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Country Village Quilt Guild creating quilts for local emergency response

MOULTONBOROUGH — After many years of completing nearly 400 bed quilts for the Tilton Veteran's Home, in patriotic red, white, and blue fabrics of many patterns, the Country Village Quilt Guild is changing its outreach program to Cruiser/Life Safety Quilts.

Recently outgoing Guild President, Terri Sontra, presented quilts to Captain Caleb Pike from the Tuftonboro Fire Dept. and to Sgt. Shawn Varney with the Sandwich Police Dept. Outreach Chair, Starr Moore, Program Chair, Retta Brown, and new Guild President Maria Coussens presented seven quilts to Moultonborough Police Chief Leonard Wetherbee, Jr. The goal is to supply two quilts for each vehicle and have several leftovers at the station.

The idea behind Cruiser/Life Safety Quilts is to give something of comfort to victims at the scene of an accident, especially if children are involved. Guild members meet at the Moultonborough Life Safety Building for a Community Sewing time from 9 am-1 pm on the first Wednesday of each odd numbered month. Everyone is invited to this activity and opportunities are open which include sewing, ironing, making labels, and many other tasks. The finished quilts are usually 40 inches by 40-50 inches and made of 12.5 unfinished squares. Donations of quilts and/or squares are always appreciated.

The Guild hopes to eventually supply these quilts to the many various town departments from which their members come. The Country Village Quilt Guild meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 1:30- 3pm at the Moultonborough Life Safety Building and are open to all.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 08:41

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Squam Science Center to look at predators & prey

HOLDERNESS — People are at the top of the food chain but that doesn't mean other predators are anything to scoff at! As a matter of fact, prey is fantastic too. On Saturday, August 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will be celebrating both, with a day of fun for the whole family.

At this exciting, educational event, visitors will have a chance to play games, make crafts, and listen to Up Close to Animals lectures. During these talks, naturalists at the Science Center will share interesting facts and present live animals to viewers. Up Close to Animals lectures of the day include mountain lions, coyotes, peregrine falcons, barred owls, and bats.

Visitors will also be able to play on the Gordon Interactive Playscape, an amazing playground which teaches about predator-prey relationships. Those playing in the playscape may act the part of a red squirrel as they face obstacles which simulate the real-life challenges red squirrels face as prey. The playscape includes a 13-foot slide, a giant bird's nest, a rope swing, and much more. Guests should be sure to visit this recent addition to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Predator-Prey Day is also Holderness Day. This means that Holderness residents will be admitted for free. For other guests, the cost of Predator-Prey Day is included with trail admission.

August 8 is also Annual Meeting Day for Members from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting free of charge. They will be able to take a look at the new Water Matters Pavilion, an exhibit all about water and the critters that survive on it, and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast on the deck. The business meeting will start at 9 a.m., and is scheduled as follows:

Re-elect officers David Martin, Chair; Nancy Beck, Vice Chair; Kenneth Evans, Treasurer; and Lea A. Stewart, Secretary to serve one-year terms.
Elect John McRae as Honorary Trustee.
Re-elect trustees Mark Goldstone, Liz Hager, and Tony Wagner to serve three-year terms.
Elect new trustees Tom Samyn of Ashland and Justin Van Etten of Meredith to serve three-year terms.
Honor retiring trustees Ken Colburn, Carol Thompson, Bryant Tolles, and Bruce Whitmore.
Recognize the following employees for their service: Facilities Assistant Clare Eckert (10 years), Gardens and Exhibits Assistant Brenda Erler (35 years), Blue Heron School Director Laura Mammarelli (5 years), Associate Teacher/Instructor Jordan McDaniel (5 years), Development and Communications Director Janet Robertson (25 years), Facilities Supervisor Dean Smith (5 years), and Development Assistant Susan Stepp (10 years).

The 2014 Year in Review will be presented by Executive Director Iain MacLeod. All members are welcomed to attend. Visit http://www.nhnature.org/programs/annual_meeting.php for biographies of nominees. Call 603-968-7194 x 11 to reserve a seat or to request paper copies of the meeting materials.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:07

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Inter-Lakes grad to provide music at Union Church on Sun.

The Union Church of Meredith Neck welcomes two favorites to lead the 10 am service on July 26. With a college degree in music, soloist Kelly Sturmer graduated from Inter-Lakes High School and presently lives in Maine, but comes to the church each summer to share her rich musical tones with the congregation. The Rev. John Hughes, a UCC pastor from Manchester-By-the Sea, MA, has been giving a message one Sunday every summer for many, many years. With the aid of a puppet this week, he will present a sermon entitled, "Living With the Mark of God." The Union Church, located at 258 Meredith Neck Road, is non-Denominational and invites all to weekly summer services. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:00

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Rafters look to raise $100,000 while floating in Meredith Bay


MEREDITH – Rafters are hoping to raise $100,000 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire while floating in Meredith Bay next month.

The 44-hour fund-raising marathon is scheduled to get under way on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. with opening ceremonies at Hesky Park. Rafters will take to the water at 4 p.m., according to organizers. Rafters are due to return to shore at noon on Firday, Aug. 7, once the $100,000 goal is reached.

Those who want to learn more about the Rafting for Wishes event, form or join a team, or simply become inspired can visit www.raftingforwishes.com. Organizers are also encouraging members of the public to swing by Hesky Park and join in on the fun, with everything from a movie night to live music and fun games.

Make-A-Wish New Hampshire grants 85-90 Wishes each year and needs the public's help to bring these wishes to life.

Rafting for Wishes began five years ago when two guys spent 36 hours in a raft on the Merrimack River and managed to raise $36,000. Now it's a flotilla of 10 teams that have set a goal of 44 hours and $100,000.

"If you asked me after year one if I would be doing this five years later, I would have told you you are crazy. This year I will surpass the 200 hour mark of sitting in a raft for Make-A-Wish and those hours are some of the most exhausting, yet rewarding hours of my life. I look back on each hour with fondness. I do this for the kids, for no child and their family should have to go through this illness. They are my inspiration," said Jason Perry, one of the original participants.

"The Rafting for Wishes event not only raises awareness for Make-A-Wish in the community but also helps us in achieving our mission of bringing Hope for a better tomorrow, Strength to fight a grownup battle and pure Joy for children as they experience their Wish," said Donna Parker, vice president of Development at Make-A-Wish.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:55

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