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Edible, medicinal plants programs scheduled at the Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH — In the natural world, we are surrounded by species of plant and fungi (including lichen) that have been used as food and medicine by those who walked these lands before us, and continue to be used by the modern forager for their potent nutritive and medicinal compounds.
There will be two programs next month at The Castle in the Clouds in which participants will explore, learn, study and harvest many of these species through guided excursions.
On Monday July 14, The Castle in the Clouds is hosting a Walk and Talk with professional foraging instructor, herbalist and nursing student, Andrea Marshall. The walk will begin at the Carriage house at 10 a.m. During this walk and talk, we will explore the abundant fields and forests. Focus will be given to sustainable harvesting techniques, ecological awareness, plant ID, safety, history and modern biochemistry. Participants will gather specimens and following the walk participants will have the opportunity to sit in the shade and learn about study and preparation techniques. The cost is $8 per person, Free for Friends of the Castle. Space is limited. Call the Castle at (603) 476-5900 to reserve a space or for more information.
On Saturday, July 19, Lakes Region Conservation Trust is hosting a guided excursion on the Castle in the Clouds conservation lands. LRCT land stewardship director, David Mallard, and Andrea Marshall will be leading this excursion that will be focused on invasive plant ecology and the sustainable harvesting of wild food and medicine. Grab a big basket (or two) and join us in the ethical wild harvest of culinary Wild Mountain Thyme, Saint Johns Wort, medicinal Yarrow, Staghorn Sumac and more, from the abundant wildflower fields. Participants will then move into the forested area surrounding Shannon Pond where Barberry has filled so much of the land. Barberry is a plant native to the Eurasian continent that is considered invasive to the North East American ecosystems.

We will be digging out as much of this plant as we happily can, and learning how to utilize its anti-microbial and immune enhancing effects safely in the home environment. If the plants have set berries by that time, we will also be gathering those for a delicious anti-oxidant food source. You will go home with lots of nutrient rich plant material to use fresh and preserve, plus a page of recipes to get you started. This educational event is being hosted LRCT and is free. Space is limited. Register by calling (603)-253-3301 or E-Mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:09

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LRGH Auxiliary awards scholarships totaling $7,500 to health-care majors

LACONIA — The Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary recently presented four scholarships totaling $7,500 to students pursuing careers in the healthcare field. These four scholarships were presented to Renee Delaney, Emily Dionne, Jenna Marchione and Kevin Wilcox.

Renee E. Delaney of Laconia is attending Franklin Pierce University in Manchester. She will be attending as a graduate student studying to obtain a Doctorate in physical therapy. She is maintaining a 3.92 GPA. Her educational aspirations are to better understand how the body functions during movement and to treat patients in the most effective way to enable a more beneficial rehabilitation regime. She has worked at LRGH in the Food & Nutrition Services Department since 2009.

Emily A. Dionne of Laconia is attending the University of Rhode Island. She will be a senior in pursuit of a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She is on the Dean's List with a GPA of 3.61. One of her proudest moments was reciting the Oath of a Pharmacist and receiving her white coat. Emily will again work in the pharmacy at LRGHealthcare for the summer months.

Jenna R. Marchione of Laconia is attending Keene State College in pursuit of a nursing degree. She has a GPA of 3.57. Jenna is a member of the LRGHealthcare family as her mother is an employee. Jenna hopes to eventually become a nurse educator.

Kevin W. Wilcox of Gilmanton is attending the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, in pursuit of an associate degree in nursing. His GPA is 3.47. He has a five-year plan to earn a master's degree in nursing. He is presently an employee of LRGHealthcare as a safety LNA.

The LRGH Auxiliary has awarded over $204,000 in scholarship aid to healthcare students in our community since 2000. Scholarship funding is the direct result of the proceeds earned in the hospital Gift Shop.

CAPTION — Standing, from left to right: LRGH Auxiliary President Nancy Paterno; LRGH Auxiliary Scholarship Committee member Bob Dalton; LRGH Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Sheila Sullivan. Sitting, left to right: Scholarship recipients Renee Delaney, Emily Dionne, & Jenna Marchione. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:59

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Laconia Harley-Davidson gives $1,000 to New Beginnings

LACONIA  — Laconia Motorcycle Week is in full swing at Laconia Harley–Davidson, and this year we see a record number of female riders. To honor these strong and empowered women, plus give encouragement and support to women who need help on the road to freedom, Laconia Harley-Davidson has contributed $1,000 to New Beginnings – the local domestic violence Crisis Center here in New Hampshire.

Representatives from New Beginnings were welcomed by Ross Houston, General Manager of Laconia Harley-Davidson, and presented with a $1,000 check to help support their mission. New Beginnings Child and Family Advocate Devan Quinn was onsite to accept our donation and says "We truly hope everyone's time at Motorcycle Week is a great one, but we also want everyone to know what resources are available to them. Whether you are a native to the Lakes Region or just visiting, we are here if you need help."
New Beginnings collaborates and educates to end sexual, domestic and stalking violence, advocates for and empowers individuals in a non-judgmental manner, and works toward social change by promoting an effective community response. Their 24-hour hotline, accompaniment during medical procedures or court appearances and the emergency shelter are just a few services offered to help abused women and children. Services are free and confidential.
In addition to supporting New Beginnings, Laconia Harley-Davidson is contributing to two other local charity organizations during Laconia Motorcycle Week. Two brand new 2015 Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycles are being donated for a charity raffle to benefit the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association and David's House. Raffle tickets are being sold for $10 each at Laconia Harley-Davidson and at the respective charity organization locations through August 23 or until all tickets are sold. Only 3,000 tickets are available and two lucky ticket holders will each win a motorcycle. 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the two charities.



Eliza Phinney, AVAP (Americorp Victim Assistance Program) Member; Ross Houston – Laconia Harley-Davidson General Manager and Kathy Keller, New Beginnings Executive Director. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:49

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Local artist’s works on display at area gallery

MEREDITH — Local artist Rob Caron will show his oil paintings at VynnArt Gallery Thursday through Sunday, June 26-29. A reception and an opportunity to meet Caron will take place on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. . This event is free and open to the public.

Caron, of Meredith, is a self-taught artist. His subject matter is primarily oil paintings of a variety of nature subjects. Many of his paintings are large in size and include beautiful ornate framing. Caron has spent a considerable amount of time in Europe visiting the major art museums where he studied the works of the masters in England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. He is a former member of the Manchester Art Association is currently a member of the Lakes Region Artists Association, and is also an active participant of the Artists Loft group.

VynnArt is located at 30 Main St., in Meredith. For further information go to www.vynnart.com or call (603) 279-0557.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:35

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