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GHS math team finishes 1st at Lakes Region event

GILFORD — For the second time this season the Gilford High School Math Team placed first overall in Lakes Region Math League competition held last week at Newfound Regional High School.

The Eagles netted 144 points, outpacing Laconia scoring 121 points, and Plymouth with 120 points in the Large School Division. Inter-Lakes was the Small School Division winner scoring 131 points, defeating Newfound scoring 127 points and Belmont with at total of 117 points.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead after scoring 36 points in team competition with the squad answering all six team questions perfectly. Gilford squandered that lead after struggling in the Geometry category, but eventually pulled ahead outscoring the competition in Algebra II and Advanced Math. Gilford freshmen Connor Leggett was the only league player to go perfect on the day with 18 points, answering nine questions on Perimeter and Area, Algebra I and Geometry correctly. Other high scorers on the team included senior, Ethan Theberge and junior, Nathan Boutwell who both scored 14 points; while seniors Cody MacLeod and Joshua Paradis, junior Jonathan Nelson, and sophomore, Kassi Weston scored 12 points for Gilford.

Gilford had accumulated a total of 536 points this season, and remains in second place in the Large School Division 25 points. They are currently behind Plymouth who leads the division with 561 points. Gilford travels to Laconia for the final Lakes Region Math League Meet of the season on Wednesday, February 11. The NH State meet is slated for Tuesday, March 17 at Plymouth State University

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:37

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Gallery reception at Plymouth State University on Feb. 3

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibition Program at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition by teaching artist Emile Birch, running from Monday, February 2 through Thursday, March 5, in the gallery at the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. A gallery reception is scheduled for Tuesday, February 3 from 4-6 p.m.

The sculptures in this body of work explore the spiritual nature of living trees, and their transformation when cut and felled. Then the tree is no longer revered for its fruit, beauty or symbolism, but is reborn as wood, a material that provides innumerable opportunities to sustain the human body and soul. Birch seeks to express this transcendence of trees from their organically formed circular trunks to the geometry of the mill, which cuts them into square beams. For him they are a manifestation of the circle signifying the spirit and square symbolizing material in union as mandala of life's continuum.

The construction of a cradling architecture in each maquette, the sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch, is designed to remind one of scaffolding. Scaffolding in this case to balance the felled tree from its inevitable fall, and in doing so, to capture in time the point of transition from tree to wood. The painted wall reliefs in this series are intended to express an illuminated vision of the memorial sculptures and the pantheon of deities that are associated with forests.

Birch says, "The veneration of trees is an ancient and ongoing human endeavor. Throughout history, the sacred tree has personified our understanding of life, death, knowledge and liberty. This colorful and kinetic exhibit is filled with ancient and new symbolism integrated into mesmerizing designs."

Businesses and communities throughout New Hampshire have commissioned Birch's public artworks. The Eternal Shield, a bronze sculpture, was commissioned by the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Committee and is the first sculpture in more than 100 years to be sited on the State House grounds in Concord. Pollyanna, another bronze sculpture, is a landmark in the town of Littleton.

Birch has completed many residencies in schools, hospitals, state and private mental health institutions, prisons and youth detention facilities throughout New England. He is one of the original artists on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' "Arts in Education Roster," and is known by teachers across the state as an expert collaborator, evolving visual art experiences that are specifically tailored for each school, addressing their physical spaces, their students' needs and abilities, and the school and community goals.

Educational programming for area schools and professional development workshops for artists and educators are available for this exhibit. Visit Plymouth.edu/gallery for information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:32

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Real estate firm invites anglers to visit bobhouse

MEREDITH — The Moultonborough-Meredith office of Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty will be hosting the grand opening of their Meredith Bay Bobhouse on Saturday, January 24, between 1 pm and 5 pm.

The BHHS_Verani Bobhouse is easily recognized as it is a cheerful cabernet with cream trim. The bobhouse, the brainchild of agent, Vandy Garnham is heated with both electric and solar power. It will also feature a cell phone charging station for their fellow anglers or pond hockey fans. The public is welcomed to stop by and say hello. Agents will be on hand to answer any real estate questions or share a fishing story. Refreshments will served.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 10:26

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Laconia Rotary’s ‘U Tube’ event at Gunstock to benefit Boys & Girls Club

MEREDITH — Get your exclusive after-hours tickets today for Laconia Rotary's "U Tube" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Sunday, January 25.

Join us between 4:30 and 7:30 pm for an evening of fun under the lights at Gunstock, including 3 hours of tubing, Big Air Bag Launch Ride (weather permitting), fire pit, s'mores and hot chocolate, hourly prizes, entry into the grand prize giveaway Ski & Stay Package, and a raffle. The cost of the event is $30 per person or $100 for groups of 4. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gunstock.com/events.

"The support we've received for this event has been wonderful," said Rob Stewart of Laconia Rotary, "Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have some great raffle prizes for event attendees. It's going to be a great night with fun for all." Prizes include lift tickets and a Zip Tour Adventure Excursion donated by Gunstock Mountain Resort, an Inner Circle Membership to Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, family membership and admission to a winter program at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, tickets to the Manchester Monarchs, a cruise on the Mount Washington, guest passes to Laconia Country Club, paintings and photographs donated by local artists and more.

"All of us at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region are grateful to Laconia Rotary for their continuing support of our mission to serve children and provide them with the skills they need to become productive members of our communities," said Walt Flinn, President of the Board of Directors, "These partnerships are essential to sustaining our work."

Laconia Rotary, founded in 1925, is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization that is open to membership to all individuals. Its objectives are to encourage and foster opportunities for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, and advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. The club meets at noon on Thursday at the Belknap Mill. For further information about Rotary and to learn how you can get involved, call Jon F. Nivus at 528-4959. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.laconiarotary.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:28

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