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Archive for spring

25 Things to Do this Spring

An oldie but goodie updated for 2015: 25 things to do this spring.

  1. Enjoy Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon at the Center at Eastman in Grantham
  2. Set the clocks back an hour, and check the batteries in your fire detectors as well
  3. Learn to square dance with the Bradford Country Squares on Thursday night
  4. Put on a green shirt and head over to Salt hill Pub in Newport for a celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day
  5. If you can still feel the cold of winter in your bones, try a hot stone massage at a local spa
  6. Warm days and cold nights bring the sweet delight of maple syrup. Go to and find the sugar shack nearest you
  7. Need some gardening tips? The Fells in Newbury offers horticultural classes in March
  8. Now that the Easter chocolate is gone, maybe it’s time to join a gym or check out sporting opportunities at the local rec department
  9. Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to pick up the trash along the sides of our country roads
  10. When will the ice on the lake melt? Take a guess in one of the area’s ice-out contests
  11. It’s Cinco de Mayo! Head over to Revolution Cantina in Claremont and raise a taco in salute
  12. Welcome spring in Warner at the Annual Spring Arts Festival in mid-May
  13. Show Mom how much she really means to you
  14. Get out the bug spray and hit the greens at the Black Fly Open, sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce
  15. Change the snow tires on your car. Vacuum out all the sand and salt, and take a spin through a car wash, too
  16. Bring your children (or grandchildren) to a town-sponsored Easter egg hunt
  17. Find your sandals at the back of the closet and schedule a pedicure
  18. Help a local snowmobile club maintain the trails used by skiers, hikers, horseback riders and ATV enthusiasts
  19. Check the propane tank on the grill. You don’t want the first outdoor steak of the season well done on one side and raw on the other
  20. Grab your friends and attend the first annual Zing into Spring! event in New London in on March 31
  21. Donate all the books you read this winter to your local library. They can add the books to their collection or sell them at used book sales
  22. Now that the roads are clear, go for a drive. Tour a town in the Kearsarge area to see what’s new
  23. Listen to beautiful music by the Kearsarge Chorale in early May
  24. Be creative with marshmallow peeps at the annual Library Arts Center contest
  25. Sign up for a moonlight ski (or snowshoe) with one of the area’s rec departments

Lions and tigers and bears

As the last of the snow melts, many NH residents are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. Me? No. Not yet. I’m not ready for the mud, the black flies, and the bears.
Yes, bears. Last year, our house must have been on the bear’s food route because every morning, without fail, he tackled our black garbage cans. Not only are they animal proof (we can barely open them), they are hidden under the porch, located behind heavy objects like the snow blower and lawn mower. Does that deter a hungry bear? No. Neither does my husband, watching him from the porch (screened in and out of reach). The bear knocks around that can, drags it across the yard, bumps it against trees and rocks until the bags magically fall out. Breakfast is ready!
We received our annual reminder to cease bird feeding activities (bird feeders are involved in the majority of bear problems around houses). So it seems like a good time to remind others to be safe this spring. According to personnel from the NH Fish & Game Wildlife Division, bears are currently foraging for food. Bears are looking for things with high fat content, including potato chip bags and even dirty diapers. It is recommended that you put your trash receptacles outside the morning of your trash pick up rather than the night before. Do not put any meat products in compost bins. Bears are also attracted by the smell of food, so keep your grill clean. Here are a few more pointers found among the information on the state’s website

* Normal trail noise should alert bears to your presence and prompt it to move (usually before you even see it). In fact, your best view of the bear may be watching it hurtling through the woods away from you. If it stays, keep your distance. Make it aware of your presence by calling, talking, singing or making other sounds.

* If a bear doesn’t immediately leave after seeing you, the presence or aroma of food may be encouraging it to stay. Remove any sight or smell of food. Place food items inside a vehicle or building. Stay in your vehicle or a building until the bear wanders away.

* Black bears usually aren’t aggressive, even when confronted. Their first response is to flee. Black bears rarely attack or defend themselves against humans.

* Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground and slowly back away.