January 30, 2016

Send your kids on their own adventure over winter break!

Looking for something fun for your child to do over winter break? Check out Prescott Farm’s WildQuest Winter Camp for children ages 6-12. Camp will take place during school vacation week – February 22-26 from 9-3pm. Each day is filled with new and exciting adventures! You can register your child by the day or for the full week. Extended care is available.

It’s a special time of year—chilly and sparkly white outside, and there are so many fun things to do! Winter camp is one of our favorite programs—it has a “personality” that is so different from Spring and Summer camps because we see Prescott Farm from such a different perspective! Depending on the weather, the week will be a mix of: Animal tracking & Snowshoeing adventures, Sledding, Winter games such as “Weasels & Voles”, Snowcrafts such as building “quinzhees” or igloos, Going on a Winter Quest, Exploring the frozen pond, Winter-themed art & craft projects and Maple Sugaring. Each day there is something new and exciting to look forward to.

We have been offering our WildQuest Day Camps for over 15 years! All camps take place during school vacations (February, April & June-August). Our camps are licensed by the State of NH and led by experienced environmental educators with the goal of fostering an appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Prescott Farm, and by extension, student’s own special places as well. We believe that a camp experience with us will enhance your child’s ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere. Camp always includes nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, games, and hands-on learning. Most of the day is spent outdoors. Extended care can provide supervised playtime before and after regular camp hours.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, long-term partnerships with local elementary schools and NOW Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a “green” building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9:00 – 4:00PM. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the “green” building!

Please register well in advance, since space is limited. Cost is $35 for Prescott Farm members and $45 for non-members per day; $175 for Prescott Farm members and $225 for nonmembers for the week.  Pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at www.prescottfarm.org as well as printable registration forms. Also, make sure to check out our “Refer a Friend” deal going! All those details and more can be found on our website. If you have any questions about the camp or registration, please don’t hesitate to call us at 603-366-5695 or email us at info@prescottfarm.org. We are looking forward to another great week of camp!

January 30, 2016

Friday February 12th, at 10am, Belknap County Area Committee on Aging welcomes Community Health Improvement Specialist, Carolyn Muller from LRGHealthcare

Friday February 12th, at 10am, Belknap County Area Committee on Aging welcomes Community Health Improvement Specialist, Carolyn Muller from LRGHealthcare.  Carolyn will discuss two current programs that she teaches at LRGHealthcare; Stanford Universities Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and A Matter of Balance program.  Both of these programs address two of the biggest concerns older adults face, and are the main factors in older adults being admitted to a hospital, rehabilitation center, or nursing home.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom have a chronic diseases themselves.  A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.  This eight-week workshop led by trained facilitators is a nationally recognized program developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. During the class, participants learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.  QUESTIONS ARE ENCOURAGED, SO PLEASE WRITE THEM DOWN AND BRING THEM WITH YOU TO ALL SESSIONS.   Please contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or sdhendricks@wesleywoodsnh.org for more information.

The Mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs / issues affecting well-being, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire’s goal to keep seniors healthy, helping us to realize full potential.

The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meetings start at 10am, the 2nd Friday of each month.  The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford.  All are welcome.

January 30, 2016

A Celebration of Our Environment The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Comes to Plymouth

Join Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Plymouth State University’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and other Plymouth State University sponsors when they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth on Tuesday, February 9.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 14th year! Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Associate Director, Amelia Workman. “In today’s busy world, it is easy to disconnect from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we start making a difference. Come get inspired!”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of the SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The main 4-day event features over 100 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks-off the international tour to over 150 communities around the globe, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations. The festival is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Orion Magazine, Klean Kanteen, Earthjustice, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the festival can reach an even larger audience.

The festival in Plymouth will feature eleven films including Osprey: Marine Sentinel. The film stars what is arguably the world’s most iconic and significant raptor: the osprey. Exclusive access, cutting-edge technology, and innovative cinematographic techniques provide a unique perspective and unprecedented intimacy into the dramatic story of a life-long pair, and the intrepid scientists who have spent a lifetime discovering what may be one of the most significant success stories of environmental conservation. Another featured film is Nature Rx, an award-winning comedy set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial. It offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors.

