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Reception tonight for painter Steve Chase at The Studio in Laconia

LACONIA —With imagery that recalls Picasso and a palette that suggests Chagall, artist Steve Chase from Bradford, VT shows paintings of unflinching gaze and fearless color. His larger-than-life portraits and evocative landscapes are at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia through May 31.

Chase has exhibited extensively in the Upper Valley, and has won Best of Show in exhibits at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH. Using acrylics with heavy impasto he creates lush surfaces that are almost as engaging as his subject matter. A selection of his oil pastel drawings are also available to view, and each one is more engaging than the next.

The artist will be at a reception in his honor on Friday May 8th from 5-7 pm. Light refreshment will be provided, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact The Studio, 603-455-8008

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:18

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Home-made cakes for sale at Sanbornton Library

SANBORNTON —  Local bakers will be making their finest, home-made cakes to sell at the Sanbornton Public Library on Saturday, May 9th. These tasty delights will be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Each cake, on its own cake platter, is $20 with all the > proceeds going to benefit the Library.

Cakes available will include Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Bermuda Rum Cake, Chocolate Cake,  Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake, Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake, Guinness Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, a Southern Pecan Cake and more.

"We have some terrific  bakers in this community and we are grateful to have them donate their time and talents to the Library in this way," said Priscilla Bodwell, who is  organizing the event.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:09

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Granite State Track program to be held in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Granite State Track (Formerly known as Hershey Track) for boys and girls ages 9-14 by December 31,  2015. The goal of this program is to provide a quality recreation program where children have fun and are introduced to physical fitness through basic track and field events such as running, jumping and throwing

The program takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:15 until 5 p.m. using both the fields at Prescott Park and the Inter-Lakes track starting May 18th through June 23rd . During that time there will be 3 practice meets to help prepare for the regional meet on July 7th followed by the state meet on July 17th for the top 4 qualifiers in each event at regionals.

The Hershey Corporation launched this program during the 1970's and the New Hampshire Recreation and Parks Association and LOCO sports have now assumed the sponsorship keeping this amazing program going for young athletes to experience and enjoy throughout New Hampshire. The deadline for registrations is approaching fast – Monday May 11 by 8 pm. To register visit the Meredith Community Center to reserve a space for your child. For more information visit www.meredithnh.org or call the Recreation Department at 279-8197.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:04

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Belknap mill ceremony will mark completion of finial and flagpole project

LACONIA — The directors of the Belknap Mill Society invite the public to join in an official ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at 9 a.m. to be held at the Belknap Mill on Beacon Street. This celebration marks the return of the building's historic finial and weathervane and the long-absent stair tower flagpole.

The finial and the weathervane it supports are original features of the building while the flagpole was a later addition. The return of these iconic pieces to the Lake City's skyline complete much-needed restoration work to the cupola and dome; critically important to prevent water leaks that threatened the building's historic fabric and contents.

While undergoing cupola repairs to correct water leaks and a faulty roof, heavy rotting was discovered in the dome's finial. Grant funding for exterior rehabilitation of the iconic cupola and its dome was sought in 2012-2013. With grant funding provided by NH Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the project of preserving this historic landmark was undertaken and completed by J.P. Paquette Construction of New London.

Paquette enlisted the assistance of Littleton Millworks in re-creating the finial and PLP Composite Technologies, Inc. to manufacture a new flagpole. The Belknap Landscape Company provided crane services. While the weathervane was in storage, Paquette took on the task of having it painted and is donating the gold leaf "to honor the long-standing, commitment and volunteer support of the Society by Margaret and Andre Paquette of Laconia, NH."

The Society's Managing Director, Beth San Soucie, said ''we are delighted to have the finial, weathervane and flagpole once again gracing the rooftop of the Mill; to see them as you make your way into the City showcases the historical importance of our community landmark.''

One of the first listed buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the Belknap Mill shows how preservation and history can combine in a community-based museum and cultural arts center. In 1976, the Belknap Mill was designated as the Official Meetinghouse of New Hampshire due to the architectural, geographical and historical significance of the building.

The Belknap Mill Society's mission is to preserve and promote the Belknap Mill historic landmark, which, built in 1823 is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. The Society showcases a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the Mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:54

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