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Elks Mania Has $15,000 Fundraising Goal

GILFORD — Laconia Elks #876 will be holding its second annual Elk Mania event to help raise funds for the WLNH Children's Auction. In 2012 it raised $10,687. This year's goal is $15,000.
Elk Mania is on Saturday November 23, at the Laconia Elks Lodge in Gilford. The one day event runs from noontime until midnight. Each team that participates consists of 12 team members and mans a bar stool for 12 hours.

There are currently have 12 teams, 4 more than 2012 and the  Elks still has room for 6 more teams. If anyone is interested,  contact Deidre at 603-520-7705 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Those who would like to make a personal donation to the event may also contact Deidre.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:09

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Club's History and Heritage Reviewed at Pemi Fish and Game Club Fall Pot Luck Dinner

HOLDERNESS — The annual fall pot luck dinner of the Pemigewasset Valley Fish and Game Club was held at the clubhouse at 295 Beede Road in Holderness on Friday, October 25. Members and guests were treated to a variety of delicious dishes and desserts donated by many of those attending.

Following the dinner a discussion of the club's history and heritage was given by Fred Allen. Fred has been a club member since April, 1965, was club president for 14 years (1995 – 2009) and has been on the Board of Directors for over 22 years.

The Pemigewasset Valley Fish & Game Club boasts a proud history which began in 1941. Due to the persistent efforts of Rosco Whitcomb a meeting was held in March 1941 at the Firemen's Hall in Ashland for the purpose of organizing a fish and game club in the local area.
In 1950 the club purchased 330 acres off Beede Road in Holderness. In 1951 the original 200 yard shooting range was constructed and in 1952 the 40 x 80 foot, two story club house was built under the guidance of club president Win Staples. The club held monthly meetings at the clubhouse spring through fall and met elsewhere including at the Ashland schools in the winter months.

Notable milestones include the club being recognized by the National Rifle Association as one of twenty clubs in the nation to receive the President's Award in 1997 and in 2001 the Most Improved Club of the Year recognition was awarded to the Pemigewasset Valley Fish and Game Club. The club has been an affiliate member of the NRA for around seventy years.

The club has given full scholarships for two or more youth to the state conservation camp (now known as the Barry Conservation Camp) since the mid-'50's.

A high-power shooting team has competed in the NH High Power Rifle League since the '70's and 3-D archery programs were started in 1974. The IBO (International Bowhunters Organization) sanctioned NH 3-D Archery Championship has been held  the past fifteen years. The shooting sport of Silhouette Matches wherein steel plates are knocked over with shots at 40 to 200 yards was initiated under the direction of John Bartlett and David Hall in 2006 and in 2007 IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) matches were organized by Bob Klimm.  In March of each year the St Patties Day match, 40 shots offhand at 100 yards with any center fire rifle, is held under the direction of Mike Brown

Cowboy action shooting matches were first offered in the summer of 1997. The first Pemi CAS (Cowboy Action Shooting) State Championship sanctioned by SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) was held in July of 2000 and hosted several times since.

In 2007 the first Biathlon matches were held and now several matches a year are presented matching shooting with sessions on snowshoes or cross country skiing in the winter and run, walk, or wheelchair or mountain bikes in the summer.  An 11 year old shooter, Sean Doherty, who had never before pulled a trigger, participated in the first very summer biathlon at the Pemi and is now on a fast track for Olympic competition.

The downstairs of the clubhouse was "finished" in 1994 and indoor archery facilities opened that fall. In 1998 the club became affiliated with the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.

Since the '50's the club has hosted many scout and church youth camporees yearly, both summer and winter events. Some of these include shooting safety clinics. Several women's shooting clinics, youth clinics and training, pistol and trap clinics, and .22 pistol and rifle matches are scheduled yearly. The club also hosts Venture Crew 58 with a rifle team for boys and girls age 14 – 20. The Crew shoots Thursday evenings, indoors in the winter and on the outdoor ranges in the warmer months. The yearly New Day's Trap Shoot is a big deal to start off the year with a big bang.

In 2001 a grant was awarded to the club by the NH Fish and Game Department in its Small Grants program to cover the cost of developing a Forest Stewardship Plan to guide the use of the 330 acres with a balance for the best use to include forestry, recreation, and wildlife habitat. Grants from the NHF&G have also resulted in several small crab apple plantations on the grounds providing wildlife with winter nutrition.

The club has provided a fundraising committee for the NRA Foundation since 1999. The fundraisers, known as a Friends of NRA Dinner and Fundraiser, has draise 2/3 of a million dollars in NH in grants for the shooting sports.

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Retired Educators will hear Science Center Director

HOLDERNESS — The Lakes Region Retired Educators' Association's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, at Walter's Basin on Rte 3 in Holderness.
Educators will gather at 11 a.m., for the meeting, followed by the luncheon and raffle. The cost of the luncheon will be $15 (includes tax and tip) and participants will be ordering off the menu. Make a reservation by calling Cathy Crane at 530-2113; Jan Panagoulis at 536-3349 or Evelyn Morse at 524-4062.

The program will be provided by Iain Macleod, executive director of the Squam Lakes Science Center. He will be presenting his research and project on the osprey in our area. He has been studying the osprey for 30 years, first in his native Scotland and now in New Hampshire. Iain has been monitoring the growing population of osprey in the NH Lakes Region since 1997. He has been attaching transmitters to the osprey to follow their migration to South America and back.

We will also have a raffle table of donated homemade items and gift certificates from members of LRRE.

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MB Tractor & Equipment Signs On as Presenting Sponsor of the 10th Annual Red Dress Gala

LACONIA — For the fifth year in a row, MB Tractor & Equipment has signed-on as the $10,000 Presenting Sponsor of the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala.

Held each year during American Heart Month this signature event will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014, returning to Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, where the first gala was held ten years ago. Proceeds from the Red Dress Gala support cardiac services and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our local EMS partners.

The theme of this year's event is A Toast to Ten Years. This elegant evening will feature a delicious meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live & silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks.

The Red Dress Gala offers great sponsorship opportunities. With over 300 guests participating businesses will receive excellent exposure and marketing benefits. There are opportunities for every budget --from advertising in the program booklet, to donating to the auction, to high-level sponsorships.

MB Tractor joins Cocktail Reception Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors, DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc., FairPoint Communications, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, Lovering Volvo, and Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Bronze Sponsors Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, and Meredith Village Savings Bank.; and Corporate Sponsor Holbrook Insurance Center, Inc. Major event supporters include Binnie Media, Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, 5 Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, MW Animation & Video, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey.

Contact the Office of Philanthropy to learn about sponsorship opportunities, or to receive an invitation to the gala, to be mailed in December contact 527-7063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:51

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