Bristol 4th of July Parade committee seeks public input

BRISTOL  — The Bristol Community Events Committee will be overseeing the 4th of July Parade in Bristol this year and is looking for input from the public on possible theme ideas.

The group is also looking for any musical groups, floats, and walkers that would like to be a part of the day. Any and all antique cars that want to participate are also invited. For more information or for a parade entry form contact the TTCC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organ recital April 19 at Plymouth Congregational Church

PLYMOUTH — Laura Belanger will perform an organ recital on Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, on the Common in Plymouth.

Belanger is the newly appointed organist at Plymouth Congregational Church. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Bronson Ragan and Frederick Swann. For many years Laura was a resident of Rhode Island and Massachusetts and organist/music director at churches throughout southern New England, including St Sebastian's, Providence, R.I. and First Parish, Sherborn, Mass.

Her program includes music of Buxtehude, Bach, and Franck. She will also be joined by Bozena O'Brien, violin, on two pieces of Josef Rheinberger. The concert is open to the public and is part of the Plymouth Congregational Church Concert Series. A donation is suggested to help support the community music programs of the church.

For more information, contact the church at 536-2626.

CAPTION — Professional organist Laura Belanger. (Courtesy photo)

Speaker to give humourous overview of NH history

GILFORD -- A humorous overview of New Hampshire's history from the time of King George II to the present will the subject of talk at the Gilford Public Library on Thursday, April 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Carl Lindblade's talk will highlights the state's Colonial days, the New Hampshire political traditions, and its culture.

Lindblade began his hotel career at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch and for the past 40-plus years has operated three and four-star hotels. He presently lectures in the hospitality management department at UNH.

This program is provided through the UNH Speakers Bureau and is free and open to the public.

 Further information is available by contacting the Gilford Public Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-6042.

American Legion has scholarship opportunities for local students

LACONIA — Wilkins-Smith Post 1, The American Legion, this year will award six $700 scholarships to area high school seniors with plans to go on to be full time students attending post secondary schools.

These scholarships are based on financial need, scholarship and incentive. Applications are available through the Laconia and Gilford High School guidance offices and at Post 1, which is located at 849 No. Main Street and must reach the post by May 23rd for consideration.

Additionally, the American Legion, Department of New Hampshire offers five $2,000 scholarships, which are vocational specific. These applications are available at the guidance office and are also on line at:

​Wilkins-Smith Post 1, The American Legion, annually sponsors high school juniors to separate programs called Boys State and Girls State. These are separate five-day programs, where interested juniors (heading to their senior year) will become familiarized with local, county, and state government operations.

The Boys State program will run from June 21 to June 26, 2015. It has been described as "a week that shapes a lifetime" by those who have attended. Applications are available at all local high school guidance offices and must be received at Concord by May 26th. There is a $25 application fee to assure us that the student is committed.