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Loons Have Started Nesting Throughout the State


MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) recorded its first pair of nesting loons this year on Bolster Pond on May 12. Since then 40 more loon pairs have begun to incubate eggs.

In 2013, Loon Preservation Committee biologists recorded 180 pairs of nesting loons, a decrease of 8 pairs from the previous year. Thirty-six of those pairs nested on rafts—artificial islands that LPC floats to help loons cope with water level fluctuations or being displaced from natural sites by shoreline development or recreational activity on the lakes.

Of the 180 nesting pairs, seventy-seven were protected by signs and ropelines. Even with this level of management, LPC biologists recorded 98 failed nests, many of them due to human disturbance. Studies indicate that a minimum breeding success rate of 0.48 surviving chicks per loon pair is needed to maintain the loon population over the long term, but New Hampshire's loons have achieved that level of breeding success in only two out of the last eight years.

The peak of hatch of loon chicks generally occurs around the 4th of July holiday and loon pairs are vulnerable to disturbance as human activities on the lakes increase. A couple of simple precautions can help ensure a good year for loons in New Hampshire:
• Stay back at least 150 feet from a nesting loon, or more, if the loon shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over a nest. Loons may even appear to be injured or dead while in this head-down position, but it is simply a response to the close approach of people.
• If you do inadvertently cause a loon to flush from the nest, leave the area immediately to let the loon return to incubate its eggs. Time off the nest leaves the eggs vulnerable to cooling, overheating, or predation.

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including flushing loons from nests. If you observe harassment of loons, you may contact New Hampshire Fish & Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.

The Loon Preservation Committee monitors loons throughout the state as part of its mission to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in 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 natural world.
To learn more about loons in New Hampshire, visit the Loon Preservation Committee on the web at www.loon.org or call the Loon Preservation Committee at (603) 476-LOON (5666).

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:40

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Opechee Garden Club Marks 75th Anniversary

GILFORD — The Bryant sisters, Marilyn Bryant and Betty Goss, were much honored guests at the Opechee Garden Club 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 2 at the Gilford Community Church.

It was 75 years ago that their mother, Thelma Bryant, living on Belvidere Street in Lakeport, founded the Opechee Garden Club in 1939 and served as the first president and in the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs. Thelma was a very active person until her death at age 100. Her club is now one of the oldest in New Hampshire, still very active and membership continues to grow.

Co-Presidents Judy Robertson and Sandy Gove welcomed many members attending the annual meeting and luncheon hosted by the Executive Committee. Rev. Michael Graham followed with an invocation. Gove compiled a 75 year history highlighting the club's activities - from "A seed is planted....June 5, 1939" to "Flower Power 2010 ....2014!" Mary Lou John, who was celebrated for her artistic contributions over many years, especially her water color paintings, provided the illustrations for the booklet.

Local fine cuisine artist, Christine Richer, served her creation of crudités – fruits and vegetables, cheeses and dips and crusty baguette bread to diners at beautifully set tables with floral arrangements by individual board members.

Guest Chef Paul Split, a nationally recognized horticultural consultant, lectured on the use of herbs and their important role in diets and as natural insecticides and nutrients when planted in flower beds. As he prepared the buffet meal before them using herbs, fruits, vegetables, oils and vinegars, he incorporated them into a variety of vinaigrettes, marinades, infusions, herbed butter and a 20-minute tomato sauce with pasta and a fresh garden salad.

The club received a commendation from Governor Maggie Hassan, celebrating their many contributions to the greater Lakes Region community. Awards received from the NH Federation of Garden Clubs were Recognition of OGC's 75th Anniversary, GROW award for increased membership, first place for the OGC scrapbook and the Silver Seal Citation to Eleanor Brouillard for her many years of service to OGC.

Past presidents who attended the meeting - Jo Connelly, Beverly Martin, Joyce McMath, Audris Clark and Carmel Lancia - along with 15 members having 25 or more years of membership were acknowledged. Trudy Hastings holds the present record for longest serving member.

The newest award for exemplary service, the Orchid Award, which is a tulip-shaped crystal vase created by Pepi Herrmann, was presented to Jo Connelly, who reinstated the club's garden tour and remains active on many levels. It will be passed on from recipient to recipient each year.

