Art Association to celebrate 75th Anniversary with member exhibit

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association launches its celebration of 75th Anniversary with a member exhibit. The show will be from March 30 to April 6 at the Laconia Public Library in downtown Laconia. It is open to the public.
This event features framed artwork pieces. The mediums represented are watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, pastels and drawings.
Lakes Region Art Association is celebrating its 75th year of supporting artists in the Lakes Region. Since 1940, it has been an active group promoting the arts and local artists, both amateur and professional.

Explore the Association's web site: for updates and activities.

GHS student Eamon Aldridge wins National Scholastic art recognition

GILFORD — The Gilford High School art department is pleased to announce that Eamon Aldridge received a National Gold Key Medal for his photography portfolio in the National Scholastic Art Awards.

The prestigious award was given to 17 students nationally and selected from a pool of over 7,000 regional winners. "Eamon is able to take the mundane world and transform it into poetic imagery," says Hettie Haudenshield, photography teacher at GHS. Eamon's work will be exhibited in NYC at Carnegie Hall for the National Scholastic Art Award ceremony in June and he will be the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship to pursue his artistic studies next year in college.

Regionally Gilford High School received 29 awards from the NH Scholastic Art Awards. Additionally, students successfully participated in two juried exhibits put on by the Plymouth Friends of the Arts and the Sharon Arts Center. Below is a list of award recipients.

NH Scholastic Art Award Recipients, Gold Key: Ria Morris, Lauren Emond, Kaeli Minton, Eamon Aldridge, Emily Parker, Helen Jude, Dana Ruchi, Maddie Laflamme

Silver Key: Kayla Vieten, Hayley Graton, Kelsey McCarter, Olivia Edson, Heather Hunt, Maddie Laflamme, Cortlynn Danby

Honorable Mention: Hayley Graton, Powell Wilson, Johanna Morris, Maddie Laflamme, Ria Morris, Kelsey McCarter,
Ali Nault, Tayla Dion, Josh Paradis, Brogan Hurst, Helen Jude

Plymouth Friends of the Arts Juried Show
Individual pieces: Helen Jude Award for Sculptural Excellence, Honorable Mention; Eamon Aldridge, Olivia Edson, Kiersten Welch, Kendra Tibbals, Kaeli Minton, Kelsey McCarter, Siobhan Lofblad

2015 Juried High School Art Exhibition put on by Sharon Arts Center
The students accepted are: Brogan Hurst, Helen Jude, Dana Ruchti, Kylee Drew, Emily Parker, Eamon Aldridge, Kendra Tibbals—Best in Digital Art Category; Kelsey McCarter, Zakaria Morris, Caledonia Hackley, Heather Hunt.

Gilford's Rowe House to host farmers' market starting in June

GILFORD — With the unanimous approval of the Gilford Select and School Boards, Thompson-Ames Historical Society (T-AHS) is moving forward with its plans for hosting a farmers' market. The market will be located at the historic Benjamin Rowe House on Belknap Mountain Road and will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, from June through September.

All proceeds from the market will benefit restoration work made to the Rowe House. Owned by the town of Gilford, it will be undergoing critical repair work this year as part of a three-phase restoration project undertaken by T-AHS. The society was recently awarded a $26,199 grant from LCHIP for exterior restorations, and the Bank of New Hampshire has contributed $1,000 toward Phase I of the project. The remaining phases of the project include restoring the ell of the house and the second floor.

The society is seeking farmers and others who wish to become part of this much anticipated farmers' market. Those interested in participating should contact T-AHS board member Carmel Lancia at 293-2877 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application and further details. For more information about Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society and the farmers' market, please visit

Lakes Region Community Services annual meeting on April 9 to feature documentary filmmaker

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services announces its 2015 Annual Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia- an event that marks 40 years of community service (1975-2015). The celebration features a presentation by award-winning documentary filmmaker Dan Habib of the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability speaking on 'Creating a Culture of Inclusion.'

Following a 4:30 pm reception, the program will begin with recognition and appreciation of long term community partners. "Partnering with our communities has always been essential to our work. Inclusion of vulnerable citizens – children, families, individuals and elders can't be sustained by a single person or single organization – it takes a community effort. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with the community and thanking those who have been with us in this mission over the long term as well as welcoming new friends," commented Christine Santaniello, LRCS Executive Director.

At 5:30 pm, Dan Habib, creator of the award winning films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories and many other films on disability-related topics will take center-stage. Habib has screened his films hundreds of times at conferences, universities and independent theaters across the country and internationally.

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Habib will share how inclusive education is preparing Samuel for an adult life of community inclusion, as well as the powerful impact inclusion has on people without disabilities. In 2013, Habib delivered a highly acclaimed TEDx talk titled "Disabling Segregation" on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities.

"We are so pleased to have Dan Habib speak at the LRCS 40th. He is recognized throughout the world for his work communicating about inclusion for people with disabilities. We also want to thank Devine Millimet Attorneys at Law for their generous sponsorship of Dan's presentation," stated Santaniello.

Seating is limited. Guests are asked to RSVP by April 3 to Judy Maguire at 603-581-1504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the program, contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811or visit