NH Club Notes: Kiwanis Club honors King with service project

January 25. 2018 9:19PM

MANCHESTER — The Kiwanis Club of Manchester honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15 by crafting “no-sew” blankets and creating personal care packages containing travel-size toiletries for a shelter benefiting the local homeless community.

The club, which was chartered in 1921 and was the first Kiwanis Club in the state, is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization open to men and women interested in sharing their time, talent and treasure to improve the quality of life in Manchester.

The club’s mission is to help Manchester’s children and youth, especially those whose opportunities are limited by poverty. The club does this through community service projects, fundraising efforts, scholarships and by partnering with schools and organizations. For more details, go to kiwanismanchesternh.org.

Conservation group’s annual meeting Saturday

DEERFIELD — Bear-Paw Regional Greenways invites its members and supporters to its annual meeting Saturday at the Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a meeting and talk from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch from noon to 1 p.m., and a guided walk from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Michael Marchand, N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program supervisor, will talk about the rare and endangered wildlife species found in the Bear-Paw Region. He will discuss ongoing population studies that his program conducts on turtles, snakes, mammals and birds.

Bear-Paw also will share news about its conservation efforts around the region. A raffle will offer a chance at donated items. The hot lunch is a potluck. Contributions from members for either the raffle or the lunch are welcome. After lunch, guests will visit Bear-Paw’s 400-acre Great Marsh Preserve in Hooksett.

Contributions of $10 from members or $15 from nonmembers are requested to cover refreshments and event costs. To preregister, go to www.bear-paw.org, email info@Bear-Paw.org or call 463-9400.

Bear-Paw Regional Greenways covers Allenstown, Barnstead, Candia, Deerfield, Epsom, Hooksett, Northwood, Nottingham, Pittsfield, Raymond and Strafford. The nonprofit land trust was established by resident volunteers to conserve a network of lands that permanently protects the region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farmland.

For more information, contact Daniel Kern at Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, P.O. Box 19, Deerfield, NH 03037, 463-9400 or info@bear-paw.org or go to www.bear-paw.org.

Weare Area Writers Guild to meet next week

WEARE — The Weare Area Writers Guild’s next meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the downstairs Sawyer Room of the Weare Public Library, 10 Paige Memorial Lane.

Only six writers attended the guild’s January meeting, possibly because of the wintry weather, so the group is trying to increase its ranks as well as reconnect with those who’ve been unable to attend meetings.

At the January meeting, the writers went over the second half of Kevin Lane’s seminar titled “Pithy Dynamite.” Handouts offered a system new to most of the members for refining a paragraph that just isn’t quite right or for moving past a spot that has stopped their writing. They also helped a member with blog formatting and then listened to poetry and ongoing book chapters.

The guild says people may come to only one of the meetings if it suits their needs, for help with a wedding speech, for instance, or what to say in a letter to Grandma, how to write a cover letter, or how to write down a favorite family anecdote. For more information, contact Sharon Czarnecki at czar5@comcast.net.

NH Audubon birding team to compete in Rye

CONCORD — NH Audubon’s Twitchers in the Rye birding team will take part in the “Super Bowl of birding” Saturday in Rye — a search for as many bird species as possible in 12 hours.

The challenge, which is run by Massachusetts Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, allows teams to compete in Rockingham County or in Essex County in Massachusetts.

This is the Twitchers’ 10th year birding solely in Rye, and for the first time, the competition has a town category.

“We wanted to show people how many birds can be seen in just one town, but now that there’s a category for a single town, it’s especially exciting,” said Becky Suomala, team captain of the Twitchers, which is a British word for avid birders. “Rye has great birding habitat and gives us a great name, but we’ve never had anyone compete in any other town.”

Rare species are worth more points than common ones, and teams are required to call in and report the 5-point birds so that sightings can be shared with other teams. The first team to find a “5-pointer” gets bonus points.

The team is also raising money to support NH Audubon and accepting pledges per species or per point to support New Hampshire Bird Records and NH eBird. To pledge, contact Suomala at rsuomala@nhaudubon.org, 224-9909 ext. 309 or at www.nhbirdrecords.org.

For information on NH Audubon, call 224-9909 or go to www.nhaudubon.org.

MMRG offers guided snowshoe walk Sunday

FARMINGTON — Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is offering a free guided snowshoe walk on Bob and Debbie Leary’s land on Hornetown Road on Farmington Ridge from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The public is invited to the outing led by forester Wendy Scribner, who will discuss the field and forest habitats there and the animals they sustain.

“We’ll look for tracks and other evidence of snowshoe hare, fox, turkey, squirrel, deer, and possibly fisher and discuss how these animals survive in winter,” Scribner said.

MMRG is working with the Learys to place a conservation easement on 63 acres of their farm, expanding the conserved land to a total of 140 acres, all of which MMRG will ultimately own. Executive Director Patti Connaughton-Burns will outline the steps required to conserve the land.

Preregistration is required. To sign up, call education coordinator Kari Lygren at 978-7125 or email info@mmrg.info. People are asked not to bring pets.

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