Dining at Patrick’s Pub Oct. 5-9 will help family recover from accident

GILFORD — A dining-out benefit is being planned to help a local family struggling to pay its bills following a serious accident.

The event to help Michelle Maslanka and her family will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, through Thursday, Oct. 9, at Patrick's Pub and Eatery.

Maslanka and her 6-year-old daughter where involved in a traffic accident on July 22. The daughter was released that evening from the hospital. However, Maslanka is recovering from a broken neck and her colleagues at Awakening Chiropractic in Tilton wanted to help her and her family reduce stress by providing financial assistance to them.

Those who wish to help can do so by dining at Patrick's Oct. 5 through Oct. 9, and telling their server they are there to help the Hook/Maslanka Family. Patrick's will then donate 25 percent of the bill to the family.

Organizers said they are very grateful to Patrick's their support of the effort to help the family.

Meredith Historical Society to hear story of Y Landing Marina

MEREDITH — The story of one of Meredith's oldest marinas will be presented to the Meredith Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7.

David Hamblet, owner of Y Landing Marina, will discuss its history from the 1950's to its busy status today. How did the current name of the marina originate? Has its focus changed through the years? Who frequents this boat yard on Meredith Neck?

It can be said that Dave Hamblet grew up at the Marina. As a boy his family lived next door to Y Landing. While attending local schools he spent teenage summers and weekends working at the Y Landing store, pumping boat gas and learning engine repair. Now with his own children growing up in the area, he continues to lead his marina staff in keeping Winnipesaukee boaters happily enjoying the lake.

Meredith Historical Society is located at 45 Main Street. This presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact 279-2275.

Sen. Bradley honored by Loon Preservation Committee

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee and NH Lakes Association have recognized Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) for his nearly two decades of legislative efforts to protect the Granite State's loons—a threatened species—from toxic lead (Pb) fishing sinkers and jigs (hooks with a lead weight molded around them).

At LPC's Loon Center, LPC and NH LAKES presented Bradley with a loon photo bearing an inscribed plaque recognizing his work in support of Senate Bill 89, sponsored by Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and his own prior bills that paved the way for SB 89's passage last year. SB 89 closes a gap in current state law banning the sale and freshwater use of certain lead sinkers and jigs responsible for almost half (49%) of all NH adult loon deaths. Senator Bradley sponsored the state's earliest legislation attempting to address the lead tackle threat to wildlife in 1994 (HB 1527) and 1998 (HB 1196), and he has been among these iconic birds' most important legislative advocates over the past twenty years.

Senator Bradley said "It has been a pleasure to have worked for many years with the Loon Preservation Committee and the New Hampshire Lakes Association to protect New Hampshire's iconic loons. Passage of SB 89 will prevent unnecessary lead poisoning of loons without adversely impacting anglers in our state."

SB 89 was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan last year and takes effect on June 1, 2016. At that time, the sale and freshwater use of lead sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less will be banned. Since the bill's passage, LPC and NH LAKES have been visiting SB 89's legislative champions to say thank you for their work.

The Loon Preservation Committee ("LPC") was created in 1975 in response to concerns about a dramatically declining loon population and the effects of human activities on loons. LPC's mission is to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons throughout New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the larger natural world.

For over 35 years, the Loon Preservation Committee has undertaken state-wide monitoring, research, management and outreach to preserve loons and their habitats. LPC staff is supported in these efforts by a large grassroots network of over 1,500 members and volunteers.

The New Hampshire Lakes Association ("NH LAKES") is a statewide, member-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy.

Would Mark Twain Rock a Selfie?

MEREDITH — What would America's beloved storyteller and satirist make of the current obsession with internet and, especially, the ubiquitous 'selfie'? Though we'll never know the answer to that, Twain can get the selfie treatment this week prior to his arrival at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse on October 4th and 5th.
The Twain who arrives at the Playhouse will take the form of actor Kurt Sutton who will be performing his show, An Evening with Mark Twain as Presented by Samuel L. Clemens. Sutton travels the country with this show, and, says the San Antionio Express, he's "an able actor, [who] has no trouble convincing us of his character's authenticity. It is a warmhearted family show that older kids and adults alike would appreciate."
The Twain who will be posing for selfies is a life-size dummy which will be installed at Innisfree Bookshop at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith beginning Sunday, September 28th. Anyone who takes a selfie with Twain and posts it to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Facebook page or tweets it @winniplayhouse by Friday, October 3rd, will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to Kurt Sutton's show on either Saturday, October 4th at 7:30pm or Sunday, October 5th at 2pm.
For more information about the show, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.