Ausbon Sargent sponsors talk on wildlife, climate change

Photo by Jim Sandberg

Moose crossing during the Kearsarge Klassic, Ausbon Sargent’s randonnee. Photo by Jim Sandberg

New London, N.H. – The Outreach Committee of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will host “How You Can Help Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change” starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot.

Emily Preston, a wildlife biologist with the N.H. Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, will give an illustrated overview about how climate change will affect wildlife and how our actions can either help or hinder that. Climate change will affect wildlife in many ways, especially though changes in habitat.

Preston will discuss the effects on moose, birds, northern shrimp and other species. She will present the “Ecosystems and Wildlife Climate Change Adaptation Plan” and will discuss several ways participants may help wildlife adapt to changing habitat.

N.H. Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, established in 1988, is the steward for the state’s nongame wildlife – species not hunted, fished or trapped. Through wildlife monitoring and management, plus outreach and education, the Nongame Program works to protect more than 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and thousands of insects and other invertebrates.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration is requested by Monday, Nov. 3 for this free workshop. Registration is available from Nancy Smith at the Ausbon Sargent office, (603) 526-6555, or by email: nsmith@ausbonsargent.org.

Ausbon Sargent, established in 1987, is a non-profit land trust whose mission is to preserve the rural landscape in 12 towns in the Mount Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region. These towns include Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Grantham, Goshen, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Wilmot and Warner. 

Woodchucks’ Revenge to perform at Sunapee Coffeehouse

SCCoffeeHouseThe musical quartet Woodchucks’ Revenge will be performing at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday,  Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Woodchucks’ repertoire ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs and from Irish Ballard’s to ’60s folk, blues and bluegrass. Songs about Vermont and mountains and life in New England are show staples along with a healthy dose of humor and a small but growing number of originals, according to the release.

The quartet includes Peter Cady (on guitar), Kristina Cady (on fiddle and bass), Sandy Morse( on guitar, mandolin, and banjo) and Mike Lussen (on banjo, tenor and six-string guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, and bohdran.)

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series. The venue is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience. There is no cover charge but the CoffeeHouse emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians. For directions, performance or volunteer info, visit www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Three Local Towns Launch “Kearsarge Solar”

sun_smile_cartoonDartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, N.H. — A team of Andover, New London and Wilmot residents this fall will undertake an effort to double the number of solar-electric (or photovoltaic) residential and small-business installations in their towns. The project, called Kearsarge Solarize Andover/New London/Wilmot, is part of a larger Solarize Upper Valley effort coordinated by local nonprofit Vital Communities.

Residents in the three towns are encouraged to learn more at the project’s launch event on Saturday, October 18, at 10 a.m. in Colby-Sawyer College’s Clements Hall (part of the Ivey Science Center), in New London.

Round One of Solarize Upper Valley yielded 120 new solar homes in five towns in the region. In Round Two, the Andover/New London/Wilmot team will launch a 15-week campaign (running mid-October through the end of January) to help residents and small businesses in their towns go solar. They join seven other towns across the Upper Valley in both New Hampshire and Vermont that are Solarizing this fall.

Asked why Vital Communities is behind the project, Sarah Simonds, its energy and transportation manager, replies: “We’re committed to moving our region toward energy independence. With growth in solar technology finally leveling out, and incentives available at the state and federal level, now is the perfect time for New Hampshire residents to be looking into solar.”

Team leaders for the Kearsarge Solarize project are retirees Larry and Susan Chase of Andover, Colby Sawyer professor Bill Spear of New London and New Hampshire State Representative Tom Schamberg of Wilmot. Both the Andover Energy Group and the New London Energy Committee are also behind the effort.

Here’s how the project works: Continue reading

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery Hosts Arts & Crafts Show Oct. 12

Sunapee, NH. — The Pop-Up Gallery at the Harbor House Livery on Main Street in Sunapee Harbor Village will host an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday afternoon, October 12 from noon to 4 p.m. A local non-profit, Project Sunapee, sponsors the annual event to showcase local talent and to share information about the 1890 landmark building. HHL docents will share a video history and plans for its restoration and reuse.

Featured artisans in this year’s show include:

  • Artists who paint on wood, paper, canvas & whimsical sculptures
  • Potters of wheel thrown & hand-built ceramics
  • Purveyors of sweet & savory edibles
  • Designers of wearable art, hand spun wool & fine needlework
  • Sunapee Graniteworks American Beads
For more information, visit www.projectsunapee.org.

Muster Field Farm Celebrates Harvest Day Oct. 5

The barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H.

The Pillsbury Barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H., will host live music by Sferes & White and Click and Jonie Horning on Harvest Day, October 5.

North Sutton, N.H. — Celebrate the summer’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum on Harvey Road on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. This event is free to all.

Special activities include guided tours of the historic Matthew Harvey Homestead and live music by Sferes & White and Click & Jonie Horning in the Pillsbury Barn. There will be hayrides, old-time games, and artist exhibits & demonstrations. A warm meal will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn: homemade soups, fresh bread and cider. Fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand.

New this year will be a Food Preservation Workshop (1-3 p.m.) presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Muster Field Farm Museum.

For more information and/or directions, call 603-927-4276 or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.

SRK Greenway announces Autumn Hikes and Trail Work

2014 Oct Q2c AdLake Sunapee Region, N.H. — The SRK (Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge) Greenway Coalition kicks off its October schedule of outings with a six-mile, classic New Hampshire hike (moderately difficult) on Mt. Kearsarge, from Winslow State Park to Valley Road in North Sutton, on Saturday, October 4. See the SRKGC website calendar for details.

Trail work follows at Mount Sunapee State Park on the Summit Trail on Sunday, October 12. This is a cooperative undertaking of the SRKGC and the Goshen Conservation Commission. After an easy half-mile hike to the work site, the task at hand is to clear water drains on Mount Sunapee’s beautiful western slope trail

Other hikes and trail work follow throughout the month. The public is invited to participate. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.srkg.com.

The SRK Greenway is a 75-mile loop of hiking trails, surrounding Lake Sunapee, crossing Sunapee, Ragged, and Kearsarge Mountains, and maintained by Greenway volunteers. The Greenway’s mission is to create and maintain a forever green, great circle of trail corridors and conserved lands providing walkers with minimally-developed access to the mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites of the region.

Sunapee CoffeeHouse: Weiland & Myrick perform Oct. 3

KENNY WEILAND & BRAD MYRICKSunapee, N.H. — Kenny Weiland and Brad Myrick are both accomplished solo performers. When they join forces, high spirited jazz, swing, and funky tunes are the result. Kenny has released four CDs of original songs, and two of his songs were featured on NPR‘s “Car Talk”.

Kenny and Brad will be performing at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse, at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, October 3 starting at 7 p.m.

This is their second appearance at the CoffeeHouse and they’ve decided to split the show. Brad will energize the audience in the second set performing originals from his upcoming solo CD. There is no cover charge; the emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians. For more information, visit the CoffeeHouse website: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org

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