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‘Love’s Attraction’ author at Bayswater on August 1

CENTER HARBOR — Novelist and art historian David Adams Cleveland will be at Bayswater Book Store on Friday, August 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign copies of his second novel, ''Love's Attraction.''

The romantic novel, described by reviewer Evan Tomas as "an intelligent reader's page turner," opens with a beginning in Venice  and then moves to Massachusetts, and mostly to the city of Lowell, and  traces the attempts of  Michael Collins, who was a scholarship student at an elite New England prep schoo in the 1960s, to unravel the apparent suicide of his one-time love interest Sandra Palmer, a member of a wealthy family with deep ties to the art world of Venice.

On the run from a political scandal, Collins hides out in Concord, posing as a Thoreau scholar. He becomes obsessed with Sandra's sudden, gruesome death and the possibility that he may be a father. He discovers a connection between his grandfather, an Italian gravestone sculptor, and Sandra's grandfather, a famous artist. Then Sandra shows up in town—or is it her twin sister, Angela?

Moving between Concord and Venice, Michael chases Angela (or Sandra?) and uncovers the secretive history of the twins' grandmother, Sandra, and Angela.

Celeveland's first novel, a Gemlike Flame, drew wide praise for its evocation of Venice and the hunt for a lost masterpiece by Raphael. His most recent art history book, A History of American Tonalism, won the Silver Medal in Art History in the Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and Outstanding Academic Title 2011 from the American Library Association; it was the best selling American art history book in 2011 and 2012.

He and his wife live in New York where he works as an art advisor with his son, Carter Cleveland, founder of Artsy.net, the new internet site making all the world's art accessible to anyone with an internet connection.


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Moultonborough Wildlife Program Wednesday, July 23

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Conservation Commission is sponsoring a program on Wildlife in Moultonborough on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 pm at the Moultonborough Library.
UNH Extension field Specialist, Wendy Scribner, will speak on the types of wildlife in Moultonborough, the habitats they like and how to create or maintain those habitats.

Recently the Conservation Commission completed a report on the Priority Wildlife Habitats in Moultonborough. It describes eight High Priority Wildlife Habitats, species that may be found in them and possible impacts to those areas. The eight priority wildlife areas are Mud Pond/Salmon Meadow Cove, Lees Pond, Halfway Brook, Garland Pond/Berry Pond, Balmoral/Whaleback, Moultonborough Bay, Moultonborough Neck, and Shannon Brook. The report may be found on the Conservation Commission link to the Moultonborough Town website.

One of the goals of the report is to provide information to landowners that will promote the conservation of Wildlife Habitats and Corridors. If you are a resident of one of these eight areas or have an interest in Moultonborough wildlife this program may provide you with information about our wildlife and its habitats. See the link to the Conservation Commission on the town of Moultonborough website http://www.moultonborough.org for more information.

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Annual Hazardous Waste Collection Takes Place on Consecutive Saturdays

MEREDITH — Twenty-four Lakes Region communities have pooled their resources to participate in the annual Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections program to ensure proper and safe disposal of unwanted hazardous products.

On Saturday July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. collections will be held in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith. On Saturday August 2, collections will be held in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents and taxpayers of Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton are eligible and encouraged to bring up to ten gallons or 50 pounds of their household hazardous waste products in for safe disposal with no direct cost to the individual.
Participants should bring their HHW to the collection site that is most convenient to them. Please note: to be assured of disposal, do not wait to come at the last minute; in the rare case that a site fills up or exceeds its budget, the gates may be closed before noon.
When bringing hazardous material to the collection facility, please be advised that the quantity of hazardous waste accepted from each household is limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds. Products should be kept in their original container with the lid tightly secured. If there is a leak in the container, place it in a larger container and add an absorbent substance such as cat litter or paint hardener (available at your local hardware store). To ensure safe transport, products should be placed in a cardboard box in the trunk. Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint, propane tanks, tires, asbestos, and alkaline batteries. Check with your local transfer station or waste hauler for proper disposal of these items.
All participants will be asked to complete a brief survey before proceeding to the drop-off area; those wishing to complete the survey in advance can download a copy at http://www.lakesrpc.org/hhw/HHWSurvey2014c.pdf. Please remain in the vehicle at all times, for safety's sake.
If heading to Laconia's Public Works Garage for drop-off, check out their Swap Table after dropping off your hazardous products. Here participants can pick up an item for reuse that has been verified by a certified chemist. This is a great way of using up hazardous products and diverting them from the waste stream.
For a more comprehensive list of acceptable and non-acceptable items as well as maps and directions to each of the collection sites, visit: http://www.lakesrpc.org/serviceshhw.asp. If you have further questions, call the Lakes Region Planning Commission office at 279-8171.


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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Hosts World-renowned Big Cat Expert

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration on August 9 will feature a very special keynote speaker.- Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz, one of the world's leading big cat experts who has been called 'The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation' by TIME Magazine.

Dr. Rabinowitz is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world's wild cat species. Prior to co-founding Panthera with the organization's Chairman, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan, Rabinowitz served as the Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for almost 30 years.

Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world's first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country's largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region's first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country's first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world's largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley.

He has been profiled in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon, Men's Journal, Newsweek, Outside, Explorer, The Jerusalem Report, and National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and is the subject of an acclaimed PBS/National Geographic television special, "In Search of the Jaguar" and will be featured in the upcoming BBC special "Lost Land of the Tiger" filmed in Bhutan in 2010. He has appeared on the Colbert Report and the NPR Moth Radio Hour. He is also featured in a soon to be released film by acclaimed documentarian, and Holderness resident George Butler. This film, entitled "Tiger, Tiger" was filmed in India and will be released in spring 2015.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Rabinowitz as our keynote this year," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Science Center. "His pioneering work on behalf of our planet's most vulnerable predators is inspiring and his impact and legacy outstanding," added MacLeod. "I can't wait to meet him and hear him speak."

The Science Center's Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration takes place on Saturday August 9 beginning at 5:30 pm in Holderness. The event begins with a brief annual business meeting from 5:30-6:00, then transitions to the Summer Celebration with cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a live auction. Dr. Rabinowitz' presentation will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by a book signing at 8:30.

Members may attend the business meeting free of charge. Tickets for the Summer Celebration featuring Dr. Rabinowitz are $75. Proceeds support both the Science Center and Panthera. There will be a separate program for children 12 and under ($10 per child) with crafts, stories, activities, and food. Ticket reservations can be made online at www.nhnature.org/programs/gala.php, or call 603-968-7194, option 7.

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