Plans underway for 13th Annual Choose Franklin Day

FRANKLIN — Plans are underway for the Thirteenth Annual Choose Franklin Community Day, co-sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank, Franklin Regional Hospital and Woodmen Financial Services (Sheryl Duford) with media sponsor Mix 94.1 FM.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 13, beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. which will step off at Franklin High School and proceed easterly to downtown turning on Smith Street and ending at Odell Park. This year's theme is "Building Community."
A fair will be held at Odell Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include vendors, crafts, food, games, amusements and entertainment. This year, downtown merchants will extend the day sponsoring additional activities including an art scavenger hunt, BBQ, food trucks, business specials, tiny house model to explore and much more.
Crafters, local businesspersons or members of an organization who would like to participate in the fair and/or the parade may contact Marcia Rollins at 934-3108 ext. 4420, Krystal Alpers at 934-2118 or download a Participation Form at
Remember to sign up soon, after April 21 a $10 late fee will be assessed if space is available.

Visit Ramblin’ Vewe to see lambs, maple sugaring

GILFORD — One sign of spring on Ramblin' Vewe Sheep Farm is the birth of the spring lambs. Now in full swing, lambing has been a challenge this year; cold weather has helped to put a number of sheep in the farm kitchen for a day or two of warmth and feedings. Once able to drink from a bottle and strong enough to move about, head shepherd Jeff Keyser returns the lambs to the barn where they continue to grow and play about.

This coming Saturday and Sunday is Maple Sugar Weekend. "While we have had some early maple syrup this year, the season had come to a standstill due to the icy weather, but this weekend we hope to be back in full swing, boiling sap in Jeff's new sugar house," said Joyce Keyser, owner of Shepherd's Hut Market. Jeff has put a lot of work into building a new sugar house; more closed in than before, but with viewing for visitors. He expects to be boiling this weekend.
Shepherd's Hut Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "The big highlight of the weekend is maple syrup and other good maple products," said Joyce. People are invited to bring their families to see the boiling process and see a display of maple production in the market. Also, for the asking, there will be chances to learn about wool, hand spun yarn production and needle felting.
The farm and store are located at 637 Morrill Street in Gilford. For directions or more information, contact Joyce at 527-1873 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laconia’s scholar-athletes


03 22 LHS Scholar Athletes

The following Laconia High School Students were honored at The Capital City of the Arts on March 13 by the NHIAA as Division 2 Scholar-Athletes. These student-athletes were high acheivers in the classroom, played two varsity sports throughout their four years and were involved in community service. In the back row are Kevin Nguyen, Abigail Crowell, Helen Tautkus, Brittany Petell, Morgan Gamans, Carter Doherty, Teegan Stevens, Allyssa Miner, Ryan Cashman. In the front are Cheyanne Zappala, Taylor Lovely, Ashley Burgos, Lyndsey Paronto, Kaitlyn Mowery. Not pictured is Leah Stivali. (Courtesy photo)

Minot-Sleeper Library to host talk about State Dog

BRISTOL — New Hampshire's State Dog, the chinook, is known to have been developed in the U.S. for sled dog racing. While described as athletic, hard-bodied and tireless, chinooks are also family dogs, expressing a love for children. The history of our State Dog and its leading role in dog sledding will be the focus of the presentation "Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook" held at the Minot-Sleeper Library on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. Presenter Bob Cottrell will be accompanied by his chinook, Tug.
Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities, the presentation will look at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his chinooks.

The program is free and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will generously be provided by the Friends of the Minot-Sleeper Library. Those with questions should call the library at 603-744-3352.
Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a board member at the Conway Historical Society and president ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.