One of the longer films of the evening is The Little Things, which follows professional snowboarders who have chosen to be outspoken and make positive changes towards a sustainable environment. This film is an initiative taken on by one of snowboarding’s most influential riders, Marie-France Roy, in hopes of inspiring others towards sustainability through inspirational speakers, positive ideas, and leading a healthy lifestyle. They keep it positive and showcase some of the little things that people can do to contribute to positive changes for the future of our environment.

The festival is a natural extension of PSU’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.

All proceeds go to Plymouth State University’s general scholarship fund.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth, NH
Tickets: $10 per person, $5 for PSU students. Purchase online at flyingmonkeynh.com or call 603-536-2551. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

January 30, 2016

Enjoy Loon and Cannon Mountain Areas Anytime!

Winter is in full swing! Loon and Cannon ski areas are ready for you to come and enjoy all of the snow that they have been receiving and making. And the Ice Castles are open and growing daily!Loon Res Service Logo

February 5-6:
Snow Golf with CASA at Loon
Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Cannon
Vertical Express for Can Do MS at Loon
Pirates of the High Skis at Cannon

February 13 – 21 – February Vacation Week at Loon
February 20 – Family Fun Night w/Fireworks at Cannon
February 21 – USASA Superpipe at Loon
February 25-26 – Women’s Performance Camp: Session II at Loon

Plan Ahead for Warm Weather Vacations    
Of course, many of you know that there is much more to do besides winter sports!
Whether you join us for Golf, Theater and Arts, many other Summer Activities, we know you’ll have a great time! Some other ideas include:
April 9 & 10 – Murder Mystery Weekend
June 11-19 – Laconia Motorcycle Week
June 24-26 – New England Brewfest
September 16-18 – NH Highland Games


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January 30, 2016

Squam Lakes Association’s Winterfest 2016 Saturday, February 13th 12-3pm

Squam Lakes Association’s Winterfest 2016! Saturday, FebruaSquam Winterfestry 13th 12-3pm at SLA’s Resource Center  Celebrate winter with the entire family! It’s time to get out and celebrate the very best of the season at SLA’s Winterfest! Stop by Saturday from 12-3pm for SLA’s annual winter celebration. The ice rink has been cleared, Chili Contest contestants are tinkering with recipes, wood is being gathered for the bonfire and the Great Room is being prepped for a fun day of gathering with family, friends and the Squam community.

January 30, 2016

Celebrated vocalist Clairdee joins the capital jazz orchestra for a tribute to Lena Horne March 12 at the Concord Audi

Acclaimed vocalist Clairdee joins the Capital Jazz Orchestra for A Love Letter to Lena Horne at the the Concord City Auditorium ,“The Audi”, Located at 2 Prince Street Concord, NH, on Sunday, December 13, at 4pm. Tickets for this performance start at $25 and are on sale now.

Clairdee is the recipient of many enthusiastic reviews and has recently performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and toured extensively throughout Russia with the Philharmonic Jazz Society. Highly regarded in the USA,  she has appeared across the nation from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Monterey Jazz Festival performing with her quartet and numerous artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut, and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski, and opening for David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the late, great Etta James.

“My mission is to uplift and inspire through music,” Clairdee says. “In that regard, I consider myself a soul singer, reaching from the inside out, sharing stories, stirring emotions, helping my listeners feel good.”

The Capital Jazz Orchestra is a distinguished group of big band veterans comprised of alumni from such well known Orchestras as Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, as well as the more recent Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and the band of Toshiko Akiyoshi. They have collectively shared the stage with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Jack Jones and Joe Williams to name only a few. This hand picked ensemble, comprised of some of the best big band jazz musicians across the United States have enjoyed capacity houses on a recent national tour and have been met with critical acclaim for their exciting performances.

Music Director Clayton (or “Skip” as he is known to his family and friends) is enjoying his 34th year of bringing professional quality music to appreciative audiences. He has served as music director for such diverse groups as the The Northeast Symphony Orchestra, The New England Society Orchestra, The New England Wind Symphony and The Capital Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets are $35 for Front and Center Orchestra and $25 Rear Orchestra. Tickets are available by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note this performance occurs at the Concord Audi on December 13 at 4pm.

October 16, 2015

History in the Making Regional NASCAR greats, SMI officials help break ground on North East Motor Sports Museum at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Celebrating the rich history of racing in the region, an impressive collection of New England racing legends, fans, donors and New Hampshire Motor Speedway leaders broke ground on the North East Motor Sports Museum on Friday to protect and preserve the stories and artifacts of the region’s racing and riding past.

