FRANKLIN — The Merrimack Valley Paddlers and Friends of the Winnipesaukee River in conjunction with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and Choose Franklin will be having their annual New Year's Day Paddle on the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin, Tilton, and Northfield again this year.
Paddlers will take to the water between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with novice and intermediate boaters paddling the "Upper" Winnipesaukee from Route 140 to Riverfront Park in Tilton. Expert boaters will paddle the "Lower" Winnipesaukee from Cross Mill Road in Northfield to downtown Franklin taking out at Trestle View Park. "This has become an annual tradition for paddlers and spectators alike and typically brings in paddlers from the New England states and beyond," said Ken Norton of Friends of the Winnipesaukee River.
Choose Franklin will be hosting spectators at Trestle View Park in in Franklin for First Day and will provide a warming tent, coffee, cocoa and chili. Trestle View Park offers excellent viewing for paddlers shooting the last set of Class III and IV rapids on the lower Winnipesaukee. Spectators can walk, snowshoe or ski on the Winnipesaukee River trail from Trestle View Park as well as the section from Rt. 140 to Tilton to watch paddlers coming down the upper section.
The goal of this year's paddle is to draw attention to proposed bridge over the Winnipesaukee River between Northfield and Tilton linking the existing sections of the Winnipesaukee River Trail. " The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a great example of local government, business, non-profits and community members all working collaboratively with state and federal government to clean up and conserve shore land green-space and provide alternative transportation and recreation for pedestrians" according to Rick Silverberg from the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association.
The bridge is planned to be located near the old mill dam just upstream of the island in Tilton on conservation land which each of the towns have acquired. A trail head will be located on the former site of Ernie's Used Cars which is being cleaned up through a cooperative effort of the Tilton Conservation Commission, Town of Tilton, NH Department of Environmental Services, US Department of Environmental Protection and the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association.
The Winnipesaukee River Trail is part of a regional pedestrian trail network which will eventually connect with Laconia and Meredith and Lebanon and Boscawen. The Winnipesaukee River Trail Association is working to raise the required match money to complete the bridge. Donations can be made to the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association PO Box 464, Franklin, NH 03235 or www.winnirivertrail.org
Paddlers will gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Franklin which will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for warming up socializing and refreshments hosted by the Merrimack Valley Paddlers. Merrimack Valley Paddlers will be encouraging those attending to bring food donations for the local soup kitchen. For more information about this event contact Ken Norton 286-3890
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:11
LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, 719 No. Main Street, Laconia is offering a wide variety of parenting programs this winter/spring for parents of children of all ages.
Classes, held in the early evenings, are offered free of charge, with dinner and childcare available on-site each evening for families in attendance. Advance registration is requested for each program as space is limited. Assistance with transportation is also available with advance notice and approval.
Four week parenting classes beginning in January include: Healthy Eating for Families with Children, offered for adults interested in being healthy role models and better educators for their children and covers reading food labels, dealing with picky eaters, exercise and food safety. Program begins on Monday, January 27. Tenant 101 program aimed to help support individuals to overcome negative landlord references and learn to be the best tenant they can be. Program begins on Tuesday, January 28. Cooperative Co-Parenting begins on Thursday, January 30. This program is for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households, and covers positive communication, reducing and resolving conflict, and negotiating agreements.
Pay Yourself First one time workshop will be held on Thursday, January 30. The workshop is aimed to help participants understand ways to save money toward large-expense goals. Workshop attendees will be entered to win a $25 gift card.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:04
4ACONIA — Lions Clubs International is renowned as the largest service organization in the world. The highest honor any individual club can bestow is the Melvin Jones Award, named for the founder and original guiding force of the organization. The award is given "for dedicated humanitarian services" achieved through the club.
Over the past two years, the Laconia Gilford chapter of the Lions presented the Melvin Jones award to three deserving individuals. In 2012, Marylin Brown was the recipient. Brown has been tireless in her efforts in support of the Lions mints program, and also the food service program held at the Loudon race track. In addition she has served as head of the committee organizing the electronic recycling event since its inception in 2011. Brown became a Lion in 2006, but has been an unofficial supporter of the club for over thirty years. The tradition of Lionism in her family includes her husband Allan, a Lion primarily in Connecticut from 1967 until 2004. And that tradition extends back to her father Ted Corbett, a Lion for 60 plus years in several states and overseas.
In 2013, Barbara Young was the recipient. Barbara was a Lioness before achieving Lion status in 1992. She has been more than diligent and dedicated in her work on behalf of the Loudon race track program, traveling to and from the race track twice per year from Exeter, New Hampshire, to prepare and monitor the lunch division of the Laconia-Gilford Lion's Club food concession stand. Young became the Chair and Director of the lunch committee in 2013.
The Melvin Jones Award, the organization's highest state recognition award, may be given to anyone, whether they are an actual Lion or not. In 2013, the award was also given to Brenda Ferland, owner of Café Dejavu in Laconia, in recognition of her continuous and exemplary assistance in facilitating operations and resolving questions with the Loudon race track food service program.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 09:59
HOLDERNESS — There's still room in the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's free winter archery league. Sign up now by calling Tom Flynn or Eric Geib at 603-536-3954.
Participation will be limited to 10 people in each league. You must be able to commit to attending all four weeks to sign up. Please note that the beginner leagues are full.
Each league meets one night a week, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., for four consecutive weeks:
January Advanced League - every Tuesday beginning January 7, 2014.
February Advanced League - every Wednesday beginning February 5, 2014.
Participants in the advanced league must bring their own equipment in good working condition. Only field tips or target points will be permitted; no broadheads.
"This is a great chance for experienced archers to keep their skills sharp over the winter," said Tom Flynn, Facility Manager at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.
For directions to Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, to volunteer at the center, or to learn more about other course offerings at Owl Brook, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.
Activities at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are funded by federal Wildlife Restoration Funds, supported by purchase of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment. Learn more about this user-pay, user-benefit program at http://www.wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 09:51
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