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Quilters Guild hosting 37th Annual Harvest of Quilts this weekend

LACONIA — The 37th annual Harvest of Quilts of the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5 at the Lake Opechee Inn Conference Center. 
The featured quilters for this year's Harvest of Quilts show, are Mary Boutin of Gilford and Marlene Morin of Laconia. Both are avid quilters exploring and perfecting their techniques resulting in articles that reflect their dedication. In recognition of their skill, they are named featured quilters for the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild's 37th annual Harvest of Quilts, the major fundraiser for the guild which awards scholarships and supports local charities.
Both Boutin and Morin, quilters since the 1980s, came to love the craft as an extension of their personal early sewing experiences. Boutin learned by expert example from her mother and grandmother in how to read a pattern, use a sewing maching to make clothes, how to knit and do needlepoint. Then sixteen years ago, her sister encouraged her to try machine quilting, so Boutin took her first class in 2004 with Stephanie Drake through the Laconia Adult Edcucation Program.
"After that class, I was hooked. I enjoy making all types of quilts although my preference is to make wallhangings," she said. "I have always sewn between everything else. It has always been my therapy and relaxation."
Morin's interest in quilting is also the result of sewing. In her case, she began to sew in 1964 making clothes as the mother of three sons. She taught herself quilting by assembling and sewing squares. Collecting the ski lodge bandanas of her ski racer son, she sewed them together as quilts.
"My ski racer son now has a quilt of both East and West areas that we actually use when we stay at his home in Vermont," she said.
She took her first lessons to learn patchwork quilting after being bored with putting squares together and the time cutting templates with scissors, handpiecing and handquilting them. Accompanying her husband when he worked in Moscow, Russia, for two years beginning in 1994, she brought along enough fabric and patterns to make four quilts. 
Both Boutin and Morin are among the quilters who meet weekly to help make Comfort Quilts, which are donated locally to various organizations to help families in need. Each will have about 24 items in the show, among the 200 member quilts and quilted articles which will transform the Conference Center into a blaze of colors and shapes. Also, featured will be a special Hoffman Challenge, quilt appraisals by Julie Crossland on Saturday, demonstrations, penny sale, quilt raffle, 12 vendors, a boutique and door prize. Food will be available. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students. For more information visit  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or the website, bmqg.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:12

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Free Workshop - Life After High School - Transition and the IEP

WOLFEBORO — A free workshop ''Life After High School – Transition and the IEP'' will be held on Tuesday October 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Kingswood Regional High School, South Main St, Lecture Hall, Wolfeboro.

This free workshop provides participants with an overview of the transition requirements in the IEP, including strategies they can use for effective transition planning. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Parent Information Center(PIC) 603-224-7005 or 800-947-7005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number, email address and date of workshop. If you require special accommodations please specify when registering.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:03

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Foreclosure relief clinic to be held Oct. 15 in Laconia

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Foreclosure Relief Project will host a free public foreclosure clinic in Laconia on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Lakes Region Community College.

Homeowners who attend this clinic will meet one-on-one with an attorney who specializes in mortgage and foreclosure cases to formulate a plan to avoid, cope with or fight foreclosure, depending on individual circumstances.

Seating is limited and pre-registration for the clinic is required. Those who wish to register should contact Vanessa Beauchesne, project coordinator of the NH Foreclosure Relief Project at the NH Bar Association, at (603) 715-3255 or register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The foreclosure clinic is funded by a portion of New Hampshire's share of the national mortgage settlement. The NH Foreclosure Relief Project is a collaboration of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Legal Services Department, New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center of New Hampshire.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 10:17

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Celebrate Sanbornton on Oct. 4 Includes Eagle Scout's Blanket and Socks Drive

SANBORNTON — Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Celebrate Sanbornton" will happen in the Town Square, including the library, UCC church, Old Town Hall, Lane Tavern and Currier Building and field, and Life / Safety Building.

Included will be Eagle Scout Luke Morrison's project to benefit the community homeless, working with Carey House in Laconia to collect 300 blankets and 600 pairs of socks. Blankets need to be clean and socks need to be new.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 10:12

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