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400 acre property overlooking Newfound Lake permanently conserved

ALEXANDRIA — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust and the Newfound Lakes Region Association have announced the permanent conservation of 400 acres in Alexandria overlooking Newfound Lake and encompassing the landmark ridgelines of Big and Little Sugarloaf and much of the shoreline of pristine Goose Pond.

The Newfound Region's most recent conservation success, to be named the Sugarloaf – Goose Pond Conservation Area, was donated to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in September. The Newfound Lake Region Association will hold a conservation easement on the land.

The Sugarloaf – Goose Pond Conservation Area forms a key part of the viewscape on the western side of Newfound Lake, most prominently the Ledges that tower above West Shore Road. This land includes unspoiled rugged and diverse habitat, and encompasses about 80 percent (3,000 feet) of the shoreline of Goose Pond. The remainder of the shoreline belongs to Wellington State Park.

The newly conserved property also contains more than two miles of popular hiking and snowmobile trails, including the eastern end of the Elwell Trail, a key link in the route from Newfound Lake to Mount Cardigan.

Conservation Trust President Don Berry and Newfound Association Executive Director Boyd Smith said conservation of this property has long been a Newfound vision and priority, and that it has been accomplished because of the generosity of Chris Keppelman and Andy McLane, both of Bridgewater, who made it possible to acquire the property for conservation.

McLane noted, "Conservation of this remarkable parcel of land ensures that the property, and its scenic beauty, natural wildlife habitat, and trails will be forever preserved for public enjoyment and for traditional low-impact public recreational uses."

Keppelman added that the property had been on the market for some time and that its historical uses would likely have been lost to private development had this conservation transaction not been completed.

Smith said the NLRA's work on conserving the Sugarloaf – Goose Pond property began in mid-2007, "which demonstrates the need for vision, patience, and persistence when working to conserve key properties for future generations." He added, "Anyone who has ever visited this property knows how wonderful it is. If you have not been there yet, photographs give merely a sense of the beauty that permeates this place. Add the smells and sounds of undisturbed woodland near the pond or the eagle-eye view of Newfound Lake and the far away Franconia Range from the Sugarloaf ledges, and you will know what an important achievement this is."

In addition to the two donors, Berry and Smith highlighted the roles played by the Newfound Land Conservation Partnership and the John Gemmill Newfound Fund in this project and in other land conservation work in the Newfound watershed.

The Newfound Land Conservation Partnership is a collaboration of the NLRA, the LRCT, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, along with camps, other conservation organizations, and interested individuals, formed in 2009 to promote land conservation in the Newfound watershed.

The John Gemmill Newfound Fund was created in 2011 by Helen Gemmill, in memory of her father, John K. Gemmill, long-time Director of Camp Pasquaney in Hebron. The Gemmill Fund supports Newfound watershed land conservation by covering project costs such as surveys, appraisals, and stewardship that could otherwise be a challenge to successful land conservation transactions. The fund is managed by the LRCT and can be used to facilitate Newfound watershed land conservation projects by any organization engaged in such work.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:35

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Belmont to ‘Deck the Village’ on Dec. 7

BELMONT — On Sunday, December 7 from 2–4 p.m. Belmont's annual Deck the Village event will be held in the village green near the library on Main Street.

"Deck the Village" celebration will once again feature local students playing festive tunes to listen to and Christmas carols for an old-fashioned sing-a-long. Both indoor and outdoor activities are planned including children's crafts and refreshments in the Mill building, and holiday stories in the Belmont Library. Santa has been invited to stop by if he has time that afternoon. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera to capture Santa's visit. All activities will be fully accessible and all ages are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Event Coordinator, at 998-3525.

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Putnam Fund brings James Montgomery to town for 3rd Annual Blues Friday

LACONIA —  The Laconia Putnam Fund will present its 3rd Annual Blues Friday at the Laconia High School Auditorium on Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m. Johnny A., Boston Music Award's Blues Artist of the Year, will be performing along with James Montgomery, who has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers and Steve Miller.

Admission to the concert is free with first come, first seated.

For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader Johnny A. has played with Boston acts such as Hearts on Fire and J. Geils frontman, Peter Wolf.

For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he's just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson guitar.

"I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist," he says "You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while...but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody."

When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

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Meredith Edward Jones office collecting for Toys for Tots campaign

MEREDITH — The Edward Jones office at 14 Main St., is serving as one of the local drop-off locations for this year's Toys for Tots campaign.

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office during regular business hours now through Dec. 22.

"With the holiday season around the corner, we are all getting ready for the festivities," said Jacqueline Taylor, the local Edward Jones financial adviser. "And as this is the season of giving, now is a great time to remember the less fortunate in our community."

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:21

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