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Northcountry News 2-01-13

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The Northcountry News is a bi-weekly paper serving approx. 10,000 people in over 40 communities in the Western White Mountains Region of NH and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of both NH and VT
The Northcountry News is a bi-weekly paper serving approx. 10,000 people in over 40 communities in the Western White Mountains Region of NH and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of both NH and VT

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 2013 NH Moose Lottery Opens__________ 
It's time to try your luck onthe adventure of a lifetime-- hunting moose in NewHampshire. The state's2013 moose huntlottery is nowopen. Enteringcosts $15 for  NewHampshireresidentsand $25 for nonresidents.It's easy to enter the moose hunt lot-tery. Visithttp://www.huntnh.comto enter online or print out amail-in application. You canalso get an application from anyFish and Game license agent.Moose hunt lottery applicationsfor 2013 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnightEastern Time on May 31, 2013,or delivered to the Licensing of-fice at N.H. Fish and Gameheadquarters in Concord before4:00 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected through a computer-ized random drawing on June 21.Last year (2012), over 13,400 people entered the lottery for thechance to win one of 275 per-mits. Another 1,200 peoplecontinued to accrue bonus points becausethey submitted anapplication for a point only.Hunters from18 differentstates won permits.The overallodds of being se-lected in last year'slottery were 1 in 36for New Hampshire res-idents and 1 in 120 for nonresidents, some of the best odds in the nation for moose hunting! About 85% of the permits go to New Hamp-shire residents; the number of  permits available to nonresidentsis capped, based on the prior year's sales of nonresident hunt-ing licenses.Each applicant can enter themoose hunt lottery once a year.A bonus point system improvesthe chances for unsuccessful ap- plicants who apply each consec-utive year. For example, last year resident applicants who had atotal of 9 points had a 1 in 17chance of being drawn, and anonresident with 9 points had a1 in 58 chance.You do not need a current hunt-ing license to enter the lottery, but hunters who are offered andaccept a permit must buy a $150resident or $500 nonresidentmoose hunt permit, as well as a New Hampshire hunting license. New Hampshire's nine-daymoose hunt starts the third Sat-urday in October. This year'shunt runs from October 19-27,2013. N.H. has had an annual moosehunt since 1988, when 75 per-mits were issued for a three-dayhunt in the North Country. The
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state's current moose populationis estimated at about 4,500 ani-mals. The availability of moosehunting permits, with some is-sued for every area of the state,is made possible by careful man-agement of moose populations.The resulting sustainable annualharvest of moose helps to regu-late moose numbers and pro-vides a unique recreationalopportunity. Learn more aboutmoose hunting in New Hamp-shire athttp://www.huntnh.com/Hunt-ing/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm
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Book Group will be meeting onFebruary 19th, 6:00 PM. TheEmperor of All Maladies: A Bi-ography of Cancer by SiddharthaMukherjeeDon't be daunted by the subjectmatter here! Mukherjee's book isdescribed as reading like a liter-ary thriller. "The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, re-silience, and perseverance, butalso of hubris, paternalism, andmisperception. Mukherjee re-counts centuries of discoveries,setbacks, victories, and deaths,told through the eyes of his pred-ecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely re-sourceful adversary that, justthree decades ago, was thoughtto be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.”"From the Persian Queen Atossa,whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nine-teenth-century recipients of  primitive radiation andchemotherapy to Mukherjee’sown leukemia patient, Carla, TheEmperor of All Maladies isabout the people who have sol-diered through fiercely demand-ing regimens in order tosurvive—and to increase our un-derstanding of this iconic dis-ease." - AmazonBooks will be available at the li- brary by Wednesday, January 30.If you'd like the title in CD audioformat, please send an email so Ican order enough for everyone.See you there!The Bath Library Book Clubwill be discussing “DesertQueen” by Janet Wallach onThursday, February 14th at 6 pmat the Bath Library.Desert Queen is the story of Gertrude Bell. (1868-1926) Ms.Bell explored, mapped and exca-vated the world of the Arabs. Re-cruited by British intelligenceduring WWI, she played a cru-cial role in obtaining the loyaltyof the Arab leaders. After the war she played a major role in creat-ing the modern Middle East andwas, at that time, considered themost powerful woman in theBritish Empire.Books may be picked up at theBath Library; hours are Tues-days and Thursdays 9:00am tonoon and 1:00pm to 6:00pm andSaturdays 9:00am to noon.Anyone with an interest in read-ing and conversing about booksis welcome to attend. For infor-mation please contact the libraryat 603 747-3372 or email bathli- brary@together.net.
February 23rd.The Rocks EstateBethlehem, NH8:30 a.m. - Noon
Are you a hobby or backyardmaple producer and thinkingabout upgrading or expandingyour operation? Or are you newto this traditional New England pastime and want to dive rightin? Come to this hands-onworkshop where the followingtopics will be covered: Sugar-house design and safety; “Pro-fessional” evaporator designsand sizing; Tubing fundamen-tals; Filtering and canning op-tions; Small/medium sizedvacuum systems; Sugarbushmanagement and On-line re-sources and equipment suppliers.This class will be in the sugar-house and outside in the woods,so please dress accordingly.Weather permitting there mighteven be some sap to boil!Registration is limited to 50 par-ticipants and the cost is $15 per  person. Online registration athttp://bit.ly/MapleSugaring isencouraged as space is limited.Registering online will hold your space until payment is received.(You may register online andthen forward a paper check or  pay online by credit card or elec-tronic check.) For registrationquestions, contact Debbie An-derson.(debra.anderson@unh.edu) at862-1028.For questions about the pro-gram contact Dave Falkenham(dave.falkenham@unh.edu) at787-6944 or Steve Roberge(steven.roberge@unh.edu) at352-4550.
 No person shall be denied theopportunity to participate in this program because of inability to pay. If you have special needs inorder to participate in this pro- gram, please contact us 2 weeksin advance of the program dateinforming us of your need, toallow us time to make the neces- sary arrangements. Thank you.
 
