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Lakes Region Churches Holding EasterFest in Belmont Saturday

BELMONT — In a collaborative effort amongst Lakes Region Churches (LRC), Belmont Baptist Church, Lochmere Baptist Church and Grace Capital Church, Laconia Campus, EasterFest will help celebrate the fun and meaning of Easter. Beginning at 11 a.m. at the Belmont Elementary School on Saturday, April 19, the event will run until 2 p.m.

The inaugural EasterFest will provide area children and their families a free day of fun and excitement. The plan is to hold the largest Easter Egg hunt in the state, with over 10,000 eggs available to find. There will also be a bouncy house and climbing wall for the children to enjoy free of charge. Door prizes will also be awarded

Along with our Easter Eggs the churches will be providing free hot dogs, and drinks to everyone in attendance. It is estimated that 250 children and their families will be in attendance.

Many local business have come together in support of the event.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:15

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Recreation Department offers Duck Boat Tour of Charles River

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Recreation Department is making a splash with a Duck Boat Tour of Boston's Charles River on Wednesday, June 18.

Participants will depart MRD and travel by coach bus to Boston where they will board a Duck Boat for an 80 minute narrated land and water tour of Boston's unique neighborhoods and historic places. We'll get an awesome view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines from the Charles River. Afterward, we'll enjoy lunch at the "Cheers" Restaurant in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The restaurant is an exact replica of the "Cheers" TV show's Hollywood set. After lunch, there will be time to browse the shops at Faneuil Hall before returning to Moultonborough.

Reservations are limited and pre-registration is required. The cost of this trip is $83 per person and is intended for adults age 18+. The fee includes Duck Boat tour, lunch, gratuities and coach bus transportation. We will depart from the Moultonborough Recreation Department at 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18 and will return at 6:30 p.m. We will be travelling with patrons of Belmont Parks & Recreation, and will make a pickup in Belmont along the way. Reservations are limited and must be accompanied with payment by check. Register by calling 476-8868 before May 16.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:01

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Lions Club Holding Electronic Waste Collection Day April 19

GILFORD — Members of the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club will be holding an Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 19 in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

According to President Lori Chandler, "Money raised on April 19 will allow the Lions Club to meet pressing needs in our community such as eye glasses and hearing aids, stocking of local food pantries, college scholarships, holiday food baskets for needy families, just to name a few. Lions Club members thank everyone who contributes to this important work. You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community."
Got an old computer collecting dust in the closet, or a broken refrigerator sitting on the back porch? What do you do with these items when you replace them. Everything from laptops, phones and radios to home appliances and TVs cost you a fortune to haul away.
Turn that junk over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day and, for a small disposal fee, not only will they take it off your hands, they will recycle your old electronic items. The disposal charge is less than the local transfer station's prices. Cash or checks will be accepted but not debit or credit cards.
Following is a list of items you may want to drop off: computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, Servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer accessories.
In addition, they will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted.
You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs or thermometers, capacitors, ballasts, or any other hazardous waste.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:52

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UNH Cooperative Extension's Andrew Fast Wins Mollie Beattie Young Forester Award

DURHAM — UNH Cooperative Extension forester Andrew Fast has received further recognition for his commitment to the protection and productivity of forests in New Hampshire and throughout the country. On March 26, Fast was celebrated by his peers with the Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award given by the New England Society of American Foresters at their annual meeting in Nashua.

The young forester leadership award goes to a member of the society who is less than 40 years old and has shown leadership in a program or project benefitting the practice of forestry.

Introducing the award winner, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist Steve Roberge said that Fast "inspires, empowers and creates stewards of the resources we all love and manage. Good management sustains, motivates and encourages our forest stewards to leave their piece of the world in better condition than when they started." He lauded Fast for his work with more than 600 landowners, impacting tens of thousands of forested acres throughout the state.

Although Fast's work takes him throughout the state, his primary role is as county forester in Strafford and Belknap Counties. On hearing news of the award, Strafford County Commissioners reacted. Commission Chairman George Maglaras said, "This recognition is of no surprise to me. We've long recognized what an asset Andy is to the citizens of Strafford County. I'm very pleased he is receiving this recognition from the New England Society of American Foresters."

Among those nominating Fast for this year's Young Forester award was Wendy Weisiger of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, who praised Fast's instructional and professional development efforts in ecology, forestry, wildlife and forest-based recreation. Members of the forestry industry threw their support behind Fast's nomination as well. John O'Brien of O'Brien Forestry Services commended Fast for "working diligently to articulate the concerns and issues we face in our program. He is an excellent communicator and has promoted our program through newsletter articles and updates to tree farmers and inspectors." He called Fast "competent, open, honest...integrity at its best."

The Beattie award is the latest in a series of tributes to Fast. Last March, he received the 2013 national Leadership Award from the American Tree Farm System. At that ceremony, held in Philadelphia, Fast was said to "exemplify what it means to be a leader in the Tree Farm program." He was cited for his work as an advocate for certified tree farmers and landowners. Under his leadership with the New Hampshire Tree Farm Program, Fast improved methods for identifying, evaluating and inspecting prospective tree farms in the state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:43

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