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3rd Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day to be held on July 26

BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network are pleased to sponsor the Third Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day, which will be held on Saturday, July 26. This is a self-guided tour that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free maps will be available at participating farms.

This year the event will feature 10 unique farms. These farms include The Local Butcher, Good Stuff Farm, Five Acre Farm, Sticks and Stones Farm, Frenette Farm, Granite State Alpaca Farm, Mountain View Farm, Duane Family Farm, Tiz a Minature Horse Farm, and Veggies Galore and More. Various animals will be available for viewing at the farms, including Alpacas and Miniature Horses. Farms will also be conducting tours and demonstrations, and will have various products and produce for sale.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Donovan 269-5591 or Don Walker 435-0277.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 07:12

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Rep. Cordelli to speak at Lakes Region Tea party meeting

MOULTONBOROUGH — State Rep. Glenn Cordelli will be reporting on developments at the state Legislature at the next meeting of the Lakes Region Tea Party, scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. in the Moultonborough Public Library.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for members of the audience to air concerns or specific problems they might be experiencing with local, state or national issues.

A video about the U.S. Constitution will also be shown.

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Hal or Peggy Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 06:33

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Meredith Parks and Rec Planning Red Sox Trip

MEREDITH — Come join the Meredith Parks & Recreation Department for another fun trip to Fenway on Friday July 18 to see the Red Sox play the KC Royals. Premier Coach will pick up at the Meredith Community Center at 3 p.m. with an estimated arrival time of 5:30 at Fenway so you have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the park before the game begins at 7:10.

The ticket price includes the game ticket as well as coach transportation to and from Fenway, no need to battle Boston traffic or drive home late at night. The fee for a Meredith resident is $75 per ticket and Non-resident is $85 each. The bus will be transporting 50 participants only.

Check out the website for more information, as well as a flyer and registration forms at www.meredithnh.org or call the Community Center 279-8197.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:45

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Loons Have Started Nesting Throughout the State

 

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) recorded its first pair of nesting loons this year on Bolster Pond on May 12. Since then 40 more loon pairs have begun to incubate eggs.

In 2013, Loon Preservation Committee biologists recorded 180 pairs of nesting loons, a decrease of 8 pairs from the previous year. Thirty-six 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.

Of the 180 nesting pairs, seventy-seven were protected by signs and ropelines. Even with this level of management, LPC biologists recorded 98 failed nests, many of them due to human disturbance. Studies indicate that a minimum breeding success rate of 0.48 surviving chicks per loon pair is needed to maintain the loon population over the long term, but New Hampshire's loons have achieved that level of breeding success in only two out of the last eight years.

The peak of hatch of loon chicks generally occurs around the 4th of July holiday and loon pairs are vulnerable to disturbance as human activities on the lakes increase. A couple of simple precautions can help ensure a good year for loons in New Hampshire:
• Stay back at least 150 feet from a nesting loon, or more, if the loon shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over a nest. Loons may even appear to be injured or dead while in this head-down position, but it is simply a response to the close approach of people.
• If you do inadvertently cause a loon to flush from the nest, leave the area immediately to let the loon return to incubate its eggs. Time off the nest leaves the eggs vulnerable to cooling, overheating, or predation.

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including flushing loons from nests. If you observe harassment of loons, you may contact New Hampshire Fish & Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance.

The Loon Preservation Committee monitors loons throughout the state as part of its mission to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in New Hampshire; to monitor the health and productivity of loon populations as sentinels of environmental quality; and to promote a greater understanding of loons and the natural world.
To learn more about loons in New Hampshire, visit the Loon Preservation Committee on the web at www.loon.org or call the Loon Preservation Committee at (603) 476-LOON (5666).

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:40

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