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Vogel to give loon update at group’s annual meeting set for Aug. 21

MOULTONBOROUGH — Loon Preservation Committee Senior Biologist and Director Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire's loon population and preliminary
statistics on how loons fared in the state over the last year on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Loon Center on Lee's Mills Road.

The program will also feature a slide show by nature photographer John Rockwood, showcasing the loons on Lake Massabesic.

The Loon Preservation Committee Annual Meeting will precede these talks.

Vogel's presentation will be the last in the series of Summer Nature Talks at the Loon Center.

Those who want more information may call the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:29

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Bereavement support groups being offered in 2 locations in Sept.

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering seven-week bereavement support groups in two locations beginning in September. One group will meet in Laconia on Tuesdays and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Thursdays. Each group consists of a series of 1 1/2 hour meetings.

These session are designed to give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads we all share when going through grief.

Pre-registration is required. The support group is offered free of charge. To register for the group or for more information, call or email James Miller, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 603-524-8444 x 2390 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:23

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Appraisal event to benefit Year-Round Library


GILMANTON -- Two antiques appraisers will be giving verbal appraisals on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in a fund-raiser to benefit the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.

Library doors will open at 12:15 p.m. for this event. The Year-Round Library is located on Route 140 across from the Gilmanton School.

Caroline French, an appraiser for more than 40 years, is generously donating her expertise and time. French is a member of the NH Antiques Dealers Association, NE Appraisers Association, Made in New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke, Currier Museum and a life member of the NH Historical Society. For 12 years French was owner of the Parker-French Antique Center in Northwood, one of the oldest group shops in New Hampshire.

French has donated her time and talent to support many libraries in New England. When asked about her generosity, she said: "I love libraries. My mother was a Librarian at Phillips Exeter and I have a Masters in Library Science that I used as a school librarian for several years in Durham. I volunteer on Monday mornings in Rollingsford Public Library."

The second appraiser for this Appraisal Day is Devin Moisan, a local auctioneer. Moisan has had extensive experience in appraising antiques and personal estates.

Both French and Moisan have complementary knowledge in the field of antiques.

Participants will be given a numbered ticket to sort out the order of appraisals. There's a limit of three items ($5 per item) for the first round of appraisals. But people may bring more items to be appraised after everyone else has had their three items evaluated. Photos of items too large to be brought can be used.

Appraisal Day hours may extend beyond 3 p.m. depending on the number of items presented. A silent auction is also planned during this event.

For more information contact Carolyn Dickey, 267-6098 or Linda Clarke, 267-8428.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:18

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‘Talley’s Folly’ caps off Winni Playhouse’s summer season

MEREDITH -- The Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy "Talley's Folly" will cap off the Winnipesaukee Playhouse's summer season, with performances starting Aug. 20 and running through Aug. 30.

"Talley's Foley" is the story of two unlikely sweethearts in rural Missouri during World War II.

The Playhouse's production is directed by New York-based actress and director Marta Rainer, and features Toby Miller as Jewish immigrant, Matt Friedman, who arrives at the Talley household to woo the reclusive Sally Talley (played by newcomer Molly Parker-Myers). Matt is eager to rekindle an old relationship, but Sally's past disappointments make her uncomfortable with love and afraid of commitment.

"Talley's Folly" is recommended for ages 14 and above. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Thursday, Aug. 21, and Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's 2014 summer season is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire, with additional support provided by AutoServ, Lakes Region Fence and The Laconia Daily Sun.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21; "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26; and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance question and answer session with cast on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:11

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