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Author to speak at Minot-Sleeper Library Sept. 12

BRISTOL — The Literary Circle of Minot-Sleeper Library is pleased to invite the public to a free presentation by author Betsy Woodman on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Woodman is the author of Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes released in 2012 and Love Potion Number 10: A Jana Bibi Adventure released just this August. Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes is set in the 1960's in a small Indian Hill Station in what is now Uttar Pradesh, India. Janet Laird (Jana Bibi), a Scottish woman, inherits her grandfather's house and moves in with her chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly. When the town becomes threatened by a planned government dam, Jana and her new friends scheme to save the village.

In the newest Jana Bibi adventure, Love Potion Number 10, Jana, Mr. Ganguly the loose-beaked parrot, and the rest of the gang are back as their small town in India is baffled by an espionage mystery and a homemade remedy turns everyone's thoughts towards love. Jana's fortunetelling has brought a lot of attention to the small town of Hamara Nagar, and now all eyes are on the Scottish-born card-reader Jana. Some people, though, are not to be trusted, and Mr. Ganguly finds himself at the center of a potential kidnapping that puts Jana and her household on edge. Meanwhile, love is in the air and, thanks to Abinath's Apothecary, it's also in a bottle. Abinath has created Love Potion Number 10 that has Jana asking herself, is a new love possible at age 59?

Betsy Woodman spent ten childhood years in India, studied in France, Zambia and the United States, and now lives in her native New Hampshire. She has contributed nonfiction pieces and several hundred book reviews to various publications, and was a writer and editor for the award winning documentary series, Experiencing War, produced for the Library of Congress and aired on Public Radio International.

For more information about this free event call Rebecca Herr at 744-6526.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:10

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LakeFest + Guinness World Record Attempt Set for Saturday at Weirs Beach

LACONIA — On Saturday, September 7 at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia, LakeFest attendees will attempt to capture a Guinness World Record for New Hampshire.

LakeFest: Hands Across the Water is a family-friendly educational and entertainment event highlighted by a Guinness World Record attempt for largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. The NH Lakes Association (NH LAKES) aims to get 2,000 canoes and kayaks into the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to break the current record of 1,902 boats.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, and the Guinness World Record raft attempt is at approximately 10 a.m. LakeFest attendees will launch from three official sites: Meredith Bay, Akwa Marina, and Endicott Rock Park (the LakeFest event site at Weirs Beach).

Participants interested in paddling from Meredith Bay who need boat rentals can contact EKAL at 603.677.8646. Paddlers who pre-register for rentals at www.nhlakefest.org will pick up their canoe and kayak rentals at Awka Marina in Weirs Beach. Event attendees who have their own canoes and kayaks can take advantage of early bird drop-off and check-in at Endicott Rock Park in Weirs Beach on Friday, September 6 from 12 noon through 7 p.m.

The free on-land Festival opens mid-morning and runs through 4 p.m. at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park.

Online registration to participate in the Guinness World Record attempt is available at www.nhlakefest.org for just $15 per canoe or kayak until August 31; effective September 1 registration is $20 per boat.

Reasonably priced canoe and kayak rental options are available by pre-registering online; reserved boats will be available for pick-up Saturday morning at the Awka Marina launch site in Weirs Beach. All online registrants are automatically entered to win prizes and getaways provided by generous LakeFest supporters.

On land, the public is welcome to enjoy the free Festival that runs morning through 4 p.m. Attendees will hear a lineup of great live music; The O'Brien Clan Band and The Floods will delight listeners. Family-friendly activities include storytelling, LakeFest bingo, kayak limbo, and more. There will be food vendors and educational exhibits, in addition to boats and other watersport gear for sale. Raffle tickets for a brand new 12' Dirigo Old Town kayak with paddle and PFD will be available for just $5 each or 5 for $20 at NH LAKES' tent in the Festival area.

Volunteers are needed to help with LakeFest 2013. Interested volunteers can visit www.nhlakefest.org, select the "volunteer" option during online registration, or call 603.226.0299. All volunteers receive free LakeFest registration.

Through its Lake Host program, NH LAKES has spent the past 12 years inspecting watercraft for plant fragments at boat ramps around the state. With aquatic nuisance species like Asian clams and zebra muscles threatening to invade our waters, NH LAKES needs the public's help.


Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:00

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BLC Tree Care Specialists take 2nd & 3rd Places at annual Woodsman Competition

GILFORD — Belknap Landscape company tree care specialists Ossian Batchelder and Clark Gareau took the second and third place spots in the annual Woodsman Competition at Gilford Old Home Day.

Batchelder, of the Belknap Landscape Company (BLC) Tree & Crane Service crew, won the Pole Climb contest and earned a 2nd place overall, scoring 30 points.

Gareau, BLC Tree Care Specialist, with 31 points, took third place in the overall score in the BLC-sponsored lumberjack contest.

Nick Haskell, currently employed by UNH at Bartlett Experimental Forest, was the first place finisher.

Instrumental in the event set-up, the timber milling and delivery, these employees joined in the fray with 26 others on a sunny Old Home Day. Gareau previously completed his course of study and exams to become a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Certified Tree Care Safety Professional or "CTSP". Belknap Landscape earned TCIA Accreditation status last summer.

This past season Gareau has earned the NH Arborist Certification, as well.


At the August 24 Gilford Old Home Day Woodsman Competition are Belknap Landscape Tree Service Technicians Clark Gareau, Ossian Batchelder and former member of the UNH Woodsman Team Nick Haskell, currently employed by UNH at Bartlett Experimental Forest. These 3 lumberjacks, shown here listening to competition rules before the event began, ended up taking 3rd, 2nd and 1st places, respectively. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:11

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Lakes Region Winery Brings Home the Medals this Summer

SANBORNTON — Hermit Woods Winery's Petite Blue Reserve and Lake House White wine recently took silver in the Indy International Wine competition held in Indianapolis Indiana this past month. The Indy is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. This year's competition received nearly 2,200 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states that were evaluated by 50 distinguished judges.

In other prestigious wine competitions this summer, Hermit Woods took home a total of six more gold, silver, and bronze medals. Other award winners include a gold medal for their Three Honey Wine at the Mazer Cup, the world's premier mead competition, a silver medal for their Mélange and a bronze medal for their Petite Blue in the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, and a silver for their Heirloom Crabapple and a bronze for their Kiwi Wine and Petite Blue in the Big E wine competition in Massachusetts.

Hermit Woods Winery prides themselves on making wines from whole, local, and as much as possible organic fruits and raw honey. They work with local farmers and apiaries to procure the best fruit and honey possible and support their local economy by only selling their wine in local wine shops and restaurants as apposed to big liquor stores and chain supermarkets.

Bob Manley, one of the partners at Hermit Woods had this to say, "we have only been entering wines for competition for a couple years now, and have yet to not come home without a medal. We are very proud of this accomplishment." In previous years Hermit Woods Winery won a silver medal for their Three Honey Wine and Crabapple Wine. However, Manley wanted to make clear "winning medals is important, but what is most important to us is what our customers have to say, as long as we are making them happy, we will be happy."

Hermit Woods Winery is a small boutique winery located in Sanbornton. Their tasting room is open five days a week in the summer and on weekends in the fall. Learn more about Hermit Woods by visiting their website at www.hermitwoods.com or through www.facebook.com/hermitwoods.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:06

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