Local blacksmith to be featured on ‘N.H. Chronicle’

MEREDITH — Artist-blacksmith, David Little and his Winnipesaukee Forge crew will be featured in a segment on WMUR Channel 9's "New Hampshire Chronicle" on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

While the "Chronicle" crew was was taping the segment, Little shared Winnipesaukee Forge's story and demonstrated blacksmithing during WMUR's visit. The entire array of work that Winnipesaukee Forge creates includes fine furniture, lighting, drapery hardware, decorative accessories, fire screens and hearth products as well as architectural installations such as handrails and more. Much of this work shows Little's focus on "reinterpreting nature in forged steel." Designs such as leaves and vines as well as scrolls and flourishes give the work its signature esthetic.

Winnipesaukee Forge is located on the campus of The Arts Collaborative, co-owned by Little and his wife, Heidi. As part of her visit, "Chronicle's" Erin Ferlau toured the Arts Collaborative gallery and design showroom and the art teaching studio. The Littles have drawn on their growing network of the finest regional artisans to assemble an exceptional sampling of work created in complementary materials (iron, wood, copper, blown glass, ceramics, acrylic paintings, serigraph prints, and more).

The segment can also be view online starting March 8.

Veterans coming to area for training, discussion, relaxation

GILFORD — Camp Resilience, the operational arm of the local non-profit group The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), is geared up to welcome its third group of visiting veterans for four days of recreation, life skills training and peer to peer group discussion sessions.

The group of 10 veterans will be arriving Monday, March 2 and departing Thursday, March 5. This group will have veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Viet Nam. Their hometowns include Manchester, Nashua, Rochester and Somersworth. During their stay, they will enjoy skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort, a snowshow hike , water aerobics, yoga and regular exercise.

Life skills training will range from Mindful Eating taught by Elizabeth White of LRGHealthcare, a "cooking on your own" class and sessions on Money Management with Dave Pereira, Anger Management/Communications with Jim Parker, Facebook and Social Media with Kurt Webber at LRCC and Finding Meaning in Life/Setting Goals with David Ferruolo. The water aerobics/exercise and yoga training will be provided by Tammy Levesque and Helen McConnell respectively.

Webber, the founder of the veterans support group PRLI, expressed his appreciation to those community members and businesses who either donated cash, goods and services or offered significant discounts. "We're all unpaid volunteers on our Board and appreciate the support for veterans from our local communities" said Webber, himself a veteran of the Iraq War, who invited any individual or company interested in future support of this initiative to contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

He singled out the owners of Gunstock Inn where the veterans are lodged at reduced rates plus discounts or in-kind support from Gunstock Mountain Resort, Piche's Sporting Goods, Ellacoya Barn and Grille, LRCC and the Laconia Elks Lodge which generously offered their kitchen at no cost for the cooking lesson. Anyone interested in supporting the PRLI is invited to visit the website at www.prli.us for tax deductible donation information.

Conservation District Annual Tree Sale Fundraiser Underway


LACONIA — The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) is encouraging everyone to check out the BCCD website at www.belknapccd.org to see what's being offered in the 2015 Tree, Shrub, Flower and Trout Sale. The order deadline for plants is March 20, later for trout. The purchases will be ready for pick-up the first weekend in May.

If eating fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden is a priority there are blueberry bushes, fruit trees, strawberry plants, raspberry canes, asparagus, shallots, and many other plants for sale that bear fruit for the gardener, landscaper, and wildlife alike. There will also be shade trees, Christmas evergreens, andr flowers. Many of the varieties selected provide landscaping interest throughout the year and can serve as appropriate substitutes for invasive plant species now banned for sale in New Hampshire. Most of the plants offered will be bareroot and in a dormant state when picked-up in May, and others will be in growing in pots.

Also available this year is a Wildlife Package containing 50 plants at a subsidized rate through a partnership with the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation. There are only 25 packages being distributed statewide. This annual sale is a fundraiser for BCCD and purchases go toward support of local conservation efforts in Belknap County. For more information contact BCCD at telephone (603) 527-5880 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Part of proceeds from sales of restaurant’s bread pudding to be donated to Humane Society

LACONIA — The Second Annual Bread Pudding for Paws will take place the entire month of March at Tavern 27 Tapas and Piano Bar.

Throughout the month of March, Tavern 27 will donate $1 to the New Hampshire Humane Society for every bowl of their homemade Cinnamon Sourdough Bread Pudding that is sold.

"The idea came about last year as I was speaking with a couple of our guests that are very active with the New Hampshire Humane Society organization, and asked 'How can we help?'" states Tavern 27 owner Ray Simanson. Through conversation the plan was devised. "We are extremely fortunate to love what we do and are particularly grateful that we can use Tavern 27 as a vehicle to support our community in this way."

The bread pudding is made from sourdough bread that is prepared from scratch every day at Tavern 27. To serve, the bread pudding is baked and drizzled with Tavern 27's homemade caramel bourbon sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream. "The bread pudding is by far our best selling dessert," comments Leslie Judice, Chef/Co-owner of Tavern 27. "We are all animal lovers here, so it makes sense for us to use our food to support the Humane Society." Judice states last year that she had to up her bread pudding production 10 fold, and she is hoping to be making bread pudding non-stop for the next month. In addition, she adds that customers should call ahead for larger orders of bread pudding so that production can be planned accordingly in an effort to make the event as successful as possible.

This year an anonymous donor has generously pledged $2 for every $1 from Tavern 27's bread pudding sales. Other donors are invited to join in the effort.

Tavern 27 is located at 2075 Parade Road, Laconia, New Hampshire. Reservations are recommended, 603-528-3057.