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Lakes Region Conservation Trust kicks off 2015 guided excursion program (279)

CENTER HARBOR — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust will kick off its 2015 Guided Excursion Program with a hike at the Red Hill Conservation Area in Moultonborough on July 9. John Oliver, lead guide and Property Adopter for the 2,650 acre Red Hill Conservation Area, will take participants to the Cook and Horn settlement sites, giving them the opportunity to learn about these historic sites, identify signs of wildlife in this habitat-rich environment, and explore a beautiful part of this conserved landscape along the way.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust will be offering many guided excursions throughout the season, including an Orienteering/GPS course at Center Harbor Woods, hikes at the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in Moultonborough, Knights Pond in Alton, Piper Mountain in Gilford, and the newly acquired Sugarloaf Ridge in Alexandria. LRCT will also offer the very popular, mushroom walk with Rick Van de Poll at Fogg Hill in Center Harbor as well as paddles on Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, and Lake Wicwas. These excursions provide a great opportunity to learn about and explore LRCT's conserved lands with knowledgeable guides. All LRCT guided excursions are free to all, but registration is required.
The Lakes Region Conservation Trust was founded in 1979 to conserve the natural heritage of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. To date, LRCT has conserved more than 130 properties totaling nearly 24,000 acres. LRCT's conservation and stewardship work preserves community character, conserves critical wildlife habitat and diverse ecosystems, protects natural landmarks and scenic landscapes, and provides outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all ages.
To register for guided excursions or learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Trust,  visit www.lrct.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 07:55

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Sibling authors to discuss their work at Bayswater Books on July 20

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Books of Center Harbor will sponsor a Tea and Talk with sibling authors on Monday, July 20 at 7 pm at the Moultonborough Library. Author Jon Keller will be discussing his book, Of Sea and Cloud, joined by his sister, author Abi Maxwell, discussing her newest book with local ties, Lake People. Tickets are $20 and include the price of one book.
Keller, a former professor at the University of Montana, now lives year-round on a sailboat off the coast of Maine. During his many years working on lobster boats, Keller wrote numerous articles concerning the economics and politics of commercial fisheries for a monthly paper and took copious notes to document the people and dialect that amazed him. Of Sea and Cloud evolved from these notes.

It tells the story of two sons, Jonah and Nicolas, lobstermen alongside their father until he is lost at sea. Facing the economic downturn, the crashing price of lobster, and the crooked leanings of their father's former business partner, Jonah and Nicolas must decide how much to risk for their family's legacy. "The rich lore of the Maine lobstermen combines with an energetic narrative and muscular prose to make Keller's fiction debut a winner." – Publisher's Weekly.
Author Abi Maxwell's novel, Lake People, is set in the small New Hampshire town of Kettleborough, a town very similar to many found in the actual Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Hailed as a "powerful, luminous novel" by Booklist, Lake People tells the story of Alice, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life and navigating her way with a cast of characters. As Alice edges closer to her past, Lake People evokes the interweaving of family history and individual fate, and the connections we feel to the place where we were born. Maxwell is a lifelong resident of Gilford, and drew from the Lakes Region in the writing of Lake People.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for New Hampton nature-fitness trail

NEW HAMPTON — This morning at 9 a.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the New Hampton Nature Fitness Trail which runs behind the Public Safety Building on town property.

Directions: Exit 23 off of Hwy 93, head west on NH Route 104, turn right at the New Hampton Public Safety Bldg (Intervale Dr.), opposite Main Street. The ceremony will be held at the trail entrance which is at the southeast corner of the Public Safety Building parking lot.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 07:51

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Alton School District Appoints new principal (300) w/1COL photo Blackstone


ALTON — Cris Blackstone has been appointed as the new principal of the Alton Central School, the Alton School Board has announced.

Blackstone earned her master's degree in school leadership, served as an administrator in both SAU 58 and SAU 18. She has multiple years as a classroom teacher.

She taught in Belgium, Northern Ireland, many states, and several districts in New Hampshire. She is the former Gifted/Talented and Enrichment teacher in Alton. She rounded out her teaching experience as a social studies and language arts teacher at the middle school level.

Blackstone's administrative experience includes three years as curriculum coordinator, and two years as an assistant principal. Her involvement in education extends to the state level where she is a member of the Equity in Education committee, Teacher Effectiveness committee, and Professional Development Plan Review committee.

Her experience and understanding of curriculum from kindergarten through grade 12 is a valued asset, the board noted. She is a regional and nation presenter on the subjects of curriculum, effective teaching, student achievement and using data to design lesson.

She remains an active member of the Board of Directors for NH Affiliate of Learning Forward, the professional organization focused on best practices for professional development for teachers.

Owing to her love of lifelong learning, and passion for traveling, Blackstone was a member of the Chinese Bridge New England School Administrators' trip to China, as the Guest of the National College Board in November 2013.

The board said it chose Blackstone because of her understanding of the importance of family/school communication and participation, and because she will bring a student-centered and collaborative approach to Alton Central School.

Blackstone is scheduled to attend the next regularly scheduled school board meeting on Monday, July 13, for a "Meet and Greet," along with newly named Superintendent Maureen Ward.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 07:49

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