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Donations needed for Methodist church charity auction

GILFORD — Auctioneer, Jerry Love will take the gavel to open the 18th Annual Charity Auction at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford, on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. The church is currently seeking donations for the auction.
While the church is able to finance their ministry through the congregation, an auction is held each year to raise funds to continue to keep the building available for the many groups and functions that are not directly related to the ministry of the church. Girl and Boy Scouts, Streetcar Company, Carter Mountain Brass Band, and Lakes Region Singers use the building for meetings and rehearsals. Health seminars are available in the church as well as Red Cross Blood drives, Life Line Screenings, and other health related programs. Bible studies are open to all and the Alcoholics Anonymous hold weekly meetings as well. The congregation supports community groups through mission volunteers and the doors are open to help with other community missions including Common Pantry drop offs, Habitat for Humanity, the Free Christmas Dinner and community health resource groups.
Help is needed to make the auction a success again this year. Businesses which donate gift certificates will receive in return a business card sized advertisement in the auction booklet.

Live Auction, Silent Auction and Quick Sale are part of this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing, and the Live Auction starts at 6:30 p.m.  To donate, call the church at 524-3289 (leave a message if no answer and someone will get back to you), or mail your donation to PO Box 7408, Gilford, NH 03247. The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Blues and comedy this week at Pitman's

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host performances by the Chris O'Leary Blues Band and comedian Rick D'Elia and Steve Bjork this week.

The Chris O'Leary Blues Band will perform on Friday, June 19, 8 p.m.

O'Leary's musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock 'n' roll hall of famer and Grammy-award winner Levon Helm's band The Barnburners. During the six years that he and Helm played together they toured across the U.S. and Canada. O'Leary has appeared on stage with Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and James Cotton to name just a few. He has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin among others.

Tickets for the Chris O'Leary's Blues Band are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.

D'Elia and Bjork will take the stage on Saturday June 20, 8 p.m., $15:

D'Elia is a 20-year veteran of stand-up comedy with appearances on Comedy Central, Showtime and "The Tonight Show"  with Jay Leno. Stephen Bjork is a veteran of the Boston comedy scene with crisscrossing tours of the country under his belt.

Tickets for the comedy show are $15.

For additional information visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com

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Public urged to keep away from nesting loons

MOULTONBOROUGH -- The Loon Preservation Committee recorded its first pair of nesting loons this year on May 13. Since then more than 50 loon pairs have begun to incubate eggs, with many more expected to begin in the next week or two, according to the group.

The LPC points out that all too often many of these nests fail to produce chicks due to human disturbance. The peak time for loons to start nesting is usually in early June, followed by a four week incubation period. The peak of hatch of loon chicks generally occurs around the Fourth of July holiday and loon pairs on nests or with chicks are vulnerable to disturbance as human activities on the lakes increase.

The LPC is urging that the public follow a couple of simple precautions can help ensure a good year for loons in New Hampshire:

-- Stay at least 150 feet away from a nesting loon, or more, if the loon shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over a nest. Loons may even appear to be injured or dead while in this head-down position, but it is simply a response to the close approach of people.

-- If someone inadvertently causes a loon to flush from the nest they should leave the area immediately to let the loon return to incubate its eggs. Time off the nest leaves the eggs vulnerable to cooling, overheating, or an attack from a predator.

In 2014, Loon Preservation Committee biologists recorded 208 pairs of nesting loons, an increase of 28 pairs from the previous year. Forty of those pairs nested on rafts—artificial islands that LPC floats to help loons cope with water level fluctuations or being displaced from natural sites by shoreline development or recreational activity on the lakes. Of the 208 nesting pairs, half were protected by signs and ropelines, and more than half of the chicks hatched came from these protected nest sites.

Even with this level of management, LPC biologists recorded 100 failed nests, many of them due to human disturbance, predation and water-level fluctuations.

Studies indicate that a minimum breeding success rate of 0.48 surviving chicks per loon pair is needed to maintain the loon population over the long term, but New Hampshire's loons have achieved that level of breeding success in only three out of the last nine years.

If anyone observes harassment of loons, they are ask to contact New Hampshire Fish & Game Department (603-

271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.

The Loon Preservation can be contacted at www.loon.org or at (603) 476-LOON (5666).

 

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Gilford Library offering summer museum passes

 

GILFORD -- The Gilford Public Library is making available passes to several New England museums for use this summer.

Library passes offer reduced price or free admission to many local area attractions, including the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

This year, the library is once again offering passes to the Boston Children's Museum. Passes are good for half-price admission for up to four people and are available for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Gilford Public Library passes are generously paid for by The Friends of the Gilford Public Library and are available to all Library card-holders. A limited number of passes is available to each site per day, so those interested are asked to call 524-6042 or stop by to reserve a pass in advance. Contact the Gilford Public Library at 524-6042 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions, or visit the Gilford Library Website at www.gilfordlibrary.org for a complete list of available passes.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2015 08:16

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