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February 21, 2013

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Derry News

---- — Wrestling Rebels bring home lots of hardware

DERRY — On Jan. 19, the Wrestling Rebels sent their fifth- through eighth-grade wrestlers to the Rundlett Middle School tournament in Concord.

Jake Seccerecio took home a fourth-place medal. Robbie Fahey took home a second-place medal. Tyler Mackiernan took home the gold.

Jan. 27

The Wrestling Rebels sent wrestlers to the Crusader Open in Manchester.

Sterling McLaughlin took home a fourth-place medal and Andrew Lydick took home a second-place medal.

Feb. 3

A group of 13 Wrestling Rebels went to the Upper Valley wrestling tournament in North Sutton and came home with a lot of hardware.

Dillon Lavely (second grade), John Little (third grade), and Riley Cox (third grade) each brought home third-place medals.

These wrestlers wrestled their hearts out and took home silver medals: Molly Fahey (third grade), Jack Mackiernan (third grade), Andrew Lydick (fourth grade) and Nathan Landry (seventh grade).

These wrestlers were successful and took home the ultimate goal in first-place finishes: Daniel Zabriskie (second grade), Sterling McLaughlin (fifth grade), Tyler Mackiernan (sixth grade), Joe DeMartino (fifth grade) and Robbie Fahey (sixth grade).

Think spring and WILD N.H. Day coming April 20

CONCORD — There’s no better time than in the midst of a winter storm to think about spring. Flip your calendar to April and save the date for a special New Hampshire Earth Day celebration: Discover WILD New Hampshire Day will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive.

Admission is free.

“The whole family will enjoy connecting with life outdoors at this fun, free event,” said event coordinator Mark Beauchesne of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “Come Discover WILD New Hampshire with us.”

The event includes hands-on activities and exhibits from environmental, conservation and outdoor organizations from throughout New Hampshire.

See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Kids can try archery and casting and make arts and crafts. Explore new trends in recycling, environmental protection and check out energy-efficient hybrid vehicles.

Help fight fish and wildlife crime in New Hampshire

CONCORD — A traveling exhibit housed in a mobile trailer soon will be making the rounds to educate the public about Operation Game Thief, a key program used by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement to combat fish and wildlife crime.

The project recently reached its fundraising goal of $30,000. The funds will be used to purchase a 20-foot enclosed trailer that will house the traveling exhibit, which will highlight wildlife poaching cases that have been solved through the Operation Game Thief program. Included in the trailer will be poached wildlife and an interactive display exploring the types of cases pursued by Fish and Game Conservation Officers.

“We’re very thankful for the generous sponsors who made this outreach effort possible,” said Fish and Game Sgt. Wayne Saunders, who is coordinating the project.

Operation Game Thief is a silent witness, anti-poaching program that encourages the public to report any suspicious activity or knowledge about a poaching violation. The toll-free hotline – 1-800-344-4262 – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to report wildlife violations. People can also report violations online at wildnh.com/OGT.

Poaching is the illegal take of game or fish, trespassing, littering, theft, or destroying property.

Anyone interested in making donations to help complete the Operation Game Thief Trailer project (such as detailing the trailer, creating taxidermy exhibits and procuring a generator) can contact Saunders at 271-3129.

Saunders anticipates getting the traveling Operation Game Thief exhibit on the road by this September. It will go to fairs and sportsmen’s shows, and accompany speaking engagements by Conservation Officers, spreading the word about how the public can help protect New Hampshire’s natural resources by reporting wildlife law violators.