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Annalee Thorndike Art Competition winners will be announced on Thursday

LACONIA — A sure sign of spring in the Lakes Region is the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition, currently on display at the Belknap Mill. Annalee Thorndike set up this merit scholarship in the year 2000, when she made a generous donation to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, establishing an endowment fund. Each year since then, this fund has helped many Lakes Region High School graduating seniors with their plans to major in art and continue to develop their artistic goals. In this way, Annalee's love of the arts is perpetuated.
This year, nine student artists from Lakes Region High Schools have submitted examples of their work. They are Kelsey Burbee, Kristen Jarvis, Emily Wernig, Michael Xioa, Brandon Sheppard, Holly Smith, Alyssa Woods, Lydia Swedberg and James Horne.
Well-known area artists Mary Ellen Boudman, Jeri R Bouthamy, and Roger Gagne will judge the artwork.
The public is invited to view this display at the Mill, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Winners of the Annalee Thorndike Art Awards will be announced at a reception at the Mill on Thursday, April 10, beginning at 7 p.m. Members of the Thorndike family will also be in attendance.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 09:12

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Sen. Forrester to Host Panel Discussion on New Hampshire's Minimum Wage

PLYMOUTH —  Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will host a panel discussion in Plymouth to discuss the state's minimum wage and proposed legislation coming before the Senate later this session. Senator Forrester will be joined by David Juvet, Senior Vice President at the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, Jeff McLynch, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, and Bruce Berke, of the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group, who represents a number of small New Hampshire employers, including businesses in the tourism, lodging, retail, and restaurant industry.

Time will be allotted for a question and answer period following the panel. The event will be held at the Pease Public Library from 6-7: 30 p.m.

The panel discussion is open to the public but seating is limited. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Liz Sheil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 271-4980 by Monday, April 14 at noon. The event is open to the press.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:19

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Garden Club brings agriculture to the classroom

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Garden Club once again participated in the NH Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom project.

Each year the Ag in the Classroom committee chooses an accurate agricultural book to share information with students. The book chosen this year by NH Ag in the Classroom for Ag Literacy Day was Down On the Farm: Chickens by Hannah Ray". This book was purchased by New Hampton Garden Club, read to several classes at the New Hampton Community School by Phyllis Schofield and Linda Dowal and presented to the school for their library.

The book provides an introduction to chickens by taking a look at why they are farmed, anatomy life cycles, different breeds, eggs and related customs. One classroom is already involved in this learning project by hatching eggs. The fifth graders at the school are Jr. Garden Club members and have their own greenhouse in which they have seeds already planted. This endeavor is supported by the ladies of the New Hampton Garden Club in aiding them with planting, watering and general gardening chores.

They will be having a plant sale in a few weeks to raise funds for other greenhouse projects. During the holiday season they raised Christmas Cactus plants for sale to the public. Visitors to the greenhouse are welcome, check in at the office at the New Hampton Community School.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:16

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Lady Grace Appointments Available for April

LACONIA — The latest prosthetic breast forms from Lady Grace Intimate Apparel are available right in your community.

If you or a loved one has had a lumpectomy or mastectomy and would like to find breast prosthesis to fit your needs, a certified breast prosthesis fitter from Lady Grace Intimate Apparel will be at Lakes Region General Hospital on Tuesday, April 22.

Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling LRGHealthcare's Breast Health Program Coordinator, Ginny Witkin at 527-2940.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:09

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