Salem State honors General Bolduc

LACONIA — Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, the Special Operations Command-Africa commander and Laconia native, was awarded the 2015 Dr. Marilyn E. Flaherty Distinguished Alumnus Award from his Alma Mater, Salem State University, on Sunday May 31st at a ceremony in Salem, Mass.

Alumni from around the world joined the General and his family in celebrating the event while recognizing the accomplishments of a number of former students as part of Salem State University's Alumni Weekend festivities. Bolduc was nominated and introduced by his long-time friend and former classmate, Ed Worthy.

During the ceremony, Bolduc thanked his former classmates and Salem State Alumni Association for their warm reception. The General also recounted several moments from his career, studying to become an officer at the
University's Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment and one of the most important events of his college scholarship, meeting the future Mrs. Sharon Bolduc (then Whitman) on the historic campus.

"I couldn't be here without the love and support of my family," Bolduc said to the audience of former classmates, university faculty and distinguished guests. "I never would have thought growing up on a farm in New Hampshire
one day I would be here with is about how we got here together."

Also recognized at the event were the Salem State University Rising Star and Volunteer of the Year awards.

Bolduc is currently serving as the Commanding General of Special Operations Command-Africa, the Special Operations Component of US Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany. In this role, Brig. Gen. Bolduc is responsible for the full spectrum of Special Operations activities across the African continent and the more than 1,500 U.S. military, interagency and international military personnel operating in 27 countries throughout Africa
and Europe. Prior to this assignment, Bolduc served as the Deputy Director for Operations, United States Africa Command.

Justin Jaymes, Ernest Thompson combine on ‘Harley Chick’ album

LACONIA — Local rock and blues legend Justin Jaymes teams with On Golden Pond Oscar winner Ernest Thompson to create the ultimate love song to Harley-Davidson, summertime and freedom. Bikers and all rock-n-roll lovers are invited to the official launch party of Harley Chick on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 pm at Tower Hill Tavern, on the main strip in Weirs Beach, where Thompson and Jaymes will be autographing CDs and Jaymes will perform live.

"Harley Chick" is all about hopping on a chopper and heading down a mountain road, finding a place to disappear and "dive in water warm and crystal clear." Thompson and Jaymes, both longtime residents of NH, wanted to capture the Live Free or Die spirit and sensuality of 'hauling down the highway ... the wind whipping cool and slick,' making 'you come alive.'

The flip side, "Old Boys Rock," is an irresistible, foot-stomping blues celebration of the eternal appetite boys of all ages have for being in love. Backed by New Hampshire musicians Jared Steer on drums and Gardner Berry on keyboards, current Vanilla Fudge bassist Pete Bremy and world-renowned guitar maestro Randy Roos, "Old Boys Rock" is the perfect answer to the age-old question, "does passion diminish with age?" Not for Ernest Thompson and Justin Jaymes and not in "Old Boys Rock." It just keeps getting better.

Thompson, whose family lived in Walpole when he was born, reconnected with the Granite State in 1980 when he filmed his award-winning blockbuster On Golden Pond on Squam Lake and never left. He raised his kids in the Lakes Region and has been an active filmmaker, actor, teacher and fierce supporter of local talent, offering On Location Training to anyone with any background, interested in any aspect of moviemaking. With partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy, he founded Whitebridge Farm Productions and has shot two movies from his base in New Hampton, Time and Charges and Heavenly Angle. A prolific songwriter, Thompson has collaborated with international stars Carly Simon, Joan Osborne and Natalie MacMaster, as well as New Hampshire's own Mighty Sam McClain, Joe Deleault and Ray Porcell. Thompson's partnership with Justin Jaymes began two years ago when they both participated in a tribute to the late, great rocker Joe Droukas, and has produced a double album's worth of songs, culminating with their first release, "Harley Chick" and "Old Boys Rock."

Jaymes, originally from Connecticut, has played up and down the East Coast, moving to the Lakes Region in the 90s and quickly establishing himself as a fan favorite, headlining in local clubs, performing pre- and post-shows at Meadowbrook for the Zac Brown Band and other acts and sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the business, Blue Oyster Cult, Papa John Creech, Spencer Davis, Aztec Two Step, Jonathan Edwards and Blind Willie Smith. His first album, Just In Dreams, has been a steady seller for several years.

The official launch party for Harley Chick, Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 pm at Tower Hill Tavern, in Weirs Beach, will feature both Thompson and Jaymes in person and a live performance of "Harley Chick" and "Old Boys Rock," followed by a full show of Thompson/Jaymes hits and other classics both artists came of age rocking to.

Other Justin Jaymes shows during Motorcycle Week include:

June 14 at 1:00 pm - Junior's Crush House, Gilford.

June 18 at 7:00 pm - Foster's Boiler Room, Plymouth.
June 19 at 7:00 pm - Mad River Tavern, Campton.
June 20 at 7:00 pm - Knotty Pine Tavern, Wakefield.
JUNE 21 at 2:00 pm - J.P. China, Alton Bay, NH

Belmont’s summer highlights include: Old Home Day, Competition Day and monthly Farmer’s Market

BELMONT — Belmont will see three fun-filled days this August: Saturday, August 1 Old Home Day; Saturday, August 8 Road, Relay and Fun Competition Day; and Sunday, August 30 for the third monthly Farmer's Market. All three events will be held in and around Main St. and Mill St. in Belmont's village area.

Old Home Day's theme for August 1st is "The Good Old Days" and will feature the Rockin' Daddios for a wonderful afternoon show on the bandstand, and Annie & the Orphans for a lively evening show on Bryant Field.

Anyone with a competitive side will definitely want to mark Saturday, August 8 on their calendar. It's an entire morning devoted to the challenging and traditional Belmont 10-Miler Road Race; a great 5k for the younger crowd; and a newly-certified, 3-person Cow Pie (10 Mile) Relay Race. Woven into the morning are plans for several fun competitions for all ages.

At the end of August, the 3rd Farmer's Market of the summer will be held at the new Tioga Pavilion on Mill St. near the Belmont Mill. It's a perfect setting for a market, with live entertainment, children's activities/crafts, and a demonstration planned each market day.

Vendor space is now available for all upcoming events. For more information about any of the above events, visit the Town of Belmont's website at; email Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Events Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call Gretta at 603-998-3525.

Talk about climate change at Lakes Region Planning Commission meeting

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) will convene its 47th annual meting at the Chase House on Monday, June 29.

The featured speaker, Dr. Lindsey Rustad, is a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, co-director of the USDA Northeastern Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change, and Team Leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. She received a B.A. in Philosophy at Cornell University, a M.S. in Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Plant Science at the University of Maine. She has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, has led several internal climate change research coordinator networks, and is the lead author of a recent publication on climate change impacts: "Changing Climate, Changing Forests: A Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts of Forests of the Northeastern United State and Eastern Canada

LRPC's annual meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and includes dinner, officer elections, awards, and Dr. Rustad's presentation on "The Climate Change Conundrum: What We Know, Don't Know, and Need to Know from Global to Local Perspectives". For reservations and additional information about this special event, call Marie at LRPC or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 19 at 279-8171. Click here to download the invitation, and click here for the menu and RSVP card.

LRPC's 47th annual meeting is sponsored by: Meredith Village Savings Bank, LRGHealthcare, Huggins Hospital, REMCON/NORTH Corp., Water Industries, Inc., Pike Industries, Inc., Samyn-D'Elia Architects, P.A., Steel Hill Resorts, Irwin Automotive Group, and Spaulding Youth Center Foundation.