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Search, rescue exercises with local fire departments

Fire departments from Peterborough, Hancock, Dublin, and Jaffrey will be conducting search and rescue exercises in a smoke-filled house on Brush Brook Road. Planned training dates are June 16, 17, 23 and 24, at 6:30 p.m.

The property was recently acquired by the Harris Center for Conservation Education of Hancock, which is making it available for these exercises. The purchase was assisted by a $50,000 grant from the Town of Peterborough through its land conservation capital reserve fund, plus donations from friends of the Center’s Supersanctuary.

The house and an old barn stand on 109 acres of mostly forested land on the western edge of Peterborough which the Harris Center is adding to its Supersanctuary acreage. Much of the land was awarded N.H. Fish & Game’s “highest” ranking for wildlife habitat in the state. It abuts 1,384 acres of conservation land in Peterborough and is part of a 7,000-plus acre wildlife corridor between MacDowell Reservoir and Lake Nubanusit.

Both the house and barn on the property are being dismantled and salvaged by David Ferm and Schaal-Given Contracting, Inc. The barn frame will be available for reassembly or other uses. Siding, floors, timbers, doors, and windows throughout both structures will be removed for reuse.

The property was formerly owned by the late Hiroshi Hayashi, the well-known chef and restaurateur, who long sought to conserve the land. The tract will be named in his memory, as the Harris Center hopes to open a walking trail to the brook this fall.

For more information, contact Jeremy Wilson, director, Harris Center for Conservation Education at or 525-3394.

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