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Familiar Lake Scenes in Author’s First Novel, “Trevor” By Lori Tremblay Sue Thomson’s first fictional novel, “Trevor,” features some familiar landmarks to residents and visitors of the Lake Winnipesaukee area. The book is about a man, Matt Stone, who is troubled by the memory of his murdered wife and the accidental shooting of his son. When he runs into his son’s doppelgänger, or lookalike, Trevor Reed, Stone becomes obsessed with the boy and begins stalking him. Trevor’s family is concerned and enlists the help of local authorities to keep him safe. When the boy disappears, a chase begins in the suburbs of Boston and ends near an island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Will their efforts be enough to save the boy? “I wanted to find a character that was like the villain, but you really felt bad for him because he was a nice guy caught up in horrible circumstances,” said Thomson, “which this guy did. I kept having this thought of rooting for the bad guy.” He had a lot of mental health issues which were swept under the carpet and never dealt with, according to Thomson, which resulted in a tragic ending. Thomson said that she wanted the reader rooting for both sides at the same time. Thomson and her family live in Middleton, MA and vacation at Lake Winnipesaukee, on Sleepers Island, in the summer. Many of the landmarks in the book will be familiar, although the names were changed. For example, Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro was changed to Hutchins Hospital. Why Huggins Hospital? “Because that’s the hospital I’ve taken my kids to,” said Thomson. The publisher, The Wild Rose Press, did not want to use names of actual local businesses. Some other familiar places in the book are Alton Bay and even the Agawam Diner in Rowley, MA, which was changed to the Rowley Diner. Thomson did the drive that her character drove in the book and even took their boat on the water to make the chase scene in the book as close as possible to the real lo-

Sue Thomson cation. Thomson fashioned some characters from friends and family. “I wanted to make sure that there was nobody who was perfect or unbelievable,” said Thomson. “I hope I did that.” I met with Thomson at the Downtown Grille Cafe in Wolfeboro. A wife, mother of three grown daughters and a sixth grade school teacher, Thomson is now a published author. Before Thomson’s mother died, at age 49, she asked each of her children what their dreams were. Thomson told her mother that she wanted to publish a book and write it under her mother’s name, which is Hilbre. Thomson’s pseudonym is S. Hilbre Thomson. Thomson’s daughters and husband encouraged her to follow her dream of writing the book. “It was always the thing that could be put away,” said Thomson. “It was really the kids and Dave who said to me, ‘Either you’re going to do this or you’re not going to do it.’” Thomson got serious after getting permission from her family to “be selfish about it.” After more than 25 years, her dream became a reality,

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and the book was published. After eventually finishing her manuscript, Dave gifted his wife with an editor for Christmas. Thomson worked with Alicia Dean, her editor, with The Wild Rose Press, for a year and a half. Dean helped Thomson make a thirty thousand word edit, then an additional ten thousand word edit. “Alicia could be direct, but not mean, and concise,” said Thomson. “Her advice made sense.” Kathryn Knight, a friend and author of paranormal books, also gave Thomson advice. Dean was also Knight’s editor, so it was a nice connection. Thomson is an avid reader during the summer, when she is not teaching.

When she finds an author that she likes, she reads everything that they have written. Some of her favorite authors are James Patterson and Patricia Cornwall. During the school year, Thomson reads material for her classroom. Thomson is a passionate teacher who likes to inspire her students. Some of her students wrote articles which were published in the local newspaper. She tells the students that they have a voice. “They’re little activists. It’s amazing,” said Thomson. Over the past few years, “the kids have been through a lot,” Thomson said. She feels that there are books for children that are addressing the issues that they face. Thomson said that if they can’t talk about it, they can read about it. She encourages students to find an author that they like and to adopt some of their ideas in the students’ own writing so they can try out different ideas. Thomson is already working on a sequel, which follows the police officer and reporter, who go back and try to solve the original murder of Stone’s wife, a cold case that goes back five or six years. These are characters that the readers are invested in, according to Thomson. Thomson welcomes questions, suggestions or feedback for her next book. On her website, there is a place for feedback. Thomson plans to do book signings, readings and appearances in bookstores and local libraries. You can find her book on Amazon, Target, Barnes and Noble, Walmart or on her website,

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The Unique Alton Bay Water Bandstand By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper “Why is there a gazebo in the middle of the water?” you might have asked yourself. Or just as likely, you may have wondered, “How the heck did they get that structure into the water, and who owns it? Does it ever get used, and just what is its purpose?” These are questions about the iconic and often seen but little explained Alton Bay Water Bandstand; it is a bandstand versus being a gazebo. Sitting in the middle of Alton Bay’s water, it has been a part of the town since 1928. Its history is lengthy and interesting, and it will be part of the area for years to come, due to the work of interested and dedicated Alton citizens. The structure is a unique piece of Lake Winnipesaukee history and is kept in good shape by the local Water Bandstand Committee. The group also works to give the structure the recognition it deserves. The history of the bandstand dates to the mid 1920s, when a group of men from Alton and Alton Bay joined to form a racing association. Boating was

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line, boating added to the joy of summertime. Members of the Racing Association in Alton Bay (in the 1920s) were Lester Downing, Harry Jones, Ralph Stevens, Edward Downing, Martin Lynch, and Stephen Lynch. “They thought it would be a good spot for the bandstand,” remembers Lester Downing’s daughter, Nancy Merrill. “The structure was built on a ledge and the boat races were nearby in Alton Bay.” Announcements and judging of the boat races could be done from the water bandstand. This was handy since it put the judges right in the middle of the water where they could easily see the action of the boats. Merrill says the idea was to have a water bandstand for musical concerts, as well as boat races. “They had vision,” Merrill continues. “They wanted to bring people to the boat races and provide entertainment for them.” The bandstand was built on a “crib” which was placed on the ledge, and it was a sturdy, uniform structure once completed. Oliver Barnes, an Alton contractor, with the help of the racing

committee and volunteers, built the structure and it was completed in the spring of 1928. The ledge where the bandstand was built was halfway between the old railway station and the Victoria Pier. During the winter months, when the lake water was frozen, the crib was built, filled with rocks and a foundation built over it. The bandstand was built on top of this structure. In 1928, the first year of its use, the water bandstand had eight concerts at a total cost of $660.00 with an additional $45.50 for speedboat race prizes. The construction cost for the water bandstand was $893.00. While this may not seem like a great deal in today’s world, it was a sizeable amount in 1928 but the committee and the town must have seen the worth in the unique bandstand. Boat racing continued in Alton Bay until the 1950s, and over the years, the bandstand needed upkeep. Although no longer used for races or band concerts after that time, it has been part of the area for many years. Merrill says after some research, she realized it very likely is the only water bandstand in the country. Unfortunately, the bandstand fell into disrepair, because it is exposed to the four seasons and all sorts of weather. To keep the memory of the bandstand alive and to work for the upkeep of the structure, a Water Bandstand Committee was formed. The group has been a tireless advocate for the bandstand and has helped the town of Alton with repairs. (The water bandstand is owned by the town of Alton.) Merrill, who is on the committee, explains, “We did some work such as decking, repairs to the outside of the bandstand, siding, painting, and updates to the electrical system. We also put up a new flagpole.” The bandstand, with its recent updates and repairs, it beautiful and can be viewed from many areas in Alton Bay, such as the parking spots along • Bandstand continued on page 5

