Lovell Town Column: John McKeen Fishing Derby to take place Feb. 25

Well, I'm back after too much time in Florida and, yes, you can thank me for all the snow which we needed as this is school vacation week. My extra time in Florida gave me more time with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren Coming home, I noticed that the flight I was on in Orlando had a lot of men on it that looked tired. There was one sitting next to me with a Patriots shirt and jokingly I asked if he had been to the Super Bowl the night before. With a huge grin on his face he nodded yes. Stupidly, I asked how was it and he just kept grinning.
Vacation week is the week that the kids are looking forward to, with the John McKeen Fishing Derby today. This annual event for the kids in Lovell is in memory of McKeen who loved the kids. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Heald Pond. Each child must provide their own traps. Bait will be furnished. There will be hot dogs and snacks for those who work hard to land a fish.

Tamworth Town Column: Tamworth Outing Club to present led dog races March 4, 5

The sled dog races on Lake Chocorua and environs, sponsored by The Tamworth Outing Club, are scheduled for March, 4 and 5, conditions permitting. Race fans need to know that North Country Mushers are hosting the Chinook Trail 25 Sled Dog Race this Saturday Feb. 25. Teams will leave at two-minute intervals at the start in the field across from The Wonalancet Chapel at 9 a.m. This is a 25-mile course where teams leave the field and head towards the Whiteface Intervale fields, turn around and then run the 15-mile course around Great Hill Pond and James Pond and back to the finish in Wonalancet.

The public may watch the races along the perimeter of the field and also at any of the road crossings on Route 113A/Chinook Trail, Pease Hill Road and Fowlers Mill Road before the teams return to the field in Wonalancet. The Community School will assist the mushers as well serve hot drinks, soups, chilis and baked goods, to racers and spectators by donation.

Library Connection: Read-a-thon will celebrate birthday of Dr. Seuss author

The late Theodore Geissel, also known as "Dr. Seuss," has a birthday on March 2. Every year, schools and libraries across the nation celebrate this quirky genius of children's literature writing and illustrating with creative and fun activities to keep kids engaged in reading.
The Conway Library is supporting the John Fuller School by planning a school and library read-a-thon together. Through the theme of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, school and library staff will perform skits during school lunch periods, the halls will be decorated, and incentives will be given for reading. The big kick-off will be Monday, Feb. 27. The library will be providing a designated comfy, safe "read-in" space with healthy snacks and soft music on Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Please take note: The "It's Complicated" book discussion at the Conway Library will take place on March 13 and not March 17 as previously listed.
For more information about Conway Library programs and resources, call (603) 447-5552, visit in person, go to www.conwaypubliclibrary.org, or visit Facebook pages, "Conway Public Library" or "Kids and Teens at the Conway Library." You may also sign up for our online newsletter by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the library home page.

 

Jackson Town Column: Pizza fundraiser for Project Graduation at Shannon Door March 2

There will be a Fundraiser at the Shannon Door in Jackson on Thursday, March 2, starting at 4 p.m. The Shannon Door Restaurant will donate $1 from every pizza sold (eat-in or take-out). In addition, a chance auction and 50/50 raffle will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Stop by to enjoy a pizza, join the fun and help support Project Graduation, an all-night community funded chem-free celebration for the Kennett Graduating Class of 2017 on June 17. For more information, visit www.khsmwv.com/students/project-graduation-3.

The New Hampshire Writers' Project is announcing the Three Minute Fiction Slam at White Birch Books, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by Jackson Women's Writers Group. Here are the rules for the Three-Minute Fiction Slam" contest: Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud. One point over-all will be deducted if an author goes over the allotted three minutes. After each writer is done, judges give verbal feedback and secretly record a numeric score out of five. The judges keep a private score for each piece. At the end of the night, the contestant with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, the audience selects the winner through an "Applause-O-Meter" test as determined by the judges. Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals.