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    When calves are born at Miles Smith Farm in March and April, it's obvious who their moms are. They'll be nursing, protecting and generally fussing over them. But, as sometimes occurs among humans, identifying the father can be harder. 

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HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a short, easy to moderate two-mile hike in Whitten Woods, and learn to practice mindfulness and nature journaling. Participants will receive a small journal to reflect and observe the winter wonder…

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HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association on Wednesday, Jan. 23, for an evening hike. Participants will meet at the Old Bridle Path trail head at 6 p.m. From there, the group will hike Old Bridle to the summit of West Rattlesnake, lighting the way with lanterns and headlamps. Upon reachi…

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LACONIA — Families looking for outdoor and nature-based activities during school vacation that kids will love and grownups can feel good about can look no further than WildQuest Camps at Prescott Farm. Camp registration is now open. 

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BRISTOL — The Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc. will offer Bristol’s first Bicentennial event this year, Winter in the Woods. Visitors are welcome to stop by the Slim Baker Lodge to welcome 2019 with cocoa, cookies and a campfire. Visitors are encouraged to bring sleds and sn…

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UNION — The fifth annual Moose Mountains RunAround snowshoe race is scheduled for Saturday morning, Jan. 26, at Abenaki Ski Area, 390 Pine Hill Road in Wolfeboro. The public is invited to join, or watch and cheer on the racers. Children ages 12 and under can participate in the new Kids Snows…

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HOLDERNESS — Once a month throughout the winter, the Margret and H.A. Rey Center will bring the spirit of Curious George to the Squam Lakes Association, through their Story Time & Adventure program. The first program will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All ages welcome…

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Kelsie struggled a bit in the squeeze chute as she settled in for her yearly pedicure. With a rope attached below her “dew claws,” we gently lifted her hoof, fastening the line to a bar at the top of the chute so that we could safely trim her long hooves. Most of our cattle don't need hoof p…

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HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1-3 p.m., for a walk with a history discussion. Participants will hike the two-mile perimeter loop of Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, which will serve as a timeline starting with the first people who lived in the …

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Hiking on the day of the winter solstice has been an annual tradition of mine for over 20 years, and this year was no different, except the solstice arrived on Friday, Dec. 21, at 5:23 p.m., too late for a day hike.

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It was 8 p.m. and dark and later than usual when I returned from doing errands. The chickens were hungry. Rushing, without looking, I reached into a 30-gallon metal trash can to scoop out some organic, soy-free chicken grain. Startled by an unexpected pinch, I jerked my hand back. A raccoon,…

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HOLDERNESS — For those interested in trying archery for the first time, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering free archery programs for beginner archers ages 10 and up. Programs will be held at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road, and regis…