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January 26, 2013

Salem looks at pawn laws

SALEM, N.H. — Selectmen will hold a public hearing tonight on proposed changes to the town’s pawn ordinance.

The public hearing begins at 7 in the Knightly Meeting Room at Town Hall. A second public hearing is scheduled at Town Hall for Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

The town is tightening its ordinance as it moves to an electronic monitoring system. Copies of the current ordinance and proposed amendments can be found on the town website at www.townof salemnh.org. They are also available at Town Hall during regular business hours.

Learn about chestnut trees at Londonderry library on Thursday

LONDONDERRY — Leach Library will host the presentation, “American Chestnut Restoration and Recovery,” on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The program will be presented by wildlife biologist Curtis Laffin of Hudson. He will discuss the history and demise of the tree and efforts by the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout its historic range.

Laffin is a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife ranger who has been an active volunteer with the American Chestnut Foundation for the past four years.

This program will explore the history of the American chestnut tree, which less than 100 years ago dominated Eastern forests with a range of more than 200 million acres until succumbing to chestnut blight, a lethal fungal disease. The American Chestnut Foundation is focusing its efforts on developing a blight-resistant chestnut that can also withstand New Hampshire’s winters.

This program is co-sponsored by the Londonderry Conservation Commission. It is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level Meeting Room. Light refreshments will be served.

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