EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 29, 2013

Library hosts program on American chestnut restoration

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Hampstead GOP elects new officers

HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Republican Committee elected five new officers on Jan. 9. Each officer will serve a two-year term.

The new members elected include Jack Thomas, chairman; Matthew Murphy, vice chairman; Chris Howe, treasurer; Ann Howe, secretary; and Harry Alexanian, communications.

The next committee meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.

For more information, email hampsteadgop@gmail.com.

Sandown needs temporary treasurer

SANDOWN — The town is seeking a temporary treasurer to serve until the March election.

The position requires a Sandown resident with a flexible schedule who can work Monday nights. The person must know Excel and knowledge of the municipal budget process is recommended but not required.

The treasurer would receive a monthly stipend.

Resumes should be sent to: Board of Selectmen, 320 Main Street, PO Box 1756, Sandown, 03873 or emailed to townofsandown@sandown.us.

Ice Fishing Derby

is Sunday

NEWTON — County Pond Fish and Game Club will hold its annual Ice Fishing Derby Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 82 Pond St.

The event is open to the public. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. at the clubhouse and costs $7.

There will $500 in cash prizes awarded.

Visit countrypondfishandgameclub.com.

‘Willy Wonka Jr.’

on stage

PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional Middle School presents “Willy Wonka Jr.” Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

The musical is based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

It will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Timberlane.

Tickets are $5. Call 257-5257 for reservations.