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Meredith Rotary Club Donates $5,000 to The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center


MEREDITH —  The Meredith Rotary Club has donated $5,000 to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for its "Nature Matters Capital Campaign." The donation, received by Executive Director Iain MacLeod, was presented by David Buffington, President of the Meredith Rotary Club.

"The Nature Matters Capital Campaign for the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has been underway for several years and is close to reaching its goal of $4 million dollars," according to Iain MacLeod, Executive Director.

"The Meredith Rotary Club has donated $5,000 to the campaign in 2014, and will hopefully be able to entertain a request for an additional $5,000 next year," according to David Buffington, president of the Meredith Rotary Club. The club has supported the Science Center for many years through financial donations and donating all unclaimed fish from the Ice Fishing Derby to the center. The fish are used to feed the animals at the center throughout the winter months.

Since 1982, The Meredith Rotary Club has donated almost $2 million dollars through scholarships and sponsorships to many groups in the communities of The Lakes Region.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:05

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Pease Public Library hosting Touch-A-Truck event on June 28

PLYMOUTH — The Pease Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program, Fizz, Boom, Read! with their second annual Touch-A-Truck event held at the Plymouth Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 28 from 12-3 p.m.

Touch-A-Truck is a fun filled family event meant to be enjoyed by children of all ages. Children can meet local heroes, ask questions, and have hands on experiences with their favorite vehicles. So far the Plymouth Fire Department, Plymouth Police, Plymouth Highway Department, Longview Farm, State Police, Municipal Airport and Andrews Construction will be bringing fire engines, police cars, tractors, back hoes, airplanes and dump trucks.

Janine W, face painter extraordinaire, will be back to face paint. She is being sponsored by the YLLA Endowment Fund.  Baked goods and water will be provided, if possible, bring a water bottle or refillable cup. Canned goods to donate are encouraged, as they will help the library reach its goal of 2,000 goods for the Food Depot by the end of August.

The event will be held rain or shine, only in the case of a thunderstorm will the event be cancelled. If community members or local companies have a unique vehicle that they would like to share with the community at the Touch A Truck event contact Tanya Robbins at the Pease Public Library at 536-2616.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:53

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Side-by-Side Fires to be set by Gilford Fire-Rescue on June 28

GILFORD — "Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it," says Firefighter Dion DeCarli

That's why the Gilford Fire Department will intentionally light two fires in front of a live audience on June 28, at Lowes Home Improvement 1407 Lakeshore Rd, Gilford NH 03249 at approximately 11:30 a.m.

"There's nothing like the heat and smoke of a real fire to help adults and children understand just how fast a home fire can spread," says DeCarli. "With our side-by-side comparison, we can show both the danger of fire and the value of having a fire sprinkler system installed."

This dramatic, yet safe, form of education has become increasingly popular with fire departments across the country. On June 28, the area residents will see firsthand why a typical home fire becomes deadly in three minutes or less.

Gilford Fire-Rescue received a grant from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to bring this important event to the community. The Gilford Firefighters built two structures to simulate the room and contents of a typical home. Each room contains common furnishings, window treatments and a working smoke alarm. Only one of the rooms contains a fire sprinkler. The two rooms will be transported to the Gilford Lowes, where the fires will be lit.

The Gilford Fire-Rescue will have firefighters and fire trucks on hand as well as an ambulance and some fire prevention educational messages for kids and adults.

"By providing this unique live fire comparison, people not only gain an appreciation for fire power; they also realize what an incredible advantage it is to have a fire sprinkler system installed if fire breaks out," says DeCarli

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:47

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Organ Recital on June 27 to mark 100th Anniversary Celebration

SANBORNTON — On Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m., the Sanbornton Congregational Church - UCC will hold an organ recital in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the church's pipe organ.
Five organists, who have been important in the musical life of the church over the years, will each play a piece or two. The organists are Doug Embree, the church's organist for 36 years; Larry Leonard, who was instrumental in moving the organ to Sanbornton, Steve Garvin, who played the dedicatory recital when the organ was first installed in the church in 1968, Marylou Crooks, the organist in the 1970's; and Bob Bengston, the church's present organ builder, and organist at the Congregational Church of Laconia.
The organ was built by the Estey Organ Corporation of Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1914, as its Opus 1284, for the First Universalist Church of Medford, Mass. It was moved to Sanbornton in 1968. Since that time there have been several renovations and additions, but over half of the present organ is from the original Estey, which turns 100 this year. It is a source of great pride in the Sanbornton church that much of the work on and for the organ over the years has been done by church members, with professional help. The late William Brys, organ builder, was responsible for the major work done in the 1980's.
The Sanbornton church is noted for its music. There are two choirs, which both sing each Sunday during the choir year from September through early June. The Junior Choir is led by Mary Ruth Scott, who also serves as assistant organist. The Senior Choir is led by Dennis Akerman, who has been leading music at Sanbornton since 1966, and is a Commissioned Minister of Music in the United Church of Christ.
The recital is free and the public is invited to attend. There will be refreshments served in the undercroft following the recital. The church is located at 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sanbornton.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:35

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