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Belmont snow sculpture party postponed due to cold

BELMONT — Dry snow conditions and bitterly cold temperatures predicted for this weekend have forced the postponement of the Snow Sculpture Kickoff Party that was scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 14.

The event has been rescheduled for Feb. 28.

Organizers hope that the weather will warm up in the meantime, and make the snow a bit stickier for sculpture building.

The Kickoff Party will start on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. near the Belmont Library. Anyone interested in making a sculpture can review the guidelines on the Town of Belmont's website at www.belmontnh.org under News & Events/Community Events.

Those who want additional information can contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Events Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603.998.3525.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:52

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Central NH VNA & Hospice volunteer info sessions

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be holding Four Information Sessions for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. The information sessions will outline the expectations of volunteers who choose to work in this rewarding area and the training curriculum requirements.

The dates of the training sessions are: Wednesday, March 4 at the Cook Memorial Library, in Tamworth from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; March 10 at the Belmont Public Library, in Belmont from 1-2 p.m.; March 17 at the Central New Hampshire VNA in Wolfeboro from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and March 19 at the Moultonborough Library, in Moultonborough from 2-3 p.m.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice relies on community volunteers to provide administrative support, family visits for respite care, bereavement support and companionship to hospice clients throughout the Belknap County and Southern Carroll County vicinity. Volunteers can help provide life-enhancing support for only a few hours a week and share in the incredible hospice experience. No medical training is required.

To sigh up for the dates mentioned or for more information contact Martha Horton, Volunteer Coordinator at 569-2729 x3263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:49

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Exercise group forming at Ashland Baptist Church

ASHLAND — The Ashland Baptist Church is inviting people to join a kettlebell exercise group.

To accommodate people's different schedules, sessions are being planned for 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., and will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Debbie Madden will lead the morning group, and Ernie Madden, the church's pastor, will lead the 5:15 group.

There is no charge to join the group, but organizers are hoping that participants will be able to pay for their own kettlebells and exercise mats, with costs running from $20 to $30.

Kettlebell exercises incorporate the use of 15-, 20-, or 25-pound weights in a series of exercises designed to build strength and endurance.

The exercise sessions are part of a faith-based program -- called the Daniel Plan -- designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Those who want more information about the exercises sessions can contact the church at 603-968-7770 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:40

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Professor Harp playing at Pitman’s on Friday

LACONIA — Professor Harp Blues will be playing at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m.

Although born and raised as Hugh Holmes of Boston, MA, the emanations from his harmonica and vocals make it clear that Professor Harp has the blues of Texas and the whole wide Delta coursing through his veins. Primarily playing a sparse, yet full-sounding brand of no-nonsense, no-frills Texas style blues, Professor Harp specializes in what he calls, 'roots music'. "It's whatever makes me feel good and moves me, so to speak." Indeed it has evolved while continuing to move audiences for decades.
Under the influence of many diverse blues greats, Professor Harp has developed a robust playing style. He often utilizes the Leslie rotating-speaker sound system to give his harp a Hammond organ timbre, while he alternately and simultaneously employs the standard or traditional 'electrified' blues harp. The Professor tops this off by singing the blues with an infectious fervor, supported at his strictest insistence by only top-flight musicians on guitar, bass, and drums.
Professor Harp performed with various bands throughout the Northeast including legends Solomon Burke and Luther 'Guitar Jr.' Johnson and played live on NBC's Today Show. Among the legions of hot performances at rocking blues clubs, the memories that often stand out for The Professor are the nights his harp helped to swell the room, in a spontaneous jam with his old mentor, the inimitable bluesman Muddy Waters. Professor Harp will perform with Howard Randall and his band.

Admission is $15 per person. Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations. For more information visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:25

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