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T-N firefighters to give coats to 100 local children

TILTON/NORTHFIELD — On Saturday, December 20, 100 children from low-income families will be outfitted with brand-new winter coats thanks to Tilton/Northfield Firefighters. This is the second year New Hampshire firefighters have partnered with Operation Warm, a national, non-profit organization that has provided new coats to 1.5 million children in need.

Firefighters fundraise in order to personally fit each child, help select their favorite color, and write their name in the interior tag of their new coat, which reads, "Made Just for You." Firefighters worked closely with Tilton/Northfield Human Services Director Heather Thibodeau to identify area children qualifying for support.

"A new coat allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities like food and shelter," explained Justin Kantar, Tilton/Northfield Firefighter, "our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one."

Thanks to support from United Steel Workers Local 4-00574, LNH Children's Auction, Uno Chicago Grill and many other donations , firefighters will provide new coats for 100 children. "As firefighters, we go into homes and witness the living conditions faced by low-income kids," explains Kantar, "this is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children."

Operation Warm has brought 20% of its manufacturing back to the USA, an effort which supports over 200, fair paying jobs. Coats distributed by firefighters in Tilton/Northfield will be 100% American-made. "This is so much more than a coat," said Rich Lalley, Executive Director of Operation Warm. "Beyond warmth and dignity for children, producing coats in the USA puts Americans back to work and back on their feet."

In 2012, Operation Warm and the International Association of Firefighters launched a partnership that spans the US and Canada. Working together for two years, IAFF Firefighters have served over 50,000 less-fortunate children in 39 states.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:14

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Snowshow hare hunting workshop in Holderness

HOLDERNESS — Learn about the exciting sport of snowshoe hare hunting at a free workshop being offered at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at (603) 536-3954.

At the workshop, Edward Vien Vice President of the NH Beagle Club, and Volunteer Hunter Education instructor along with John Fletcher President of the NH Beagle Club and Volunteer Hunter Education instructors Adam Gauthier, Larry Williams and Thomas Williams, will introduce participants to one of New Hampshire's finest small-game hunting experiences -- hare hunting with beagles.

The workshop will cover topics such as snowshoe hares and where to find them, equipment needs, dogs and their needs and training, safety considerations, where to find information on hare and rabbit hunting, and clubs in New Hampshire that focus on dogs and hare hunting. The instructors have many years of experience and a true passion for their sport, so bring all your questions.

Participants should bring warm outdoor clothing and be prepared to go outside. The first portion of the workshop takes place in the classroom, and then the class moves outside, where the dogs will show their stuff.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:59

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Mushing season to begin soon in Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Valley Snow Dogz are slated to begin the mushing season at Waterville Valley on Friday, December 19. Valley Snow Dogz offers twilight dogsled rides on Friday and Saturday evenings all winter into March. Guests can join mushers and their friendly teams of traditional sled dogs for a unique tour by moonlight or headlight.

The Mountain Taster excursion starts at the base of Tripoli Road and travels to Osceola Vista for an experience of moonlight or headlight vistas followed by a fun downhill run back to the staging area. The experience is approximately 30-40 minutes, a portion of which is educational time at the staging area, and costs $65 per rider.

Each sled holds one person, with a maximum weight limit of 200 pounds. Participants must be at least 7 years old. Up to four sleds can be made available to go out on each run. Reservations are necessary, and available through the Town Square Condos front desk office. Gift certificates are available.

Valley Snow Dogz combines several local mushers and a combination of traditional Alaskan Huskies and Siberian Huskies. Leading the pack is Lidia Dale-Mesaros of Uktousa Sled Dogs, joined by Kim and Kelly Berg of Kelim Siberians. The trio have been running dogs together for 20 years, and Lidia has placed top third in New England dog sled races. Life with sled dogs means many hours each day dedicated to the dogs and basic kennel chores, as well as hours of training on the trails. The dogs are more than just trail companions; they are all house trained and obedience trained and enjoy activities outside of sledding.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:48

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Plymouth State University hosting ‘Silent Witness’ exhibition, focusing on climate change and lichen


PLYMOUTH — The Lamson Learning Commons at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of works by Professor Kimberly Anderson Ritchie, December 12 through March 6 at the Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street in Plymouth. An opening reception and gallery talk will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, at the art display wall on the main level of the facility.

Ritchie is coordinator of printmaking in the PSU Department of Art. She says her curiosity, love and respect for the natural environment has directed her artwork, which focuses on an array of environmental issues. Some works use the issue as a starting point, while others clearly demonstrate the concern.

The works in Silent Witness focus on global climate change and the impacts on lichen. Ritchie says, "When one change happens in the environment it affects something else, even if it is on the opposite side of the globe. As a small, fragile, many-times-overlooked but crucial part of the ecosystem, lichen is a silent witness to the effects of global climate change. This work is bringing attention to the fragility of our changing environment."

Ritchie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Appalachian State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Colorado State University. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and recently created a collaborative children's book at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:45

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