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Former Maryland gov. to speak at Pem-Baker Republican Dinner on May 15

ASHLAND — The turnout for the first Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee  spaghetti dinner of 2015 was standing room only. Carly Fiorina, that evening's special guest was very pleased.

May's all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners will be on Friday, May 15 this time with former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. Join us for spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and desserts. The dinner is held at the American Legion Hall, 37 Main Street, Ashland, from 5-7 p.m.

Governor Ehrlich is eyeing a possible run for President in 2016. In addition to having served as governor, U.S. congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he currently counsels clients on government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development.

As Maryland's first Republican governor in 36 years when elected in 2002, he improved Maryland's fiscal condition by turning $4 billion in inherited budget deficits into $2.3 billion in surpluses. His pro growth economic policies helped create 100,000 new private sector jobs. He is an advocate for Maryland's technology economy, enacting policies that positioned Maryland as a national leader in education, biotechnology, health care, and minority business advancement. He made record investments in public schools and authored Maryland's first public charter schools law, enabling more than 7,000 students to attend 30 new public charter schools. He doubled funding for need-based college scholarships, helping college enrollment reach an all-time high.

Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years, and managed the most successful military base realignment and closure strategy in the nation. He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland's first Office of Homeland Security.

His visit to the dinner in Ashland is part of his goal "to figure out— one, again if there is a demand for my brand of politics, and two, if there is, whether we can do well here... That's the two-part test."

Tickets are $10 at the door for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years, and 4 and under free with a special family price of $25.

Other dinner dates for 2015 are June 19 with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16.

For more information, Omer can be reached at 603-536-2224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Cindy at 603-536-3880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 08:12

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Fund raiding dinner at Rod & Gun Club on May 9

LACONIA — A benefit dinner to raise money for Penny O'Day's daughter Robin will be held at the Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, May 9 from 5-7:30 p.m.

The dinner will feature homemade mac and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs. Meals come with salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Music, and a 50/50 raffle will also be featured during the dinner. Cost is $6 per plate.

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Alaska caribou herd to be discussed at Gilmanton Year-Round Library

GILMANTON — Craig Gardner will present a program at the Gilmanton Year Round Library on Tuesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. describing the effort to preserve Alaska's Fortymile Caribou herd.

Gardner's program summarizes a long term study to develop and implement management steps to recover the Fortymile Caribou Herd. At one time, the Fortymile Herd was one of the largest caribou herds in the world and the most important to Interior Alaska and Western Canada. The herd declined from hundreds of thousands down to about six thousand animals during the early 1970s due to a combination of management mistakes, a series of severe winters, and intense predation. The herd declined to such a low level it no longer migrated to large portions of its traditional range including all of Canada.

"It was the most satisfying project I was involved during my career" says Gardner. "Not only did it require interesting biological study but also required fostering close working relationships with other agencies including ones in Canada and more importantly, with a wide variety of First Nation Tribes, public groups, industries, and even the military. We had to consider management steps that were going to affect harvest, predators, and industry. Any drastic changes to help the herd were going to require all groups to willingly compromise their ideals and not try to stop the project politically."

For about 30 years Gardner was a biologist for Alaska's Department of Fish and Game working as a predator/prey biologist studying impacts of wolf and bear predation on caribou and also studying furbearers including marten and wolverines. He did a five year study developing methods to manage a parasite introduced to Alaska via domestic dogs that infested the wolf population in parts of the state. He worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service on polar bears for 4 years and for independent consulting firms studying caribou and walruses for about two years. During graduate work at the University of Alaska he studied wolverines.

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Bird watching walk at Ellacoya State Park on May 9

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library invites the public to join birdwatcher, Mike Coskren and members of the Gilford Public Library staff for our 5th annual spring bird-watching walk on Saturday, May 9th from 7:30 – 9:30 am.

We will meet at Ellacoya State park and walk through the various habitats, listening and watching for birds that are migrating north. Trail conditions may be muddy, so wear appropriate footwear, and bring your binoculars and bug spray. The rain date for this program will be Saturday, May 16th. Contact the Gilford Public Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-6042 for more information.

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