Following a multi-year fundraising project, construction on the museum will begin this fall, with a planned opening scheduled for September of 2016. In celebration, for the first time ever, all four New England based drivers who have won at NASCAR’s top level, were together at the same time, as Pete Hamilton, Ron Bouchard, Ricky Craven and Joey Logano all stood in front of a huge crowd of more than 250 people.

NHMS groundbreaking fall 2015“This vision began more than 15 years ago – to put the deep, rich history of motorsports of all kinds into a museum in New England,” said Dick Berggren, president of the North East Motor Sports Museum. “We wouldn’t be here without the help of Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith. His willingness to sign a 90-year lease for one dollar a year is the reason we are all here today.”

Berggren, Bouchard, Craven, Logano, Andy Cusack, Bentley Warren, Ken Smith, Skip Matczak, Dave Frahm, Frank Manafort, Bill Manafort, and Paula Bouchard (in memory of her father, Ed Flemke) assisted in the groundbreaking, which took place on speedway property near the south entrance.

Marcus Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of SMI, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway VP/GM Jerry Gappens were also in attendance.

“The large crowd assembled here today shows how supportive fans are to the sport of racing in this region,” said Marcus Smith. “Racing is about family, friends and having a good time with stories to share. This museum will ensure that those stories are told for years to come for not only fans today, but the future fans of tomorrow.”
New Hampshire political dignitaries present included Chuck Morse, Senate President for the State of New Hampshire and Bob Krieger, selectman for the town of Loudon.

“So much credit has to be given to Dick Berggren and his perseverance to stand strong through a tough economy and see this all the way through,” said Gappens. “This could have been built anywhere, but the fact that it’s being built here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway means the world to us. We look forward to supporting this as best we can moving forward.”

The museum will be built in two phases with the first being 10,000 square feet with an additional 10,000 square feet being added at a later date. The building will be used to house the history of motorsports from the Northeast area with multiple displays of racing vehicles and racing related artifacts. Construction will begin as soon as practical following the groundbreaking.

October 16, 2015

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Ghost Encounters October 24

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Ghost Encounters October 24: Experience the other-worldly feel of a 200 year old historic site with ghost accounts, trick-or-treating and a costume parade

CANTERBURY, NH: Canterbury Shaker Village will host Ghost Encounters on Saturday, October 24 from 3:00-8:00pm. Experience the other-worldly feel of this 200-year-old historic site on an October evening. Ghost Encounters is a special night with something for everyone. Participants can stroll the Village for trick-or-treating, hear true ghostly encounters at the Village—several in the actual spaces where these events took place—and enjoy Halloween-themed activities at this event for the whole faWitch in doorway (850x1280)mily. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. A “Best Costume” contest will be held following a costume parade at 3:15pm. Casual light fare will be available in the Creamery for an additional charge. The Museum Store will be open during Ghost Encounters.

Tickets for Ghost Encounters are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under five. Village members are half price. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.shakers.org.

“Surprising to some, the Shakers often welcomed outsiders to the Village at Halloween. And they themselves loved to dress up in character,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director. “It is in this spirit that we have designed this very special seasonal event.”

Canterbury Shaker Village is open daily for tours through October 24.Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Christmas at Canterbury on December 5 and 12. To view the complete 2015 calendar of events and workshops visit http://www.shakers.org.

About Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of innovative design, entrepreneurship and simple living by providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to rethink tradition by learning about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers. The National Historic Landmark includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The Village cafe offers simple lunch fare and the Museum Store features unique gifts and wares handmade by regional artists. Canterbury Shaker Village, located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, is open daily in 2015 from May 16-October 24 and weekends in November. For more information, visit www.shakers.org.

October 16, 2015

Don’t rush the seasons, come enjoy them to the fullest with Prescott Farm’s Celebrating the Seasons Series.

Prescott Farm officially began their Celebrating the Seasons Series this month with their “Adaptation” program for adults, families and homeschoolers. Celebrate the changing seasons each month while exploring Prescott Farm’s beautiful 160 acre property.

