New Page Pond Forest loop trails to be introduced at Oct. 17 guided walk

MEREDITH — The Conservation Commission will host a scenic, guided walk along a series of new trail loops at the Page Pond Town Forest on Saturday, Oct. 17. There are no high elevations along the trail — and no long drive to get there. All ages are welcome.

All trails are cared for by the Conservation Commission, with assistance from volunteer townspeople, and they offer a bird's eye view of a vast expanse of marshes, beaver habitats, and diverse outcroppings.

This guided hike will be led by John Sherman and Paul Dillon, who are Conservation Commission members and recent participants in the UNH Cooperative Extension Speaking-for-Wildlife Volunteers Program. They look to provide hikers with knowledge about the environmental beauty of the place while introducing the newly marked trail loop system.

The beaver impact is particularly noticeable on this western side of Page Pond. A number of wetlands have arisen from dams they built which participants will see on this outing. When beavers construct dams, they create new wetlands that can help slow erosion, raise the water table and work as water purification systems. Later, when beavers abandon their lodges and dams, other aquatic plants take over. Soon other shrubs and plants will spring up and the area will become a meadow. When the shrubs begin to provide enough shade, tree seedlings begin to sprout. When the trees grow, they will take over and the land will return to woodlands.

Meet-up is at 10 a.m. at the Blueberry Hill Entrance to Page Pond Town Forest. Directions: take the Meredith Neck Rd., turning left onto Blueberry Hill Rd. at the four corners. The entrance will be on the left and the guides will assist with parking. The two hour walk will end at noon. Please bring water, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

The Meredith Conservation Commission was established as an advisory body by state law. It is the only town body specifically charged with protecting natural resources and provides a focal point within the town for environmental concerns. It meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at the Meredith Community Center at 7 p.m. Like us on Facebook to receive notices about our hikes, work days and other events.


Comedy fundraiser Friday at Pitman's

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host a special comedy event Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. in a show to benefit Laconia Chiefs Youth Football.

The show stars Jim Lauletta (Las Vegas, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, cruise lines and more) as well as Chris Pennie (Foxwoods, Comedy Central, CMTV, Kowloon, Giggles, clubs and colleges) as the main performers. Tickets are $20 for one and $30 for a pair. Seating is limited to 200.
Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance through Rod Roy of Laconia Youth Football.

Lauletta is one of Boston's top comedians and is one of the most popular headliners in New England. Lauletta's television credits include numerous Comedy Central.

Lauletta is also a regular performer in New York, Las Vegas and Atlantic City as well as headlining at the major comedy clubs across the country.

Pitman's is located at 94 New Salem St. in downtown Laconia.


5K run/walk Sun. to benefit local breast cancer programs


TILTON — Final preparations are under way for the the seventh annual Fit for a Cure 5k Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 11, at  8:30 a.m. at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton to benefit local breast cancer programs.

Pre-registration for the event, presented by Under Armour, ends this Thursday, Oct. 8.

Tanger Outlets Tilton in conjunction with Northeast Communications, AutoServ, Belknap Landscape Company, Granite State Credit Union, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Big Cat Coffees, and The Citizen, will host this USA Track & Field certified (NH13018TY) timed 5K (3.1 mile) course.

The first 1,000 registrants will receive a race T-shirt — there are fewer than 500 shirts remaining. All finishers will receive a commemorative participant medal and shopping discounts. Prizes will be awarded to top three male and female winners along with division winners in each age category.

Runners can register at The registration fee through this Thursday is $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years of age. Starting Friday, Oct. 9, the fee is $25.

Organizers said if a business or organization will have 10 or more participants they should contact Tanger Outlet Center General Manager Eric Proulx at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for group discount information.

Tanger's Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk will benefit the LRGHealthcare Celebrate Hope. Celebrate You Fund.


HOPE Auction on Nov. 14 to benefit Moultonborough church


MOULTONBOROUGH — Silent and live auctions will be held at the Lions Club on Saturday, Nov. 14, to benefit the United Methodist Church's outreach programs.

The live auction will begin at 6 p.m. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for preview and food will be available.

More than 200 items will be auctioned in the balloon, silent and live auctions. Any businesses or individuals who have one or more items they are willing to donate to this cause are asked to call Kate and Mike Lancor (476-8409) or call Mike on his cell phone (204-8409).

Those who might be getting ready to move, or just need to downsize are asked to giving auction organizers a call to donate items to this auction.

Arrangements can be made to pick up and store donated items prior to the auction.

The live auction will feature several excellent pieces of furniture already on hand. This will be an "old-fashion live auction" with no buyer's premium and each item going to the highest bidder. Auction items will include gift certificates and gift cards from many local and area businesses and entertainment venues, as well as all types of furniture, household items, antiques and collectibles.

The auction cannot accept used mattresses, used computer and electronic items, used exercise equipment, used appliances (small and large), and  non-flat screen or stadium televisions. All donated items must be in good to excellent condition and must not be in need of repair.

This year's Annual HOPE Auction to benefit MUMC is the 12th auction being conducted by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Auctions, which is dedicated to raising funds for charity organizations. Everyone associated with HOPE Auctions volunteers their time and efforts and every item to be auctioned must be donated.