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Freese Brothers in Cate Park on Saturday Night The Freese Brothers Big Band has been a popular draw in the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand in past summers and the band will return on Saturday, July 16, for a free concert as the next performance in the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand summer concert series for 2021. The concert series, which runs each Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. in the bandstand in Cate Park, is free to the

public. The Freese Brothers Big Band, based in Concord, was formed in 1982 by the four Freese brothers, Jack, Bill, George and Courtland, who had begun playing music together in a family performing group in the 1930s. The purpose of the band is to support and encourage the development of the musical talents of the public, particularly young musicians and its members and to foster an

• Bandstand continued from page 4 the waterfront and the town beach. Members of the Water Bandstand Committee in 2019 were Paul LaRochelle, Robert and Aimee Janes, Nancy Merrill, and Jonathan Downing. They have been joined in cleaning, upkeep, and repairs to the beloved bandstand by volunteers Jason Janes, Elizabeth Janes and Nancy Downing. “Jonathan Downing, my nephew, really got things going with the upkeep. He got cost estimates for repairs and taking care of the water bandstand,” Merrill says. (The current Water Bandstand committee members are Nancy Downing, Rob Janes, Matthew Sargent, Aimee Janes and Nancy Merrill.) Although the bandstand is a unique eye-catcher, it is not open to the public. There are signs on the structure to keep people off, and it is used just twice a year at this time for concerts. It can also be rented for wedding ceremonies. “Since 2019 we have presented two water bandstand concerts each summer,” says Merrill. The water bandstand committee presents the concerts, and the shows are certainly in a unique location, seen from the shore by spectators. The musicians are transported to the bandstand via a pontoon boat and brought back after the show. This year, the Thursday Afternoon band will perform at the water bandstand on July 13 from 6 to 8 pm. On August 10, the Key Elements band will play. “On August 20, there will be a water

ski show in Alton Bay presented by the Water Bandstand Committee,” Merrill adds. “We depend on donations to fund these events. “The bandstand is 94 years old this year and it is certainly iconic. People take photos of it all the time. We want to keep it going and continue our research because it is the only freestanding water bandstand in the United States,” she adds. Because of this honor, a State Marker committee is in the process of applying to get a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker for the water bandstand. Merrill has been working on the application with the help of other committee members, and she says it is a lot of work, but well worth the effort. (Marker committee members are Jon Benton, Evelyn Sheehan, Denise Pouliot, Michelle Bemis, and Nancy Merrill.) “I think my father and my uncles would be pleased we are keeping it up and that it is still around to be enjoyed by the public. And they would be happy we are applying to have the bandstand added to the Historic Marker list,” she says. For those who pass through Alton Bay or live in the area and have wondered what that thing is in the middle of the water, with the help of the Water Bandstand Committee, the historic structure will be there for a very long time.

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ment for all sorts of occasions and because of that, you will hear numerous different pieces of music throughout the concert. The band will play Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, but will also include updated arrangements of classics hits from newer artists like Michael Buble. The show will start at 7 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. with a short intermission. Though there is no admission charged for the show, a pass-the-bucket offering will be collected at intermission to help the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand continue to bring the free concerts to the public every week. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled, and a sign will be posted at the entrance to the park near the town docks and an update will also appear at and on the group’s Facebook page.


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New England’s First Whitewater Park Now Open in Franklin

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phase plan to build features into the bottom of the Winnipesaukee River as it cascades from Cross Mill Bridge to downtown Franklin. On-shore work has been taking place for many years, and the first of the artificial waves is now in place in downtown Franklin at a location where spectators can watch the action from an amphitheater built alongside the river in Trestle View Park. By altering the river’s natural flow

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other park. There’s foundational remnants [of the mills]. You’ll be out there, and there’s a two-story brick wall that basically comes out of nowhere and has trees growing around it.” The park also has fire hydrants dating back to the 1920s, one near the entrance and the other farther into the woods. There also are remnants of old railroad tracks. “You see these things that look very out-of-place, and that’s because the land was all used and abused through the mills and dams that were operating there,” Marty said. “Most people are walking around to get a sense of what was there,” Marty said. “It’s a very interesting historical walk, showcasing the remnants, but then also kind of giving a nod to how Mother Nature takes back all the man-made things.” Franklin’s is the only whitewater park in New England, and there is only one other such park in the Northeastern United States. Skowhegan, Maine, also wants to create a “Run of River” whitewater park on the Kennebeck River. That project has been in the works for • Whitewater continued on page 8

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Guided Hike in Cockermouth Forest Join the Newfound Land Conservation Partnership (NLCP) and NLCP committee member Kim Sharp for a guided hike in the Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF)’s Cockermouth Forest July 17 at 9am. The third hike in a summer hiking series that highlights conserved lands in the Newfound Watershed, this tour will take participants up to “Little Pond,” a high elevation wetland that is within one of SPNHF’s Eco-Reserves. This moderate hike is approximately 5 miles. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at or call 603744-8689. The NLCP is a collaboration among the Newfound Lake Region Association (NLRA); the Society for the Protection of NH Forests; the Lakes Region Conservation Trust; the Nature Conservancy; and volunteer representatives from the towns of Hebron, Groton, Bristol, Bridgewater, and Al-

exandria. Since 2009, the Partnership has worked to promote land conservation within the Newfound watershed through education and community outreach. Learn more about conservation in the Newfound Watershed and why land conservation is important at NewfoundLake. org/NLCP. Land conservation as an important part of NLRA’s work to protect the high-quality waters of Newfound Lake and its watershed, maintaining a healthy and diverse ecosystem. Through water quality and invasive species monitoring, educational events such as guided hikes and nature activities, and land conservation efforts that protect open spaces and help manage stormwater pollution, NLRA approaches conservation at the watershed level. You can learn more about NLRA’s initiatives at

