---- — Get outside during Frost Festival
DERRY — The Granite State FFA Association will host benefit snowshoe races during Frost festival Saturday, Feb. 15, at J&F Farms. The money raised will benefit agricultural students statewide, including those from Pinkerton Academy.
The 2.5K and 5K snowshoe races will begin at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. or can be done online at firstname.lastname@example.org Limited snowshoe rentals are available. In the event of minimal snow cover, the races will switch to cross-country races. For more information, visit NHFFA.org or call 434-7086.
On Sunday, there will be free snowmobile rises and demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. at Hoodkroft Golf Course, sponsored by Derry Pathfinders Snowmobile Club. Also Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., there will be an ice-fishing demonstration at Gallien’s Town Beach, sponsored by the Beaver Lake Association.
There also will be open ice hockey and skating with the Pinkerton Academy hockey team. Participants must provide their own skates, sticks and helmets.
Local synchronized swimmers score
The Catalinas Synchronized Swim Team of the YMCA of Greater Manchester recently competed in the New England Synchronized Swim Association figure meet at Wheaton College.
The team competed against nine other teams in the Novice, Intermediate, Age Group and Masters divisions. Synchronized swimming is a water sport that involves swimming, dance and gymnastics.
Novice Reilly Roedel placed second in the 8 and under age division, Layla Neveu placed second, Emma Favorite placed third, and Elliot Moller placed sixth in the 11-12-age division. All four girls are from Manchester. Annalise Poisson of Amherst placed eighth in the Novice 13 and over age division.
In the Intermediate category, Julia Caselden of Derry placed first in the 11-12-age division and Sarah Hanna of Goffstown placed fifth in the 13 and over age division.
Molly Spalding of Mont Vernon placed sixth in the Age Group 18-19-age division.
Emily McAuliffe of Londonderry placed first in the Master division.
The Catalinas are putting on a free synchronized swim show on Saturday, March 15, 1 to 3 p.m. at the YMCA of Greater Manchester pool on Mechanic Street. The show is opened to the general public.
For more information about or to join the Catalinas, contact Laura Leary at email@example.com or at 232-8622.
State moose hunt lottery is now open
CONCORD — New Hampshire’s 2014 moose hunt lottery is now open. Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents, $25 for nonresidents. The odds of being selected in last year’s lottery were 1 in 35 for New Hampshire residents and 1 in 121 for nonresidents.
To enter, visit huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm; enter online or print out a mail-in application, or buy one in person from any Fish and Game license agent or at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.
Moose hunt lottery applications for 2014 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 30. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing on June 20 in Concord.
Each applicant can enter the moose hunt lottery once a year. A bonus point system improves the chances for unsuccessful applicants who apply each consecutive year.
Last year, more than 13,000 people entered the lottery for the chance to win one of 275 permits. Hunters from 15 different states won permits.
While people travel from all over the country to take part in the New Hampshire moose hunt, the majority of permits (about 85 percent) go to New Hampshire residents. The number of permits available to nonresidents is capped, based on the prior year’s sales of nonresident hunting licenses.
Because of the continued decline in moose numbers in some areas, permit reductions are likely in parts of the state, according to Wildlife Programs Supervisor Kent Gustafson.
New Hampshire’s nine-day moose hunt this year runs Oct. 18-26.