Gilford Police rescue ducklings

Gilford Police Officers Doug Wall and Andrew Salmon hold four ducklings they rescued from a drain pipe near Shaw's Supermarket in the morning of May 13. Wall saw some ducklings crossing the street and noticed these four in the drain pipe. Salmon, with assistance from a crew from Gilford Fire and Rescue, climbed down to the drain and rescued them. N.H.  Fish and Game officers took the ducklings to have someone who would take care of them until they were old enough to be reintroduced into the wild. (Courtesy photos)

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Alton pedestrian killed on Route 28 Friday

ALTON —  A 25-year-old Alton man was killed Friday night after he was struck by a motorist while walking on Suncook Valley Road around 9:37 p.m.

Police said Tyler Houghton died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Nathan Hall, 20, of Barnstead. Police said he had minor injuries.

While the investigation is continuing, police said it appears that inclement weather and limited visibility were factors in the incident. They also said the road is very narrow in that area and there is very little shoulder for walking.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Alton Police at 875-0757.

— Gail Ober

Playscape opens - Prescott Farm welcomes families to enjoy a natural playground (photos)

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Mayor Ed Engler, Executive Director Jude Hamel, Director of Marketing Kimberly Drouin, Peter Benson NH Charitable Foundation and Education Director Sarah Dunham Miliotis are joined by “ribbon cutter” Brandon Lurvey and friends for the official ribbon cutting of the Natural Playscape at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center on Saturday morning.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

The turnout for our Natural Playscape grand opening Saturday was "amazing," according to Kimberly Drouin of the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center. She said hundreds came to play. While many attending were local, some traveled from over an hour away. There were raffles and photo opportunities, and a chance to name their bear and owl chainsaw critters. Families were given white birch and sugar maple seedlings to take home and plant, which went quickly. The Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool Open House and Herbal Pathfinder Series held that same day were well-attended, too. "Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better turnout or more beautiful day at Prescott Farm," said Drouin.

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Young meistro John Lyman plays a tune in the Music Area of Prescott Farm’s Natural Playscape during their grand opening on Saturday morning.  (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)