Gunstock Ski Club to host Piche Invitational this weekend

GILFORD — This weekend the Gunstock Ski Club will host the 2015 Francis Piche Invitational Race at the Gunstock Mountain Resort. Sponsored by Piche's Ski and Sport of Gilford and run by GSC parent volunteers, the race is essentially an Eastern Championships for racers in age groups U12 and U14, ages ten to thirteen. Teams of racers will compete individually and by state for medals and for a state team title.

The event begins with informal training offered on Thursday on the Cannonball race trail, followed by formal training groups on Friday with notable coaches from all over New England. Saturday is race day, with two runs of Giant Slalom on the race trail. Event T-shirts and keepsake race bibs commemorating the event are provided by Piche's for each competitor.

Over 300 racers from nine states will compete in two age groups, U12 (ages 10 and 11), and U14 (ages 12 and 13). Awards are given for top 10 places in both groups for boys and for girls. In addition the state team with the most points receives a winning team award and medals. States participating include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) consisting of Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. An optional slalom race for the invitational racers will he held on Sunday for those who can stay to race again.

Racers qualify in their home state for this United States Ski Association (USSA) sanctioned event by placing in the top of their age groups in their home state racing associations' events. NH qualifying events were completed March 7th and 8th and two Gunstock Ski Club racers have qualified to participate. In the U12 age group, Toby Wilkinson from Sanbornton will represent GSC for NH in the race. In the U14 age group, Owen Sezgin from GSC has qualified to compete for NH as well.

The Gunstock Ski Club is responsible for all of the technical aspects of the training days and for making sure the race day and scoring is done following USSA rules and conditions. In order to cover its operating costs, GSC is running thirteen race days this season, with all work being done by its parent volunteers. It takes over 45 parent volunteers to run each race, with jobs running from registration and timing to gate judges and course maintenance workers. Some parents become certified Alpine Officials and Race Administrators in order to be sure races are run properly. GSC is proud of its ability to run so many races over a season, and also very proud of every one of its racers.

This race commemorates the life of local figure Francis Piche, who not only founded Piche's Ski Shop but more importantly did much to promote the sport of skiing in the Lakes Region. Not only was he an accomplished skier and racer but he also coached local youth and worked at the Belknap Recreation Area (now Gunstock Mountain Resort) in the late 1930's. After returning home from WWII in 1945 he ran his shop on nights and weekends and was active in local skiing groups such as the Gilford Outing Club and the Winnipesaukee Ski Club (now the Gunstock Ski Club). The shop opened full time in 1951. Originally the Thomson Trophy Race, the Francis Piche Invitational was renamed in 1995.

If you would like more information about this race or USSA ski racing, visit the NH Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) website at, or the Gunstock Ski Club site at

Golden View introducing monthly series of special events

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center is proud to introduce a free monthly special event series to the community. The 2015 Special Community Event Series at Golden View, sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire, features educational and cultural programs regarding history, art, and agriculture with a focus on New Hampshire and the world beyond.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer these events to the local community," said Golden View's Assistant Administrator Rosemary Simino. "Golden View and the Lakes Region community as a whole are full of life-long learners. As an independent non-profit, we strive to provide members of the community with frequent opportunities to learn and expand their cultural horizons. Thanks to the Bank of New Hampshire's decision to partner with us, we're able to bring these opportunities to the community monthly."

Simino said she's excited to bring Manchester's Currier Museum of Art to Golden View for a series of three presentations on the museum's upcoming exhibits.

"We have so many artists and art lovers in the Lakes Region," Simino said. "Bringing The Currier to the local community is a great way for those interested in the arts to explore the museum's internationally renowned exhibits while staying close to home."

The event series is scheduled to take place in one of Golden View's new assisted living options, The Terrace, allowing Golden View's assisted living residents to enjoy these monthly community events without having to travel off campus.

"Our assisted living residents are incredibly excited to be able to continue learning and experiencing new things in the comfort of their own homes," said Golden View's Assisted Living Administrator Heidi Murray. "While our residents are active and enjoy going off campus for trips, hosting these educational opportunities at Golden View makes it easier for residents to find time in their busy schedules to attend."

Since the events are open to the public, family and friends who may be visiting during an event can also attend, Murray said.

