Spring into Spring 5k Road Race is May 1

CONWAY — The 16th annual Spring into Spring 5k Road Race is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, at Pine Tree School in Center Conway.

The Pine Tree PTA is hosting this event as a fund-raiser for the PTA to support its mission to benefit the children of Pine Tree School.

The race for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will start promptly at noon with registration taking place the day of the race at 10:45 a.m. The race is open to everyone from first-timers to those looking for a personal best.

Be sure to bring the whole family as children are welcome to run the 5k race, or they may participate in the Kids Fun Run at 1 p.m. The fun run is being sponsored by the Pine Tree Pacers Running Club.

In addition to an extremely fast out-and-back course, the race features a post-race barbecue sponsored by The Valley Originals and award certificates for age group winners.

The race entry fee is $14 online or $20 for day of registration. Students 12 and under may register for $5. A link to online registration can be found at www.whitemountainmilers.com.

Entry forms are also currently available at the Pine Tree School. Contact Susan Morgan, race director, with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Come on out to the 16th annual Spring into Spring 5k for a great day of family fun and exercise!


Girls on the Run comes to Pine Tree

CONWAY — There's a time for serious conversation and a time for silliness. And there's always time for running. The 10-week after-school program, called Girls on the Run, is a character-building program for girls in grades 3-5. Pine Tree School started its the Girls on the Run program on March 16.

The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Girls learn to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts and activate their personal power.

The goal of this well thought-out non-profit isn't to turn girls into marathon runners but to inspire them to be joyful, healthy and confident individuals who can set a goal and then reach it. So many of the lessons discussed are about teaching girls to recognize their positive qualities and not to listen to negative messages. Young girls today are so bombarded with messages. They are not thin enough, not strong enough, or not good enough. This program teaches them to pay attention to what they can do instead of what they can't. It's been interesting to see them staying plugged in to that positive cord. It teaches girls that having a positive attitude is a choice.

Over the 20 sessions, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. The strategies used are good for everybody. It's not just about girls using the strategies; it's about passing it on to others, even to boys. The program culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k event in Concord bringing together hundreds of girls, their families and community members.

The program had over 36 sites and 593 participants this past fall in New Hampshire — Pine Tree being the only site north of Gilmanton, has 15 girls signed up, the maximum for one team. The after-school program is led by trained coaches Kara Couture, of Carroll County YMCA, and Rachel Fecteau, who guide the girls through the 10-week program and help prepare them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

For more information about the program or to sponsor a girl, contact Kara Couture, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2016 N.H. Moose Hunt Lottery opens

CONCORD — New Hampshire's 2016 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime — hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State. Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

To enter the N.H. moose hunt lottery, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html, where you can enter online or print out a mail-in application, or buy one in person from any Fish and Game license agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.

Moose hunt lottery applications for 2016 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight eastern time on May 27, or delivered to the Licensing office at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 17 at the NH Fish and Game Department in Concord.

Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year. For example, last year the overall odds of a resident applicant being drawn were 1 in 63, while resident applicants with a total of 12 points had a 1 in 28 chance of being drawn. For nonresidents, the odds increased from 1 in 243 overall to 1 in 114 for applicants with 12 points.

Last year (2015), more than 9,500 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 105 permits. More than 1,400 people continued to accrue bonus points because they submitted an application for a point only. Hunters from 10 different states won permits in the lottery.

While people travel from all over the country to take part in the New Hampshire moose hunt, the majority of permits (about 85 percent) go to New Hampshire residents. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunting licenses.

The exact number of moose hunt permits that will be offered for this fall's hunt has not yet been determined. While moose populations have grown in several regions of the state, the recent long, snow-free fall may result in increased tick mortality this spring. Therefore, permit reductions are possible in parts of the state, according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson.

While permit numbers may be reduced in 2016, your chance of being drawn and offered a permit in the lottery will be improved if you rank all wildlife management units on your application, Gustafson noted. You will have the option to decline a permit if drawn for a unit you prefer not to hunt.

New Hampshire's nine-day moose hunt starts the third Saturday in October. This year's hunt runs from Oct. 15-23.

New Hampshire has had an annual moose hunt since 1988, when 75 permits were issued for a three-day hunt in the North Country. The state's current moose population is estimated at about 4,000 animals. The availability of moose hunting permits is made possible by careful management of moose populations. The resulting annual harvest of moose helps to regulate moose numbers, provides valuable information on the physical condition of moose and provides a unique recreational opportunity.

