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March 13, 2014

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Derry News

---- — Support the Jimmy Fund April 4

Register for the ninth annual Rally Against Cancer, contribute $5 to the Jimmy Fund and wear Red Sox gear to work or school on Friday, April 4, for the home opener at Fenway Park.

The top fundraising workplace and school (K-12, college or university) are each eligible for a player visit and other prizes, if located within a two-hour travel distance from Boston.

For more information, visit RallyAgainstCancer.org or call (617) 632-5420. Rally Against Cancer is presented by Fan Band.

Free fly fishing class offered at library

SALEM — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, in partnership with Trout Unlimited, is offering several Introduction to Fly Fishing classes that are open to the public. Classes are free unless otherwise noted.

Classes are open to anyone, however, those age 16 and under are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to register early to reserve your space; class size is limited.

There will be a class at Kelley Library on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register through the library at salem.lib.nh.us.

Derry runner scores at college level

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The North Central College men’s track and field team won its 14th consecutive College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title on March 1 at the Shirk Center in Bloomington.

Junior Kevin McMahon out of Derry placed fifth in the 3,000-meter run (8:36.32).

More than 30 percent of North Central’s points came from two events, as the Cardinals swept the maximum top five spots in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs for the first time.

Turkey count ends this month

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds wildlife watchers to report sightings of winter wild turkey flocks at the department’s online survey at wildnh.com/turkeysurvey.

Turkeys often gather in large, highly visible flocks during the winter. Report any turkeys observed through March 31. Do not report multiple sightings of the same flock.

The winter flock survey bolsters Fish and Game’s understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during New Hampshire’s challenging winter months. It helps fill in the gaps in Fish and Game’s existing winter flock data collection efforts. Knowledge of the status of wintering turkeys is particularly important in New Hampshire, because severe winter weather and limited natural food supplies can present serious challenges for wild turkeys.

New Hampshire has an estimated 45,000 wild turkeys. Wild turkeys had disappeared from New Hampshire by the mid-1800s because of unregulated harvest and habitat loss from extensive land clearing. Their recovery in the state began with the successful reintroduction of 25 turkeys by N.H. Fish and Game in 1975.

Learn how to process game animals

HOLDERNESS — Learn how you can process your own big game animal, from field to freezer, at a free workshop being offered at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness on Saturday, April 5.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at 536-3954.

Rick Warbin, owner of Baker River Deer Farm in Wentworth, will give participants a basic overview of the steps involved in processing big game animals. The workshop will cover topics such as basic field dressing, tips to avoid meat spoilage, skinning and capeing, equipment needs, determining cuts of meat, boning the meat, and packaging tips. The instructor has many years of experience in the butchering business, so bring questions.

The workshop does not include lunch.

For more information on Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, visit HuntNH.com/Hunting/hunter_ed_center.htm.