.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 09:24

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12th Annual Memory Golf Tournament raised $4,000 for local Alzheimer’s Association chapter

TILTON— Tilton resident, Deidre McCain has raised $4,000 to support the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter after organizing the 12th annual Memory Golf tournament on September 21.

Every year McCain and her group of dedicated family members and friends have organized and hosted the event at the DenBrae Golf Course in Sanbornton. Including the proceeds of this year's tournament, McCain has raised over $40,000 benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. McCain's impressive efforts even earned her recognition in 2011 from the Alzheimer's Association for the Myer Saxe Award, which highlights in individual who has made an outstanding financial contribution to the mission through personal actions.

"Deidre is amazing with her earnestness and commitment," said Becky Coliandris, Development Officer for the Alzheimer's Association New Hampshire Office. "We are thrilled not only with the significant amount of money she has raised throughout the years, but also with the fact that she is increasing public awareness for this most challenging disease."

More than 22,000 people in New Hampshire have Alzheimer's disease; more than 5 million are affected in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer's Association.

For information on Alzheimer programs, support groups and community resources in New Hampshire, call 603-606-6590 or visit www.alz.org/MANH.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:23

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