The natural world is constantly changing. If you take the time to look, each month brings new and exciting phenomena to learn from and delight in. Using author Mary Holland’s book Naturally Curious as a month-by-month guide to the wonders unfolding in the fields, forests and wetlands of New England, each month participants will go on a leisurely hike with one of Prescott Farm’s naturalists, with the goal of cultivating their observation skills and deepening each person’s relationship with the natural world. Program titles and descriptions are used with permission from Mary Holland. Monthly programs upcoming include “Quiescence” (November) and “Signage” (December). This series will be continued monthly in 2016 (keep an eye out for other programs coming in January).

Our “Quiescence” program will take place on November 7, from 10:00-11:30am for adults and from 1:00-2:30pm for families (children and adults welcome). This program will be offered to homeschoolers ages 8-12, on November 14 from 1:00-2:30pm. New England temperatures can fluctuate greatly in November. Within a given state, climatic conditions can be wildly erratic. First snows may fall in northern New England, yet balmy days are not unheard of. Throughout the Northeast most deciduous trees have lost their leaves and many animals have disappeared from sight. Reptiles and amphibians that didn’t enter hibernation last month do so in November. Insect sightings become more and more scarce. The last of the migrant birds are leaving. Mammals that don’t remain active through the winter have entered hibernation or dormancy. The natural world is bracing for winter. We will explore and discuss this more on November 7 and 14!

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, long-term partnerships with local elementary schools and NOW Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a “green” building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9:00 – 4:00PM. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the “green” building!

The cost for this this series is $10/$8 Members of Prescott Farm, per session (pricing is different for homeschoolers). For more information on our Celebrating the Seasons Series please visit our website, http://www.prescottfarm.org. Reservations are required for these programs and can be made by calling us at 603-366-5695. We look forward to celebrating the seasons with YOU!

October 16, 2015

Haunting Ghost Stories kick off 28th season of Corner House Storytelling Dinners on Oct. 29!

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us! –traditional Scottish prayer

The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich kicks off its 28th consecutive season of Storytelling Dinners with a GHOST STORY GALA on Thursday, Oct. 29th. Six different storytellers will be on hand to tell their favorite spine-tingling stories!

Appearing will be: White Mtn. storytellers Ed Fayle, Joan Veilleux, Marion Posner and Kate Vachon, central NH storyteller Lauretta Phillips, and seacoast area storytellers Mark Chamberlain and Shelley Hersey.

Ed Fayle (whose interest in the spirit world has created a special connection with “Clarence” – the Corner House resident ghost) has been recognized as a favorite storyteller in Mount Washington Valley for over a decade.

Joan Veilleux, a naturalist and sometime mountain guide from Brownfield ME, will be sharing tales about the New England wilderness and the sometimes scary creatures found within.

Marion Posner’s characters are often drawn from English, Irish, and Scottish lore, which reflect her own upbringing in the British Isles. A frequent participant at the Corner House’s storytelling dinners and the inn’s annual Robert Burns Night in January, Marion both narrates and plays the various characters that appear in her stories – often using local dialects. Marion will be joined in her tellings by Kate Vachon, whose sound effect talents embrace a most tuneful playing of the Turkey Baster…….

Lauretta Philips is the creator & host of “The Talking Stick”, a storytelling radio program at Colby-Sawyer College. A professional storyteller for the past two decades, her repertoire includes folk tales, legends, and some of her own very tall tales.

A native of the state of New Hampshire, Mark Chamberlain currently resides with his wife and thousands of honeybees who both, at times, become characters in his personal adventure stories. Besides his original stories, he loves to tell his own versions of traditional folktales and has been honing ghost stories this Fall in preparation of the Halloween season.

Shelley Hersey has been telling tales for over thirty years and is a member of LANES – the League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers. She is one of the core founders of The Seacoast Storytellers Guild. Scary stories are among her favorites to tell.

Each Corner House storytelling season begins the Thursday before Halloween, and continues on Thursday evenings through the end of May. Storytelling Dinners begin at 6:30 pm. The cost is $21.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes salad, entrée, glass of wine, dessert, and coffee. For reservations and more information regarding the program contact Don Brown at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH. The phone number is 284-6219 and the email address is info@cornerhouseinn.com.