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trian walkway was in the plans, but that project received a setback when costs came in much higher than estimated. In addition to the Franklin Savings Bank Amphitheater in Trestle View Park downtown, Mill City Park will feature other viewing areas where spectators can watch the action on the water. Franklin has been holding Winni River Days on the third weekend in June each year as a way of raising additional money for the project. The event features live bands, a beer garden featuring Kettlehead and Vulgar brewing companies, and other vendors from in and around Franklin. It has brought visitors from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and other New England states, helping to put the Three Rivers City on the map. (Franklin also has the Pemigewasset River which merges with the Winnipesaukee to form the Merrimack River.) The park’s focus on more than just river activities is part of what makes it unique in the state. By including the downtown area, the park allows both river-users and spectators to take advantage of both local businesses and nearby attractions. Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield has a network of biking trails, and the New England Mountain Bike Association has developed 17 trails within the Franklin Falls Reservoir. The Winnipesaukee River Trail runs along the western side of the river, with plans to eventually connect with other multi-use trails in Tilton and Laconia. Franklin also offers disc golf and has the Veterans Memorial Recreation Area which has a rope-tow ski trail, skating pond, and lodge.

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Yester year The Start of a Great Sport: Water Skiing in the Lakes Region By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper “…Winnipesaukee’s sparkling waters offer the finest water-skiing anywhere in the country, right here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.” Julie Miller, 1953 Over 50 years ago, the sport of water skiing grabbed the attention of people in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and never let go. If you could swim, if you were comfortable on winter skis and you were in good physical shape, you could most likely learn to water ski. The Lakes Region was the perfect place to strap on water skis and give it a try, at a time when there were not as many boats on the water. You would have wide-open spaces of water to hone your water ski skills. In the 1950s, waterskiing was known as among the most exciting sports to

hit the Granite State. Water skiing was fun for those involved, and it was a great spectator sport as well. The water skiers created a sort of water ballet, with their grace and skill on the lakes. The sport gained popularity due to groups such as the Weirs Ski Club, formed in around 1950. With about 50 members by the mid1950s, the club had some extremely skilled skiers. This caught the attention of area businessmen and they added support for the club to begin competing. With further encouragement from the Weirs Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, popularity of the water ski club gained traction. The Weirs Club members were talented, and some could do tournament skiing—jumping, slalom and tricks. Along with this, the drivers of the boats towing the water skiers had

to be skilled as well. They had to be cool-headed and able to stay steady on the boat’s wheel. If you yearned to get out on the water and join the water skiers, you could learn more with the help of club leaders such as Bill Trudgeon or Larry Brown. Other members came from all over the area and New England, and water skied while spending sum-

mers or vacations in the Lakes Region. These members taught many to water ski when the sport was a new and exciting diversion. At the time, water skiers brought the sport to New Hampshire. (A waterski club member, Colleen Gallant, competed in the Atlantic City Beauty Pageant and used her skill in • Yesteryear continued on page 11

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become the president of the American Waterski Association—and a group of skiers using jumps on Paugus Bay. Binette and some of his friends were invited to go waterski jumping with Larry and others. Soon, the Weirs Ski Club was formed. The club was organized by Larry Brown, Bill Goodhue, Bill Trudgeon, a well-known snow ski jumper, and Dick’s father, Paul Binette, along with other interested people. The group raised money to buy their first ski club boat at Downing Marine in Alton Bay. The popular ski club was among the largest in the United States. They did both winter snow skiing and summer waterskiing, ensuring that members were always on skis. Soon, tournaments were held at the Weirs Beach area on Lake Winnipesaukee. The event would include ski jumping, and other moves. They went from tournaments to hosting the waterski Nationals on Lake Opechee just a few years later in the 1950s. At the Nationals, teams from the United States and Mexico came to compete. Hundreds of people poured into the area and spectator bleacher

seating accommodated the crowds. An awards banquet was held under a huge tent, and it was a big event in 1954. The competition included slalom, trick waterskiing, and jumping. In 1954 Binette was the first person in the world to break the record of 100 feet off a waterski jump, coming in at 102 feet. Elsewhere in the Lakes Region, the Abenaki Water Ski Club (AWSC) was founded in 1959, according to information at Located in Wolfeboro’s Back Bay, AWKC holds slalom, tricks and jumping competitions. With roots in snow skiing, AWSC evolved over the years to become the Eastern Region threeevent water ski site it is today. While the club had multiple sites throughout its history, AWSC has maintained its current location since moving the


slalom course from Winter Harbor to Back Bay in 1981. Since its inception, AWSC has been a home site to a few nationally ranked and champion skiers, including former slalom world record holder and pro skier, Jamie Beauchesne, and continues to have skiers compete in Regionals and Nationals. The Weirs Ski Club helped to put water skiing on the map and had a large membership. Members of the club brought the popularity of the sport to the Lakes Region and kindly taught many people to ski. This was the early days of water skiing and many club members wouldn’t have learned and come to enjoy water skiing if not for the early club.


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On Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 7PM the Joyful Noise Music Series will present guitarist, David William Ross in concert at the First Congregational Church Meredith. AS a classical and jazz guitarist with a wide range and unique approach, David William Ross has performed throughout the United States and Europe. His performances and recordings have been lauded for their sensitivity, virtuosity and depth of musicality. He trained at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory where he holds degrees in guitar, music theory and composition. He is an advocate of new music and works closely with composers in cultivating new repertoire for the guitar. His playing can be heard frequently on the Ravello and Navona record labels. David William Ross has premiered works by many

composers and is currently recording a second volume of works by Swiss composer Georges Raillard, which is to be released in 2022. For the concert on July 21st, David William Ross will present a program featuring works by renown composers for guitar including Francisco Tarrega, Astor Piazzolla (tangos), Carlo Domeniconi and Heitor Villa-Lobos. His varied program will also include selections from popular music and the American songbook. Admission is free and open to the public. All are welcome. The First Congregational Church of Meredith is located at 4 Highland Street. To learn more about this event and The Joyful Noise 2022 music series please see or phone 603-279-6271.