Learn more about moose hunting in New Hampshire at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.


North Conway Community Center expands its program offerings

CONWAY — The North Conway Community Center has extended its hours of operations. The center is open on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Director Ryan Sommer said the center has also added many programs, which include:

• Over-30 Basketball: every Monday nights from 7-9, cost is $2 per night or $20 per 10-week session.

• Pickleball: Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m., cost is $3 per day or $20 per 10-week session.

• Canasis: every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m.

• 18-30-year-old basketball: beginning Feb. 10, on Wednesday night from 7-9, cost is $2 per night or $20 per 10-week session.

• Maijong: every Thursday from 1-4 p.m., cost $1 per day.

• Indoor Field Hockey: every Thursday night from 7-9, cost is $2 per night or $20 per 10-week session.

• Pickleball: every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., cost is $3 per day or $20 per 10-week session.

• Two Tango classes: every Sunday from 1:15-1:45 p.m. and 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., cost varies per which class.

"Programs that we are hoping to begin soon are: volleyball, adult indoor soccer and pottery for families called 'Pottery and me,'" Sommer said. "If there are any programs that have been listed that you would like to have at the North Conway Community Center please give me a call at (603) 356-2096."


Trophy Fish Program 2015 Winners

CONCORD — N.H. Fish and Game's Trophy Fish Program Coordinator John Viar has announced the winners of the 2015 Trophy Fish Program. Letters have been sent to advise winners and special certificates of achievement are being prepared.

New Hampshire's Trophy and Record Fish programs provide opportunities for anglers of all ages to receive recognition while giving biologists important information on the state's fisheries over time. The Department has collected information on Record fish as far back as 1911, but the Trophy Fish Program wasn't established until the 1970's.

"Anglers are our extra eyes in the field," Viar noted. "The Trophy Fish program allows us to receive valuable data on fish populations not normally reported to us. We've probably received 2,000 entries since the program began."

All successful applicants receive a Trophy Fish shoulder patch just for submitting their catch information. Then, each February, the person with the largest fish in each species category, kept or released, is awarded a special certificate. "We see entries from all ages, all legal methods and all areas of the state. Fly-fishing, ice-fishing, bait casting and spin casting, trolling and even bow harvest (a method permissible only for carp and suckers) are represented. Almost every year at least one new state record is reported, and that says a lot about New Hampshire's fisheries," he stated.

Fishing is one of the few sports where the most impressive anglers are not separated by age, gender, or even experience. Of the 47 accepted entries in 2015, 14 of the anglers were 18 years of age or younger.

Ten-year-old Dustin Dextraze of Dover won his category of Kept Bluegill with an impressive 10.63 inch beauty caught out of Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham.

Other impressive entries this year included a 19.25 inch Released Smallmouth Bass from six-year old Connor Hemmerling of Enfield, and a 21 inch Released Rainbow Trout from seven-year old Noah Wyatt of Concord.

Three new records were set in 2015. When nine-year old Madeline D'Agata of Gilford caught her 6 lb., 1.76 oz. Common White Sucker out of Poor Farm Brook in Gilford, she stole the record from seasoned angler Timothy Moore's 5 lb., 4.96 oz. catch less than a month earlier; only to lose her own title five days later to Randy Comeau's 6 lb., 11.68 oz. Common White Sucker from Lake Winnipesaukee in Tuftonboro.

The record Black Sea Bass (1 lb., 13.28 oz.) was caught in the Piscataqua River, Dover by Timothy Moore of Portsmouth. Donald St. Lawrence of Henniker caught the new state record Common Carp (35 lbs., 13.12 oz.) from the Merrimack River in Manchester.

Program Coordinator John Viar noted only four species of "kept" fish were represented in 2015, and 13 under "catch and release". There are 56 categories available, he explained; 21 freshwater species and seven saltwater in categories for kept fish and catch and release enthusiasts.

"You don't need a big boat and expensive equipment. Plenty of lucky anglers are first-timers, or haven't touched a pole in years," he said. "Anyone can get hooked on fishing. Get out there."

Viar smiled, "Take the kids, grab the camera and catch some fresh air. You will harvest great memories even if your fish isn't the next record. There's always room for that."

A listing of all 2015 entries, forms, rules, records and winners from past years can be found on the Fishing Web Pages at: www.fishnh.com/fishing/trophy.html.