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Annual Hazardous Waste Collection Takes Place on Consecutive Saturdays

MEREDITH — Twenty-four Lakes Region communities have pooled their resources to participate in the annual Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections program to ensure proper and safe disposal of unwanted hazardous products.

On Saturday July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. collections will be held in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith. On Saturday August 2, collections will be held in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents and taxpayers of Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton are eligible and encouraged to bring up to ten gallons or 50 pounds of their household hazardous waste products in for safe disposal with no direct cost to the individual.
Participants should bring their HHW to the collection site that is most convenient to them. Please note: to be assured of disposal, do not wait to come at the last minute; in the rare case that a site fills up or exceeds its budget, the gates may be closed before noon.
When bringing hazardous material to the collection facility, please be advised that the quantity of hazardous waste accepted from each household is limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds. Products should be kept in their original container with the lid tightly secured. If there is a leak in the container, place it in a larger container and add an absorbent substance such as cat litter or paint hardener (available at your local hardware store). To ensure safe transport, products should be placed in a cardboard box in the trunk. Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint, propane tanks, tires, asbestos, and alkaline batteries. Check with your local transfer station or waste hauler for proper disposal of these items.
All participants will be asked to complete a brief survey before proceeding to the drop-off area; those wishing to complete the survey in advance can download a copy at http://www.lakesrpc.org/hhw/HHWSurvey2014c.pdf. Please remain in the vehicle at all times, for safety's sake.
If heading to Laconia's Public Works Garage for drop-off, check out their Swap Table after dropping off your hazardous products. Here participants can pick up an item for reuse that has been verified by a certified chemist. This is a great way of using up hazardous products and diverting them from the waste stream.
For a more comprehensive list of acceptable and non-acceptable items as well as maps and directions to each of the collection sites, visit: http://www.lakesrpc.org/serviceshhw.asp. If you have further questions, call the Lakes Region Planning Commission office at 279-8171.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:00

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Hosts World-renowned Big Cat Expert

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration on August 9 will feature a very special keynote speaker.- Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz, one of the world's leading big cat experts who has been called 'The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation' by TIME Magazine.

Dr. Rabinowitz is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world's wild cat species. Prior to co-founding Panthera with the organization's Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.

Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world's first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country's largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region's first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country's first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world's largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley.

He has been profiled in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon, Men's Journal, Newsweek, Outside, Explorer, The Jerusalem Report, and National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is the subject of an acclaimed PBS/National Geographic television special, "In Search of the Jaguar" and will be featured in the upcoming BBC special "Lost Land of the Tiger" filmed in Bhutan in 2010. He has appeared on the Colbert Report and the NPR Moth Radio Hour. He is also featured in a soon to be released film by acclaimed documentarian, and Holderness resident George Butler. This film, entitled "Tiger, Tiger" was filmed in India and will be released in spring 2015.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Rabinowitz as our keynote this year," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Science Center. "His pioneering work on behalf of our planet's most vulnerable predators is inspiring and his impact and legacy outstanding," added MacLeod. "I can't wait to meet him and hear him speak."

The Science Center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration takes place on Saturday August 9 beginning at 5:30 pm in Holderness. The event begins with a brief annual business meeting from 5:30-6:00, then transitions to the Summer Celebration with cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a live auction. Dr. Rabinowitz' presentation will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by a book signing at 8:30.

Members may attend the business meeting free of charge. Tickets for the Summer Celebration featuring Dr. Rabinowitz are $75. Proceeds support both the Science Center and Panthera. There will be a separate program for children 12 and under ($10 per child) with crafts, stories, activities, and food. Ticket reservations can be made online at www.nhnature.org/programs/gala.php, or call 603-968-7194, option 7.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:47

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Bearcamp Valley Garden Club to participate in annual Artisans on the Green

SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club is participating again this year in the annual Artisans on the Green in Center Sandwich on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The garden club booth will have hens and chickens, dahlias grown by club members, unique flower arrangements, flower arranging demonstrations, cut flowers available by the stem, perennials, terrariums, African violets planted in tea cups, information about invasive species, Botanical photo note cards. The club's Master Gardener Wizard will be available to answer gardening questions.

Artisans on the Green was started 30 years ago as an art show involving local watercolor, oil etc. painters sponsored by the Sandwich Home Industries, (SHI), as part of its community educational outreach. This year's event is scheduled on the Thursday of the town's Old Home Week. In 2009, SHI extended invitations to a much broader variety of artisans to include all manner of craft and art mediums.

Peter Van Winkle, President of SHI, indicated that every artisan is instructed to provide demonstrations and is some cases hands on instruction. A "fine arts village" will be set up on the annex green next to the main green. Several tents will be set up showcasing two dimensional art, (paintings, watercolor, drawings etc). There will be a hospitality tent where the artists will be available to anyone interesting in learning more about their work.

The event, which is held rain or shine, has become the largest art and craft educational festival in the Lakes region and SHI is delighted to announce that their official sponsor is Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The event has free admission, ample and free parking and the Women's Club of Sandwich serves luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:24

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Caricatures drawn at the Laconia Outdoor Marketplace today

LACONIA — Have you ever wondered what a Larry Frate's caricature of you would look like? Find out on this afternoon when Larry will be in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Main Street Outdoor Marketplace from 4-6 pm.

Make a donation to the Veggie Round-up Project for the Farmers' Market Coupon program, and Larry will do your caricature. "When Larry suggested he could do caricatures at the market as a way to help raise funds for the Veggie Round-up project, we thought it was a great idea. Any size donation will be gratefully received, and used to help young families in our community have greater access to the wonderful fresh food produced by our local farmers", said Karen Barker, coordinator of the Lakes Region Food Network.

The Lakes Region Food Network is a grassroots organization concerned with food access, food security, and the food economy in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. To learn more, visit www.lrfn.org or contact Karen Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:21

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