Senior Moment-um to take a ride on the Sophie C.

GILFORD — The Senior Moment-um program on Monday, Aug. 10 will be boat strip on the Sophie C.

Participants will meet at Gilford Town Hall at 1 p.m. before heading to the dock for a 2 p.m. cruise aboard the Sophie C Mail Boat, the oldest floating post office in the U.S. In case of rain the outing will occur on Aug. 11.

Each season she provides mail service on Lake Winnipesaukee, a tradition dating back to 1892. Both of her daily mail runs take her to five islands (Camp Lawrence, Birch Island, Sandy Island, Cow Island and Jolly Island) where the staff delivers mail to the island residents and summer camps.

In addition to being a full-service post office where these residents may purchase postal supplies and stamps, Sophie also has a collection of ice cream novelty treats and snacks for sale.

The cost for this trip is $27 per person. Participants must RSVP with the Parks and Recreation office by Friday, Aug. 7.

Those wishing to make a reservation or get more information can contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


Loon Preservation Committee holding 40th Anniversary Benefit Raffle

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) is celebrating its 40th year of working to preserve loons and their habitats in New Hampshire, the result of which has been a more than tripling of the state's threatened loon population. Kicking off the festivities is the 40th Anniversary Benefit Raffle. Many local people made this year's raffle especially enticing with their donation of time, talent and goods.
A quilted loon wall hanging was donated by the talented quilters Bonnie Knott, Libby Morrill and Winnie O'Shaughnessy, Friends of Keepsake Quilting. This lovely piece is attractively hung by a decorative wrought iron rod donated by The Country Forge, with quilting supplies donated by Keepsake Quilting. Winnie O'Shaughnessy also teamed up with quilters Sarah Silk and Linda Monasky (Bear Paw Gallery), all three members of the Ladies of the Lake Quilters' Guild, to create a king/queen log cabin quilt with a center loon medallion. This stunning quilt has paper pieced water lilies, cattails and dragon flies strategically placed throughout the quilt. Donations were received from guild members and private sources to cover materials.
Third on the list is a pair of hand-carved and hand-painted loon decoys by long-time carver Jeff Duxbury of Dux Dekes. This pair of loons would look great on a mantle or as a decorative centerpiece. And last, but by no means least, is an Old Town, Venus 10 Ocean Kayak donated by Irwin Marine. This light-weight, sporty kayak is especially easy for a single handler.
All raffle items are on display at The Loon Center at 183 Lee's Mill Road in Moultonborough until the drawing on November 28 at LPC's Annual Holiday Open House. Most importantly, proceeds from the raffle benefit New Hampshire's loons. For more information on the Loon Preservation Committee and its lineup of 40 year festivities, visit or call 603-476-LOON.
The Loon Preservation Committee is a non-profit, environmental organization working to preserve loons and their habitats in New Hampshire since 1975 through monitoring, research, management and education.



Suzanne Perley receives Opechee Garden club orchid award

GILFORD — Opechee Garden Club Co-Presidents, Judy Robertson and Doreen Worthley, welcomed club members attending the Annual June Meeting and Luncheon, hosted by the Executive Board. A delicious roast pork loin meal was provided by local caterer, Eloise Post, at the Gilford Community Church.

The club received several awards from the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, and one award from the New England Region of the National Garden Club. Included were a GROW award for increased membership, a second place award for the 2014 OGC Scrapbook , two awards for the OGC Publicity/Press Book, a first place award from the NHFGC, along with a second place award from the New England Region of the National Garden Club, and finally, an OGC Silver Seal Citation to Barb Sargent in recognition of her many years of service to the club.

The newest award, the Orchid Award, is a beautiful tulip-shaped crystal vase created by Pepi Herrmann. It is given to a club member for exemplary service to the Opechee Garden Club, and is passed from recipient to recipient each year. The 2015 Orchid Award was presented to Suzanne Perley, a member of the club since 2006.

Currently, Suzanne is the OGC Treasurer, the Club Administrator, Co-Chairs the WOW Trailhead Gardens in Lakeport, Co-Chairs the renovation and maintenance of the Laconia Library Gardens, Chairs the Scholarship and Awards Committee, oversees the design and publication of the OGC Yearbook, advertising booklets and tickets for our fundraisers. She is a Master Gardene and has previously received the OGC Silver Seal Citation from the NH Federation of Garden Clubs.

Out-going Co-Presidents, Judy Robertson and Doreen Worthley, were each thanked for their service, and presented with a succulent garden. Other retiring Board members, Linda Belcher, Helen Murphy, Carmel Lancia and Rachel Achber were given lovely hanging baskets of flowers in appreciation for their work on behalf of the OGC.

Newly elected and installed officers for the 2015-2016 year are Co-Presidents, Audris Clark and Phyllis Corrigan; Vice President, Carol Block; Recording Secretary, Susan Primeau; Corresponding Secretary, Donna Vernon; Treasurer, Suzanne Perley; Hospitality Directors, Jane Rollins and Judy Nelson; Program Directors, Marge Dyer and Virginia West; Membership, Sandy Hickok; and Past Presidents, Judy Robertson and Doreen Worthley.

Standing Committees will be chaired by Debbie Cotton, Auditor; Barb Sargent, Civic Gardens; Suzanne Perley, Club Administrator; Sandy Gove, Federation Representative; Simone Routhier, Parliamentarian; Joan Stephenson and Marge Dyer, Photography; Dorothy Duffy, Local Publicity; Marge Dyer and Donna Vernon, Scrapbook; and Suzanne Perley, Scholarships and Awards.


Craft fair to take place in Bristol on Saturday

BRISTOL — St. Timothy Women's Club will hold its 10th annual Summer Craft Fair on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marion Center located at the foot of Newfound Lake across from Our Lady of Grace Chapel.

The Summer Craft Fair features local vendors and area crafters, as well as the members' hand-crafted merchandise and new-or-nearly-new items. A very popular attraction is the plant sale which provides a variety locally grown perennials and garden ornaments at amazing prices. Raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses are also available.

Chili will be served at lunch time and baked goods will be for sale.

St. Timothy Women's Club is a service organization that responds to both the needs of the parish and community. This annual fair is the club's primary fund-raising activity.