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History of New England’s colonial meeting houses explained in Belmont

BELMONT — On September 19 at 7 p.m., Paul Wainwright will discuss “New England’s Colonial Meeting Houses and Their Impact on American Society” at the Corner Meeting House (CMH) in Belmont.

New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.

In colonial New England, there was little distinction between faith and community. Meetinghouses were built by the communities, usually but not always through taxation, and these were used for both religious worship and town business. They were the central focus of the community, and were an important point of contact for all. While most colonial meetinghouses that are still standing have been extensively renovated to meet the needs of their owners and the styles of the times, a few have not been substantially changed at all. 

The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. The Corner Meeting House is located at the intersection of Fuller and Sargent Streets in the Village of Belmont. For additional information or directions call Chris at 524-8268.

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Franklin Savings Bank partners with Friends Youth Mentoring Program

FRANKLIN — Franklin Savings Bank works with the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, especially through the Fund for Community Advancement. Through this program volunteer mentors are matched with children, ages 6-18.
Each year, volunteer mentors devote over 13,000 hours to Merrimack County youth in mutually-rewarding, one-to-one relationships. Mentors serve as positive role models to enhance self-esteem and strengthen behavior at home, in school, and in the community. There are, however, 75 children waiting to be matched with a volunteer mentor. Support from Franklin Savings Bank will help the Friends Program connect these youth with mentors in the communities served by the organizations.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Franklin Savings Bank President and CEO, Jeff Savage. “Franklin Savings Bank is pleased to assist The Friends Program with this $2,500 grant as they connect the youth of Boscawen, Penacook, Salisbury and surrounding communities with a positive force in their lives.”
“The Friends Program is an important Merrimack County resource who currently assists over 100 youth,” said Nancy Watson, Boscawen Office Manager. “Franklin Savings Bank looks forward to assisting Friends with their community outreach to someday reach the point when every child hoping for a mentor is no longer waiting. To assist these important efforts, FSB’s Boscawen Office is proud to partner by getting the word out through our office’s distribution of informational materials, Facebook postings, and community networking.”
The Friends Program was one of six organizations to receive funds this month through the competitive grant process. Over $792,000 has been awarded through 34 grant periods since the FSB Fund for Community Advancement was created in 1997.
The Fund provides support for substantial projects that enhance the lives of people in Central New Hampshire. For a recipient list and application information, visit www.fsbnh.com. Connect with FSB on Facebook at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank for news and community updates.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 10:14

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Children's Dentistry opens new office in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region is announcing the opening of their Plymouth location at 94 Boulder point off of Tenney Mountain Highway.

The brand new 8,000 sq. ft. office, offers state of the art equipment, private procedure rooms for infants, teens, and specialty treatments, along with an open bay area with its "wall of windows", which offers a beautiful, calming treetop view.

Similar to Children's Dentistry Gilford location, the child friendly environment offers a comfortable and playful dental experience for children/ The reception area features fun activities such as the electronic game console, playful wall train and fascinating "bubble wall."

Together co-owners Dr. Melissa Kennell and Dr. Matthew Smith combine years of experience and are proud to bring the highest standard of dental care for children to northern New Hampshire and the surrounding region. They are both very excited to welcome Dr. Timothy Smith to the practice. Smith received his BA in Biology from Brown and graduated from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2012. He continued his training at Children's Hospital of Michigan for Pediatric Dentistry and is looking forward to joining the Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region's team.

Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region is accepting patients in both our Gilford and Plymouth locations. Check out the website www.childrensdentistnh.com or call 536-2500 for the Plymouth location, or 527-2500 for Gilford.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:59

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Artisan Festival at Shaker Village on September 13

CANTERBURY — The Canterbury Artisan Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Canterbury Shaker Village. The festival celebrates traditional arts with an artisan craft fair and farmers' market, music, artisan food and demonstrations.

Mainstage highlights include Liz and Dan Faiella from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio from noon to 2 p.m., storyteller Rebecca Rule from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Roger Sorlien and Samantha Tracy of the Starlight Honeys from 4 to 5 p.m.

Artisan food will be provided by Brookford Farm, Stone Oven Mountain Fired Pizza and The Farm Concessions Vegetarian.

Traditional Arts demonstrations include coopering, blacksmithing, basketry, pottery, wood carving, historic building restoration by Preservation Timber Framing, and herbal presentations, including do-it-yourself teas. Agriculture demonstrations include draft horses from Sanborn Mills Farm, farm animals, permaculture, and seed saving, plus a special panel discussion: "A Farmer's Life" at 11 a.m.

"The range of activities in store for visitors at the Artisan Festival--the juried craft show, the agricultural and traditional arts demonstrations, a farmers market, music, and good food -- encompass the wide variety of Shaker-inspired activities and partnerships we have been developing at the Village," noted Funi Burdick, executive director at Shaker Village. "We are excited to have three of our current strategic and program partners—Sanborn Mills Farm, Brookford Farm and Preservation Timber Framing—as part of the day."

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17. Children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.shakers.org.

The Canterbury Artisan Festival is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental, Nathan Wechsler & Company, The Rowley Agency, Cobb Hill Construction Inc., Lake Sunapee Bank, Meredith Village Savings Bank, and Mango Security Systems.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:38

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