Meredith Altrusans to serve hot dog dinner at Community Center on July 22

MEREDITH — On July 22,, Altrusa International of Meredith will celebrate summer by inviting area residents to a hot dog barbecue . Neighbors of all ages are invited to enjoy a home cooked meal at the Meredith Community Center.

The menu for the July dinner will feature hot dogs fresh off the grill, pasta salad, beans, chips, and watermelon. Dinner will be served at in air conditioned comfort at 5:30. Doors will open at 5 to give everyone a chance to socialize over a cup of coffee.

Seating is limited, so guests are strongly urged to make reservations by calling Alison at 279-9918. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Altrusa of Meredith plans to continue the popular community dinners the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Community Center. The Altrusa International Foundation of Meredith Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. Its fundraising efforts contribute to a better community through leadership, service, and partnerships. Community dinners are one of the ways in which Altrusa strives to improve the economic well-being and quality of life through their commitment to community service. 

Arson-sniffing dog to give demonstration

ALEXANDRIA — A fire investigator will give a program on how dogs can detect evidence of arson on Monday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at the Old Town Hall.

The program, made possible by the trustees of the Haynes Library, will feature Stacey Dubois and her arson-sniffing yellow lab, Molly. Molly, the only canine accelerant detector in the state, will demonstrate how she assists in arson investigations.

After the demonstration attendee will have an opportunity to have an up-close look at a fire truck.

The library trustees are encouraging youngsters to sign up for summer reading while attending Monday's program.

Further information can be obtained by emailing Erin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.