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Join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host author Dan Szczesny to discuss his book "Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie" on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson. When hiker Dan Szczesny and his 9-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mount Kearsarge in Nov. 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state's most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers criss-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View. Dan will discuss his hiking memoir that chronicles the journey he and his young but ambitious hiking partner took as this unlikely pair formed a unique and unforgettable bond that transformed both their lives. "Not only did the two share outdoor adventures, but they forged a friendship that bridged the traditional gaps of age and gender. Theirs is a team not formed of traditional family ties but, instead, an earned and mutual respect. Dan and Janelle are a unique and inspiring duo." While "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie" takes the readers through some special mountains, the book is also a personal memoir and travelogue of two friends. This personal account of what happened when the author and his wife unexpectedly became part-time caretakers of 9-year-old twins is a wonderful meditation on the trans-formative power of friendship, commitment and the many meanings of family. Dan, the associate publisher of The Hippo, is a long-time journalist and writer. He's a member of the AMC's 4,000-footer club and has written extensively about the outdoors and hiking. Most recently, he spent a month in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp. For information about the ongoing adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, go to www.52withaview.com.

Join the Hudson River Fellows at a free lecture Thursday, July 24, at the Whitney Center at 7 p.m. "A Tour of the Notches: Following in the Footsteps of the White Mountain Artists." Take an arm-chair tour of the notches of the White Mountains through historic paintings, drawings, photographs and postcards as well as tourist guidebooks, maps, literature and poetry. Following in the footsteps of artists over the past several hundred years such as Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and Benjamin Champney, this program explores the relationship between art, history and nature including the geological formations that attracted the artists, waterfalls, flora and fauna, the tools and techniques they used in their paintings, the routes and means in which they traveled and the history they captured such as farm and village life and legends and tales such as Chocorua's curse and the mysterious pictorial history of the Willey Side. Bob Cottrell is the Curator of the Nella Braddy Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library and the Executive Director of the Conway Historical Society. He is on the Board of the Tamworth Historical Society and serves as an independent history and museum consultant, (Curator for hire), website www.curator4hire.com. He is also a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hhas a master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. He has worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., The Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota, Florida, the St. Petersburg Historical Museum also in Florida, the Conner Prairie Museum in Indiana and at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. In 1996, he became the founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth.

Summer programs are in full swing at the Jackson Library. Thursday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m., Storytime - "All About Shapes"; Thursday, July 24th 4:30-5:30pm, Legos at the Library. Come join in the building challenge.

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The Met Opera Summer Encore continues at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy on July 23 at 7 p.m. with "The Enchanted Island." A contemporary take on the 18th-century genre of the pastiche, this delightful Baroque fantasy brings together some of the greatest arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers, with a new English libretto by Jeremy Sams, inspired by Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The all-star cast is headed by David Daniels as Prospero, Joyce DiDonato as Sycorax, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Luca Pisaroni as Caliban, and the legendary Plácido Domingo as Neptune. William Christie conducts this dazzling world-premiere production. The approximate runtime is 3 hours, 15 minutes.

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Lovell Old Home Days was a smash hit. Starting with the breakfast at the Masonic Hall. It was yummy with selectman Bob Drew flipping pancakes. The race started on time with 131 runners and the front runners were at the VFW building like quick. For a time, it looked like Silas Eastman, 19, of Chatham was being challenged by Tim Livingston, 41, of Conway, but Silas prevailed to win with Tim coming in a close second. Can't forget the girls with Terry Ballou, of Madison, last year's winner, taking first for the ladies again. The parade followed and, again, it was great. There were more floats and the folks of Lovell got to see the new rescue boat. At the athletic field, there were rows and rows of booths ranging from food to crafts, to displays by the Greater Lovell Land Trust, The Kezar Lake Water Shed Association and the tennis sign up as usual under the umbrella. The wonderful music of the Blue Willow Band kept everyone in a festive mood. All this couldn't be accomplished without the many hands that helped set up at the field, so many thanks to them. Thanks to Mary Anne Vitella and Raina McCarthy for the wonderful parade — not an easy job. In charge of the set up at the field were Abbey Nataluk and Meg Dyer, many thanks. Carol Craig, thanks for the great job in finding all the vendors who filled the field. Stan Tupaj deserves a pat on the back for his hard work organizing the race and setting up the detour signs to keep all the runners safe. All these folks deserve a loud round of applause for their effort. Didn't Al and Jacky our Grand Marshals look great in the Rosie car? A great day for all.

The evening before was wonderful for the Trail Breakers chicken/pork cook out. Lots of folks took advantage of not having to cook and supported the group. Great food.

What a response to the search for tennis players for the Dave Mason Greater Kezar Lake Tennis Tournament sponsored by the Stow Corner Store. All the slots for adults are filled but anyone with juniors under sixteen and has an interest in playing should contact Jim Carty at 647-8478. This is a fun event for the kids and a great learning experience.

The Greater Lovell Land Trust, Thursday, July 24, walk will take place at Sucker Brook Outlet Reserve at 11 a.m. This particular walk is more of a hike through the woods finding interesting sights along the way leading to two special viewing areas. These areas are located where Sucker Brook connects with the lower bay. Be advised that this is about a 2.3 mile walk at a slower pace. Again bring water and repellant.

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It's nearly here....the week Freedom waits for all year...Old Home Week! Last week's column focused on Old Home Week's events designed to test your physical strength. This week, let's talk about food! Saturday, Aug. 2, is parade day and there is no better way to prepare for the rigors of parade watching than to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Mason's Lodge, next to the Town Office. This is a breakfast buffet offering everything you love. Families enjoy special pricing for the little ones and children under five are free. We all benefit from the Mason's hard work as all funds raised go back into our community with their good deeds. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs through 9:30 a.m. Come out and have breakfast with your friends and family. The day continues with food sales during the parade outside the Village Store. And then there are lunch options at the Old White Meeting House Fair and at the Cardboard Boat Races at Freedom Village Condos. Food at the Cardboard Boat Races is brought to you by the Firemans Women's Auxillary. You're on your own for dinner.

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I hope you are all planning to go to the gourmet luncheon/fair at the South Eaton White Meeting House on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The beautiful, historic Meeting House is located up Horseleg Hill Road where it joins with Burnham Road. This fabulous luncheon/fantastic fair will follow the Freedom Old Home Week parade. Along with the gourmet grilled luncheon menu, you can choose a wide array of summer salads, a delicious dessert table, a super baked goods table, a white elephant jewelry and boutique table, books, and local craft tables. The food is truly extraordinary and you can find lots of nice gifts for yourself or others. This is not to be missed. On Sunday, Aug. 10, please join us at the South Eaton White Meeting Hose at 4:00 p.m. for the Annual Worship Service, led by the renowned Tony Hampton.

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