October 16, 2015

READY, SET, RETIRE WORKSHOPS Three-part series will provide tips on how to achieve a successful retirement

Three-part series will provide tips on how to achieve a successful retirement

Independence Financial Advisors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Savings Bank, offering investment, insurance and financial planning services, is hosting Ready, Set, Retire – a three part workshop containing valuable tips on how to achieve a successful retirement. Presented in partnership with Plymouth State University’s community education and enrichment program, participants will learn about the important legal documents needed to create a successful estate plan, how to use effective retirement income-planning strategies, how to maximize social security benefits, as well as how to select the correct health insurance and Medicare options upon retirement.

Ready, Set, Retire will be held on October 27th, November 3rd and November 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Plymouth State University’s Concord campus located at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord. In addition, another session will be held at Plymouth State University’s main campus located at 17 High Street in Plymouth on October 29, November 5th and November 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The cost to attend all three workshops is $12 per person and $20 for couples.

To register, please visit ifa-nh.com or http://www.plymouth.edu or contact Ginny Drzewiecki at 1.800.821.1776.

Independence Financial Advisors has been serving the financial management needs of northern New England residents, businesses, and non-profit institutions since 1995. IFA’s team of financial professionals possess over 70 years of combined experience with helping individuals reach their financial goals. IFA has offices in Franklin, Gilford, Boscawen, Bristol, Rochester, Bedford and Nashua. To learn more, contact 1.800.821.1776 or visit ifa-nh.com.

Established in 1869, Franklin Savings Bank is an independent, mutually-owned community bank, offering a full array of commercial lending, retail banking and investment services throughout the Central Lakes Region and southern New Hampshire. Headquartered in Franklin, the Bank has offices in Bristol, Boscawen, Tilton, Laconia and Gilford, as well as an office in Bedford for business lending.

Services, securities and insurance offered through Independence Financial Advisors, LLC are not FDIC insured, are not deposits or obligations of, nor guaranteed by Franklin Savings Bank or its affiliate. These products are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of value and are not insured by any federal government agency.

October 16, 2015

Bank of New Hampshire Launches 6th Annual Feeding NH Food Drive

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In 2014, Bank of New Hampshire’s 21 Banking Offices collected nearly 3,000 non-perishable food items and over $500 in monetary donations. These donations were delivered to nineteen local food pantries throughout New Hampshire.

The holiday season is growing near and local food pantry shelves are in need. Help feed your community to ensure that every family gets to enjoy the season of giving. All Bank of New Hampshire offices will be accepting non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations from October 16th through November 13th and all donations will benefit local food pantries throughout the state.

“Being an outstanding corporate citizen is very important to Bank of New Hampshire,” stated Vickie Routhier, SVP – Chief Retail Banking & Marketing Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “Repeating our annual food drive will help support food pantries across New Hampshire. Between our employee’s contributions and the community’s support, we hope to make a difference.”

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit http://www.BankNH.com.


September 15, 2015

Prescott Farm Announces New Executive Director

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jude Hamel as Executive Director.

Hamel was born and raised in Vermont where she grew up hiking the Long Trail, fishing, camping and cross country skiing with her family, and has been a resident of the Lakes Region for the last 15 years.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996 and earned an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University in 2000.  She has had 17 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, 15 of which were in the Jude Headshotfield of community economic development.  She has also served on the boards of directors of the NH Women’s Business Center and the Franklin Business and Industrial Development Corp.  She enjoys beekeeping (and is currently the Secretary of the Capital Area Beekeepers Association) as well as organic gardening, cooking, hiking and camping with her husband Jim, daughter Eden, son Forest, and dog Mowgli.

“The beauty and natural resources which are so abundant in the Lakes Region are a big reason why I’ve made this area my home for the past fifteen years,” said Hamel, “Prescott Farm’s commitment to connecting community members at all income levels with the natural world through environmental education and programming is important.  It perpetuates a sense of environmental responsibility and helps to ensure the integrity of this beautiful region, its wildlife and the natural systems upon which we all rely.  I’m delighted to be joining the team here at Prescott Farm and contributing my efforts to such a laudable cause.”

“Jude brings a strong business and community development background to Prescott Farm, and she has a personal commitment to our mission as a member of the Lakes Region community,” says Charles Pardoe, a member of Prescott Farm’s Board of Directors. “She is assuming the leadership of Prescott Farm at an exciting moment when we are expanding our educational offerings and emphasizing local food and farming topics in our curriculum.  We’re excited that Jude has joined Prescott Farm and delighted that Sarah Dunham-Miliotis will stay on as our Education Director.  Welcome Jude and thank you Sarah!”

