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Carroll County Farm Day in Ossipee July 26

OSSIPEE — Carroll County Farm Day, a celebration of rural farming including agriculture and forestry, will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the County Farm in Ossipee.

Throughout the day there will be hands-on workshops and demonstrations for farmers, aspiring farmers and families. Visitors will be able to experience numerous activities ranging from raising backyard meat birds, working with wool, blacksmithing, and growing healthy gardens to the basics of managing a woodlot and backyard sugaring. Carroll County Farm Day also features fun activities for children and families presented by local 4-H clubs. In addition, every hour there will be a working steer demonstration, plus an opportunity to build a birdhouse to take home.

Contact the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension at (603) 447-3834 or visit www.extension.unh.edu/Agriculture/Carroll-County-Farm-Day for more information.



Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 05:05

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Effingham Town Column: Preservation Society plant sale May 31

Advanced Planning: The Carroll County Farm will be holding its annual celebration Saturday, July 26. With the growth of local agriculture and the rediscovery of home gardening this annual event is growing every year. Mark your calendar now.

Speaking of Plants: The Preservation Society will be hosting its annual perennial plant sale Saturday, May 31 at the old Grange Hall 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Naturally there will also be home baked goods for sale as well as hardy well grown local plants.

The Lord's Hill group reports that their plant and yard sale went very well. Funds to restore and maintain the Meeting House were raised, Folks got some beautiful plants and a bunch of good stuff moved from one house to another at low cost.

Municipal updates: The water is finally on at the transfer station. Bids for the new salt shed will be going out soon. The selectmen accepted a bid from FR Carroll to do the final paving on Town House Road. The kitchen sink in the municipal office is still giving the selectmen and staff fits but it appears that this particular never-ending story is nearing resolution. The old sign saying "Town Hall" on the library building has been taken down. The installation of the new and removal of the old heating system in the fire station is almost complete and AED devices (used if you are having a heart attack) have been installed at the Library and Municipal offices.

General Ramblings: As there is a small but not unusual hiatus in actual news and information, a chance to just write a little about spring in Effingham has offered itself. There are those times during the winter when one has to wonder just what it is that keeps one living in a place that snows, freezes and snows and freezes some more. One of the methods many used to get through this winter was the information that the prolonged cold and snow would kill off a bunch of ticks. Well, now that winter is over public health officials are saying that it isn't cold that kills the little beasts. It is prolonged dry weather that does it. Additionally, they are saying that deep snow actually protects them. Let's thank these officials for not bursting our personal bubbles while we slugged and shoveled our way through last winter. The demise of ticks might not have been accurate but, speaking as a fellow winter survivor, thinking they were dying off did make it easier to get through.

Watching the whole world turn green in its many shades seems reason enough to live here. Of course, there are the black flies and it has not been particularly warm this spring, but it has been beautiful outside. Lady Slippers have been sighted, the birds are in full song, evening peepers are out to add to the chorus, and around your reporter's house a pair of ravens have been adding innumerable and varied counterpoint with their distinctive vocalizations. While not warm on a regular basis there have been a couple of afternoons that could be described as more than just pleasant.

If you just get out there and soak up a bit of sunshine and open our ears and eyes, there is evidence enough as to why we put up with winter. It is true that those who go away during the cold season can also appreciate the gift of spring's return, but one needs to believe that the reward derived is more for those who stuck it out through the ice, slush and snow. Summer's heat and long evenings will be here soon enough. We deserve it.

Henry Spencer can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (603) 539-4964.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 04:23

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First responders to play ball for American Cancer Society June 1

MADISON — Guns and Hoses, local teams of police and fire/rescue responders, will take each other on in a softball challenge Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at Burke Field in Madison to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Freedom's Police Chief Josh Shackford and Fire Chief Justin Brooks promise a fun time for all. Funds raised will be put toward medical research, transportation for outpatients undergoing treatments, and program support. Snacks and beverages will be sold and a 50/50 raffle is planned.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 16 years. The rain date is June 8. Call Bonnie at (603) 539-3665 for more information.


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:23

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Smart Driver Program at Gibson Center on June 13

NORTH CONWAY — The Gibson Center for Senior Services is sponsoring the one-day AARP Smart Driver Program Friday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Gibson Center, Main Street, North Conway.  A lunch break will be taken. Participants can bring a lunch or have lunch in the Gibson Center dining room (donations will be accepted).

Using research-based safety strategies, AARP developed this classroom course to teach drivers how to boost safety awareness, refresh and improve their driving skills, minimize crash risks, increase confidence, prolong mobility and maintain independence. Upon successful completion of the course, participants may be eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance.

AARP volunteer instructor Dan Andrews of Jackson will be presenting this course through a combination of group discussion and video. The course is $15 for AARP members who show their membership card and $20 for nonmembers. Call Jill Reynolds at The Gibson Center at (603) 356-3231 to register or for more information.


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:19

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39th Annual Arts and Artisans Fair judging in Lovell June 10

LOVELL  — Artisans are invited to participate in the Arts and Artisans Fair to be held Saturday, August 16 at to benefit the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library in Lovell, Maine.

Judging of art work will take place on Tuesday, June 10, from 9 a.m.-noon at the library. Judges are looking for high quality works for the all-juried art show. Visit the library's website at www.hobbslibrary.org and click on the Arts and Artisans Fair link for more information.


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:19

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