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Belknap Mill Society holds annual meeting

LACONIA — Jennifer Anderson, acting executive director of the Belknap Mill Society, addressed the members at the society's annual meeting on Feb. 22  with a 'call to action' to engage others in the community to share why the Belknap Mill is important and how signing up as a new or renewed member can help the Mill's future sustainability.

"The Belknap Mill Society survives on its members and volunteers. Becoming involved with the society through membership, volunteering on a committee or in any other way is truly what helps the Belknap Mill thrive for future generations to know both where we came from and where we are going," said Anderson.

During the annual meeting, the board of directors provided an overview of the present state of the Belknap Mill and its current financial status. In addition, the board presented David Stamps with the 2016 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award. Tara Shore also presented an award of appreciation to Stewart Ramsey and Muriel Guillmette for their volunteering efforts in the Knitting Room.

Development Directors, Lisa Burk-McCoy and Karen Prior, presented the strategic positioning statement of the society and the current direction and goals of our capital campaign, "Industrial Evolution".

The Belknap Mill Society's board of directors includes Allison Ambrose, president; Jackie Vickery, vice president; Martin Hough, treasurer; Jennifer Anderson, secretary, and Jared Guilmett. The staff includes Tara Shore, operations manager; Jennifer McLean, events and programming coordinator, as well as support staff, Nicoleta Parisi and Maggie Leary. Detailed minutes of the meeting have been shared with all members and those requesting hard-copies can do so by contacting Maggie Leary at 603-524-8813 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Board of directors and staff of the Belknap Mil, from left: Nicoleta Parisi, Jennifer Anderson, Allison Ambrose, Jackie Vickery, Jared Guilmett, Jennifer McLean, Tara Shore. Not pictured are Martin Hough and Maggie Leary. (Courtesy photo)

Gilford Church holding St. Patrick's Day dinner

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church is hosting a St. Patrick's Day dinner on March 11, at 6 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall. The menu consists of traditional corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, onions, carrots, homemade Irish bread, a yummy dessert, and coffee and /or tea. Cost is $15/$5 for children under 12. Contact Eloise at 986-6723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make reservations.

Legislative breakfast will focus on drug court program

LACONIA —  New Futures, a state-wide health policy and advocacy organization, will join with Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region, a new recovery center, and Horizons Counseling Center for a crucial discussion on New Hampshire's drug court programs and the New Hampshire Health Protection Program at a legislative breakfast and panel event on Thursday, March 2,  from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Navigating Recovery, 635 Main Street, Suite 303, Laconia.

Participants will include Jacqui Abikoff of Horizons Counseling Center, Laconia Circuit Court Judge James Carroll; Valene Colby, Drug Court participant and a  panel moderated by Michele Merritt of New Futures.

Legislators and community members are invited to listen to providers, law enforcement, drug court participants, and members of the recovery community about the impact of New Hampshire's drug court programs and the link to the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

Access to treatment and recovery options are necessary to end New Hampshire's crippling opioid epidemic. The panel discussion and stories shared with legislators will address drug court and the New Hampshire Health Protection Program as strategies to do just that.


A corned beef dinner with all the fixings will be held at the Belknap County Sportsmen's Association club house on Lily Pond Road on Thursday March 16th at 6:00 PM. A New England Boiled Dinner with corned beef, cabbage, potato's, turnip, onions, carrots a

LACONIA — A corned beef dinner with all the fixings will be held at the Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association club house on Lily Pond Road on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m.
On the menu is New England boiled dinner with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, turnip, onions, carrots and homemade Irish Soda Bread. During the event, Mary Morris from the New Hampshire Historical Society will give a talk titled “Discovering New Hampshire, an overview of New Hampshire History.”
Admission is open to all in the Lakes Region and is $10 per person, water and soda provided, BYOB.