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The Underwater History of Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday at LWHS

LACONIA — Hans Hug Jr. returns to the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum with his program, "The Underwater History of Lake Winnipesaukee." on Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m.

His presentation will include videos of wrecks while diving in the big lake and other interesting artifacts from below the surface of the lake. Hans has been an avid diver for many years and it will be of great interest to anyone who enjoys the history of Lake Winnipesaukee. Admission is free to LWHS members, for non members there will be a $5 fee per person to attend the lecture. RSVP's are required for this popular lecture as seating is limited. Call 366-5950 to reserve seats.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:58

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Scholarships available for boat building program

WOLFEBORO — Thanks to donations from several foundations, individuals and organizations, the New Hampshire Boat Museum still has scholarship money to award for this summer's Boat Building Program.

This year, scholarships are available for young people ages 12 and up who wish to take the Youth Boat Building Program from August 4-15. And scholarships are also available for families wishing to work on a boat together with children or grandchildren ages 12 and up during the Family Boat Building Program from July 12-20.

Those receiving a scholarship will be able to make a one-person canoe. In each class participants are taught the safe use of hand tools and small power tools by expert instructors, with plenty of individual assistance by volunteers. All materials and tools are provided.

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and are to assist youth and families who might not otherwise be able to participate due to income levels.

There are still spaces available in each session for non-scholarship participants. Those attending the adult course may choose to build any of the following boats: one-person canoe, one-person kayak (max 160lbs), 11' 6" Bevin’s Skiff, 12' 6" paddleboard, and an optimist sailboat dinghy. Those in the youth course may choose from the following boats: one-person canoe, one-person kayak (max 160lbs), 11' 6" Bevin’s Skiff, and an optimist sailboat dinghy.

Costs vary, depending on the boat you chose with current Museum members receiving a discount. The Boat Building classes give you a great value because you create your own boat at a low cost and learn about boats and boat building from excellent teachers. For further information on any of these programs or for scholarship information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , via the web at www.nhbm.org or via Facebook.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:56

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Summer food safety program at Wesley Woods

GILFORD — "Green Fuzz or Unknown Surprises: Which One is the Real Culprit?" will be presented at the Wesley Woods Community Room on Monday, June 9 at 12 noon.

Is it the green fuzz on food or is it something else that causes a foodborne illness? With summer cookouts on the horizon, Wesley Woods teams up with Ann Hamilton, Food Specialist in Food Safety with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, to talk about the best way to keep you safe year round, from foodborne illnesses.

The program will cover some common food safety myths as well as four easy lessons in safe food handling. The four lessons are: Clean, Separate, Cook & Chill.

A light lunch will be served, so please RSVP. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:54

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Happy Tails Dog Park Hoping to win $100,000 'Bark for Your Park' Contest

LACONIA —  The dogs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire have long dreamed of wide open spaces and a place to call their own. Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region has been working hard for several years to try to make that dream a reality and has nominated Laconia in the Petsafe "Bark for Your Park" contest to further that effort.

PetSafe, a leading innovator in pet behavior and lifestyle solutions, invited all U.S. communities to participate in the third annual "Bark for Your Park" contest on May 7. One city will be awarded $100,000 to build a local dog park and four other pet passionate finalists will also receive $25,000. Almost 1,000 U.S. communities have been nominated in the contest.

"After searching the Lakes Region for land for a dog park, the City of Laconia offered that there was a plot of city-owned land that would be suitable," explained Ginny Martin, president of Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region. "We presented a preliminary concept plan to the Laconia City Council in July 2013 and were encouraged to move forward contingent on a fully engineered site plan and financial plan being presented, since our group is planning to manage the park. We have been actively raising money so we can take the next steps. If we could win any amount of money in the Petsafe contest, we could move forward."

As they determine the 15 Finalists, PetSafe will review the availability of land and civic leaders' support. Civic leaders and other local organizations may upload letters of support on the contest page for Laconia. Citizens are also able to vote every day to help their city move forward in the contest. These votes will also be counted to pick the Finalists. For the best chance to become a finalist, Laconia should excel in all three of these categories.

The 15 Finalists will be announced on June 13, when they will be asked to produce a video and continue barking for their park. The finalist city with the most votes will receive $100,000 to build a PetSafe dog park. Three runner-up and the city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will each receive $25,000. Winners will be announced on August 7.

Anyone in the Lakes Region will be able to use the Laconia park since it will be available to the region and not just Laconia residents. You don't have to be a resident of Laconia in order to vote in the Petsafe contest. Two votes can be cast by each individual each day, once on the Petsafe site www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark and once on the Petsafe Facebook page.

With the closing of the "unofficial" dog park at Woodland Heights Elementary School this month, the need for a dog park in the area is even more urgent. By voting twice a day, and getting your friends and family to vote, a real dog park in the Lakes Region could become a reality.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:48

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