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Major Thanksgiving Gifts for Mt. Major Conservation


ALTON — An effort to protect access to Mt. Major, one of New Hampshire's best-loved hiking destinations, got a Thanksgiving boost last week of two donations totaling $50,000 that will help the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests and its partners to buy and protect 950 acres of land.

An anonymous family foundation gave $30,000, and the N.H. Conservation License Plate ("moose plate") Program granted $20,000 to the Everybody Hikes Mt. Major Campaign, a joint effort of the Forest Society and Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT).

The foundation's gift results from strong ties to the area. "This family has been hiking in New Hampshire for generations, and they are very familiar with the Belknap Range and Mt. Major trails. They also understand how much trail maintenance is needed for this popular hiking area, and that it is dependent on our ability to acquire ownership of the properties and trails," said Martha Twombly, development specialist with the Forest Society.

The N.H. Conservation License Plate ("moose plate") program supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, including scenic lands, historic sites and artifacts, and plants and wildlife. Grants are awarded annually.

"When you pass someone with the New Hampshire moose license plate on their car or truck, give them a wave and a 'thank you' for supporting land conservation and cultural heritage around the state," Twombly said.

The Forest Society and LRCT have raised $917,000 of the $1.8 million goal to purchase and protect four properties – three on or near Mt. Major in Alton and one on Piper Mountain in Gilford. Momentum has been strong throughout the campaign and is getting stronger.

"With year-end just over a month away, the momentum seems to really be picking up," said Susanne Kibler-Hacker, vice president of development for the Forest Society. "With more than 1,200 donations so far, there's no question that Mt. Major is a popular destination."

The large number of individual donations is thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers from the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition who have taken turns handing out brochures and talking to hikers at the Mt. Major trailhead for the past several months.

Four large anonymous donations have been given to the LRCT for the campaign recently as well.

"We're getting letters and calls daily," said Don Berry, LRCT president. "We hear from people who have been hiking throughout the Belknaps for decades and would like to make it possible for generations to come to do the same."

Donations may be made online at forestsociety.org or lrct.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:35

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Gilmanton Thrift Shop Holding Holiday Sale

GILMANTON — The holidays are here and the Gilmanton Community Church Thrift Shop is having a 50% off sale just in time for holiday shopping.

From now through December 21 anything in the store with a red or green barb is half off. The church also sponsors an Adopt-a-Child Program. One could either adopt an entire family and purchase gifts, toys and clothing for that family, or adopt one child and buy gifts, toys and clothing. Many people prefer to just buy one gift for a child and that is also an option.

Those who wish to participate can contact Beth Lavin @ 267-1934 or Jane Sisti @ 364-7437. For those who prefer to buy just one gift, tags indicating a specific toy or article of clothing are available at the Thrift Shop or the Gilmanton Elementary School. Along with this program the donations of wrapping paper and bows are appreciated.
The Thrift Shop will be providing Christmas baskets and some of the special things still being collecting are peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, tuna, mayonnaise, cereal, juice, pineapple, sugar, and coffee.
Winter hours are Wednesdays 3–7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parking is available in the Gilmanton Iron Works Church parking lot. Volunteers are needed and welcome.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:30

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Gilford Methodist Church Hosting Living Nativity on December 15

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church of Gilford is pleased to announce that there will be a Living Nativity at the church on December 15 at 2 p.m.
The Methodist Church has been a large part of the annual Live Nativity for many years in Gilford Village, but due to the issues surrounding safe places for the animals during the Nativity, and parking for the trailers as well as those who come to the program, the church decided to have the Living Nativity at their church at 18 Wesley Way (off Rt. 11A near the 3/11 by-pass) in Gilford.
Kathy Salanitro will be bringing a team of oxen to participate, and Jeff and Joyce Keyser will bring Eeyore the donkey and some sheep from Ramblin' Vewe Sheep Farm to help in the Nativity. After the program everyone will be able to see the animals up close and learn a bit about them.
Any children wishing to participate as shepherds or angels are welcomed to join the presentation. Adults who would like to participate are also welcomed. Just let the church office know at 524-3289 so that a costume will be ready, then be at the church at 1:45 for dressing. There are no lines to learn.
This program celebrates the true meaning of Christmas with the portrayal and reading of the Nativity story and the singing of favorite Christmas carols. Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in this wonderful celebration The program normally goes only 20 -30 minutes. Following the program, everyone is welcomed into the church to warm up and have some hot cider and cookies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:27

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Belmont High School: Strikes up the Band this Holiday Season

BELMONT — Dressed in red band jackets and Santa hats, Belmont and Canterbury students have been marching throughout Central New Hampshire performing at parades, festivals and a cabaret this festive season. Directed by Lauren Fountain, the Belmont High School Band stepped off in Concord and then took part in the Downtown Laconia Parade on Saturday, November 30 and the fourth Deck the Village festival in Belmont on Sunday, December 1 at the historic Bandstand.

Also on the slate are appearances at the Franklin Opera House Tree festival on December 6 and Plymouth Parade of December 7. "And just like the song said, we're delighted to be home for the holidays with a seasonal cabaret and our traditional holiday concert," said Mrs. Fountain, Shaker School District faculty member.

Doors open for the December 5 Belmont High School cabaret at 6 p.m. and the event is a fundraiser for band and music programs, with $5 tickets available performance night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a batch of cookies with their recipe to share, in exchange for a raffle ticket. Entertainers include Grade 7/8 and Belmont High School students.

Last Band presentation for the year is at Belmont High School on December 18 at 7 p.m.  All parents, family members and community residents are invited to enjoy festive sounds of the season. In partnership with the Belmont Heritage Commission and John M. Sargent Fund, the Belmont Village Bandstand performance, also featuring the Belmont Elementary School Vocal Ensemble and Dickens Carolers of "Just Love to Sing!" was filmed and cablecast by Lakes Region Public Access, LRPA-TV.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:17

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