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Belknap County Extension looking for master gardeners

LACONIA — Belknap County Extension is looking for volunteers to share their gardening knowledge and experience with Belknap County residents in the Extension's Master Gardener program.

Current Master Gardener projects include working with schools to create gardens, developing a demonstration garden to share with the public, providing garden workshops in the winter and spring months, and working with local municipalities in identifying invasive plants. Volunteers who are interested in public speaking are especially needed this year to provide educational workshops to libraries, garden clubs, and other community groups.

Prerequisites for becoming a Master Gardener are a demonstrated personal commitment to volunteerism, a passion for gardening, and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others. Volunteers will be required to undergo 13 weeks of training in a combination of classroom and outdoor activities. Instructors provide an overview of major horticulture subjects, environmentally sound gardening practices, food safety, and issues affecting New Hampshire residents and homeowners.

Students are also introduced to the practical aspects of becoming a volunteer Extension Educator: risk management, project management, public speaking, communications, team dynamics, computer skills and problem solving. The cost of this training is $250, and class size is limited. Training will begin Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Concord. Scholarships are available. Classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday through Dec. 9.

Graduates of the training will then be required to complete 55 hours of volunteer service in their communities, and with other Belknap County Master Gardeners in order to attain Master Gardener status.

Application must be submitted by July 15. For more information and an application, go to www.extension.unh.edu/master-gardeners. Questions can be sent to Marcy Stanton, state coordinator of the Master Gardener program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Kelly McAdam, Belknap County coordinator at 527-5475.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:22

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Sanbornton Library to host talk on biggest trees in N.H.

SANBORNTON -- The author of a book about the largest trees in New Hampshire will give a talk on the topic on Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. in the Sanbornton Library.

Kevin Martin will be showing and discussing these trees as described in his new book "Big Trees of New Hampshire." Martin will explain how he got involved with finding the trees, how lumber from similar trees is used in his boatbuilding work, and how wildlife will use these impressive parts of our landscape.

The discussion will cover trees on public land in all parts of the state and where they are located and how the curious can go see them for themselves. City tours of Portsmouth, Nashua and Concord will also described.

Books will be available after the presentation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:18

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Lakes Region Community College Holds Registration Day


LACONIA  — More than 100 registered for their fall 2014 classes during Registration Day at Lakes Region Community College.

Among those taking part were Bruce Thibeault Jr., of Gilmanton Iron Works, and Brielle Moore of Belmont.

Thibeault is a new Accounting major and works with his father painting houses in Bruce Thibeault Painting. Moore is entering her second year of studies at LRCC, beginning as a Business Management major in the fall having been a Liberal Arts major last year.

"Starting off in a large group of unfamiliar people, LRCC faculty and staff are quick to make everyone of all ages feel welcome and ready to start their fall semester," says Thibeault. "This comfortable feeling is a harbinger of good things to come. I am excited to start my fall semester in the Accounting program and to be working with professors Carlene Rose and Max Brown."

"I came today as a LRCC Student Ambassador and chose to join the Business Management group and decide on classes for the fall even though I had not planned to do so," says Moore. "Attending LRCC, I have found that the staff is accommodating and caters to every need no matter how spontaneous it may be. I am very thankful to have met the new students as well as the business professors."

Thibeault plans to transfer to a four-year college or university upon completion of his LRCC Associate Degree. Entrepreneurship is anticipated utilizing knowledge gained in his education.

Moore plans to finish at LRCC and transfer to a South Carolina college or university for her Bachelor's Degree in business. The warmth is a significant attraction to Moore as is the culture.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:15

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PMHS student wins McDonald's scholarship

ALTON — Prospect Mountain High School senior and McDonald's shift manager Anthony Krivitsky was recently awarded a $2,500 McDonald's National Employee Scholarship Award.

Krivitsky is among several McDonald's restaurant employees nationwide selected to receive this honor for his outstanding employee contributions, scholastic achievements and community involvement.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:12

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