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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center trails open for 49th season on May 1

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center opens for its 49th annual trail season on Friday, May 1. Regular trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.). Since 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors about the natural world through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises. The Science Center is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Science Center has new exhibits, new animals, and a new look for the boats for the 2015 season. Beginning in May the Science Center will feature a three-dimensional art installation in the Mead Discovery Place of the Trailhead Gallery called Stream of Conscience. To build excitement and awareness about water and the upcoming new Water Matters Pavilion (scheduled to open for 2016), the Science Center is working with the non-profit organization Art for Water (artforwater.org) to create this installation. It will be on display from May 1, through November 1, 2016.

Through visits to schools and with Science Center attendees, Art for Water associates will talk with groups about global and local water issues. Art for Water will be offering a seminar during H2Ooooh! Day at the Science Center on Saturday, June 20 with a day all about water.

Another new exhibit opening in 2015 is the Gordon Interactive Playscape; A Predator-Prey Adventure. Visitors play the role of a red squirrel searching for food as they climb rocks and logs, scramble through tunnels, and balance on branches to escape predators in search of the bird's nest. The Playscape is located next to the Gordon Children's Center and will open July 1.

The Celebrate Birds Exhibit will feature a new feathered friend - a Raven. The Raven replaces the Blue Jays which were part of a three-year research study completed by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire. The Raven arrived at the Science Center in March as a former pet whose owners could no longer care for him. He is habituated to people and cannot be released into the wild.

The 2015 season features the ever popular cruises on Squam Lake to see wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the lake. The Osprey, one of the Science Center's pontoon boats has a pre-season facelift of a new floor and side curtains. This will add to visitor's comfort on cruises. The Bald Eagle Adventure Cruise, Loon Cruise, Dinner and Sunset Cruise, Explore Squam Cruise, and Nature of the Lakes Cruise will all be back for the 2015 season. The Lake Explorers Family Cruise also returns to get young people interested in life on the water. Squam Lake Cruises begin May 16.

The live animal exhibit trail features native New Hampshire animals such as coyote, red fox, gray fox, skunk, bobcats, mountain lions, white-tailed deer, river otters, black bears, and various raptors including bald eagle, great-horned owl, and red-tailed hawk. The Science Center features River Otter Feeding presentations every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m. starting May 2. River Otter Feeding allows visitors to learn about otter biology and ecology while watching the two resident river otters play and enjoy a special treat. Visitors can also see live mountain lion training on Thursdays at noon during July and August. Mountain Lion Training and Feeding shows off the tasks the mountain lions have learned that enable keepers to ensure the health and safety of the animals while providing enrichment. Up Close to Animals presentations offered five times a day in July and August allow visitors to meet an animal up close and learn about them from a naturalist educator.

For details about hours and admission rates please visit http://www.nhnature.org/visit/hours_admission.php.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 07:57

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Nuno felted flower class offered May 2 at League of NH Craftsmen gallery in Meredith

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will hold a Multi-layer Nuno Felted Flower class with Nancy Evans on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will how to combine wool roving with silk hankies and wet felt them to create these beautiful flowers. Each flower is multi-layered and done in one step. No sewing is required. These make great pins or embellishments for hats or coats. The centers can be beaded or embellished to add extra sparkle and beauty.

Students will need to bring a couple of old towels, scissors, needle and thread for sewing on beads if you want to embellish.

Tuition is $45 per student and there is no materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 279-7920.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 07:49

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Mountain view church holding dedication ceremony sunday

SANBORNTON — The 200-yearold Mountain View Church, which until its recently completed renovation and addition project was known as the 2nd Baptist Church, will hold a dedication ceremony for the renovated church on Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m.

After 2 years of planning by members of the 10 year planning committee and developing plans with the architect along with 13 months of construction, church members are now enjoying the new sanctuary and amenities of the new addition.
Palm Sunday was the first service in the new building and was marked by an overflowing attendance. Many neighbors stopped in to see the finished results. Easter Sunday Service saw another packed crowd of friends and relatives. Both services were energized with an air of new beginning and excitement.
There will be a special dedication service this Sunday. Reverend Dale Edwards, executive Minister for ABC of VT & NH, will be delivering the dedication message. There will be an open house following the service with refreshments being served.
Pastor Chris McMicken says it is a great accomplishment to be in the new building. Since becoming Pastor, he has led his flock to a new level of ministry. First; to revitalize the church with improvements and updates to make the Church more accessible and convenient with restrooms, coffee bar snack area and study areas. Second; to contemporize the music. Third: to begin a broadened ministry of local outreach and service to the surrounding community focused on family, children and those in need.
Matt Beem, Associate Pastor and Worship Leader, is leading the church in a more contemporary approach to its songs of praise. His other gifts include working with youth and local mission outreach.
The church offers a Sunday worship service at 9:30 followed by a fellowship time with coffee and snacks. Children's Sunday school and adult studies following fellowship and coffee and weekly small groups.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 07:44

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Winnisquam grad elected State President of FFA

TILTON — Maria Daneault, a 2014 graduate of Winnisquam Regional High School, was elected to the position of State President in the Granite State Association of FFA. In this position, Daneault will lead over 500 students of agricultural education in leadership development during the coming year.

Daneault is currently a student at NHTI and previously held the position of FFA State Secretary. In addition to Daneault, twenty-two Winnisquam FFA Members represented the Winnisquam Agricultural Center at the 85th Annual Convention of the Granite State Association of FFA. The event was held March 26–28 at the Mt. Washington Resort, with students from ten New Hampshire agricultural education programs in attendance.

FFA members spent three days competing in Career Development Events (CDEs), participating in leadership workshops and attending awards sessions. Several Winnisquam Agricultural Center students were recognized for their work in agriculture. Iris LaRochelle and Ryan Brown placed first in their categories, with recognition also going to Tyler Swain, Kirsten Frender and Brenna Audet. Cheyenne DeHart earned her State FFA Degree.

Winnisquam teams competed in various events, with the Parliamentary Procedure group taking first place state-wide. The team consisted of Sierra Laughy, Grace Weingartner, Iris LaRochelle, Adam Spaulding, Brenna Audet and Kirsten Frender. Capturing third place was the Ag Sales team of Roy Wells, Cianna Carey, MacKinley Goldthwaite and Autumn Chaffee, with Chaffee earning first individually. Dan McCall also competed in the event and placed fourth.

In the Job Interview CDE, Swain was first in the junior division, with Josh Dow placing second and Cianna Carey third in the sophomore category. Animal Welfare Display competitors Chaffee and Frender placed third and fourth respectively, while Deanna Fogarty was third in Demonstration. Also receiving awards, in the Impromptu Speaking contest, were Audet and Connie Lacasse (first and second place in the freshman/sophomore division) and Billy Chavanelle (first among juniors & seniors).

Special features of the event included guest speaker Dr. Drew Conroy of UNH, a presentation by Wildlife Encounters of Rochester, NH and leadership development workshops by National FFA Secretary Victoria Maloch. All twenty-three Winnisquam participants took advantage of this outstanding opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the state, develop their leadership skills and expand their horizons.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:34

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