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5 Raft-a-Palooza Early Bird Registration through Memorial Day

LACONIA — On Sunday, August 3, NH LAKES' LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, will take over Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia in the hunt for Guinness gold.

Raft-a-Palooza is an attempt to capture the Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks; organizers have their sights set on more than 2,100 boats. Until Memorial Day, Raft-a-Palooza registration is just $5 per boat; online registration is simple and fast at www.nhlakefest.org.

Raft-a-Palooza attracts paddlers of all ages and levels of experience. Reasonably priced boat rentals are available during online registration: single kayak ($30), canoe ($40), tandem (2-person) kayak ($45). Rental boats will be available for on-the-beach pick up.

New to Raft-a-Palooza this year are an expanded team competition, incentives for optional fundraising, and an exciting Share the Fun – Share the Funds program to benefit area nonprofits and local lake groups. Visit www.nhlakefest.org or call 603-226-0299 to learn more.

In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the vital Clean, Drain & Dry! technique to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic invasive plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 10:07

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White Dragon Martial Arts "Kick For Cancer" thanks Globe Manufacturing for 25 years of Support

GILMANTON — Since White Dragon Martial Arts held its first Kick for Cancer Martial Arts tournament  back in 1989, Globe Manufacturing Company has been the sole corporate sponsor for the event, which has raised abut $150,000 for local hospice efforts.

Since the start of the tournament, when our school was located in Pittsfield, our tournament has grown to become the largest and oldest charity martial arts tournament in the state. Throughout the years, this has become an international event, drawing martial artists and competitors from Florida, Michigan, Canada, New York, and all of the New England states.

Martial arts teacher, Georganne Verigan, who later became the Grandmaster or head of our martial arts system, wanted to do something to honor friends and family that she had lost to cancer and started the tournament. When our school, White Dragon Martial Arts, moved from Pittsfield to Gilmanton, it continued the tradition of hosting the annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament.

This year because of the generosity of our sponsors and participants, the  total donation to local hospice programs was over $16,000.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 10:04

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Local Students will be honored in Carnegie Hall Ceremony

LAKES REGION — Four students from the Lakes Region who were Scholastic Art & Writing Awards' national winners will be honored honored during a special awards ceremony live-webcasted from the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New Yok City on June 6.

National winners from the area included:

Gavin Achorn – grade 8, Winnisquam Regional Middle School – Jessica Cobbett, art educator. Mixed Media – Beware of Your Fears – Silver Medal Award.

Emily Chase – grade 10, Prospect Mountain High School – Jesse Robidas, art educator - Painting – Winters Night – Silver Medal Award.

Maria Draper – grade 10, The New Hampton School – Amy Wilson, art educator. Photography – Rising Sail - Silver Medal Award.

Anneke Huynen – grade 11, Plymouth Regional High School – Lynn Sanborn, art educator - Photography – Shattered – Silver Medal Award.

The first level of recognition for these students' outstanding work took place through The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire- administered by the New Hampshire Art Educators' Association, one of 115 affiliate organizations nationwide that, in partnership with the Alliance, conduct The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the state of NH. Regionally, five panels of judges awarded 234 Gold Key awards, 270 Silver Key awards and 306 Honorable Mentions. An exhibit of 700+ pieces of award winning art by NH students was displayed in the lobby of Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre, Derry, NH in January 21- and February 1. On February 1 NH student artists were recognized during ceremonies in the Stockbridge Theatre.

Local sponsors that support The Scholastic Art Awards of NH - Administered by the Art Educators' Association are the host site of Pinkerton Academy, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Brown-Monson Foundation, and the New Hampshire Art Educators' Association, Coca-Cola of Northern New England, Maine College of Art, and John and Sheila Hoglund.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 09:57

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Bear Camp Valley Garden Club Annual Meeting is June 9

TUFTONBORO — The Bear Camp Valley Garden Club will host its 2014 Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Bald Peak Colony Club on Monday, June 9. Social gathering begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the review of the club's Annual Report, the election of officers, and a spring-inspired luncheon.

Luncheon cost is $25 per person, and annual dues are an additional $20. Reservations may be made online at www.bearcampvalleygardenclub.org.

Organized in 1938, the Bear Camp Valley Garden Club has members from towns throughout the Lakes Region. The nonprofit organization supports community beautification and the wise use of natural resources, and awards scholarships to UNH students studying horticulture and conservation. Membership is open to all women and men interested in gardening. For more information about the club, programs and events, please visit www.bearcampvalleygardenclub.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 12:51

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