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Fish & Game holding public hearing on proposed rules changes

CONCORD — A public hearing will be held on proposed changes to the state's Hunter Education rules on Monday, September 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord.

Fish and Game is proposing to combine the basic hunter education program and the specialized bowhunter education program into one course referred to simply as "hunter education." Separate bowhunter education courses would be offered only for the next calendar year, allowing an opportunity for those currently holding Hunter Education certificates to add the bowhunter certification without taking the combined course. Bowhunting topics would be added to the hunter education course and practical field examination. In addition, the proposed rules would set a minimum course length of 15 hours and a maximum length of 18 hours for Hunter Education courses.

Hunter Education instructors would be required, as part of their certification renewal, to teach at least two hunter education courses, instead of one, in a two-year certification period; Master Hunter Instructor Trainers would be required to assist with one audit or one new instructor training each year; and Hunter Education instructors would be required to submit course information to the Fish and Game Department within 30 days of course completion.

"We are continually working to improve the Hunter Education experience in New Hampshire. Right now, there is quite a bit of duplication between hunter education and bowhunter education classes; this proposal would streamline the process for those needing both certifications and provide useful information for all participants," said Fish and Game Hunter Education Coordinator Joshua Mackay. "In addition, by setting maximum and minimum course hours, we are aiming to improve the consistency of the material presented in Hunter Education classes."

The complete rulemaking notices, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed at http://www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 02:26

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Tri-Rivers Friends of NRA Dinner and Fundraiser

FRANKLIN — A fundraiser to benefit the NRA Foundation will be held on the evening of Saturday, Sept 28 at the Elks Lodge in Franklin.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be door prizes, bucket raffles, silent and live auctions and games. No speeches or talks allowed, just plenty of good fellowship. The meal features roast prime rib and baked stuffed chicken breast. Tickets to the event are $35 per person. Last year around one in six attendees went home owning a new firearm.

The NRA Foundation is a 501-c-3 (tax code) Charitable Foundation (separate from the NRA organization) and was formed in 1992 to provide grants for the promotion and enhancement of the shooting sports and firearms safety. The total funds raised and granted nationally is now over $250 million with around $700,000 raised in New Hampshire in the past sixteen years.

100% of the monies raised is given out in grants each year as the NRA pays the salary and expenses of the NRA rep who coodinates the events in NH and the events are all organized and run by volunteers.

The Gun of the Year this year is a Weatherby Vangard Series 2 Eurosport .270 with a Leupold VX 7 scope. Someone will head home on Sept 28 owning one.

For further information or to reserve a ticket, call Fred Allen, Chair, Tri Rivers FNRA Fundraising Committee, at 603-968-9944 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:22

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NHEC's Sheehy Wins Customer Service Award

PLYMOUTH —  Lisa Sheehy, Consumer Accounting/Credit Supervisor at New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC), was honored recently by the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) with its Carol A. Tracey Customer Service Award.
The award is presented to employees of NEPPA member utilities who deliver outstanding service to their customers through sustained, exceptional performance, and/or the development of innovative programs to meet customer needs.
In nominating Sheehy for the award, NHEC Vice President/CFO Dena DeLucca praised her ability to find solutions that helped the cooperative and the members.
"It is not always easy to balance the needs of the business with the needs of the consumer, particularly when dealing with credit or collection issues," DeLucca wrote. "Lisa handles it all seemingly effortlessly – always looking for ways to help members and sustain the business."
Sheehy is also an active volunteer, recently helping to raise funds for an injured lineworker and distribute food at a mobile food pantry sponsored by NHEC.
Sheehy was presented with the Carol A. Tracey Customer Service Award at the 2013 NEPPA Customer Service Conference held September 12 at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts.
NEPPA advocates and provides resources for the 75 publicly owned electric utilities in New England. NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:18

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Adult Education offers Group Golf Lessons

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering group Beginning and Intermediate Golf Classes beginning on Sunday, September 29 at Laconia Country Club. Classes will be taught by Jason Baldini, Laconia Country Club Assistant Golf Professional. He will also serve as the new Fall Laconia High School Golf Team Coach.

Participants will learn the five basic body actions necessary to achieve maximum results in attaining their golfing goal of playing well in a relatively short period of time. Holding the club properly and learning how to hit a golf ball are acquired skills. Grip, swing, set up and proper etiquette are all important points in learning the language of golf.

To enroll in the group golf classes or for more information, contact the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:15

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