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Ashland launches new organic community garden on April 19

ASHLAND — Ashland HEAL will launch a new community garden during a public ribbon cutting ceremony at the Ashland Elementary School on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Ashland HEAL and many community volunteers have worked for over a year on plans for the Ashland Community Garden. After receiving a grant from HEAL NH, Ashland HEAL solicited feedback during several community-wide forums to hear what types of healthy eating and physical activity opportunities residents would like to have in the town. A community garden space was at the top of the list and a committee was formed.

The project gained momentum with businesses and volunteers donating time and materials to help plan and construct the garden. For example, the raised garden beds are being constructed by students at Ashland Elementary School from cedar provided by Sharps Lumber; Ashland Lumber is providing the fencing; and the site work is being done by M. E. Latulippe Construction and Tree Solutions. Earlier this year, Meredith Village Savings Bank supported the project with a $3,500 grant.

"Our goal is to increase the availability of healthy foods and provide opportunities for physical exercise, particularly for first time gardeners and those that have limited access to fresh vegetables," said Dave Toth of the Ashland HEAL Community Garden Committee. "We want to make it easy for people to participate in the garden, so we are providing free plants, garden plans, and advice from Master Gardeners and experienced Organic Growers during the growing season."

The event opens with a reception at 1 p.m. followed by the 1:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. At 2 p.m. there will be a  "Starting a Garden," presentation by Master Gardener Melanie Kerr.

The garden will offer 20 4' x 8' plots on a first come, first served basis.
People attending the event can participate in a seed swap, talk with a Master Gardener, get information about Plymouth Local Foods, and volunteer for garden projects.
Healthy snacks provided by The Common Man and Dot's Bread & Butter Bistro.

Several organizations will be recognized for their contributions to the project at the ribbon cutting ceremony, including Ashland Elementary School, Ashland Lumber, The Common Man, Dot's Bread & Butter Bistro, M.E. Latulippe Construction, Meredith Village Savings Bank, New Hampshire Seedling Co., Randall Surveying, Samyn & D'Elia Architects, Sharps Lumber, Town of Ashland, and Tree Solutions.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 12:49

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Meredith Congregational Church announces Holy Week schedule of services

MEREDITH — Holy week schedule at the First Congregational Church, 4 Highland St, Meredith, has been announced.

Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Tenebrae and Communion service.

Friday, April 18,12 noon, Good Friday ecumenical service.

Sunday, April 20 Easter, 5:45 a.m. sunrise service, meeting outside on the side lawn, free potluck breakfast immediately following the sunrise service.

Easter family worship service, 10 a.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:24

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Meredith Village Savings Bank makes donation to Lakes Region Humane Society

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce a $3,795 donation to the Lakes Region Humane Society (LRHS) of Ossipee. As part of MVSB’s commitment to assisting non- profit agencies in the communities it serves, the Bank agreed to match all 2014 employee contributions to the Lakes Region United Way.

“We are so appreciative of this unexpected contribution from Meredith Village Savings Bank,” said Megan Fichter, Managing Director for the Lakes Region Humane Society. “It is with the generosity and support of our local communities that we are able to continue to provide a safe place and quality care for animals in need across the Lakes Region.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:23

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Laconia VFW Meat Bingo Friday Night

LACONIA — Laconia Post 1670 is having a meat bingo on Friday night, April 18, starting at 5 p.m., to benefit Commander Glen Groleau, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

We have a lot of great prizes including a 50/50 and winner take all. We will be selling burgers and fries in the kitchen.

Please come out and support Glen in this very tough time.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:18

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