8 Years of Solar-Powered Fun

Ben Kriebel and Quinn Kelley from South Meadow School show off their trophy, awards, and creative solar-powered model car, which won first place for speed at the 8th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint.

In early June, more than 100 students from six area schools gathered at Adams Park in Peterborough for the 8th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint, a solar-powered model car competition coordinated by the Harris Center. Students spent weeks designing and constructing their cars in preparation for the race…and a few extra minutes at the starting line, waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds to power their cars.

Ribbons were awarded for Best Craftsmanship (to the car with the most careful construction); Most Innovative (to the car with the most creative design); Best Use of Technology (to the car with the most effective transmission and use of the solar panel); People’s Choice (to the car with the most student votes); and Speed.

Many thanks are due: to Borrego Solar for supporting this event; to the Peterborough Recreation Center for allowing us to transform the Adams Playground tennis courts into a solar-powered racetrack; to our cadre of skilled volunteers for keeping things running smoothly as racetrack builders, design judges, scorekeepers, and pit stop helpers; and to the competitors for an awesome day of solar-powered fun and learning!

A Garden for Pollinators on June 26

Help celebrate National Pollinator Week, unanimously (!!) proclaimed by Congress in 2007. Join Francie Von Mertens for a slideshow and discussion on pollinators, the flowering plants they can’t resist, and how to create pollinator-friendly habitat in your backyard and beyond. We’ll also visit the Harris Center’s new pollinator garden, created last year by many dedicated volunteers, along with our Queen Bee, Susie Spikol Faber.

Sunday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harris Center. For more information, contact Francie at (603) 924-6550 or vonmertens@myfairpoint.net.

Encore Presentation of “Four Days of Fury” on May 31

After the Hurricane of 1938, local forests were littered with dense tangles of storm-toppled trees. Everywhere, people were setting up saw mills to salvage the downed wood. On an unusually hot afternoon in April 1941, one of those mills sparked, igniting a great conflagration. Over the next three days, flames roared across 24,000 acres in four towns − burning 48% of Marlow and 42% of Stoddard in what would become the largest forest fire in New Hampshire’s history. Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Great Marlow-Stoddard Forest Fire with a showing of Four Days of Fury, a documentary about the legendary blaze, told through the stories of people who experienced it firsthand. Filmmaker and historian Tracy Messer will introduce the film, and be on hand for questions afterward, along with several special guests. This film is back by popular demand, as last month’s showing was standing-room only!

Tuesday, May 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall at the Keene Public Library. For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org or (603) 358-2065. Cosponsored with the Monadnock Conservancy, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, and the Keene Public Library.