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Through Sept. 25, Squam Ridge Race Registration opens, (race is Sept. 25), Squam Lakes Assoc., Holderness, info/registration:, 968-7336. July 11, Culinary Adventures: Cookbook Club, 6-7:30 pm, Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St., Moultonborough, info/register: 476-8895. July 11, Indigenous Conservation Day, talk by Denise & Paul Pouliot, Native American program, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth, 323-8510, July 11, Lost in Wonderland, Fairy Tale Theatre, 10-11 am, Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, 524-8813. July 11, Solar Gazing, noon-4 pm, free, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, 476-5900, July 11, Story Time at the Castle, 11-11:30 am, free, Castle in the Clouds, with Moultonborough Public Library, Castle in the Clouds, pre-registration: 476-5900, www. July 12, Acrylic Still Life Painting with Ann Xavier, 9 am-noon, League of NH Craftsmen Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery, 32 Main St., Center Sandwich, register 284-6831, July 12, Gardening for Pollinators Walk/Talk with Emma Erler, 10-11 am and 2-3 pm, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, cost/pre-registration: www. July 12, Hidden History of Lake Winnipesaukee, 6-8 pm, talk by author Glenn Knob lock, Laconia Public Library, 695 Main St., Laconia, register: 524-4775 ext. 600. July 12, Land, Peoples & Property, 10 am, tour grounds & learn history of Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, register:, 476-5419, July 12, Outdoor Storytime for Young Children, 10:30-11:30 am, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth, July 12, Pollinator Party, 9:30 am-5 pm, last trail admission at 3:30 pm, celebrate life and work of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, visit with local beekeepers, and learn how to raise your own bees. See the bee houses in Kirkwood Gardens, learn about plants that attract pollinators, and find out about native bees. Make a wildflower seed bomb to start your own pollinator garden at home. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness. Register: July 12-13, Dave Matthews Band, at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, info.: July 13, Advice to the Players Open Mic Night, 7 pm, outside The Foothills, Sandwich, presented by Advice to the Players, info/to perform: July 13, Live Animal Show, 2 pm, Libby Museum, 755 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, info: 569-1035, July 13, Stories with Simon Brooks and Free Books, 1 pm, Laconia Community Center, 306 Union Ave., Laconia, for newborn to age 12, call ahead: Laconia Public Library, 5244775 ext. 600. July 13, Thursday Afternoon Band concert, 6-8 pm, Alton Bay Water Bandstand, hear the concert from the shores of Alton Bay.

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July 14, Hotdog and Bean Supper, two settings: 5:30 and 6:15 pm, Hotchkiss Commons, 71 Main St., Union, adults: $12; children $5 p/p, tickets at 4:30 pm, no reservations, info: 473-2727. July 14, Intro. to Fused Glass Workshop, create your own masterpiece in colorful glass with Ann Lambert in her studio. Pre-register at ArtWorks Gallery, www., 132 Rt. 16, Chocorua, 323-8041. July 14, Katie O’Connell, concert, 7 pm, Club Sandwich, 12 Main St., Center Sandwich, tickets/info: July 14, Lecture Series – Dragons and Damsels of NH, 6:30-7:30 pm, program about dragons and damsels, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, advance registration required, July 14, Leonid & Friends, 8 pm, Colonial Theatre at Laconia, 609 Main Street, Laconia. Info: 800-657-8774, www

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July 14, Polliwogs, 10-11am, Pre-K with adult program, info/pre-register: 366-5695, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia, www. July 14-16, NE Vintage Boat & Car Auction, 10 am, online and in-person at The Nick Recreation Park, 10 Trotting Track Rd., Wolfeboro, event of NH Boat Museum, info: 569-4554, July 14-23, Legend of Georgia McBride, The Barnstormers, summer theatre, Tamworth village, tickets: 323-8500, July 15, An Evening with Sergei Novikov, pianist, 7 pm, Kingswood Arts Center, 21 McManus Rd., Wolfeboro, part of profits will be donated to International Rescue Committee to help assist Ukraine, ticket reservations:, 800595-4849. July 15, Beginner Mah Jongg Class, 11 am-1 pm, Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St., Moultonborough, info/register: 476-8895. July 15, Chocorua Lake Little Paddle, 7:30-9:30 am, The Grove, Chocorua Lake Conservancy, 323-6252, July 15, Enter the Haggis, 8 pm, The Colonial Theatre at Laconia, 609 Main Street, Laconia. Info: 800-657-8774, www







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July 16, Hikers Club: Roberts Trail, 9 am-12:30 pm, free, registration requested, Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, register: 476-5900, July 16, Music Magic, 10-11 am, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia, 366-5695, Pre-K with adult. Call ahead for information and to inquire if pre-registration is necessary. July 16, NH Boat Museum Hosts NE Vintage Boat and Car Auction, Wolfeboro, bidding starts at 10 am, learn more about the auction, or register as an online bidder, visit, 569-4554. July 16, 1964: The Tribute, at Great Waters, takes place at Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, 7:30-10 pm, 569-7710,

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July 16, Tamworth Farmer’s Market, 9 am-noon, 30 Tamworth Road, Tamworth, info: July 16, Tea in the Garden, Opechee Garden Club, garden tour, 9 am-3 pm, 9 gardens in Gilford & Laconia, tickets:, 512-970-6592.

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July 16, Windham Community Band Organization, Outdoor Concert Series, 7-8:30 pm, bring lawn chair for outdoor seating, Rt. 11, Alton Bay, bandstand, free, 875-0109. July 16, Yard Sale, 8 am-2 pm, by Ladies of Fidelis Missionary Society, Bristol Baptist Church, 30 Summer St., Bristol, info: 744-2875, 744-3885. July 16-17, 32nd Annual Alton Bay Craft Fair at the Bay, 10 am, Alton Bay Community House & Grounds, Rt. 11, 24 Mount Major Highway, Alton Bay, Castleberry Fairs, www. July 16-17, 42nd Annual Lakes Region Water Ski Tournament, 8 am, Back Bay, Wolfeboro, July 17, Chris Smither concert, folk and blues, Feel the Barn Concert Series, 118 Page Hill Rd., Chocorua, 323-6169, July 17, Create a Fairyhouse, with artist Patsy Frasier, noon-3 pm, League of NH Craftsmen – Fine Craft Gallery, fee/pre-register: 279-7920 or stop by the gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith,, nhcraft/. July 17, Music on the Garden Barn Green, 4-5 pm, music by River Sister, bring your own picnic and a chair, donations welcome, Canterbury Shaker Village, Shaker Rd., Canterbury, 783-9511, July 17, Once an Outlaw, Jonathan Sarty opens, Barn at the Old Saco Inn, Fryeburg, Maine, 569-1335, July 17, Recycled Percussion Redonkulous, 2 pm, The Cake Theatre, 12 Veterans Square, Laconia, info/tickets: 677-6360, July 17, Volunteer: Trail Work Day, 9 am-1 pm, pre-registration:, 968-7336, Squam Lakes Assoc., Holderness. July 17, Yoga in the Woods, 8-9 am, Forest Treehouse, Lost River Gorge, N. Woodstock with Live a Little Fitness, pre-registration required: 745-8031,