Hamel replaces former Executive Director Sarah Dunham-Miliotis who has stepped down to a part-time position as Education Director so that she may spend more time with her baby son.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, long-term partnerships with local elementary schools and NOW Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. The 160-acre historic farmstead features woodland and field trails, a “green” building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond.

For more information about this, please visit www.prescottfarm.org or if you would like to meet her, join us on Saturday, September 19 for our 6th Annual Harvest Festival from 10-3pm!


September 15, 2015

Celebrating 15 Years of Getting People Lost for Fun

corn maze at Moulton FarmMoulton Farm’s 15th annual corn maze celebrates pumpkins and more

On Tuesday, September 15, Moulton Farm’s 15th annual corn maze will open at the 132 year old farm. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Rob Stephens, our retail manager, had the idea for the corn maze as a way to offer a fun experience to our fall visitors,” says John Moulton, owner of the well-known Meredith farm. “It made us one of the first businesses in New Hampshire to offer something that is now known as agri-tourism.”
Last year the farm’s corn maze was named the best corn maze in New Hampshire by a WMUR poll. This year the farm’s resident maze designer, Wes Thomas, thinks the design and the experience will be even better for people. “This year our corn maze is called ‘Pumpkin Wagon 2015’ and the curves of the pumpkins and wheels really help to confuse people,” Thomas says with a glint of mischief in his eyes. “We chose the theme to honor John Moulton’s first farm business experience: selling pumpkins when he was eight years old from his grandfather’s truck on Route 25.”

“Back then I had no idea that I would end up farming, let alone running a farm of this size,” says Moulton with a laugh. “It’s a wonder what a bunch of pumpkins has led to. It’s also amazing what Rob’s idea led to,” says Moulton laughing at the pun.

Admission to Moulton Farm’s corn maze is $7 per person with a special $5 rate for each child 6 and under. Included with admission is access to the corn, the maze trivia game, and a treat after completing the trivia game. The maze will be open seven days a week starting Tuesday, September 15. The last admission to the maze is one hour before the farm closes. For more information visit moultonfarm.com/events/corn-maze/

September 15, 2015

Wesley Woods Celebrate New Homes & New Residents with Ribbon Cutting

wesley woods ribbon cutting 9.2015On September 2nd Wesley Woods residents and guests braved hot and steamy weather to celebrate new incoming residents with a ribbon cutting ceremony for one of five new homes currently under construction.   As part of the Chamber of Commerce Grill and Greet, guests were first treated to a lunch of hot dogs, chips and desserts followed by the ribbon cutting with remarks from Chris Sintros, CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities.   In his remarks, Mr. Sintros lauded the spirit of teamwork involved in this second phase of Wesley Woods development – including the residents, developers, and community. The ribbon cutting – for the home located at 102 Wesley Way – was followed by tours of our newest homes in various stages of construction and an open house at 83 Wesley Way.     Pictured above from left to right are New Residents Rosemarie Grant, Moni Montague, Marty Bloom (backrow), Claire McCabe, Wesley Woods Sales & Marketing Chris Burke (backrow), New Resident Eliza Leadbeater, Chamber Board Member, Sue Gaudette from Gunstock Mountain Resort, New Residents Fred and Lorretta Shugrue, Wesley Woods Director, Stace Dicker-Hendricks, Chamber Board Member, Scott Kalicki, from Lakes Region Community College and New England Deaconess Association CEO, Chris Sintros.

September 8, 2015

New NH Product Tells Your Trailer Where to Go!

New NH Product Tells Your Trailer Where to Go!

September 8, Portsmouth, NHBriks Group LLC is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on September 8, to bring to market TowGo, the patented aftermarket trailer backup assistant. Their device enables drivers to flawlessly back up their trailers while eliminating the guesswork, frustration and embarrassment, helping ANY driver save time, enjoy outdoor activities and avoid costly accidents.

Trailer backing has been an issue since the trailer was invented and millions of people have horror stories related to it. Most instructions suggest using “the buddy system” by having someone outside of the vehicle to help direct you. Those who drive alone would have to evaluate the surroundings and move slowly, constantly worrying about not getting into the right spot or even worse, hitting another object. As a result, many people avoid the whole experience.

