MOULTONBOROUGH — The Town's effort to get its many residents, taxpayers, and seasonal residents to take a speed test on their internet connection is entering its last days in the run-up to Labor Day. First kicked-off earlier this summer, the effort yielded speed data from some 415 distinctive locations in Town to date. In addition numerous persons without any internet access have sent in their "I Want BroadBand" form. That data is now being mapped by the group working on how to best meet the SelectBoard goal of addressing the areas of Town which do not have any access to the internet or where the speeds are not high enough to meet today's needs.
Jonathan W. Tolman, Chairman of the SelectBoard, said, "We truly appreciate all those who have participated so far. Now we ask those who have yet to take the speed test to do in these next two weeks. This no cost to you speed test provides critical information upon which to develop the most cost effective plan to serve the needs of the community."
All persons with internet access are being asked to take a speed test on their computer located in Moultonborough. The site to be used is www.iwantbroadbandnh.org/speed_test. While there are many speed tests out there, only this speed test site established by the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program will update the needed maps.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:45
LACONIA — New Hampshire Humane Society has changed the summer opening hours for the remainder of August and September, to include adoption hours on Sundays from 10 a.m to 2p.m.
Having already revamped the adoption process to streamline application and finalizing the addition of a new four legged family member, NH Humane Society Managing Director, Marylee Gorham states "recognizing that some of what are probably the best homes for our homeless pets, may only be able to get to see us on the weekend. If you took the time to plan the trip, drive to our shelter on Meredith Center Road, and spend time with the creatures who eagerly await selection, then we identify a need for Sunday opening hours- at least through the end of September".
Considering the fact that 20% of prospective adopters get their pet from an animal shelter, New Hampshire Humane Society wants to raise awareness that shelter dogs and cats should be the first option when adding a pet to the family. Rather than buying a dog, for example, over the internet, sight unseen, with what often times proves to be a murky behavioral or medical history, shelter animals have been fully vetted, assessed for personality issues, have undergone retraining, or are in the middle of rehabilitation, and are enjoying socialization with humans adequately trained to handle them correctly. Further, shelter adoption counsellors, and volunteers, will spend time with customers to match up the right home for the right animal.
For information about dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, currently available for adoption, call 524-3252 or check nhhumane.org
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:38
WATERVILLE VALLEY — The 2014 Rey Center Artist in Residence, Marty Kelley will be holding open studio hours on Saturday, September 6 from 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 9 from 7-9 p.m. There will also be an artist reception on Saturday, September 6 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. where he will share his Community Presentation titled “Children’s Books For Fun & Profit But Mostly Fun” starting at 8 p.m.
Kelly, a New Hampshire native, is a children’s book author, illustrator and a self-proclaimed recovering second grade teacher. Some of his books include: “Twelve Terrible Things, “Spring Goes Squish” and “Fall Is Not Easy”. He will be in residence at the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road in Waterville Valley from September 1 through September 14.
The Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence is open to professional and emerging artists in all media – visual and performing arts, craftspeople, authors, poets, composers, eco artists and media artists. The Residency provides an opportunity to pursue and share art and the artistic process in the inspirational setting of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The Residency provides the community with direct, hands-on experiences with working artists and an opportunity for the artist to work in an educational and community setting. The Residency strives to encourage students and community members to understand the role of the artist in contemporary society, to engage in the creative process, and to think critically about the arts. The Residency allows the artist to help students, teachers and community members to experience the arts through a variety of activities – programs, workshops, interactive walks/hikes, performances, exhibits, and open studio times, and allows time for the artist to create work.
The Artist in Residency program is created to honor the creative and artistic legacy of Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children's book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, in the place that served as both inspiration and retreat. The Curious George Rey Fund and the Margret and H.A. Rey Center jointly support the Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:25
LACONIA — Excitement builds as the Laconia High School Class of 1964 gears up for its 50th Reunion, to be celebrated the weekend of September 26-28. More than a year in the planning, the reunion celebrates the high school Graduation of Laconia's first crop of Baby Boomers, most having been born in 1946 following the return to civilian life of many area men who served in the military during World War II.
Weekend activities include social golf on Friday afternoon at Laconia Country Club, registration and reception at Patrick's Pub and Eatery on Friday evening, a Saturday morning tour of Laconia High School and the Huot Technical Center, a Saturday night celebration with catered buffet and dancing at Laconia Country Club, a Sunday morning cruise on the MS Mt. Washington, and group hike up Mt. Major. To date, more than 100 have reserved and plan to attend. While many Sachems will be attending from homes throughout New England, it is anticipated that classmates are planning to return from as far away as Israel, France, and Germany.
The Class of 1964 is a particularly close-knit group, due in part to having witnessed many life-changing events, both at home and around the world. Between 1961 and 1964, significant events included The Bay of Pigs Invasion; the erection of The Berlin Wall; 2,000 US "military advisers" were sent to South Vietnam; Alan Shepard became the first US Astronaut; Telstar was launched; the first black student, James Meredith, registered at the University of Mississippi, escorted by Federal Marshals; Bob Dylan and The Beatles topped the charts; President John F. Kennedy was assassinated; President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed Civil Rights Act of 1964; Congress approved Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; three civil rights workers were killed in Mississippi; and local author Grace Metalious' "Peyton Place" premiered on TV. In the few years that followed the class' graduation, Urban Renewal changed the Laconia downtown business district, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated, the Ohio State shootings occurred, and the Viet Nam War claimed the lives of military personnel with Laconia roots.
An opportunity to reminisce, reconnect and rekindle old friendships, the reunion also offers the classmates a chance to share highlights of their five decades of living, working, and playing since those halcyon teen years shared under the watchful eye of such beloved and fabled educators as James McBride, Eleanor Parker, Robert Alley, Katherine Reardon, Maxine Wolston, Senor Smith, and a host of other popular teachers.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:09
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