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NH Humane Society Now Opening at Noon on Weekdays

LACONIA — New Hampshire Humane Society will alter their hours of operation beginning on April 1 to accommodate the adopting public. The animal shelter, long a fixture in Laconia, located on Meredith Center Road, will stay open later on regular business day through the week beginning in April, making it a little easier for those wishing to adopt a pet, or those finalizing their adoption of a new four legged family member.

Newly appointed Managing Director, and shelter spokesperson, Marylee Gorham said, "we realized closing promptly at 5 p.m hasn't made the adoption process as user friendly as it should be. Many hard-working folks simply couldn't get to the shelter before closing through the week, and would be rushed on Saturdays. We identified a need for change, to make things better for the animals, and the people that want them".

New opening hours will be noon to 6 p.m Tuesday-Thursday-Friday. No change to Saturday hours 10 a.m to 4 p.m. A new noon opening time will allow for more efficient cleaning of the facility, and daily care of the animals, historically a herculean task to accomplish before their former 10.a.m opening time. Now, staff and volunteers, who still report for duty at 8 a.m but have a longer period for cleaning, training, and animal care before opening to the public at noon. Extending the day by one hour in the evening, until 6 p.m., will allow for a more streamlined adoption process, rather than the race against the clock many have experienced.

Gorham noted that only 20% of prospective adopters consider a shelter animal as their first choice when looking for a new family pet. NH Humane Society felt a need to respond to the needs and wants of the community and those with love in their hearts wishing to adopt an otherwise homeless dog, cat, puppy or kitten. As a stand alone animal welfare agency, NH Humane Society relies on donations and public support from those that are aligned with their mission, finding forever homes. NHHS is a registered 501-3 c charity pledged to care for the lost, abused, abandoned and unwanted creatures in the region, until adoption day.

For information about the many shelter programs, and animals available for adoption call 524-3252 or check www.nhhumane.org

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:46

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Franklin Church Plans Flea Market/Bake Sale

FRANKLIN — The Franklin United Methodist Church will host a Flea Market/Bake Sale on Saturday April 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome. Free coffee and cocoa. Questions please call 934-6110.


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Theatrical Adaptation of Bauer Poems To Premiere at Belknap Mill

LACONIA — A program premiering at the Belknap Mill on April 3-5, based on "The Women at the Well" by Grace Bauer, turns poetry into theatre. Sharon Rae Paquette has adapted Bauer's poems for the stage and she will be directing the production that provides alternative versions of familiar Biblical stories.

"Wry humor is only one element of Bauer's illuminating re-vision as she inhabits her women in their longing, sassiness, rebellion, compassion, wavering, and triumph," writes Carole Simmons Oles, author of Night Watches: Inventions of the Life of Maria Mitchell.

Bauer's poems are based on the stories the nuns taught her when she was a schoolgirl. She reinterprets the tales of those women as they go about their daily routines.

Paquette, an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University, has pulled together a company of actresses to stage the 90-minute production which will feature original music by Mary Edwards. The sets and props are designed by Liz Buckley.

The play will be performed over three nights with shows beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so patrons are encouraged to order their tickets early by calling 603-524-8813. Proceeds will support the programs of the Belknap Mill Society.

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Wood Energy Exhibit Showcases Energy Choices NHEC grant helped fund

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center recently announced the community phase of its Nature Matters Capital Campaign. The comprehensive fundraising effort prepares the Science Center for the future with multiple exhibit expansions, infrastructure improvements, and long-term financial stability. The first project for the capital campaign was the installation of two high-efficiency wood boilers, which was completed in February.

The project consists of two GARN wood heating systems, which use sustainably harvested, locally-sourced wood to heat five major buildings on the Science Center's Holderness campus. The GARN Wood Heating System is a simple, efficient, and durable wood fired hydronic heating system. The boilers use a large hydronic thermal storage tank to store the heat from a fast, clean, and efficient wood burning gasification process. The patented two-stage wood gasification technology produces virtually no smoke. The heated water circulates through an underground network of pipes to heat the buildings. The boilers are 88% efficient (LHV), and are reducing the use of five existing furnaces on the Science Center's campus, which use a combination of propane and oil.

The project was made possible with funds raised from donors to the Nature Matters Capital Campaign along with an incentive from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative's (NHEC) Commercial & Industrial Fossil Fuel program. The NHEC program provides incentives for larger commercial and industrial members to install systems that save or eliminate fossil fuel use. The Science Center received $15,000 towards the project, which was used to purchase 31 high efficiency pumps that reduce the amount of electricity used to distribute the heat to the buildings.

The Science Center expects to save over $15,000 annually in oil and propane costs.

The public will be able to see the boilers during the public trail season (May 1 through November 1) in a new Wood Energy Exhibit. In addition to a seeing the boilers through a viewing window, the exhibits will explain how renewable heat compares to other forms of energy with interactive displays.

More information about the Nature Matters Capital Campaign may be found at www.nhnature.org/naturematters.

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