TowGo™ is revolutionary technology for solving the problem.  The system consists of two discreet sensors placed on a hitch and a steering wheel, and a free App for a smartphone or tablet.

It works by continuously measuring the hitch angle of a trailer and the steering of the vehicle to calculate where the vehicle and trailer will become lined up. The display shows the trailer’s current  location and where it will end up based on different positions of the steering wheel. It also warns a driver about possible jackknifing. All the driver has to do is turn the steering wheel until a “where it will end up” picture on the screen shows a desired resulting position for the trailer.

“This product will hugely improve outings for many people and make towing a less intimidating experience. In fact, one of our tag lines is that TowGo may help save marriages because of the bickering we have seen between couples at the boat ramps!” said Britta Shepard, the CEO of Briks Group. “Our product finally takes the guesswork out of which way and how much to turn the wheel, it’s discreet, and it’s easy to install so you can get on with your day.”

The concept came to life several years ago when the lead inventor saw two boats stuck on a boat ramp while another driver slalomed his boat backwards between them and into the water. Realizing that there had to be a mathematical way to solve how everyone could back up that easily, the inventor figured out the complex solution and was awarded a patent. Now with the help of Briks Group, the product is multi patented with more US and international patents pending.

TowGo™ offers an affordable solution which anyone can use on most of their existing cars and trailers. The early Kickstarter backers have a limited time opportunity to pre-order the system starting at $199. Regular retail price is expected to be $329.

With TowGo™, anyone can now backup their trailer like a pro even on their first attempt!

To learn more about the crowdfunding campaign, visit the project’s page on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1193602044/2069698113?token=d0b1b688

The company’s website: www.towgo.com

Contact Briks Group: by email: brittashepard@towgo.com

by phone: 617-733-4307

The company’s address: P.O.Box 863, North Hampton, NH 03862

September 2, 2015

November is Newfember at Cottage Place on Squam Lake

Join Newfember enthusiasts at Cottage Place on Squam Lake in November for a weekend celebrating Newfies and their families!

Newfember 2015 flyer (2)The Newfember Weekend happens November 13 through 15 at Cottage Place on Squam Lake in Holderness. For only $250 plus tax each Newfie family recieves: Dog-friendly accommodations with no pet fee, Friday Night 6pm Cookout, Sautrday 2pm Lakeview Hike, Sunday 10am Continental Breakfast a Newfie Goodie Bag as well as lots of new Newfie firends!

Book any dates in November at this price to stay in a spacious Cottage Suite. Rates from $95 per night with your third night free! Savings proceeds donated to the Rescue Fund of the Newfoundland Club of New England.

Contact Cottage Place on Squam Lake for more information or book your Newfie Weekend.


August 27, 2015

Raptor Spectacular Learn about falconry

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds Raptor Spectacular on Saturday, September 12. Master Falconer, Nancy Cowan from the New Hampshire School of Falconry will present two programs about the sport of falconry and the raptors she uses in her school. Falconry is using a trained bird of prey to hunt animals in the wild.

Nancy Cowan will speak and then present outdoor flight demonstrations for guests with birds such as Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, and Harris’s Hawk. A question and answer session will follow each show. Participants may take photos of these incredible birds on their perches and in flight. There will be two programs, one at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration and payment are recommended. The cost for the falconry program is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. A special combination pass which includes the falconry program and live animal exhibit trail is available for $23.

Other activities for Raptor Spectacular include special Up Close to Animals presentation at 12:00 p.m. featuring the Peregrine Falcon; 2:00 p.m. featuring the Broad-winged Hawk; and 3:00 p.m. featuring the Osprey. These engaging naturalist led presentations are free with trail admiFalconry Nancy Cowenssion and held outdoors at the amphitheater on the live animal exhibit trail. Volunteer docents will also be on the animal exhibit trail with live birds throughout the day.

Register for the falconry program by calling 603-968-7194 x 7. Raptor Spectacular is generously sponsored by Community Guaranty Savings Bank.

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.


August 26, 2015

Squam Lakes Association’s 3rd Annual Squam Ridge Race!

