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Family fun & music fest to raise funds for scholarships

PLYMOUTH — A family fun and music festival to benefit local music scholarships will take place Saturday, July 27, at The Greenhouse at Italian Farmhouse, 377 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

The sixth annual Bruce Alan Downing B.A.D. Jam Family Fun and Music Festival begins at 3 p.m. with snacks from The Common Man restaurants and live music from local bands. A classic barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and music will continue until 10 p.m.

The schedule of bands slated to perform at the event is: New Hampshire Music Festival Brass Quintet at 3 p.m., Bob King at 3:30 p.m., The Meredith All-Stars at 4:15 p.m., Don Williams and Dave Tonkin at 5 p.m., David Colburn and Buck Blasi at 5:45 p.m., Uncle Steve Band at 6:30 p.m., Midnight Crisis at 7:15 p.m., Chris White Band at 8 p.m., Crunchy Western Boys at 8:45 p.m., and jam time at 9:30 p.m.

Family fun and activities planned include MoFun Balloon Art, face painting, horseshoes, a photo booth, bocce ball, tarot card reading, cookie decorating, T-shirt tie dying and hula hooping.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Tickets are $25 at the door the day of the event. Wristbands will be used so that attendees can come and go throughout the day.

To reserve your tickets in advance, call The Common Man's main office at (603) 968-9330 until close of business Friday, July 25.

The Greenhouse at the Italian Farmhouse is located at 337 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

For more information, visit thecman.com and The Italian Farmhouse's Facebook page.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:47

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Cody North Receives First Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce Cody North of Belmont is the first recipient of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship.

In 2012, Meredith Village Savings Bank donated $100,000 to the Huot Regional Technical Center – Laconia High School Capital Campaign in support of the Culinary Arts program. The support assisted in the creation of a new state-of-the-art educational facility, kitchens and a flagship restaurant that is the cornerstone of the recent remodel at Laconia High School.

The Huot Technical Center provides career and technical education programs for students of Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. In the two year-year culinary arts program, students begin to develop skills that are essential to employment in all facets of the food service industry. Students are part of a team that caters school functions and special parties and operates the in-school Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center. Students learn a wide range of skills from baking to cost analysis to line skills and have the opportunity to earn college credit through the New Hampshire Community College system.

"The culinary arts program is very appreciative of the continued support of MVSB," said Jack Aldrich, program instructor, "the scholarship will support strong students, such as Cody, in their efforts to grow and develop into chefs and leaders in the culinary industry."

Cody is the son of Heather North and will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York this fall. A member of the National Technical Honor Society and alumni of the culinary arts program at the Huot Center, Cody graduated from Belmont High School in June.

"MVSB is thrilled to have Cody as the first recipient," said Debbie Irwin, Marketing Programs Manager at Meredith Village Savings Bank as well as a member of the culinary arts program advisory board, "Cody consistently demonstrated a passion for culinary arts as well as honesty, leadership and excellence. These qualities are strongly valued by the Bank and the Huot Center, and they will serve Cody well as he continues his education and ultimately in his career."

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:42

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Legion Auxiliary scholarship goes to GHS graduate

GILMANTON — Gilford High School graduate Ceara Connelly has been awarded a scholarship by the American Legion Auxiliary in Gilmanton.

Raelyn Cottrell, president of the auxiliary's Ellis-Geddes-Levitt, Gilmanton Unit 102, awarded the Stockwell Scholarship to Connelly last month.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a Gilmanton student graduating from Gilford High School and who pursuing further education. Connelly's award-winning essay, titled "What It Means to be an American," was chosen from among the applying senior submissions.

The auxiliary's mission is to further Americanism and support veterans, military, their families and their community. This annual award encourages students to consider the importance of contributions to the community and society.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:39

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NH Bar Review Selects Wescott Law for Feature on Historic Buildings

LACONIA — When the editors of the NH Bar Review recently asked their members for examples of law offices located in historic buildings, they were overwhelmed by number of submissions they received. Attorneys from all over New Hampshire shared historical details, photos, and personal stories about the buildings that house their firms. Due to the volume, they were unable to include all these great buildings in their June publication, however, Laconia's Wescott Law, formerly Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald & Nichols, was one that made the cut.
Wescott Law has called the former Bowman Street School home since 1985. Built in 1852, it is one of Laconia's oldest buildings and was Belknap County's first brick schoolhouse. Originally a one-story structure, the Bowman Street School underwent its first renovation in 1874 when a second story was added.
The building served as a school until 1929 when it was condemned by the state and subsequently purchased by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which used it until 1952. It was then reacquired by the City of Laconia and put back into service as an elementary school for Laconia's south end.

In 1975, upon the opening of the new Woodland Heights Elementary School, a number of the older, smaller schools were closed and ownership of the Bowman Street School building reverted back to the VFW which made it available to various organization including Planned Parenthood, Headstart and the Laconia Senior Citizen Center. Upon the tenants' decisions to relocate, the building was purchased by the current owner, Bowman Street Associates, comprised of several of the attorneys of the then Wescott, Millham & Dyer firm.
"Several New Hampshire attorneys and firms have won awards for their stewardship and restoration of these historical places. Their preservation efforts promote the idea that New Hampshire's heritage and traditions remain vital parts of the state's identity, its economy and the 'New Hampshire Way' of practicing law" wrote Kristen Senz, Managing Editor of the magazine.
Today, the lobby of Wescott Law proudly showcases numerous photos taken throughout the building's history, as well as the original school clock that was presented to the firm by Helen Hill, the last principal of the Bowman Street School. The building receives daily compliments from clients, visitors and former students who appreciate its beauty and history as much as those who work within its walls.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:11

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