Read ‘Bear Wants More’ as you walk the WOW Trail

LACONIA — Bear Wants More is a children's story now appearing as a Story Trail along the WOW Trail between Messer Street and Lakeport. The story was unveiled on Saturday May 16, in conjunction with the Gale to Goss Annual Library Community Walk.

This project for the community was created by Altrusa International of Laconia as a literacy venture to encourage people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying children's books. The undertaking was funded entirely by Altrusa of Laconia after gaining permission and support from the WOW Trail Board and the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department. The site was chosen because it is free, open to the public, handicapped accessible and runs for just over 1/2 mile. Without traffic concerns walkers, bicyclists and children running or in carriages can enjoy the story along the path. Bear Wants More was chosen for its colorful illustrations and message of cooperation among members of the animal world. The book was written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman, originally published in 2003.

Founded in 1917, Altrusa International is relevant to many civic-minded people who are interested in creating better communities. Last year, Altrusans proudly gave over a million volunteer hours around the world. Several decades ago, Altrusa decided to institute literacy as an area of focus for the organization. The Altrusa story is evolving every day through club accomplishments. When you visit any Altrusa club, you will see leadership, partnership and service in action. For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, visit

Inaugural Youth Summit to be held at LRCC on June 5

LACONIA — Over 90 youth will participate in the Inaugural Youth Summit at Lakes Region Community College on Friday, June 5, 2015. The participants are in grades 7-11 and represent more than ten communities.

The goal of the Youth Summit is to bring together teen participants from across the region to discuss how to make central N.H. communities stronger, safer, and more youth-friendly. By way of active discussion the attendees will develop an action plan that includes implementing positive change starting with self, peers, and the community-at-large.

 At the summit, youth will generate two to three concrete community initiatives and will work with community leaders to achieve the targeted goals.

Governor Maggie Hassan will officiate the summit. A presentation by members of Dover Youth 2 Youth will present their work in youth advocacy and leadership in the N.H. Seacoast Region.

The idea for the Youth Summit was developed by members of the Lakes Region Youth Services Symposium, a coalition of regional youth service organizations that have been meeting regularly since 2013.

There have been many local organizations involved in organizing the Youth Summit, including Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Project Extra!, Granite United Way, Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region Better Together Lakes Region, Pemi Youth Center, Stand Up Laconia, Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Family Planning, and Freedom Found, as well as multiple anonymous donors.

This event is closed to the public. For more information contact Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (603) 569-5510 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Meredith Rec Dept. plans bus trip to Fenway

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks and Recreation Department hosts a trip to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox versus the Tampa Bay on Friday, July 31. Participants will meet at the Meredith Community Center at 2:30 p.m. and the coach will leave at 3 p.m. for an estimated arrival time of 5:30 p.m. at Fenway for the 7:10 p.m. game.

This trip is open to both residents and non-residents until sold out. The fee is $75 per person for residents and $85 per person for non-residents. This trip can sell out fast so hurry in to the Meredith Community Center to reserve your space today. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We have bleacher seats in section 40 rows 3-6 reserved for our group. No refunds will be given. In the event of a rained out game, each ticket will be valid for the make-up game, however people will be responsible for their own transportation to the make-up game. 

The registration form at or call us at 603-279-8197 for more information.

Chain Maille class May 30 at Meredith craft gallery

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be holding a Chain Maille for Teens & Tweens class with juried artist Deb Fairchild on Saturday, May 30th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During this class individuals ages eleven to fifteen will learn how to easily transform a pile of jump rings into a bracelet using the Byzantine knot technique. The tuition for the class is $20 per student and must be paid in advance. There will be an additional $12 materials fee that will be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. Space is limited.

Pre-registration is required. To register for this workshop either call 279-7920 or visit the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.