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Local Author Wins 2021 National Outdoor Book Award
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Photo by David Price outside Flin Flon, Manitoba

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Selfie: Anders Morley on Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan

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      Amherst author Anders Morley  who grew up in Amherst and graduated from Souhegan High School in 1997 has received this year’s prestigious award for his book This Land of Snow (Mountaineers Books, 2020), for travel writing.        In making the award, the judges wrote, “This is the first year of a new “Journeys” category for the National Outdoor Book Awards, and the judges couldn’t think of a better

representative to be its inaugural winner.  To put it simply, This Land of Snow is a tour-de-force of adventure writing.  Author Anders Morley chronicles an extraordinary journey in which he mostly skis across Northwest Canada, from the Pacific Ocean, all the way across three provinces, finally ending in Manitoba.  What makes this book rise above others is that the narrative is a multifaceted adventure, bringing in elements of culture, character, humor, all of which overlay Morley’s dogged perseverance.  Morley is thoughtful, perceptive, and keenly observant.  As he meets people along the way, he listens to their way of speech and captures it in his writing.  It is just one more way Morley brings life to this book.  This is what great journey writing is all about: an inward and outward adventure that entertains and enlightens.  An outstanding work!

      Anders is the son of David and Meg Morley of Amherst.

Gold Award Girl Scout Works to Save Bats From Extinction

Amanda Fulton earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor 

      AMHERST – In less than 10 years, a fungus causing white-nose syndrome has killed more than 90 percent of three North American bat species, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Saving and propagating the few that are left is so important to Gold Award Girl Scout Amanda Fulton that she gave more than 90 hours of her time to build and distribute bat boxes and educate the public on the issue.

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      Fulton, 17, of Amherst, is a senior at Souhegan High School and a Girl Scout Ambassador who earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award, for her work to save these crucial members of the food web.

       “Bats are cute!” said Fulton, who’s had a lifelong fascination with the animals. “Bats in the western world are very misunderstood. They are really good for the environment. They pollinate plants. They don’t spread disease any more than any other animal.” 

      Knowing how endangered bats are, she set out to help bats locally. Her project, “Helping Bats and Educating Communities,” encompassed two big efforts: building and hanging bat boxes and making presentations to local communities to educate people on the how to help bats revive.

      Not only is white-nose syndrome killing bats, she said, so is habitat destruction, deforestation, climate change, and wind-powered energy. 

“Having varied roosting habitats helps to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome,” she said, “as well as gives bats safe places to rest. I also made it clear on my website and infographic how and where people could donate to help the research into white-nose syndrome.”

      You can see her website at https://amandafulton4.wixsite.com/website

Ultimately, Fulton was able to present her work to more than 100 people in New Boston and Mont Vernon, including to Girl Scout day campers in Bedford who helped make bat boxes. 

      At school, Fulton is a varsity cross-country skier, a New Hampshire Scholar with a distinction in arts, is in the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She’s currently applying to colleges, planning to major in international or global affairs. Her dream job would be working at the United Nations or an international embassy. 

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Bat box shown on tree in wooded area.

DECEMBER 2021