Bear expert to speak in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH -- A talk about black bears and their behavior will be given Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Loon Preservation Committee's Loon Center.

Speaker Ben Kilham explore black bears in depth. Black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, food sharing, and early group formation of un­related individuals. Kilham's love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades.

Kilham's talk in once in a series of Summer Nature Talks behind held on Thursday evenings during July and August. Admission to all programs is free. The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mills Road.

On Thursday, July 31, Chris Martin will present "Peregrine Falcon Recovery in the Granite State."

For more information, call the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.

Gilford Methodist Church to host 17th Annual Acution on Wednesday

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church will hold its 17th annual auction on Wednesday, July 23, at the church complex on Gilford Avenue (Route 11A).

Auctioneer Jerry Love will drop the gavel at 6:30 p.m. to start the bidding. To be auctioned off are collectibles such as dolls and plates, antiques including glassware, antique butter mold, and furniture, and many more items.

A Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 with more than 100 items, including gift certificates to many New Hampshire restaurants, local attractions, and services. In addition, there will be a flea market room and food for sale.
The auction was started under a former pastor, Huntley Halvorson, when a tent was set up on the lawn. More recently the event has taken place in the church hall at the rear of the church complex.

Proceeds from the auction help with expenses for building use by outside groups and other local and far-reaching church missions.
Paul Weston, chairman of the event this year, says, "I am extremely thankful for the way local businesses and service providers have been willing to donate this year, more so than any previous year. It's going to be a great Auction."

The church is located on Rt. 11A near the Gilford Rt. 3-11 by-pass (GPS address 18 Wesley Way) Gilford, NH.

For more information call the church office 524-3289. Church website:

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Moultonborough Enters Last Stages of 2014 Tax Year Property Value Updates

MOULTONBOROUGH — Updated property values in Moultonborough are entering the last stages of being finalized for 2014. Vision Government Solutions, the appraisal firm retained by the Town, has mailed informational letters to property owners of the Town's approximately 7,400 parcels of land. The letters state the proposed assessed value of land and building(s) as of April 1, 2014. While changes in individual values vary, the overall values of the Town appear to have gone up 1%.

Property owners who would like an informal hearing to discuss these values are encouraged to schedule your appointment on-line at, and follow the instructions. Taxpayers can also call Vision Appraisal at 1-888-844-4300 on any business day through the close of business on Monday, August 4, 2014, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Taxpayer hearings can be conducted by telephone for those unable to schedule an in-person hearing. Property owners are encouraged to contact Vision as soon as they can. Topics of discussion can include an explanation of the valuation, information on the property record card as well as the market data used to determine the proposed value. The notices being mailed out are not tax bills, and Vision will not be able to discuss or predict the actual amount of the tax bill that will result.

Informal hearings will be by appointment only and held at the Town Hall located on 6 Holland Street. As in past years taxpayers will be able to schedule their meeting as a telephone conference call if they cannot attend one of the hearing days to be held. Taxpayers may also submit written evidence they would like considered to Vision Government Solutions, c/o Assessor's Office, PO Box 139, Moultonborough, NH 03254 to request a review. The deadline to submit this evidence and request for a review is August 12.

In addition to the letter being mailed, the proposed value and property data can also be accessed on-line at On the home page, click on Departments and Boards, click on Assessor, and click on Property Values (Preliminary 2014). You can also access a list of sales used in the analysis, an old to new property value listing as well as other pertinent information on the Assessor page. A listing of all proposed values is also available at the Town Hall Administration office and the Public Library during normal business hours.