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Audubon Chapter to host program on chestnut trees


MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program about the restoration of the American Chestnut Tree on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough.

Wildlife biologist Curt Laffin from Hudson will discuss the history and demise of the spreading chestnut tree, and efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it in New Hampshire and throughout its historic range.

Less than 100 years ago, large American Chestnut trees dominated eastern U.S. forests. These trees reigned over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus disease, Chestnut Blight. An estimated 4 billion American Chestnuts, one quarter of the hardwood tree population, grew within this range prior to the blight.

Chestnuts collected from surviving "mother trees" in New Hampshire are planted in a special orchard, where several hundred others are already growing. These trees are crosses between American Chestnuts and blight-resistant Chinese Chestnuts, which will be back-crossed to try to produce a New Hampshire-specific American Chestnut strain that is cold and fungus resistant. It may take decades. This effort is being duplicated elsewhere: the American Chestnut Foundation is collecting nuts from as many areas and blight-resistant trees as possible, to increase genetic diversity.

Refreshments will be served.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road. Follow the signs on Blake Road from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School, or from Rte. 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road.


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Two college signing groups to hold 'duel' Franklin

FRANKLIN — A "duel" between two college a cappella signing groups will take place on Friday, April 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Toad Hall at 361 Central St.

The group Riffed from Colby-Sawyer College will face off against the Dynasty Sings from Dartmouth. The winner of this a cappella face-off will be chosen by popular vote.

There is no set admission charge for this event, but organizers are encouraging those who attend to make a donation of $5 to $10, which will be collected at the door.


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New horizons bands in concert saturday (162)

LACONIA — The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region will join the newly formed Monadnock New Horizons Band for a public concert on Saturday, April 11 at the Laconia Middle School, beginning at 6 pm.This concert is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The day for the musicians will start at noon with individual and mass band rehearsals.During the concert, each individual band will play three pieces of music and the combined band of more than 60 players will perform six more pieces of fun, diverse, and challenging music for all ages.

Directing the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region will be the band founder and well known musician, Mary Divers.The Monadnock New Horizons Band has three conductors: Donna Morse, Vicki Moore, and Erin Villamizar, all outstanding musicians and educators in the Monadnock, Keene, and Brattleboro, VT areas.

The concert is offered free of charge to the public, but donations will be appreciated and accepted to help defray the costs for this exchange.

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BJ eckhardt's "feathered friends" opens at the studio

LACONIA — Spring may seem slow in coming this year, but at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia, it's in full feather with artist BJ Eckhardt's delightful bird portraits on the gallery wall through April.

Studio owner Melissa McCarthy says that Eckhardt has an exquisite eye for capturing the essence of local avians, and her love of them is apparent in the way each "Feathered Friend" engages the viewer. The blue jay almost dares one to question its motives!

There is a public reception for the artist on Friday, April 10th from 5-7 pm at The Studio. For more information, call 603-455-8008.


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