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Cryans to speak at joint meeting of Sanbornton & Tilton Democrats

SANBORNTON — Mike Cryans, candidate in the March 11 special election for the recently vacated 1st District Executive Council seat, will speak at a joint meeting of the Sanbornton and Tilton Democratic Committees. The meeting will be held at the Sanbornton Public Library, Meetinghouse Hill, on January 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact, Gail Morrison, Chair of the Sanbornton Democratic Committee (603)-286-4596.

With the death of Ray Burton, Mike Cryans has stepped up to run for the 1st District Executive Council seat long held by Burton. Cryans is a 17 year County Commissioner, a former teacher, consultant to small business and board member of a community hospital. He states he is determined to build a strong economy in our northern communities and is dedicated to their well-being. He is currently employed at Headrest, a non-profit organization which deals with substance abuse recovery. Mike comes from Littleton and lives in Hanover, but his work has focused on all parts of central and northern New Hampshire. The Special Election to fill the remainder of Ray Burton's term is scheduled for March 11.

The New Hampshire Executive Council is unique. Five regionally elected councilors give advice and consent, working as a check on the Governor's executive power. The Executive Council approves or rejects all significant state contracts, judicial nominations, appointments of leaders to state agencies and sets priorities for all state highway and infrastructure projects.

Ray Burton's recent death has opened one of the five positions and so one of five votes on matters that come before the Council. The 1st District covers most of northern and much of central New Hampshire and was held by Burton for eighteen terms.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 09:51

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ASTRA Club brings Holiday Cheer to many in the Lakes Region

MEREDITH — In the midst of the holiday season, the ASTRA Club of Meredith remains as active as ever, participating in many community service events.

Part of an international community service organization for young adults, ages 12 to 25, the ASTRA club of Meredith club has sixteen members representing Meredith and Moultonborough.

For Thanksgiving, the ASTRA girls decorated and filled six Thanksgiving boxes for families in need, providing a turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, and other classic dishes for each family to enjoy.

Rolling right into the Christmas season, the ASTRA club participated in the annual Festival of Trees, a humanitarian event organized by the Altrusa Club of Meredith. Decorating a tree benefiting the humane society, helping out at the children's event, and checking coats at the gala event, the ASTRA girls were busy volunteers. In addition to these activities, the ASTRA girls went caroling at the Golden View Health Care Center.

The ASTRA girls are very active in their community not only during the holiday season but year round, participating in events such as Gowns for Girls, Weenie Weekend: selling hot dogs and cold drinks for the Altrusa Club of Meredith, Caregivers Mini Golf Tournament, as well as making care packages for veterans, cards for Meals on Wheels, and flower pots for the elderly.

The club meets on every second Monday of the month at the Meredith Community Center. Always looking for new members, the club offers many fun and positive community service and leadership opportunities.

For more information about how your teen can get involved with the ASTRA Club of Meredith contact club chairs Kara Martinez at (603) 273-2843 or Karen Truberg at (603) 253-3167.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 09:01

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MacRae's 'Faces of Laconia' at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Lakes Region photographer Alan MacRae will present a program about his ongoing project, "Faces of Laconia", on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Belknap Mill. The ongoing project so far includes the portraits of 19 people who have made significant contributions to Laconia and the surrounding area.

Working with Brenda Kean of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, MacRae contacted and interviewed the people they felt had made a difference through their unique contributions to the city. "The interviews brought depth and a whole new dimension to the project," MacRae said. "After the first photo session, I really realized how powerful and engaging that was. Catching the essence of the person was what I set out to do, and the conversation produced the rapport to do that."

MacRae and Kean interviewed most of the people at their own homes or place of work, where MacRae could get more telling shots at a location where the subject were the most comfortable.

MacRae said, "Every conversation I had validated the reason I chose them to be included."
The "Faces of Laconia" portraits are on display at the Belknap Mill through January.

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Craftsmen offer Carnival Felt Necklace class

MEREDITH — A Carnival Felt Necklace class with Nancy Evans will be offered at the NH League of Craftsmen shop on Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will learn to work with wet felt and make this fun necklace, using new wool on the market that felts very quickly and leave class with a completed work of art.

Bring to class: an old towel, a bar of soap (ivory or glycerin soap work well), round elastic cord (I found black cord at Joann's and colored cord at Michaels), a small bowl for water, and a lunch if you wish.
Tuition is $45 per student, and there is an additional $5 materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 08:52

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