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July 19-21, Drawing with Colored Pencil, 3-day workshop with Martha Koons, 10 Shops and Wolfeboro’s Colonial History am-3 pm each day, basic or advanced techniques. Pre-register at ArtWorks Gallery, www. 7 Days July & August, Spring and Fall, 132Weekends Rt. 16, Chocorua, 323-8041.

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Curbside Pickup of Farm Fresh Foods, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth, 323-7591, Cruise Night, Friday evenings at Village Pizza of Bristol hosted by Newfound Cruzers. Raffles, Door Prizes, parade, 825 Lake St., Bristol, 744-6886. Franklin Farmers Market, 3-6 pm, Thursdays until Sept. 29, Marceau Park, Central St., Franklin, 934-2118.

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Garden Tour, 9:30 am, Fridays starting June 10, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, 476-5900, Giant Insects, 9:30 am-5 pm, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, exhibit included in regular admission, Holderness, Gilmanton Community Farmers Market, at Gilmanton Year Round Library, 11 am-2 pm, Sundays through Oct. 9, 1385 NH Rt. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, 491-1687. Guided Exploration with Watershed Stewards, 10 am-noon, Thursdays, July-October, guided explorations of Newfound Lake watershed, 178 N. Shore Rd., Hebron, free, open to all, 744-8689, In the Round, via ZOOM, Sundays at 8:45 am, thought-provoking topics related to tolerance, join the meeting at, 284-7532.



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Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, youth, and adult sailing lessons, sailing competitions, Gilford, info:, 589-1177. Land, People & Property, Tuesdays through Sept. 27, 10 am, walk around Castle in the Clouds grounds, learn about history of the property with guide, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, register: 476-5900, Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook, nature trail on boardwalk, free, trail starts to the left of Meredith Village Savings Bank, Meredith, info: 279-9015. League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, fine handmade crafts and art for sale, workshops, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, hours/info: 279-7920, Libby Museum of Natural History, animal/nature exhibits & programs, 755 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, 569-1035, open seasonally. Live Entertainment, Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, Gilford, 293-0841, Loon Center, walking trails, loon displays/info., 183 Lees Mill Rd., Moultonborough, 476-5666, Millie B., cruise on the replica of a 1928 Hacker-Craft, 45-minute tour, info/tours: NH Boat Museum, Wolfeboro,, 569-4554. Model Yachting - Back Bay Skippers, meets every Tues. & Thurs., 1-4 pm, model yacht group, spectators welcome, Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Glendon St., Wolfeboro, May - Oct., info: NH Boat Museum, 569-4554. Molly the Trolley, 569-1080, take tours of Wolfeboro area aboard the fun trolley, info/ schedules: M/S Mount Washington Cruises, narrated cruises of Lake Winnipesaukee, day & evening cruises, M/S Mount Washington, 211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach, 366-BOAT,

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Laconia, Prescott Farm is located at 928 White Oaks Road in Laconia, Call ahead for all event information and to inquire if pre-registration is necessary. Call ahead for information and to inquire if pre-registration is necessary. Quilting Group, 1-4 pm, meets every 2 weeks, Ossipee Public Library, 74 Main St., Ossipee, schedule/info: 539-6390. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth, 323-7591.

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Sculpture Walk, tours of sculptures around downtown/lakeside areas of Meredith, free, Greater Meredith Program, maps/info: 279-9015. Solar Gazing noon-4 pm, free, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, 4765900, Squam Lake Cruises, family/educational cruises to look for loons, & wildlife, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness,, 968-7194. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, exhibits, nature trails, events, cruises, 23 Science Center Rd., Holderness, 968-7194, Tamworth History Center, exhibits & events, 25 Great Hill Rd., Tamworth, contact for open hours: Tuftonboro Country Bluegrass and Gospel Jam, every Tues., May through Dec., 6:309:30 pm, $2 donation requested, Old White Church, Rt. 109A, across from Tuftonboro General Store, 569-0247 or 569-3861. Wolfeboro Farmer’s Market, 12:30-4:30 pm, vendors, food, every Thurs., The Nick, 10 Trotting Track Rd., Rt. 28, Wolfeboro, Wright Museum of WWII exhibits and lectures on life on the home front during WWII, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, 569-1212,

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Stone Chip Carving & Spinning Classes in Center Sandwich

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The Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery is offering two engaging classes in late July – Stone Chip Carving and Introduction to Spinning. On Wednesday, July 20, juried artist Ellen Sidor will return to the gallery to teach her Stone Chip Carving class from 10AM until noon. Ellen is a talented stone carver whose class last summer was very popular and extremely well reviewed by students. In this class, participants will shape soft stone chips such as talc, soapstone and alabaster into worry stones, fidgets and tiny gifts. With a little shaping and polishing, anyone can create a beautiful and shiny piece of art. This is a unique opportunity to come together as part of a group, learn something new and share the universal pleasure of creating something with your own hands! The next class being offered on Saturday, July 23 from 9AM-3:30 is Introduction to Spinning with Cathy Crooker. If you’re someone who has wanted to learn how to spin or a lapsed spinner who wants to hone your skills,

