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Tour "A Lakeside Gem" included in the 28th Annual Hospice Home & Garden Tour

LAKES REGION — Extensive renovations have been done by the current owners of this beautiful lakeside home - one of four homes on the 28th Annual Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice House Tour on Wednesday, July 15. Tickets for the tour are $40 and may be purchased at Black's Paper and Gift Store located at 8 South Main Street in Wolfeboro. An optional luncheon ticket is also available for $15. This year's luncheon will be held at the Pinckney Boathouse located on the Brewster Academy campus in Wolfeboro.

Renovations include the conversion of three first floor bedrooms into a spacious kitchen open to a dining area and seating area overlooking the Big Lake, the addition of a fireplace which is also open to a new outside patio, a new more private entrance to the first floor master bedroom and the conversion of a boiler room to an office. The upstairs previously used as an open space for the former owner's extensive hobby has been converted into four beautiful bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open, raised floor common area used as a very comfortable media room.

Beadboard hand hewn in Bristol, N.H. has been used extensively throughout the first floor of the home and all the floors are of re-claimed antique oak. The new kitchen is an amazing blend of colors including black leathered granite counter tops, pearl white Carrera marble subway tile, and a slate grey beadboard ceiling.

In addition to the tour and luncheon, Dine Around raffle tickets will also be available at both Harvest Market and Hunter's Shop and Save on weekends leading up to the tour and at two of the homes on the day of the tour. All proceeds from the tour are used to provide a comprehensive range of services that enable people to receive hospice care and other support services in the comfort of their home or other community settings. For more information call 603-569-2729.

The Mission of Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is "Promoting dignity, independence, and well-being through the delivery of quality home health, hospice and community-based care services."

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 09:59

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N.H. Dept. of Fish & Game seeks help tracking wild turkey broods

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking for the public's help in tracking wild turkey broods in New Hampshire this spring and summer.

Members of the public who observe groups of turkeys with young between now through Aug. 31 are asked to report your sightings to Fish and Game at its web-based turkey brood survey at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/surveys/turkeybrood.html.

"People enjoy participating, and by doing so, they are helping us monitor the turkey population," said Kent A. Gustafson, Fish and Game wildlife programs supervisor. "We get reports from all over the state through this survey, adding to the important information biologists gather on turkey productivity, distribution, abundance, turkey brood survival and the timing of nesting and hatching."

Last year, summer brood survey participants reported seeing 724 broods totaling 4,646 turkeys. The average hatch date in 2014 was June 19. Biologists are especially interested in getting more reports of turkey broods in the three northernmost New Hampshire counties (Coos, Carroll and Grafton).

The term "brood" refers to a family group of young turkeys accompanied by a hen. New Hampshire hens generally begin laying eggs sometime from mid-April to early May and complete their clutch of about 12 eggs in early to mid-May. Incubation lasts for 28 days, and most eggs hatch from late May to mid-June. If incubating turkey eggs are destroyed or consumed by predators, hens often lay a replacement clutch of eggs that hatch late June through late July. Reports of adult male turkeys are not being requested at this time.

Many factors can affect turkey productivity in any given year. Young turkeys are extremely sensitive to cool temperatures and rain, both because it can impact their health, and because these conditions adversely impact insect populations that are a critical source of nutrition for young turkeys. Since spring weather is highly variable, survival of the annual hatch of wild turkeys is also highly variable.

Turkey populations depend on a large annual influx of young turkeys to sustain themselves over time, so the number of young turkeys that survive to be "recruited" into the fall population is of great interest to turkey managers. A large sample of turkey brood observations collected throughout the summer can provide turkey managers with insight into the size of the "graduating class" of turkeys that will become adults.


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Weekly art lessons for children offered in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Friends of the Arts, in collaboration with Plymouth State University Karl Drerup Art Gallery summer exhibition, "Forces of Nature," presents Arts in the Park.

Arts in the Park is open to children ages 6 to 10 and will take place Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for five consecutive Thursdays starting July 9.

Instructor Sara Hage will explore creating art from objects found in the natural environment as well as exploring all senses of the outdoor world through feeling, smelling and expressive movement. All activities will take place at Fox Pond Park Pavilion, Plymouth.

There will be a fee of $5 per session. A full schedule can be accessed at the Friends of the Arts website: www.friends-of-the-arts.org or by calling (603) 536-1182.

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Rockin’ 50s event on Aug. 1 to raise funds for Multicultural Festival

LACONIA -- The Laconia Multicultural Festival will hold a Rockin' 50's musical fund-raising event on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St.

The evening will be an opportunity to listen to 1950s sounds offered up by the Rockin' Daddios, Laconia's own a capella singing stars. In addition those attending will have a chance to test their speed and acuity while playing Beat the Clock; you may win a prize!

This event is a change to dig that poodle skirt out of the attic trunk, revive that crew cut or pony tail, and join your friends for an evening of fun and laughter.

The event, a fundraiser for the Laconia Multicultural Festival, is BYOB. Old-fashioned ice cream sodas will be served along with complimentary crudités. As always at Pitman's, there will be popcorn galore.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets are available at Greenlaw's in downtown Laconia and online at www.laconiamulticulturalfestival.org. Ticket sales are limited. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Further information is available at Laconia Multicultural Festival's Facebook page.

This year's festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 09:36

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