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7/3/06   "Strong As an Ox" Program

On Thursday, July 13, 2006, from 5-7 p.m. at the Prescott Farm Audubon Center in Laconia, Gilford resident, Kathy Salanitro will present her "Strong As An Ox" program to the public. Thompson-Ames Historical Society of Gilford and the Prescott Farm Audubon Center have teamed up to co-sponsor this family-oriented summer event. With the historic, 160-acre Prescott Farm as a perfect backdrop, Salanitro will delve into the history of these farm animals as she presents her dynamic hands-on demonstration.

Just as in times past at Prescott Farm, Salanitro will show the use of oxen in farm life by showing the yoking, driving and pulling of these magnificent animals. Participants will be allowed to interact with the oxen and will be encouraged to have a hand at the unique opportunity of driving them.

In June of this year, Salanitro presented her "Oxen in History" presentation for Thompson-Ames Historical Society and also delivered a highly successful oxen workshop to the entire fourth-grade class at Gilford Elementary School. There, too, each participant in the workshop was involved in hands-on interaction with the oxen and each child took a turn at driving the teams.

With a mission of educating the public about nature and the environment, it was only natural that the Prescott Farm Audubon Center (PFAC), located at Prescott Farm, would co-sponsor this event. Prescott Farm itself was settled in 1796 by Dudley Prescott and his family. Centuries later, in l998, his direct descendents, the Pardoe Family, created the Prescott Farm Audubon Center when they partnered with New Hampshire Audubon Society.

In the fall of 2005, Prescott Farm Audubon Center proudly opened the doors to its brand new facility, the Samuel P. Pardoe Building. Staff members have worked tirelessly since then to create new environmental education programs for student groups, youth organizations and the public-at-large. In the first year of operation PFAC offered programs to 861 people. Their year-round educational programs now reach well over 7,000 people per year.

The Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation also helped fund the 2006 programs of Thompson-Ames Historical Society. Kathy Salanitro's school presentation was one such program. Through the generosity of the Pardoe Foundation, more and more youth are becoming educated on the natural environment.

Salanitro's "Strong As An Ox" program is one of PFAC's new summer program series, which also includes wildlife programs, a music series, a garden program series, Saturday hayrides, a hay maze, hiking trails and numerous gardens that are open to public visitation.

"Strong As An Ox" is free to the public; however, donations will gladly be accepted. After the oxen program, light refreshments will be served. Bring the whole family to this enjoyable event and explore what the Prescott Farm Audubon Center has to offer.

Prescott Farm is located at 888 White Oaks Road in Laconia. For more information about this program or any of the programs offered by PFAC, feel free to call them at 366-5695 or visit their website at: www.nhaudubon.org.

Thompson-Ames Historical Society can be reached at 527-9009, or at thomames@worldpath.net . For information about TAHS' events and programs as well as volunteer opportunities, visit their website at: www.gilfordhistoricalsociety.org