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Annual Loon Census and Loon Festival to be Held on July 16 The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) will conduct its Annual Loon Census on July 16th from 8:00–9:00 AM. During that hour, LPC staff and volunteers throughout the state will take to the lakes to count loons. Following the Loon Census, the Loon Preservation Committee will be hosting its Annual Loon Festival from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at The Loon Center in Moultonborough. In honor of these events, the New Hampshire senate has declared July 16 Loon Appreciation Day. “The Loon Census is a valuable part of our annual data collection,” said LPC biologist, Caroline Hughes. “It helps us to get a good count of the number of paired, as well as unpaired, adult loons and loon chicks that are present in our state.” Unpaired adult loons are those that do not develop a bond with a mate and defend a territory in a given year. Because they are

not tied to a particular lake, they may spend time on many lakes, making it more difficult for biologists to get an accurate count during their surveys. “During the census, we have hundreds of volunteers surveying hundreds of water bodies at the exact same time, which helps us to get a snapshot in time of our loon population and nail down exactly how many of those unpaired adults we have in the state,” Hughes said. The Loon Census also helps LPC to monitor the progress of known loon nests, discover previously unknown nests, check on the survival of chicks that have hatched in the previous weeks, and detect new loon chicks that may have hatched since biologists last surveyed a given water body. Census results are incorporated into LPC’s summer-long monitoring, the results of which will be given in an end-of-season presentation livestreamed on the organization’s YouTube

channel on August 26th. New Hampshire’s Loon Census is part of a much larger regional effort—at the same time that biologists and volunteers are setting out on New Hampshire lakes, counterparts in Maine, Vermont, and New York will be out doing the same. Those who would like to take part in the New Hampshire segment of this region-wide effort to count loons should contact the Loon Preservation Committee at (603)4765666 for more information. After the Loon Census, the 43rd Annual Loon Festival will be held at the Loon Center in Moultonborough from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM. The Loon Festival is a family friendly event that will feature loon presentations given by LPC biologists, face painting, balloon animals, loon themed crafts and games for kids, a Discovery Table and live animals from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, a fun and educational

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adding some lettuce, tomato, and onion for those who may want to add a little bit of vegetation. Don’t get me wrong, I still do that from time to time, especially when there are a bunch of kids involved, but I prefer to branch out with some pretty fun and original recipes, and not just using ground beef. The range of proteins, and some that aren’t, is wide. Between ground chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, and sausage, as well as seafood, veggie burgers and portabella mushroom burgers, you could keep your family and friends guessing what kind of burgers you got up your sleeve all summer long as to what you are grilling on any specific day. Believe me, I am by no means saying that all the many options are going to be your cup of tea, but the point is ground beef is not your only option.

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Salt to season 1 ¼ lb. of ground hot or sweet Italian sausage, or a combo 4 slices provolone cheese ¼ cup sun dried tomato pesto, found in most any supermarket 4 ciabatta rolls In a large skillet, bring ¼ inch of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 1 minute, drain and press out as much water as possible. Wipe out the skillet. In the same skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook over high heat, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the spinach, season with salt, and stir just until coated, about 10 seconds. Preheat your well-oiled grill to medium-high. Using slightly moistened hands, form the sausage meat into four 4-inch patties, about ¾ inch thick. Brush the burgers with oil and grill until browned and crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the burgers and cook for another 4-5 minutes, closing the lid at times to help cook throughout. When fully cooked, top with the cheese until melted. Butter and grill the rolls, pull, and spread the pesto on both halves of the rolls and top with the burgers and spinach and serve. This truly provides a flavor blast to always remember. Since we just talked sausage, let’s talk about its favorite cousin, ground pork, but with an Asian twist. The ground pork is combined with fresh ginger, garlic, sesame oil and a few other goodies, and then topped with a very unique coleslaw. Delicious. This makes 4 burgers and goes together in a half hour. Ginger Sesame Pork Burgers • ’Cue the Grill continued on page 23

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July 11, 2022 | THE LAKER | Page 23 • ’Cue the Grill continued from page 22 with Slaw 1 ½ lbs. ground pork 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 ½ tsp Asian sesame oil Kosher salt and fresh grind black pepper 4 thick slices of choice of cheese, I prefer horseradish cheddar 4 quality burger rolls 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix, whether hand grated cabbage/carrot or store bought 2 tsp rice vinegar 1 tsp soy sauce ¼ cup mayo 3 good squirts of Sriracha sauce Preheat a well-greased grill to medium high. In a large bowl, mix the pork with the scallions, ginger, garlic, 1 tsp of the sesame oil, 2 tsp of kosher salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Form the meat into four ¾ inch thick patties. Grill the burgers, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Lightly toast the buns on the grill. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the coleslaw mix with the rice vinegar, soy sauce and the remaining ½ tsp of sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine the mayo and Sriracha. Spread the mayo mix on both sides of each bun side, set the burgers on the bottom buns, top with the slaw and top half of the roll and serve. Continuing with an unorthodox theme of burgers, this one is likely the most unique, and likely my favorite of the day, although this is an indoor burger on one of those rainy days I talked about earlier. This is a Shrimp Burger done in the style of the classic New Orleans Po Boy, one of my favorite sandwiches ever when done right. This hearty burger is done without the hassle of deep frying the shrimp like a Po Boy however, which is always a good thing. Although this recipe calls for cooking these in a pan with butter,

I like doing mine in bacon grease, so if that works for you, I strongly suggest giving that a try as I always have a reserve of bacon grease banging around. This recipe makes 4 burgers and will take 45-50 minutes to prep then cook. The locals of New Orleans take pride in pronouncing the name of their city as New Awlins, hence the name of this burger sandwich. N’awlins Shrimp Po Boy Burgers 5 tbsp unsalted butter, divided 1 lb. peeled/deveined/tail off raw large shrimp, cut into ½ inch pieces. I suggest 26/30 in size 1 large egg ¾ cup panko ¼ cup finely diced scallions, usually 2 scallions 1 ½ tsp salt, divided ¾ tsp Cajun seasoning ½ tsp fresh grated lemon zest ½ cup mayo 1 tbsp whole grain mustard 1 tsp hot sauce 4 quality sesame seed burger rolls 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce 1 small tomato, sliced 1-2 ripe medium avocados, depending on size and taste, sliced Place 3 tbsp butter in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on high until melted, about 25 seconds. Combine melted butter, half of shrimp, and egg in bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped and mixture starts to clump together, about 12 times. Gently stir together shrimp mixture, panko, scallions, 1 ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp Cajun

