Boaters reminded loon chicks are hatching and caution is required

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) reports that loon chicks are hatching on lakes around the state just in time for the July 4th holiday, making them more vulnerable to disturbance as human activity increases on the lakes.

If you see an adult loon with chicks please make sure to stay at least 150 feet from them so the parents can concentrate on feeding and caring for their chicks. If the adult shows any signs of distress such as craning its neck low over the water, thrashing about in the water, or vocalizing, please give them more space. Newly hatched chicks are small, dark and cannot easily dive.

"It's a full-time job for two loon parents to raise one or two loon chicks over the course of the summer" said Harry Vogel, Senior Biologist/Executive Director of the Loon Preservation Committee. "It's really important that we give them the space they need to care for and feed those chicks, instead of watching us because we're too close. The best way to observe loons is with a good pair of binoculars. The best way to photograph them is with a long telephoto lens."

Last year Loon Preservation Committee biologists floated a record number of rafts to help loons nest and protected a record number of nesting pairs with signs and ropeline. They recorded 201 loon chicks hatched, but 24% of those chicks did not survive. 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 and 2014 was only the third time in the last nine years that New Hampshire's loons have achieved that level of breeding success. LPC biologists are hoping for another productive breeding season this year for the state-threatened loon population. The same cautions apply to loons on nests, as many loon pairs are sitting on eggs that have not yet hatched.

The annual Loon Census will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 8-9 am. This mid-season count gives LPC a "snapshot" on loon productivity throughout the state and is rolled into our season-long monitoring. Those who would like to participate can contact LPC at 603-476-5666 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Loons are a threatened species in New Hampshire and are protected by state and federal laws from hunting or harassment, including following adults with chicks. If you observe harassment of loons, you may contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (603-271-3361) or Marine Patrol (603-293-2037) for assistance. The Loon Preservation Committee would also like to remind everyone to leave your lead tackle at home if you are fishing on the lakes this summer, as lead poisoning from ingested lead tackle is the largest known cause of adult loon mortality in New Hampshire.

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.

Gilford library offers full array of summer programs

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library is taking storytime on the road and will be hosting its very first Storytime at the Beach this summer at the Gilford Public Beach. Every Wednesday from July 8th through August 1st, one of the children's librarians will be at the beach with plenty of exciting book for a mid-afternoon storytime from 12:00-12:30 pm.

Parents can help themselves to a free book from Gilford Public Library's on-site Little Free Library while the little ones are being entertained. 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.

On Thursday, July 9th, the Gilford Public Library will host its annual Storywalk at Ramblin' Vewe Farm! We'll meet at the Ramblin' Vewe trailhead off of Boyd Hill Road in Gilford at 10:30 am and take a leisurely stroll through the forest, reading a story posted along the way.  The rain date for this walk will be Friday, July 10th. The Storywalk will be hung up until the end of Summer Reading (Friday, August 7th) so be sure to go back and enjoy the story again.

On Thursday, July 9th, the Gilford Public Library will host a Make It! Homemade Ice Cream program for kids and teens in Grades 5 and up. Participants will learn how to make their own ice cream, and then celebrate their creations with ice cream sundaes. This activity is part of an ongoing series of monthly Makerspace-themed programs geared towards kids in Grades 5 and up.

Make It! Homemade Ice Cream will run from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Sign up for this program at the Circulation Desk or by calling the library at 524-6042. Participants must be Gilford Library Cardholders.
On Thursday, July 9th, the Gilford Public Library will host paranormal researcher and journalist Jeff Belanger for an exploration into the unexplained. The host of New England Legends, Jeff is a local expert on the supernatural. A multi-media lecture, Q&A, and book signing, the evening will explore not only ghost stories, but the reasons behind the phenomena. Jeff will explain the investigation process, and highlight some of his spooky adventures around the world. This program is free and open to the public and will run from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
People of all ages love the music from the World War II era, 1939-1945. On Monday, July 13th the Gilford Public Library will host Songs and Stories from the War Years presented by Richard Kruppa. This entertaining and informative program, which runs from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, focuses on some of the most beloved songs from that era. Songs like "Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover," "Sentimental Journey," "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," and "Harbor Lights." Richard not only sings the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, 5-string banjo, and baritone ukulele, but he tells their fascinating and unfamiliar stories as well; their meaning, how they came to be, and their significance.
Richard asks interesting and thought-provoking questions, such as "What popular song was written in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor?" "What song was popular world-wide and thought to be from each country where it was popular?" and "What WW II-era song was a top hit written and recorded by a state governor?"
Richard Kruppa, known musically as "Ramblin' Richard," is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and a retired professor from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
The event will be held in the Gilford Public Library's meeting room at 31 Potter Hill Road.

Concerts, lectures at Bible conference

RUMNEY — The Rumney Bible Conference will host musical performances and a special speaker this month.

This Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m., singer Jason Runnels will give a pubic concert.

Runnels, a tenor, formerly with the Down East Boys, is a Gospel musician who began his career in 1998. He has appeared with Bill Gaither Homecoming. He travels with his family performing across U.S. and Canada.

On Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m. violinist Katie Buck will perform.

Buck has been playing for more than 30 years and teaching violin for eight years. She is registered Suzuki instructor, and holds a bachelor's degree in violin performance from the University of Michigan.

The public will have an opportunity to hear history lectures from Sunday, July 12, through Wednesday, July 15. Each evening at 7 p.m. Leo Martin, the director of education at the Jenney Museum in Plymouth, Mass., will speak. Martin, who is also one the museum's guides, is known for his ability to bring history of 17th century life in one of Massachusetts' earliest settlements to life.

Weirs Beach fireworks kick off Fri.

LACONIA — The series of summertime fireworks displays in Weirs Beach will kick off this Friday, with a show scheduled to start at 11:59 p.m., according to organizers. 

All told there will be nine displays between now and Labor Day weekend. All shows are organized by the Weirs Action Committee.

The July 3 show is sponsored by the city of Laconia. There is no rain date for holiday show.

Other shows during July and August will be held on Fridays at 10 p.m., with a rain date of Saturday at 10 p.m. Dates for those shows are July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, and Aug. 21.

The Labor Day weekend show will take place Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m., and is being sponsored by Half Moon Enterprises. There is no rain date for the Labor Day show.

Various area businesses join together with the Weirs Action Committee to present the Friday night fireworks shows from July 10 through Aug. 21. The overall fireworks series is co-sponsored by Atlas Fireworks.

Those who would like up-to-date information about the fireworks or who would like to make a donation to defray expenses can visit the Weirs Action Committee's facebook page at; or the fireworks webpage at; or email the Weirs Action Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..