Third Annual
Squam Ridge Race 2015!
September 13th at Burliegh Farms Holderness

Take on the summits along the beautiful Squam Ridge this September 13th and register for the 3rd Annual Squam Ridge Race! This is a rugged yet supported run or hike along the crest of the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail. Aid stations are positioned along the course supplying Ridge Racers with food, beverages and lots of encouragement! There are two race lengths from which to choose. There is the shorter 4 loop and a 12.2 mile stretch, both with stunning views of the Lakes Region in early autumn. Last year, people from 8 to 72 years old enjoyed the 12.2 mile course. Whether you’re looking to take home first place, reach your RR from FB Squam Lakespersonal goals, or take a stroll in the mountains this is a day full of spirited fun you won’t want to miss! This race is capped at 200 registrations. Don’t wait!

Registration costs $75, or $85 the day of (if spots are still available)

It’s a bright and breezy autumn morning in central New Hampshire. A range of brilliant hues are beginning to edge out summer’s green foliage. The days are brisk. Frost creeps in at night and retreats by day. It’s a picture perfect day to be traveling atop the hills and ridgelines surrounding the Squam Lakes.
This was the scene last September as 110 racers took to the Squam Range to compete in the Squam Lakes Association’s 2nd annual Squam Ridge Race. Their families and friends eagerly awaited the chance to cheer contestants across the finish line where a celebration, complete with burgers, beer and fanfare greeted their return. “There is an undeniably positive energy behind this event,” said SLA’s Volunteer and Communications Coordinator Brian Gagnon. “Folks are so supportive and happy to be a part of such a great event”.

ridge race finishers
The Squam Ridge Race is one fantastic event with two races. The 12.2 mile course takes runners, in the competitive “racers” division, as well as contestants in the “hiker” division up and over three summits along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail and back down again to cross the finish line at the bucolic Burliegh Farms. Kevin Tilton took home the men’s first place spot with a finish time of 1:42 minutes. The first place time for the women’s division is held by Leslie Beck who finished with time of 1:55 minutes. Congratulations Leslie and Kevin! There is also a very approachable 4.4 mile course that winds its way up to a number of incredible views along the ridge just south of the longer course, then back down again. Both routes have support by way of aid stations strategically positioned across the range to supply everyone with water, snacks and plenty of encouragement.
This has been a remarkably exciting and successful event two years running! The Squam Lakes Association is seeking to grow that success and top last year’s race. The number of contestants last year doubled from the inaugural race. This year, with a cap of 200 racers and hikers, people are encouraged to visit http://www.squamlakes.org , or give the SLA a call at (603)968-7336 to register now. There are plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun without entering the race. Volunteers have a rewarding experience at the aid stations, working the grills, timing the racers or capturing the day’s festivities in photos. Also, all volunteers and racers alike will be asked to make sure the food is delicious and the drinks are cold!
In addition to being a great time, this event helps further the Squam Lakes Association’s capacity to deliver the mission of conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed. Proceeds from the Squam Ridge Race are put to good use maintaining, repairing and improving the 52 miles of hiking trail in the SLA’s trail system. Access to these trails gives everyone a place to appreciate the natural beauty of the region. To volunteer for the Squam Ridge Race visit the website, call or email the Volunteer Coordinator at Briangagnon@squamlakes.org. Make this event your annual autumn kick off by running, hiking or supporting the Squam Ridge Race.


August 26, 2015

Free Intarsia Lecture at the Meredith Bay Colony Club

The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be having a free lecture by juried artist Duane Martin on Monday, September 14th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This lecture will be hosted by the Meredith Bay Colony Club.

Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth. Duane uses thick hard and soft woods of many species to get the color and grain pattern that enhances his art.
Since working with wood was one of his hobbies, Duane built a shop in his basement and proceeded to build cabinets for his home and church. After reading an article in Wood Magazine by Judy Gale Roberts in 2006, and made an eagle from the pattern provided in the magazine, that launched his intarsia journey.
If you are curious about this technique and how it is used to make beautiful, functional art pieces from wood, then don’t miss this lecture.
The mission of the League of NH Craftsmen is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
All of our lectures are free and held in the Bistro Room at the Meredith Bay Colony Club located at 21 Mile Point Drive in Meredith, NH. Space is limited so we request that you reserve your seats in advance by calling the Gallery at (603) 279-7920.
The League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery is located at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith, NH. For more information on lectures, classes and demonstrations go to our website at: www.nhcrafts.org /meredith.


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