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comes with a bacon jam and a pimento cheese that both gel into a burger not for the faint of heart. Any leftovers of the two make incredible grilled cheese sandwiches as well. This will take you 45 minutes or so and will again make 4 burgers. Pimiento Cheeseburgers with Bacon Jam For The Bacon Jam ¼ lb. of bacon, thicker the better, cooked and finely diced, about 1/3 cup ½ small, sweet onion, finely diced 2 tbsp brewed coffee 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp granulated sugar Kosher salt and fresh grind black pepper For The Pimento Cheese Spread 6 oz sharp cheddar, shredded, 1 ½ cups 2 tbsp cream cheese, room temp 1/3 cup mayo ¼ cup drained and chopped jarred pimentos 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp gochujang, a Korean red pepper paste, found in most Asian sections of supermarkets ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp fresh grind black pepper For The Burgers 1 ½ lbs. ground beef, preferably 80/20 Kosher salt and fresh grind black pepper 1 tbsp canola oil 4 quality burger rolls, I prefer potato • ’Cue the Grill continued on page 24


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the cheese spread, in a medium bowl, combine the cheeses, mayonnaise, pimientos, garlic, gochujang, Worcestershire, and pepper and mix until evenly combined. Form the beef into four ¾ inch thick patties and season with salt and pepper. Preheat your grill to medium-high, making sure it is oiled. Cook the burgers 4-5 minutes per side, ideally to medium-rare. Once close, butter and grill your rolls and top the burgers with the cheese spread. Place a burger on each roll bottom, spread the top rolls with the bacon jam, top the burgers with the sliced pickles, and scallions. Close the burgers and serve. So Good. The spreads can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Don’t forget the grilled cheese sandwiches as they will also be unforgettable. Let’s continue with the beef and cheese spread theme. One of the best-selling appetizers in the restaurant business is the jalapeno popper, so it’s time to combine that mentality into a burger. This may be the simplest of today’s batch of recipes. If you like a lit-

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July 11, 2022 | THE LAKER | Page 25 • ’Cue the Grill continued from page 24 sauce, total time will take about an hour. If you buy the sauce, it’ll be more like ½ hour. Grilled Pineapple Hawaiian Burgers 2 lb. ground beef 1 tsp garlic salt 1 pineapple cored and sliced into ¼ inch thick slices 1 sweet onion, sliced into ¼ inch thick rings 2 tbsp vegetable oil ¼ cup black bean garlic sauce, recipe below or can be bought in Asian supermarket sections 6 slices Swiss cheese, or cheese of choice 6 leaves of butter or green leaf lettuce ½ cup mayo 6 large quality hamburger buns For The Sauce…I strongly recommend making this as it is much better than store bought *3 tbsp fermented black beans, soaked in water about an hour then

rinsed and drained 2 tbsp oil 2 tbsp finely minced garlic 2 tbsp finely minced ginger 2 green onions finely chopped ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth ½ - ¾ tsp orange zest 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp rice vinegar ½ -1 tsp hot red pepper sauce, optional 1 ½ tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water * if you prefer a stronger and saltier flavor, use more beans Mash soaked and drained fermented black beans with a fork and set aside. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a minute or two until softened and very fragrant. Add the green onions and cook for another minute. Add the mashed beans and cook for another minute. Add all remaining ingredients, except for the cornstarch

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should come off before the burgers as they should be removed when charred somewhat and slightly softened, move to the top shelf of grill to keep warm. Once close to the burgers being at your desired temp, pop on the cheese and grill your rolls. Assemble your burgers by smearing the black bean sauce on the bottom roll, then placing a leaf of lettuce on it, then the burger, pineapple, and onion. Liberally spread mayo on the top bun and place it on top of the burger. I recommend tasting the black bean sauce before putting on the roll as it can be strong, but I have known some to lather it on heavy. Just a “heads up”, so to speak. Lastly, I have not forgotten you veg• ’Cue the Grill continued on page 26

Page 26 | THE LAKER July 11, 2022 • ’Cue the Grill continued from page 25 etarians out there. It’s now time for the ultimate veggie burger although grilling them isn’t your best option. This recipe is for 8 burgers, and they freeze very well and will hold up well for 4-5 weeks. Once these are mixed, they are baked in your oven and can be used right then and there. If you make and freeze them, I suggest pan frying them. Veggie burgers, especially when homemade, have a tendency of not being super sturdy, which is the biggest reason for not grilling. They will hold together

if you well combine the mix. Where some things can get tough when overmixed, that is not a worry with these. Total prep/cooking time will take about 1 ½ hours. Ultimate Veggie Burgers 4 cups water 1 tbsp plus ¼ tsp kosher salt, separated 1/3 cup uncooked pearl barley, rinsed 1 dried bay leaf 1 lb. button mushrooms, stemmed and quartered 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce 6 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil, divided ½ tsp fresh grind black pepper


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1 head of garlic, halved crosswise 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded, about ¾ cup 2 small beets, peeled and shredded, about ¾ cup 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 can chickpeas, 15 ½ oz, drained and rinsed 2/3 cup panko, gluten free if preferred ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts 1 tbsp whole grain or Dijon mustard Toasted burger rolls of choice Mayo, butter lettuce, pickles, sliced red onion, sliced tomato, cheese of choice, for serving Bring 4 cups water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add barley and bay leaf; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, undisturbed, until barley is al dente, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain well, and transfer to a large bowl, remove and discard bay leaf. Let cool slightly, about 15 minutes. While barley cooks, toss together mushrooms, tamari, 2 tbsp oil, pepper, and remaining ¼ tsp salt on a large, rimmed baking sheet, spreading in an even layer. Place garlic head halves on a small sheet of aluminum foil, and drizzle with 1 tsp oil. Tightly wrap foil around garlic, and place on baking sheet next to mushrooms. Roast in preheated oven until mushrooms are browned and beginning to dry out, about 40 minutes, stirring twice during cook time. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet 10 minutes. Do not turn oven off. Remove and discard foil from garlic and squeeze garlic cloves from skins and set aside. Discard garlic skins. Transfer cooled barley to a food processor; pulse until roughly chopped, about 15 pulses. Transfer to a large bowl, add shredded carrots and beets, cumin, and paprika. Transfer roasted mushrooms to food processor and pulse until fine-

ly chopped, about 10 pulses. Transfer mushrooms to barley mixture. Add chickpeas to food processor and pulse until roughly chopped, about 10 pulses. Transfer 1 cup chopped chickpeas to barley mixture. Add roasted garlic cloves to remaining chickpeas in food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Transfer chickpea-garlic mixture to barley mixture. Add panko, walnuts, and mustard to barley mixture, and stir until well combined. Shape mixture into 8 patties, ½ inch thick, about ½ cup each, but feel free to make as big as you want to. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium. Add 4 of the patties and cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer seared patties to a large baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining 2 tbsp oil and remaining 4 patties. Bake patties at 400 degrees until tops and sides are crispy, about 10 minutes. Serve on buns with mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles, red onion, tomato, cheese, or anything else you desire. If you freeze them, wrap them individually once at room temp. To cook after frozen, thaw by putting in your refrigerator overnight before pan frying. Do Not Microwave. Well, that’s that, boys and girls as me, the Burger Meister Meister Burger, is signing out. I hope you are all enjoying your start to summer, and I hope some of these burger recipes find their way to your mouth. Remember, it’s all about keeping your taste buds happy. I’ll see you all next week where I’ll share some great appetizers off the grill. Enjoy! If anyone wants to touch base with any questions or feedback, reach out to

