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Loons nesting off Markus Sanctuary


MOULTONBOROUGH — Loons are nesting off the Markus Sanctuary on a nesting raft that is floated there every year, the Loon Preservation Committee reports.

The raft can be seen from a vantage point along one of The Loon Center's hiking trails overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. This year, chicks are due to hatch at the beginning of August, so now is a great time to visit The Loon Center. LPC biologists have set up a spotting scope along the trail so visitors can get a closer look. Even after the chicks hatch, the loon family will still spend time in the bay.

In 2014, Loon Preservation Committee biologists recorded 208 pairs of nesting loons. 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.

Half of the nesting pairs were protected by signs and ropelines, and over half of the 201 chicks hatched in 2014 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, predators and water-level fluctuations.

Studies indicate that a survival rate of one chick per pair every other year is needed to maintain the loon population over the long term.

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including following adults with chicks. Anyone observing harassment of loons, may contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:13

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Pasquaney Garden club holding working meeting

BRISTOL — On July 28 the Pasquaney Garden Club will be working in the Butterfly Garden behind the Minot Sleeper Library in Bristol.

Club members will be deadheading and doing other small chores and a bit of socializing. If you would like to meet some gardeners, know more about gardening, ask some questions about our garden or yours come along and say hello. Members will be coming and going between 7 am and 11 am with most of us there around nine or thereabouts. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:36

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Children's Theater to perform 'Emperor New Clothes' at PSU


PLYMOUTH — IMPACT, the children's theater company of Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln, will present a stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tail "The Emperor's New Clothes" on Thursday, July 30, at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University campus.

"The Emperor's New Clothes" is the story of a terribly vain and foolish emperor who demands the finest clothes in the land for a Grande Parade. Swindlers convince him that they can make a suit from fabric that is invisible by people who are stupid or unfit for their jobs. No one can see the suit, but no one dares admit it until a child in the crowd blurts out that the emperor has no clothes. The emperor suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession.

The audience will have a chance to meet the show's characters after the performance.

Other IMPACT performances remaining this summer are Aug. 6, "Snow White the the Seven Dwarves;" and Aug. 13, "Pinocchio."

Tickets, which can be purchased at the Silver Center box office, are $7 per seat (including babes in arms), with a group rate of $5 per seat for groups of 15 or more purchased at the same time. The box office can be reached at (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets can be purchased online at silver.plymouth.edu. Convenience fees apply to online orders.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:32

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New Hampton Garden Club will prepare Old Home Day raffle baskets

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Garden club held their monthly meeting on July 7 with discussion regarding the upcoming New Hampton Old Home Day on August 8 and and plans for once again offering several gift baskets for raffles. In the past these have been an enjoyable activity for those attending the event, as well as people purchasing advance tickets when they are unable to be at Old Home Day.

As usual these baskets will be loaded with surprise contents with the following categories: Made in N. H. products, wine basket, children's theme and a reader's delight tray w/books and treats. These baskets have several gift certificates tucked in with the plentiful contents. We will be selling raffle tickets at the New Hampton Fire House on August 7 at the Bloodmobile. Come one and all to buy tickets and donate blood.

Ellie Morrison passed out an information sheet on mulch. She then discussed the various gardens that the club maintains and what flowers are grown in them and where they are. She noted that the person in charge of each garden is listed in our book but encouraged all to help with the weeding and clean up of the gardens. The Korean/Vietnam garden has been mulched, weeded, and pruned. Priscilla shared that a veteran from Bristol has been helping out at the garden and we welcome any other veterans to join in and help us maintain this garden spot.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:30

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