Where the buffalo roam: Bolduc Farm has herd for 28 years

By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — The buffalo herd at Bolduc Farm now has 20 of the magnificent creatures roaming its fields on Morrill Street, Armand Bolduc, including seven young calves who were born last year.
"We've had a herd for 28 years now," he said.

The first to arrive came after wildfires in the summer of 1988 displaced many of the buffalo from Yellowstone National Park.
The buffalo were brought to the farm by his late brother Hector, who was the priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, across the street from the farm. Hector had purchased the former dairy farm from his parents in the early 1970s.
Bolduc recalls the day he first buffalo arrived.

"One day we were told to expect a delivery. Well, about 9 o'clock at night, an Indian turns up with a cattle trailer saying he was making a delivery. When I asked him what he had in there, he said 'I'm not supposed to tell you what's in there.' So I went to have a look," Bolduc continued, "and he shouts 'Don't open that door!' It was a pair of buffalo. That was a surprise."
Bolduc has had a few adventures with the herd over the years.

"They got loose in snow storm and were walking down Morrill Street, over the bypass to Gilford Village," he said. "I got a bucket of grain and when they saw that they turned around and started galloping after me. You just have to stay far enough ahead of them."

Another time, Big Jack, the breeding bull, wound up on a neighbor's deck.
Bolduc said buffalo meat is very healthy and provides low-fat, low-cholesterol steaks, roasts, stew meat and hamburger. Last year, two of the herd members were harvested. The young bulls are usually the first to be harvested.
During the summer months, the buffalo move from one pasture to another but require lots of hay and grain during the winter months.
"I feed them about 3 every afternoon, and when they see me open the barn door they know they're going to get some hay so they all start trotting over to the feed area," said Bolduc.

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The Bolduc Farm in Gilford has been home to a herd of buffalo for 28 years and currently has 20 buffalo in its fields. They are fed hay daily by Armand Bolduc. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Hosmer endorses Connolly for governor

LACONIA — District 7 New Hampshire State Sen. Andrew Hosmer, D-Laconia has endorsed former state Director of Securities Mark Connolly for governor.

Connolly, of New Castle, is a New Hampshire native and former New Hampshire state representative who served for 30 yeas and a business and community leader.

Connolly is running against District 2 Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, whose district includes the Belknap County towns of Barnstead, Gilmanton and Belmont for the Democratic Party nomination in the gubernatorial race.

"Mark's story is about taking on the hard fights and getting results for New Hampshire families," said Hosmer. "Throughout his career in public service and as a business leader, Mark has put politics aside to bring people together and get things done, and I know that's what he'll do as our next governor."

"I am humbled to have Andrew's support. His hard work as a business owner, public servant, and father exemplify what makes New Hampshire great," said Connolly. "Andrew's been a champion for the Lakes Region, and I'm honored to have him join our campaign. We have challenges before us, but Andrew and I, along with thousands of other Granite Staters, believe that our state's best days lie ahead."

– Gail Ober

8th annual Winni Dip to raise funds for Special Olympics this weekend

LACONIA — The eighth annual Winni Dip will bring teams of law enforcement officers from all over the state to the Margate Resort on Paugus Bay Saturday in a benefit event for the New Hampshire Special Olympics.
The Winni Dip has an '80s theme this year and has set a goal of raising $110,000 after raising $90,000 last year. A parade will be held at 11:30 a.m. where the participants will show off their costumes and be judged for their attire. At noon, the teams will take to the water at the Margate's beach, and, once participants have dried off and warmed up, there will be food and entertainment. As many as 20 teams and 100 police officers are expected.
The second annual High School Dip wiill be held on Sunday, following the same format, with an 11:30 a.m. parade and a noontime dash into the lake. Theme for this year's high school dip is school spirit. Also taking place at the same time on Sunday will be the fiirst-ever Middle School Plunge for younger students.

– Roger Amsden