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Gilman Library receives gift of tabletop telescope

ALTON — The Gilman Library recently received the gift of an Orion StarBlast #9814 4.5" Altazimuth Reflector Tabletop Telescope donated by Elaine Granthum-Buckley and which is supported by The New Hampshire Astronomical Society. The new  telescope will be made available for circulation by library card holders in good standing on Saturday, November 22.

The NHAS is a state charted non - profit educational organization, promoting public awareness of astronomy. They hold public sky watches, demonstrations, presentations and discussions all free of charge. In celebration of this wonderful addition to our library collection, please join us for the following:

On two Friday nights, October 17 and November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room at the Gilman Library, Alton resident and author, Anura Guruge, will deliver two separate presentations, the second building upon the first, on how library patrons, new to astronomy, can best use these telescopes to explore and enjoy the night sky above Alton. These presentations will be in a similar vein to the "Comet ISON" presentation delivered by the same speaker, at the Gilman Library, to an enthusiastic reception in November. The first of the two presentations will look at the various objects visible in the night sky, ranging from asteroids to galaxies and will initially focus on Solar System components including the planets, the dwarf planets, the moons, asteroids and comets.

Though never a professional astronomer, Guruge has published six books on astronomy: four on comets, one on dwarf planets and another on asteroid 4 Vesta. His Comet ISON books reached 'best seller' status for astronomy books on Amazon prior to the demise of this sungrazing comet on Thanksgiving Day 2013. His other comet book, "Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia", continues to attract attention. The first ever telescope he ever used, c. 1961 while an eight-year old living in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), belonged to Sir Arthur C. Clark, the author of '2001: A Space Odyssey' and the person who dreamed up the notion of geostationary satellites.

The Friday, November 21 presentation will set out to explore further afield and spend time looking at the mysteries of galaxies – not just the Milky Way but those beyond. Both presentations will be comprehensible to those ten and over. A PowerPoint presentation will be used in both cases to provide visual stimulation and prompt during the presentation.

 

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Beekeeper Ernie Bolduc at center harbor historical society

CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Historical Society will be hosting Ernie Bolduc of Gilford at their October 23 presentation which will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Schoolhouse Museum.
Bolduc will be talking about "keeping bees", honey bees, and what is involved in their care. Honey bees are a fascinating subject, and Ernie will have lots of information to share on their hive life, and the important role they play in the ecosystem.

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Defibrillators at all Bank of N.H. offices

 LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire has announced that its 21 offices were recently equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine from the American Red Cross.
“Having these machines in our offices could save a life,” said Vickie Routhier, SVP – Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “We are a proud supporter of the American Red Cross throughout New Hampshire and have taken the opportunity to partner with them to train individuals in each office to be prepared in the instance help is needed.”
“We would like to thank Bank of New Hampshire for being one of our partners and purchasing AED machines through the Red Cross,” said Donna Stevens, American Red Cross Health and Safety Account Executive. “Bank of New Hampshire has partnered with the American Red Cross for a variety of different events. This is just one of the important partnerships between the two organizations. Collaboration includes fundraisers, social media awareness in an effort to get the word out about blood drives that are happening through the Red Cross.”
For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 08:47

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Laconia police officers association conducting fund drive

LACONIA — The Laconia Police Officers Association will be conducting a fundraising campaign. For the next few weeks area businesses and residents will be contacted during this time and asked to sponsor a business advertisement or family listing in the Laconia Police Officers Association, 2014 Police Yearbook/Business Directory. The business directory will be available at the association's upcoming Comedy Night, featuring the "Boston Comedy All Stars". The event will be on Saturday, Nov 15 at The Margate Resort with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $15 and tickets will be available at the door the night of the show. Tickets will also be given away complimentary with a donation to the Laconia Police Officers Association fund-raising campaign.

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