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Enter the Haggis at Colonial Theatre

Women on the Water Join Newfound Lake Region Association’s Watershed Steward, Jenna Detar, on a women-only paddle through the Northern Newfound Water Trail beginning at Grey Rocks Conservation Area on July 21, 2022, at 10:00AM. Participants will be provided with guidance on how to practice safe boating and how to explore the waterways of New Hampshire, as well as a quick lesson on invasive aquatic species and the impacts they have on the Lakes Region. All participants should be prepared to get on AND in the water! Please dress accordingly and bring all necessary food, drinks, and sun protectants needed for an hour and a half paddle through the Northern Newfound Water Trail. Participants will need to provide their own kayaks or rent one- if this is a barrier to your participation, please contact us directly. Register online at NewfoundLake. org/events or call 603-744-8689. Women on the Water is part one of a mini-series, Women in the Wil-

derness, geared toward getting women out into nature in a comfortable, judgment-free zone. Jumping into the vast unknown that is the wilderness can be very intimidating, especially as a solo woman. As we dive into this series, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of land and water conservation, ethically utilizing and preserving natural resources, and minimizing human impact in the natural areas of the Newfound Watershed in order to keep these areas wild. The Newfound Lake Region Association (NLRA) is committed to protecting Newfound Lake and its watershed through education, programs, and collaboration that promote conservation and preservation of the region’s natural, social, and economic resources. To learn more about guided programs including Women in the Wilderness, volunteer opportunities, or ways you can protect the Newfound Watershed, visit

C e l t ic rockers, Enter the Haggis will serve up songs from their musical catalog at Laconia’s historic Colonial Theatre on Friday, July 15 at 8:00. Tickets are $29. With nine studio albums, five live albums, and music in several feature films, Enter the Haggis has a large repertoire from which to choose a set-list. Instrumental choices also abound. Brian Buchanan and Craig Downie share an assortment of eight instruments between them, including trumpet, Irish whistles, bagpipes, and fiddle. Classic rock instrumentation backs their multi-textured sound. Always at the vanguard of the Celtic-inspired music scene, ETH has become a genre unto themselves. Their lyrics hold meaning and promise with their fans, and their musicianship holds the respect of other bands. Brett Elliott, Executive Director of Connecticut’s Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, said of Enter the Haggis, “Energy and excitement! This

group engaged the audience from the first beat, and after doing an acoustic tune in the audience at the end of the show, became an instant crowd favorite.” No strangers to New Hampshire, the six-member band has regularly entertained audiences at Concord’s New Hampshire Highland Games and the Capitol Center for the Arts. Their latest album, “The Archer’s Parade,” was released in March of 2020, and was immediately sidelined by the pandemic. Fortunately, live music is back, and so is Enter the Haggis. The Laconia Theatre, built in 1914, was recently renovated to its original Venetian-style splendor with the help of the City of Laconia, in partnership with the Belknap Economic Development Council. The 760 seat theater hosts concerts, plays, comedy and civic events throughout the year. For more information, visit, or call (800) 657-8774.



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Boaters: Always Clean, Drain, and Dry

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NH LAKES’ nearly 800 Lake Hosts are at 100 of the busiest boat ramps on lakes throughout the state this summer teaching boaters how to clean their boats and gear to prevent the spread of invasive species. “Lake Hosts have been the frontline defense against aquatic invasive species since 2022. They’ve helped nearly 1.4 million boaters do their part to help stop spread of invasive species,” commented Andrea LaMoreaux, NH LAKES President. “If you know a Lake Host, or see a Lake Host this summer during your travels, please take a moment to thank them.” You can keep aquatic invasive species out of New Hampshire’s lakes and rivers! Don’t let these hitchhikers invade our precious waters. Once they arrive, they may never leave. Practice the clean, drain and dry method to stop the spread: CLEAN: Clean off all mud, plants, animals, and debris from your boat, trailer, and gear. Clean off anchors

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Join the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, the Moultonborough Conservation Commission, and UNH Lakes Lay Monitoring Program on July 12th for an informative talk on cyanobacteria in our lakes and ponds. The talk will be held at the Moultonborough Public Library, Moultonborough from 3-4pm. Blooms of potentially toxic cyanobacteria have been happening more frequently around the country and locally in NH. This is a threat not only to human and animal health, but to our local economy as well. Cyanobacteria (often referred to as blue-green algae) are a natural component of New Hampshire waterbodies and are important organisms for the health and growth of many plants. However, certain cyanobacteria produce toxins that can affect the nervous, liver, and endocrine systems if ingested in large enough quantity.

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Advice To The Players presents Merchant of Venice Beach by John Minigan Merchant of Venice Beach by John Minigan deals with the unique struggles of three women as they try to take their place in adult society and separate themselves from their upbringing. This play deals with love, sexuality, climate change, and more- opening conversations about important political topics through this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The world premiere of Merchant of Venice Beach will open July 15th in Quimby Park at 5:30 in Sandwich NH. The show will run 15th-17th, and the 24th at 5:30 in Quimby Park, and July 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 at the Sandwich Town Hall Theater- 8 Maple Street, Sandwich NH. Tickets will be avail-

able starting July 1st. Three women, three goals. Portia, played by Caitlin Cremins, searches for a way to use her inherited wealth for good while struggling with her own sexuality. Jess, played by Mikayla Caterino, wants success equal to that of her father while proving her climate activist boyfriend’s efforts come to fruition. And Taali, played by Emma Molloy, seeks genuine human connection and to understand the world around her after the death of her father, a flat-earther whose beliefs were ingrained in Taali through her childhood. The risk of losing the Rialto (Venice Beach’s historic gay bar) to rising sea levels, Donnie Whitcomb’s real estate dealings (Jess’s fa-

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