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N.H. Dept. of Fish & Game seeks help tracking wild turkey broods

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking for the public's help in tracking wild turkey broods in New Hampshire this spring and summer.

Members of the public who observe groups of turkeys with young between now through Aug. 31 are asked to report your sightings to Fish and Game at its web-based turkey brood survey at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/surveys/turkeybrood.html.

"People enjoy participating, and by doing so, they are helping us monitor the turkey population," said Kent A. Gustafson, Fish and Game wildlife programs supervisor. "We get reports from all over the state through this survey, adding to the important information biologists gather on turkey productivity, distribution, abundance, turkey brood survival and the timing of nesting and hatching."

Last year, summer brood survey participants reported seeing 724 broods totaling 4,646 turkeys. The average hatch date in 2014 was June 19. Biologists are especially interested in getting more reports of turkey broods in the three northernmost New Hampshire counties (Coos, Carroll and Grafton).

The term "brood" refers to a family group of young turkeys accompanied by a hen. New Hampshire hens generally begin laying eggs sometime from mid-April to early May and complete their clutch of about 12 eggs in early to mid-May. Incubation lasts for 28 days, and most eggs hatch from late May to mid-June. If incubating turkey eggs are destroyed or consumed by predators, hens often lay a replacement clutch of eggs that hatch late June through late July. Reports of adult male turkeys are not being requested at this time.

Many factors can affect turkey productivity in any given year. Young turkeys are extremely sensitive to cool temperatures and rain, both because it can impact their health, and because these conditions adversely impact insect populations that are a critical source of nutrition for young turkeys. Since spring weather is highly variable, survival of the annual hatch of wild turkeys is also highly variable.

Turkey populations depend on a large annual influx of young turkeys to sustain themselves over time, so the number of young turkeys that survive to be "recruited" into the fall population is of great interest to turkey managers. A large sample of turkey brood observations collected throughout the summer can provide turkey managers with insight into the size of the "graduating class" of turkeys that will become adults.


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Weekly art lessons for children offered in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Friends of the Arts, in collaboration with Plymouth State University Karl Drerup Art Gallery summer exhibition, "Forces of Nature," presents Arts in the Park.

Arts in the Park is open to children ages 6 to 10 and will take place Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. for five consecutive Thursdays starting July 9.

Instructor Sara Hage will explore creating art from objects found in the natural environment as well as exploring all senses of the outdoor world through feeling, smelling and expressive movement. All activities will take place at Fox Pond Park Pavilion, Plymouth.

There will be a fee of $5 per session. A full schedule can be accessed at the Friends of the Arts website: www.friends-of-the-arts.org or by calling (603) 536-1182.

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Rockin’ 50s event on Aug. 1 to raise funds for Multicultural Festival

LACONIA -- The Laconia Multicultural Festival will hold a Rockin' 50's musical fund-raising event on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St.

The evening will be an opportunity to listen to 1950s sounds offered up by the Rockin' Daddios, Laconia's own a capella singing stars. In addition those attending will have a chance to test their speed and acuity while playing Beat the Clock; you may win a prize!

This event is a change to dig that poodle skirt out of the attic trunk, revive that crew cut or pony tail, and join your friends for an evening of fun and laughter.

The event, a fundraiser for the Laconia Multicultural Festival, is BYOB. Old-fashioned ice cream sodas will be served along with complimentary crudités. As always at Pitman's, there will be popcorn galore.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets are available at Greenlaw's in downtown Laconia and online at www.laconiamulticulturalfestival.org. Ticket sales are limited. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Further information is available at Laconia Multicultural Festival's Facebook page.

This year's festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Moultonborough public library and Historical Society: agenda for July

MOULTONBOROUGH — Join us on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m., to welcome storyteller and Yankee humorist Fred Marple. Fred has appeared on New Hampshire Chronicle, on radio, at town halls, church basements, and the homes of most of his friends, usually right around dinner time. Fred is also known as humorist and songwriter Ken Sheldon, his humor column "Only in New England" appears in every issue of Yankee Magazine. Fred's first book, "Welcome to Frost Heaves" is a collection of stories from the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the Frost Heaves Academy and the East Coast School of Knife Sharpening and Carburetor Repair.

Local Author Carl Howe Hansen will be here to read and sign copies of his new book "Destiny" on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. This story focuses on the struggles of four generations of a Danish immigrant family in Massachusetts facing a potential environmental disaster. Carl spent his summers in Sandwich while he was growing up.

Forensic science as portrayed on TV is a flashy and fast thrill ride in which the crime is always solved. Learn how it's really done at CSI: New Hampshire," on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. At the NH State Police Forensic Laboratory, a staff of scientists provides forensic services for the entire state.  This presentation will delve into the wide array of forensic analyses conducted ranging from classic disciplines such as fingerprint and footwear to state-of-the-art technologies such as DNA and forensic computer analysis.

Timothy J. Pifer is the Laboratory Director of the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory where he oversees a staff of 46 scientists and support staff as well as the examination of over 10,000 criminal cases annually. These include homicides, sexual assaults, arson, burglaries, and drug cases. He earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College and a M.S. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. He is in his 25th year with the laboratory, the last 19 of which as the Laboratory Director.

For our younger readers, this year's Summer Reading program begins with a "Touch a Truck" event on Monday, June 29 at 2 p.m. If you've ever wanted to see a fire engine, police car, dump truck, or 1929 antique pickup truck up close and personal, then don't miss this opportunity, and while you're here, pick up your registration packet for the Summer Reading Program, and sign up to participate in the Fourth of July Parade, on Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m. This year's summer reading theme is "Every Hero Has a Story," and we have a great lineup of programs planned, including appearances by the Interlakes Children's Theatre, plus movies, crafts, storytelling, and live animals. Signup begins on Monday, June 29, and all reading logs must be completed and turned in by August 12.
The Summer Reading schedule of special events continues on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m. with "Pinkalicious," presented by the Interlakes Children's Theatre. The show is based on the children's book "Pinkalicious," by Victoria Kann, about a girl who loves the color pink, especially pink cupcakes, until she eats one too many, and turns herself pink. On Tuesday, July 7, there will be a special storytime with, children's book author and illustrator Andy Opel, who will be here to read his new book "Mansion on the Lake."

On Monday, July 13, the Moultonborough Historical Society will present the program "What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee" with speaker Hans Hug, Jr. of Exeter. He will speak about his scuba diving adventures in the Big Lake and the things he has found. Hans is an avid diver and history buff who has dived all over the lake in search of artifacts, shipwrecks and more. Using old maps, photographs, historical research and high tech side-scan-sonar, he has discovered many new and interesting things including dozens of unknown shipwrecks. Hans will bring in some of the things he has found as well as underwater photographs and sonar images, and will show a short video of one of the 60+ wrecks he located on the bottom. The program will be at the Town House Museum on Rt. 25 in Moultonborough, across from Melcher and Prescott Insurance, and the public is invited to attend. The Historical Society would also like to thank John Moulton of Moulton Farms for donating a planting of red, white, and blue petunias to brighten up the historical buildings of Moultonborough.




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