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Janet Robertson Named Horizon Award Winner

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center held its annual meeting on Saturday, August 10.

Retiring trustees Alan English of Holderness and Tashia Morgridge of Holderness were honored for their dedicated service. Re-elected to the Board of Trustees including Nancy Beck of Holderness, Lawrence Beeson of Holderness, Margaret Conver of Flourtown, PA, Andy Eaton of Ashland, John Fernandes of Ashland, David Martin of Holderness, and Susan McKimens of Plymouth.

New trustees elected to the board were Ken Evans of Holderness, Emily Preston of Canterbury, and Richard Starbuck of Center Harbor. Science Center employees Tim Curry, Tom Klein, and Lauren Moulis were each recognized for five years of service.

Also recognized at the annual meeting was Janet Robertson who received the Horizon Award. The Board of Trustees of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center established the Horizon Award in 1995 as a means to honor exceptional and extended service to the center.

Janet joined the staff of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in 1990 as receptionist, and then she became office manager, then membership coordinator, then development director and now is Director of Development and Communications.

Janet has helped steer the organization for the past 23 years under four different executive directors. She has done so often quietly, in the background, helping to steer the ship in a steady direction, keeping an eye on the horizon. Her institutional knowledge is invaluable. She knows the donors and members of the Science Center better than anyone else and has forged relationships and friendships that have lasted decades.


Janet Robertson (Courtesy photo)


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League of NH Craftsmen will hear Peter Bloch, wooden lampshade maker

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery's  "Signature of Excellence" Summer Lecture Series
will present "Translucent Wood Lampshades: Who'd a Thunk It?" with Peter Bloch on Monday, September 16, from 7-8 p.m.

The lecture will be held in the Fireside Room at the Chase House, located at 312 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith. Reserve seats in advance by calling the gallery at (603) 279-7920.

Translucent wooden lampshades are the signature work of artist Peter Bloch, a 30-year veteran of the League of NH Craftsmen. His lampshades are individually handcrafted on a woodturning lathe, and glow beautifully from within when lit.

Bloch will discuss his influences and inspirations, as well as the tools, processes, philosophies, and aesthetics that underlie his work. Peter will be showing slides that illuminate some of these topics, as well as answering your questions, sharing his thoughts on the importance of the League's mission, and will also have examples of his work as well as his portfolio for closer viewing.


Wooden lampshade by Peter Bloch. (Courtesy photo)

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Pasquaney Garden Club Plans Visit to Shin-Boku Nursery

BRISTOL — The Pasquaney Garden Club monthly meeting in September is a field trip to the Shin-Boku Nursery and Stroll Garden in Wentworth.  The tour begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, at the Shin-Boku Nursery, 180 Beech Hill Rd., Wentworth.

At 9 a.m. a car pool to drive to the garden meets at the parking lot of the Bristol Masonic Hall, 35 Pleasant St., Bristol.

Shin-Boku Nursery specializes in trees artfully trimmed over many years to produce graceful specimens for Japanese gardens. The Stroll Garden is an opportunity to experience the art of Japanese garden design. Founder and owner Palmer Koelb will host the tour.

For additional details and pictures, see the web site, http://shin-bokunursery.com/.

The Butterfly/Rain Garden behind the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol has been redesigned and expanded following construction of the new library addition, and a new courtyard garden has been added in front of the library. The club encourages visitors to enjoy the garden's perennials and riverside location throughout the season. Picnic tables and benches are available for public use.

Volunteers who would like to help with Butterfly/Rain Garden maintenance can attend a work day on October 8, 9 - 11 a.m. For additional information, call Shirley Yorks, 603-744-6630.

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Hengen to Discuss Squam Lakes National Register Initiative

HOLDERNESS — What is the National Register of Historic Places? What restrictions does listing a building place on the owner? Join the Squam Lakes Association on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. as it hosts Elizabeth Durfee Hengen, a historic preservation consultant from Concord. Elizabeth will explain what the National Register of Historic Places is, the process of nominating a property, and the benefits of listing.

Protecting the cultural heritage of the Squam Lakes watershed is a natural complement to the ongoing efforts to conserve land and water quality.

Hengen has been working with the Squam Lakes National Register Initiative, a group composed of members from the Squam Lakes Association, Squam Lakes Conservation Society, Rockywold Deephaven, Chocorua Chapel Association and several historical societies from the area surrounding the lake who seek to preserve the unique character of the watershed by recognizing and protecting historic places: iconic barns, farms, camps and landscape features.

This free program will take place at the SLA Resource Center, 534 Route 3, Holderness. All are welcome. For more information call (603) 968-7336.

The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to conserving for the public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and unique resource values of the Squam Lakes and surrounding watershed. To learn about the SLA and upcoming events visit www.squamlakes.org.

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