"These are high-quality, informative, and enriching events," Murray said. "We have presentations scheduled by the New Hampshire Boat Museum, local authors, and members of the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau. Since many of our events are in the afternoon, visiting family and friends can go to lunch with their loved one, and then come back to Golden View to enjoy a presentation."

For a full list of upcoming events in this series, visit Those who wish to attend any of the events are encouraged to RSVP by calling 279-8111 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Giuseppe's Pizzeria hosting 21st Annual JTG Music Extravaganza on March 29

MEREDITH — Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante on will present the 21t Annual JTG Music Memorial extravaganza, an 11-huor musical marathon to benefit The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund on Sunday, March 29.
Since 1996 more than $34,000 has been awarded in scholarships to 38 graduating Lakes Region area high school students who were entering college for their first year and continuing their education in the field of music.
The show will kick off at noon followed by 11 consecutive hours of live musical entertainment performed by more than 35 musicians who will be donating their time and talents for this fun and festive fund-raising affair.

The featured acts throughout the day and evening include solo artists, duos, trios, and full bands. The vast array of musical genres to be enjoyed include: folk music, rock and roll, blues, Americana, bluegrass, original compositions, and alternative rock.

The JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza is held each year at Giuseppe's to commemorate its founder, Joe "Giuseppe" Gnerre who passed in 1995. A suggested donation of $10 is collected at the door and "the hat" will be passed around to help raise funds for The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund. In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring a fabulous array of great items donated by our sponsors to include a Snow Board, Ski Passes, an overnight stay to the Inns at Mill Falls by the Lake, a One-Hour Massage, a Miller Light recliner chair, a Budweiser Electric Guitar, a Romeo and Juliet Cigar Box Guitar, a Wrought Iron Saxophone player, and much more.

A Taylor Guitar model 322 sponsored in -part by Northern Lights Music Store with a list price of $1,700 will be raffled to help raise funds for The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets are only $20 and the guitar will be raffled when all 100 tickets are sold. Tickets are on sale now at Giuseppe and ticket buyers do not need to be present to win.

Sponsors include Northern Lights Music Store of Littleton, The Inns at Mill Falls by the Lake, The Spa at Church Landing, Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts, New Hampshire Distributors, Amoskeag Beverages, Lakes Region Coca Cola, Southern Wine and Spirits, Verizon Beverages and Lakes Region Therapeutic Massage.

The Order of Performances beginning at noon:
Michael Brien, Dr. Jack, Chris Kelly, John Theriault, Jeff Lines, Don Bergeron & Steve Colombo, Just Because, Peter Brunette, "The Sweetbloods", Pocket Change, Paul Connor and Lou Porrazzo, Joel Cage, Paul Hubert Paul Warnick & Co., Joe Gnerre with Cousin Billy Gnerre and Friends, Michael Bourgeois & Co., No Limitz, The Ossipee Mt. Boys, Alivia Aubut, "The Prophets", and Jennifer Karnan

Scholarship applications are now available for qualifying graduating high school students who will be continuing their education in the field of Music, Musical Arts, or Music Theatre for the upcoming 2015/2016 academic year at the following schools: Inter-lakes High School, Moultonborough Academy,Laconia High School, Gilford High School, Newfound Regional High School and Plymouth High School.

Franklin Elks accepting applications for Copper Cannon summer camp

FRANKLIN — Applications are now being accepted to attend Copper Cannon Camp, this year the Franklin Elks Traditional Resident Camp will be held from July 5 through 11.

The program is free and the Franklin Elks Lodge will provide transportation for the campers up and back. Lunch is provided prior to leaving to go to camp. The traditional resident camp program is designed for youth from nine to twelve years old. These children share cabins with five to six other campers and a staff member.

Mornings are spent participating in activities as a cabin group. Afternoons may include special "all camp" events, swimming at Echo Lake or the opportunity for the campers to choose areas of special interest such as a unique craft activity, touch rugby, folk dancing or other surprises created by the staff. The evenings continue the camp experience with campfires, games and a cookout complete with s'mores.

Each child will have to have a physical prior to attending camp. To learn more about the camp and to download the application and medical form please visit or contact Lisa Collins at 491-3325 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..