New officers elected are Co-Presidents Judy Robertson and Doreen Worthley; Vice President Carol Block; Recording Secretary Donna Vernon; Correspondence Secretary Rachel Achber; and Treasurer Suzanne Perley.

Outgoing board members - Eleanor Brouillard, Annette Hutchins, Gladys McCaughey, Jean Vaillancourt – were thanked and new directors, Helen Murphy, Louise Osburn, Jane Rollins, Marge Dyer, Sandy Hickok and past President Sandy Gove, were installed. Standing Committees are led by Debbie Cotton, Auditor; Barbara Sargent, Civic Gardens; Suzanne Perley, Federation Representative and Scholarships and Awards; Simone Routhier, Parliamentarian; Joan Stephenson and Diane Beaman, Photography; Dorothy Duffy, Local Publicity; and Marge Dyer and Linda Belcher, Scrapbook.

Members are invited to participate in three events:

*A trip to the Fells, Tuesday, June 17, 9 a.m. bus departs Belknap Mall/Big Lots and to return at 3-3:30 p.m. $15. Bring lunch. Call 731-9810;

*NH State Flower Show at McAuliffe-Sheppard Discovery Center, Concord on Friday, June 20, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. See Jane at OGC horticulture table;

*Tour OGC's civic gardens on Tuesday, July 15, 1- 4 p.m. at Belknap County Courthouse, Laconia Post Office, Laconia Public Library, Prescott Farm Butterfly Garden on White Oaks Road, Gilford Roe House and WOW Trail, Elm Street entrance in Lakeport

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:32

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Gardens Abound on this year's House and Garden Tour

MOULTONBOROUGH— Friends of the Moultonborough Library President, Jane Harrington and Vice President Sheery Weene are working diligently with a tireless team of volunteers to organize this year's thirteenth House and Garden Tour. The eagerly awaited June 26 event is the major fund raiser for the Friends and benefits the Moultonborough Library.

Tour Tickets are $35 may be purchased at the Moultonborough Library or Bayswater Books in Center Harbor.
New to the House Tour this year is the addition of two lovely lakeside gardens for visitors to enjoy. The first is a natural garden of many woodland delights with a spectacular view of Lake Winnipesaukee as a backdrop. This garden has areas of sun and shade with a variety of perennial plants to suit each. A shady woodland border has been created with many transplanted shrubs and perennials.
The second garden is truly a work in progress and a total labor of love. Many of the "antique" heirloom plants have been passed down through the family. Some of the Peonies came from family farms as far away as Michigan and western New York while additional Peonies as well as the Coral Bells came from family gardens as near as Sugar Hill. These gardeners are fortunate to have a long, sunny fence line leading down to the lake—a perfect location for the garden. Approximately 14 dozen annuals are planted in the garden each year to add color throughout the summer and fall.

At two homes on this year's tour, raffle tickets will be for sale for prizes generously donated by over thirty local merchants. Bring along address labels to attach to your raffle tickets to simplify your raffle ticket purchase. Tickets are 3 for $10 or single tickets may be purchased for $5. Winners will receive their prizes by mail.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:22

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Back Bay Skippers Prep for annual Sasquatch Footy Regatta

WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum's Back Bay Skippers will hold their Sasquatch Footy Regatta rain or shine Saturday, June 14 beginning at 10 a.m. on Back Bay in Wolfeboro.

Directed by Bill Hagerup of Moultonborough, the Regatta is open to all boats of the Footy Class. Although membership in the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) is encouraged, it is not a requirement of this particular competition. It is anticipated that racers from throughout New England will be competing and that the race will continue until approximately 3 p.m.

This fun event is free for the public to watch along the Bridge-Falls Path in Wolfeboro. Spectators will be able to watch the competitors as they move their sails and rudders by remote control, trying to catch the wind for completion of the course.

In his article for the Summer 2008 issue of Model Yachting, Sasquatch race director Bill Hagerup describes Footys as the world's smallest, sanctioned, radio-controlled model yachts. "But don't let the diminutive size fool you," he adds. "These cute little boats are serious. They perform amazingly well for their size and can be sailed in just about any wind conditions." He recommends them for beginners since "they're inexpensive to build, can be easily transported when fully rigged, and can be sailed on small ponds -- even in your swimming pool!"

Anyone wanting additional information about the race can contact either the New Hampshire Boat Museum at 569-4554 or Bill Hagerup at either 603-284-6642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:03

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