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The North Country Chorus is proud to announce the start of itsspring concert season. Re-hearsals began on Tuesday, Jan-uary 29th at the Wells River Congregational Church in WellsRiver, VT.This season's program will fea-ture a Dvorak's Mass in D.The North Country Chorus,under the leadership of MusicalDirector Alan Rowe, is a com-munity chorus of about 80 mem- bers serving the Upper Connecticut River Valley of  New Hampshire and Vermont.The Chorus typically presentstwo series of concerts each year as well as three nights of Madri-gal Dinners in January.Performances during the Christ-mas season and in the spring fea-ture mostly sacred works.The chorus welcomes all singerswho are willing to commit to itsstandards of attendance and mu-sical excellence. New membersare invited to join the groupthrough February 12.Anyone interested in joiningshould contact Alan Rowe, Mu-sical Director, at 802-748-5027.To learn more about the NorthCountry Chorus visitwww.northcountrychorus.org N.H. Audubon Needs Your Helpon Statewide Bird Survey!Stock up those bird feeders anddig out your binoculars for NewHampshire Audubon’s BackyardWinter Bird Survey. This annualstatewide survey will take placeon Saturday, February 9, andSunday, February 10. Biologistsneed assistance from citizens allover the Granite State to get aclear picture of what’s reallyhappening with our winter birds.Anyone can participate in theBackyard Winter Bird Survey bycounting the birds in their own backyard on the survey weekendand reporting on-line or sendingthe results on a special reportingform to NH Audubon. To receivea copy of the reporting form andcomplete instructions on how to participate, send a self-ad-dressed, stamped, long envelopeto: New Hampshire Audubon, Win-ter Bird Survey- 84 Silk FarmRoad, Concord, NH 03301Forms are also available at NHAudubon centers in Auburn,Concord and Manchester, andon-line. Find more informationabout the survey atwww.nhaudubon.org under theBirding page.Data from the Backyard Winter Bird Survey is used to track changes in the distribution andabundance of many species.Each year about 1,300 observersacross the state count the birdscoming to their feeders. “Thestrength of the survey is that wecan look at trends over the longterm,” says Survey Coordinator,Rebecca Suomala. “We nowhave more than 25 years of dataand we can see the patterns of ups and downs in different birdspecies.”Last year, there were recordnumbers of Red-bellied Wood- peckers and near record CarolinaWrens, both southern speciesthat have expanded their rangesnorthward and are now commonon the Survey. Eastern Bluebirdsand American Robins were alsotallied in record numbers. “TheSurvey numbers show these twospecies increasing since 1997.They used to be harbingers of spring but are now increasinglyfound all winter, feeding onfruit” says Suomala. There were74 species were recorded overallin 2012. “This year we are ex- pecting high numbers of Com-mon Redpolls, a northern finchthat tends to invade New Hamp-shire every other winter,” ac-cording to Dr. Pamela Hunt,Senior Biologist at NHAudubon. Hunt also suggests people watch for Pine Gros- beaks, another periodic winter visitor that feeds on fruit and has been reported in many areas of the state this fall and early win-ter Reports of a lack of birds are justas valuable as reports of many birds. “If everyone reported onlywhen they have a lot of birds, wewouldn’t be able to see the de-clines,” says Suomala. The mostimportant thing is to participateeach year regardless of howmany or how few birds youhave. This provides a consistentlong-term set of data that shows both the ups and downs.All New Hampshire residentsare encouraged to take part. Re-sults from past years are on the NH Audubon web site. For moreinformation about the BackyardWinter Bird Survey, please call NH Audubon at 224-9909 or goto the web site atwww.nhaudubon.org and click on Birding. Note: There are two bird surveysin February. NH Audubon’sBackyard Winter Bird Surveythat takes place in New Hamp-shire only, and the Great Back-yard Bird Count, a nation-wideweb-based survey on February17-20, 2012;www.birdcount.org.For information on New Hamp-shire Audubon, including mem- bership, volunteering, programs,sanctuaries, and publications,call 224-9909, or visitwww.nhaudubon.org.The Campton Historical SocietyPresents:Pot Luck, Popcorn, anda Free Flick, showing…DIRTYROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, star-ring Steve Martin and MichaelCaine; 1988, PG, 110 min.Friday, February 8th. 5:30 will be the Pot Luck Dinner, 6:30Movie at the Campton HistoricalSociety in The Old Town Hall inCampton , 529 NH Route 175 inCampton. (Old Town Hall, Rt.175, North of Blair Bridge Rd.)www.camptonhistorical.org.For the Pot Luck Dinner, please bring one of the following- soup, bread, salad, main dish, dessert,or non-alcoholic drinks.In case of inclement weather or for more info, call 726-3081.The Old Town Hall is handicapaccessible, and open to the pub-lic.

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