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Wetlands listening session at Planning Commission meeting on July 28

LACONIA -- The Lakes Region Planning's Commission meeting will be devoted to a state Department of Environmental Services listening session on Monday, July 28, starting at 6 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.

The listening session will focus on freshwater shoreline topics, including docks and other shoreline structures, as well as the relationship with the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. DES will also provide an overview and seek ideas on the major concepts under consideration as part of the Wetlands Program Rulemaking and Process Improvement Effort, including the permitting process, evaluation standards, and technical requirements.

DES is undertaking a significant, multi-year effort to improve the technical standards, operations, and decision-making processes used by the Wetlands Bureau.

The overarching goals of this effort are to: Enhance transparency and predictability, increase consistency and standardization, and ensure scientifically-based decisions that protect New Hampshire's sensitive and important natural resources.
Those interested are encouraged to visit the NHDES webpage on this effort for more information, including a discussion guide that introduces many of the key topics that will be discussed on the 28th as well as summaries from listening sessions held earlier in 2014. You can also submit a comment directly to NHDES from the webpage (http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/process-improvement.htm).

Although walk-ins are welcome, in order to assist with planning, the Planning Commission is asking people to register in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject "Municipal Law Lecture Registration" or calling 279-8171.

All LRPC meetings are open to the public. For additional information or special accommodation, please contact the LRPC: 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:27

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Family-Friendly Adaptation of Tom Sawyer Heads to Playhouse

MEREDITH —  Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn, and sweetheart Becky Thatcher find themselves knee-deep in many raucous adventures in Laura Eason's family-friendly, fast-paced and fun adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The play takes to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's stage from July 23rd through August 2nd.
Eason's new adaptation will bring out the child in all audience members as they witness Tom and his friends exploring the thrill of mischief-making, the pangs of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong and the excitement of discovering buried treasure.
The production is directed by Bryan Halperin and features William Vaughn as the title character. It includes original music composed for the production by NH-based musician Joel Mercier. Imaginative and inventive staging will bring audience members swiftly from one adventure to another. A cast of seven brings to life the characters of Tom's world including Becky, Huck, Injun Joe, Aunt Polly and more. The company includes Playhouse favorites Adam Kee, A.J. Ditty, Nicholas Wilder, Bryn Austin, Rebecca Tucker and John C. Nagy III. Toby Miller will be making his Playhouse debut. The versatile cast will also provide musical accompaniment, on instruments as diverse as the banjo and the vibraslap.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse provides a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free "Busker Alley" pre-show performances of live music on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will be the third play of the summer season performed at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2014 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Chippers, Cross Insurance and Dead River Company. It is recommended for ages 8 and above.
Performances are July 23rd – August 2nd and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 24th and Monday July 28th at 2 pm. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:30 pm on Thursday, July 24th, "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, July 29th and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance Q&A with cast and director on Wednesday, July 30th.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:23

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Art Association meets Monday

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association will meet on Monday, July 21, at the Woodside Building Conference Center at the Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Dr. Patricia Wild has been rescheduled to speak to the group about Italian Artists of the Renaissance. This presentation will provide glimpses into the lives of the artists as well as the stories behind their art. It will be entertaining as well as factual.
Wild is a local artist and a professor of fine arts and education at the Lakes Region Community College.
For additional information about the meeting contact Gisela Langsten, 1st Vice President, Lakes Region Art Association at 603/293-2702. To learn more about the Lakes Region Art Association: www.lakesregionartassociation.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:12

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Prescott Farm partners with 1% for the Planet alliance

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center has become a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of more than 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give 1 percent of revenues to environmental causes.

The partnership makes Prescott Farm eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled in excess of $20 million in 2013. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which Prescott Farm can look to for support.

Prescott Farm, located on White Oaks Road, offers year-round environmental education for all ages including WildQuest vacation camps, school field trips, family and youth programs and Naturalist-in-Residence programs at three local elementary schools. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm's three-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.

More than 3,600 nonprofits worldwide are included in the 1% for the Planet network, and over $100 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date. "The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world's problems," says John Tashiro, interim CEO of 1% for the Planet.

"At Prescott Farm, our vision is to inspire our community to make choices that will result in a healthier future on a personal, local and global scale," says Executive Director Sarah Dunham-Miliotis. "We are constantly working to make Prescott Farm a place that people want to visit, spend time and fall in love with the natural world. As many others have said, 'You won't be inspired to save something unless you love it first.'"

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:08

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