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Loon Center hosting program about Tar Sands Oil in New Hampshire

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program about "Tar Sands Oil in New Hampshire."

This presentation discusses the nature and characteristics of Alberta's oil sands deposits, and the issues surrounding the extraction, processing, transportation, and use of the oil. The potential for piping tar sands oil through northern New Hampshire, the associated risks, and current efforts to prevent such a project will be addressed in detail by Carol Foss, PhD, Director of Conservation at NH Audubon.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs on Blake Road from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School, or from Rte. 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road. Refreshments will be served.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:18

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Laconia Historical & Museum Society to hear about local Masonic lodge on Monday


LACONIA – Laconia Historical and Museum Society will hold their Annual Meeting and host the brethren of Mount Lebanon Lodge#32 on Monday, January 13. The meeting and lecture program will be held at The Laconia Public Library with the Annual Meeting beginning at 6:30 followed by the lecture program at 7 p.m.

The brethren of Mount Lebanon Lodge #32 in Laconia will present an evening of their history in Belknap County. Beginning with the founding charter at Meredith Bridge in 1819, lodge members will visit past meeting places, review highlights of the 100th charter centennial in 1919 and conclude by looking at 20th century accomplishments as well as plans for their bicentennial in 2019.

"This has always been a subject that has intrigued me – I am thrilled to be able to include this program in our lecture series" says LHMS Executive Director Brenda Kean.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the LHMS Annual Meeting or this lecture program contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconihistorical.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:08

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Hearing loss program at Wesley Woods on Jan. 21

GILFORD — It's More Than Just Hearing Loss presentation held on Tuesday, January 21 at 12:15 p.m. at Wesley Woods.

The presentation will feature Dr. Laura Robertson from Audiology Specialists, LLC. Robertson will put a lighthearted spin on a the topic hearing loss, while explaining how hearing loss can negatively effect people both physically and mentally. She will also take the time to clear up misinformation on "free exams" and Medicare coverage.

All are invited to the program. Light lunch served. For more information or to RSVP please call 528-2555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 09:05

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Gilmanton's Greatest Views - Conserved for Everyone Forever

GILMANTON — The project to conserve the extraordinary views from Frisky Hill, Route 107, plus rich agricultural lands in two other locations in Gilmanton, came to fruition in late December.

The properties, formerly owned by long-term Gilmanton resident George Twigg, III, have been conserved for agriculture and public enjoyment, under conservation easements held by the Five Rivers Conservation Trust. Gilmanton Land Trust, a local organization, undertook the project, in cooperation with Five Rivers, to raise the nearly $1.2 million needed to secure the future of four key properties owned by Twigg, including the views long admired by residents and travelers through the town.

In addition to contributions from more than 200 individuals, the project was made possible, in part, by funding from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), the State's "Mooseplate" Conservation Grant Program, the Town of Gilmanton's Conservation Fund, and the US Department of Agriculture's Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP). All of the properties include important agricultural soils and are currently used for hay by local farmers.

The land conserved includes four parcels: (1) the 15-acre tract on the top of Frisky Hill (Route 107) with views to the north and east over fields, hills and the Belknap Mountains; (2) a 21- acre parcel, also on Rt. 107, looking northerly over Loon Pond to rolling hills and Mount Kearsarge beyond; (3) an 8- acre field on Loon Pond Road providing access to a cemetery once used by the Osgood family; and (4) a 41- acre tract of fields and forests with extensive frontage on Meetinghouse Pond across from the historic Smith Meetinghouse complex. This parcel includes a flax retting pond, where farmers prepared flax for weaving into cloth in the early 19th century. .The extensive stone structure built across the pond's bottom for processing flax is the only known example of such a feature in the State of New Hampshire.

The Frisky Hill view toward the Belknaps and the Meetinghouse Road parcels are now owned by the Town of Gilmanton (subject to conservation easements held by Five Rivers) under the stewardship of the Conservation Commission. The remaining parcels, also restricted by the conservation easements, are now available for sale for agricultural use, with provisions that require maintenance of existing fields and associated views; for more information about this offering, contact Tom Howard, at 253-4999.)

Tom Howe, of the Gilmanton Land Trust, took the lead in organizing the fundraising campaign and working with several funding agencies to create conservation easements to preserve these special places for future generations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 08:37

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