Granite State Track program to be held in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Granite State Track (Formerly known as Hershey Track) for boys and girls ages 9-14 by December 31,  2015. The goal of this program is to provide a quality recreation program where children have fun and are introduced to physical fitness through basic track and field events such as running, jumping and throwing

The program takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:15 until 5 p.m. using both the fields at Prescott Park and the Inter-Lakes track starting May 18th through June 23rd . During that time there will be 3 practice meets to help prepare for the regional meet on July 7th followed by the state meet on July 17th for the top 4 qualifiers in each event at regionals.

The Hershey Corporation launched this program during the 1970's and the New Hampshire Recreation and Parks Association and LOCO sports have now assumed the sponsorship keeping this amazing program going for young athletes to experience and enjoy throughout New Hampshire. The deadline for registrations is approaching fast – Monday May 11 by 8 pm. To register visit the Meredith Community Center to reserve a space for your child. For more information visit or call the Recreation Department at 279-8197.

Belknap mill ceremony will mark completion of finial and flagpole project

LACONIA — The directors of the Belknap Mill Society invite the public to join in an official ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at 9 a.m. to be held at the Belknap Mill on Beacon Street. This celebration marks the return of the building's historic finial and weathervane and the long-absent stair tower flagpole.

The finial and the weathervane it supports are original features of the building while the flagpole was a later addition. The return of these iconic pieces to the Lake City's skyline complete much-needed restoration work to the cupola and dome; critically important to prevent water leaks that threatened the building's historic fabric and contents.

While undergoing cupola repairs to correct water leaks and a faulty roof, heavy rotting was discovered in the dome's finial. Grant funding for exterior rehabilitation of the iconic cupola and its dome was sought in 2012-2013. With grant funding provided by NH Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the project of preserving this historic landmark was undertaken and completed by J.P. Paquette Construction of New London.

Paquette enlisted the assistance of Littleton Millworks in re-creating the finial and PLP Composite Technologies, Inc. to manufacture a new flagpole. The Belknap Landscape Company provided crane services. While the weathervane was in storage, Paquette took on the task of having it painted and is donating the gold leaf "to honor the long-standing, commitment and volunteer support of the Society by Margaret and Andre Paquette of Laconia, NH."

The Society's Managing Director, Beth San Soucie, said ''we are delighted to have the finial, weathervane and flagpole once again gracing the rooftop of the Mill; to see them as you make your way into the City showcases the historical importance of our community landmark.''

One of the first listed buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the Belknap Mill shows how preservation and history can combine in a community-based museum and cultural arts center. In 1976, the Belknap Mill was designated as the Official Meetinghouse of New Hampshire due to the architectural, geographical and historical significance of the building.

The Belknap Mill Society's mission is to preserve and promote the Belknap Mill historic landmark, which, built in 1823 is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. The Society showcases a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the Mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit, or call 603-524-8813.

Gilford Band to begin Summer Season

GILFORD — Lyvie Beyrent, Band Director of the Gilford Community Band, will be leading the Summer Concert Series at the Weeks Bandstand on every other Wednesday evening from June 24 through August 5. Rehearsals for the summer season will begin on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Gilford High School Band Room and will conclude on August 25. 

The final summer performance will be on Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. in the Gilford Old Home Day Parade and at 8 p.m. prior to the Gilford Old Home Fireworks. The rain location will be at the Gilford High School Performing Arts Center.
All interested community members who are percussion, woodwind, and brass musicians are invited to join the band. All ages and musicians from adjoining towns are welcome. This is also a great opportunity for Middle School and High School students to continue their musical rehearsing during the summer vacation.
New this year will be the Donald Chesebrough Memorial Scholarship which will be awarded in June 2016. Any high school senior, who participated in the Community Band, will be eligible for this scholarship. For more information, contact Lyvie Beyrent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Google the "Gilford Community Band".

Laconia mayor to talk Pumpkin Festival at Belknap County Republican meeting

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that their next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont.

With the City of Laconia recently landing the much heralded Pumpkin Festival which the City of Keene decided not to hold this year, the guest speaker at the meeting will be Ed Engler, the Mayor of Laconia. Mayor Engler will talk about how Laconia was selected out of a number of other towns and cities in New Hampshire, and he'll also share the city's plans to make the Pumpkin Festival a successful, annual event.

With four potential presidential candidates announced to attend the Belknap County Republican Committee's First-in-the-Nation Lincoln Day Presidential Sunset Dinner Cruise on May 29, the Committee will also hear announcements about additional candidates who have committed to attend the cruise. In addition, the Committee will be updated with the status of activities underway to make this year's cruise a success again.

The committee thanks its members for continuing to bring food pantry donations to the meetings, and again reminds them to bring a non-perishable food item to this month's meeting.