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Record season for Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

HOLDERNESS —The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center recently wrapped up their public admissions season with a record 50,000 visitors enjoying the live animal exhibit trail. Overall, the Science Center served over 84,000 visitors in 2013 which includes trail visitors, program attendees, lake cruises, and field trips.

The 2013 trail season featured additional cruises on Squam Lake including Loon Cruises, Dinner and Sunset Cruises, and a new family cruise. Also, popular during the season were River Otter Feeding and Mountain Lion Feeding and Training. Both activities took place throughout the season so many visitors could see these entertaining educational programs.

The 2014 season is expected to be another great year with new exhibits opening including a new live Coyote Exhibit featuring the Science Center's resident adult male coyote. Also, opening will be an exhibit featuring energy choices. The focus of this exhibit will be sustainable energy featuring the Science Center's new wood-fired boilers which will be used to heat most of the buildings on campus. Both new exhibits will open for the start of the 2014 trail season on May 1.

"We're so pleased that so many people got outside to experience nature at the Science Center," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director. "It's a testament to our programs, our staff and volunteers, and our facility that we have gained such a great reputation as a unique attraction in New Hampshire."

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:45

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Music Clinic Theatre Company presents Home for the Holidays

BELMONT — Five professional singers will gather at the Music Clinic Theatre Company on December 14 and 15 to present two matinees filled with holiday music.

The live stage concert, called "Home for the Holidays", will feature selections from theatre, jazz and classic carols, presented in the intimate glow of a stage set with fireplace and holiday cheer. Music Clinic Theatre Company has produced six seasonal concerts, each with a different cast and repertoire.

"We performed our fourth "Autumn Leaves" show in October", said MCTC Director Laurie McDaniel. "Now we are excited to present this concert to help put our audience in a happy holiday mood. The music ranges from sacred to secular and back again. It is a beautiful show."

The cast includes Angelo Gentile, Mark Hamer, George "Rusty" Locke, Laurie McDaniel and Doreen Sheppard.

"Home for the Holidays" will have two matinees only, on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring refreshments. Reservations can be made at 603-677-2777. Tickets are $12.

The Music Clinic Theatre Company is located at 197 Daniel Webster Highway, Belmont, across from China Garden Restaurant.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:40

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Prestige Plus members tour Ireland

LACONIA  — Bank of New Hampshire's Prestige Plus members were treated to a trip of a lifetime as they toured the beautiful country of Ireland. The experience, for all 47 members along with bank executives, included ten days of exploring Ireland's natural beauty, rich history and hospitable culture while visiting Dublin, Blarney Castle, Kinsale, Cobh, Cork, Limerick, Bunratty, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara and Athlone.

Prestige Plus members were impressed with Dublin's magnificent rows of stately Georgian town homes and many cultural offerings. A trip highlight was a stop at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher where they enjoyed the stunning 700-foot-high cliffs which provide awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic and Aran Islands. Prestige Plus members also had the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and visit the Jameson's Irish Whiskey Distillery.

"We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members," stated Valerie Drouin, SVP – Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. "With 24 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for one of our trips, that the quality will be unsurpassed. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for banking at Bank of New Hampshire. As with most of our overnight extended trips, this sold out on the day it was announced."

To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire's Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:26

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Pub Mania's 5th annual event kicks off Dec. 12

GILFORD — On December 12 and 13, Patrick's Pub & Eatery of Gilford, will host the fifth Pub Mania, a 24-hour barstool challenge, to raise money for the WLNH Children's Auction. The Pub Mania event has raised over $384,000 in the first four years with a goal this year of surpassing the $165,300 raised in 2012. In addition to the money raised, the event collected 5,724 food items for the local food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul

The WLNH Children's Auction is held every December in Laconia, NH. After raising $2,100 in its first year over 31 years ago, the Children's Auction has now raised over $2 million dollars. 100 percent of the funds are donated to local charities focusing on children's basic needs. The event's success is due to the more than 700 spirited and committed volunteers that produce this unique community event.

For the Pub Mania event, Patrick's reserves 30 barstools for teams of 24 participants, one for every hour around the clock beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Teams compete for special honors including "Most Money Raised" and "Outstanding Team Performance".

"Pub Mania, inspired by Laconia Athletic & Swim Club's 'Cycle Mania', is the most fun and successful fundraiser by far. " stated Patrick's co-owner, Allan Beetle. "The level of enthusiasm and excitement and the spirit of giving that everyone brings to this event is inspiring."

Patrick's, along with event sponsors, local businesses and area musicians will provide participants, or "culinary athletes"' with food, beverage, entertainment, special guests, fun games and more. With 30 teams and 24 members on each team, there will be a total of 720 Pub Mania participants, affectionately known as Pub Maniacs. All of the funds raised via teams, sponsorships, T-shirt sales and raffles will be passed directly to the WLNH Children's Auction. In addition, Patrick's will be donating 20 percent of their gross sales for the day.

"We see the WLNH Children's Auction as one of the most impactful community events and we take pride, like the entire community does, in being a part of it," says Beetle.

For additional information about Pub Mania including how you could participate, visit www.patrickspub.com/pubmania.php or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:16

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