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Mardi Gras Theme for Belmont Old Home Day

BELMONT — Jazz music will fill the air over Belmont Village on Saturday, August 9 as the town celebrates Mardi Gras. The Old Home Day Committee has a special day planned with two live jazz bands, challenging races, lively parade, children's games, community showcase, and a spectacular evening fireworks display.

The morning begins with a traditional flag raising ceremony by local Boy Scouts at 8 am, while vendors start pouring in to the municipal parking lot near the Belmont Library. The First Baptist Church will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast in the Senior Center, which is on the 2nd floor of the Belmont Mill building, starting at 7 am.

The biggest change to Old Home Day activities this year is that we are starting our challenging Belmont 10-Mile Road Race earlier with a time of 8:30 am. This should allow for a "cooler" run through the back roads of Belmont and give athletes and their families more time to enjoy our other offerings of the day. Our Tioga Fun Run, a one and a half mile course through Belmont Village, will start at 9 am. Both races start on Concord St. near Belmont Garage and finish on Main St. near the Town Hall. Registration forms for the 10-Mile are on the Town of Belmont's website at http://www.belmontnh.org/belmontoldhomeday.asp. "Day of" registrations are also accepted for both races.

A 3-piece jazz band, Soggy Po' Boys (www.soggypoboys.com), will provide entertainment for all ages near our historic bandstand, while the younger crowd enjoys the children's games and other ever-popular Pedal Tractor Pull nearby. The  colorful parade will take over Main St. at 1 pm. This year's theme is "Mardi Gras", so be on the lookout for volunteers handing out traditional beads to get everyone in the spirit.

The Fire Department is hosting a chicken BBQ at the fire station starting at 5pm.  Following the BBQ, Bryant Field on Rte. 106 will start to come alive with evening entertainment. Vertical Dreams will be there with their portable climbing wall, no fee charged. Traditional children's games are always a hit with "children" of all ages. Bring a blanket, tempt your taste buds with yummy treats, toss a beach ball around, and enjoy the highly-acclaimed jazz band, Small Change (https://www.facebook.com/SmallChangeBand). The evening wraps up with our spectacular fireworks display around 9:30 pm.

Those interested in vendor space or who have other questions, can contact Shana Agan at (603) 998-3525 or Gretta Olson-Wilder at (603) 524-2782.

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Occidental Gypsy group at Pitman's tonight

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight House will host Occidental Gypsy tonight at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers like a "gypsyfied" take of Michael Jackson's Thriller. The Boston Globe has named them a "Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment," and musician David Bromberg said of the group, "great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band."

A typical Occidental Gypsy concert consists of a mix of original pieces, traditional gypsy jazz from 1930s and '40s icon Django Reinhardt, and covers of songs from other genres — the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the theme song from the Harry Potter movies — but with a gypsy jazz spin.

Eli Bishop – violin, Jonathan Hurley – vocals & rhythm guitar, Jeff Feldman- bass, Erick Cifuentes – percussion and Brett Feldman – lead guitar. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:18

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Bestselling author at Gilford Public Library on August 7

GILFORD — Gilford Public Library will hold New York Times bestselling author William Martin for a special presentation on President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, August 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

William Martin is the author of ten novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. Since the success of his first novel, Back Bay, he has been following the lives of the great and anonymous in American history, taking readers from the Pilgrims to 9/​11.

He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to an author "whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region. During the library presentation, titled Lincoln and Liberty Too, Martin will lead viewers on a journey into the past to meet Lincoln, the people he knew, and the city he lived in as president. He will also discuss his latest novel, The Lincoln Letter – a fast-paced read that follows treasure hunters on their search for Abraham Lincoln's personal diary.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:12

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Norton receives NH Psychiatry Society Leadership Award

TILTON — A Lakes Region man who, for years as worked on behalf of those affected by mental illness and has been a leader in suicide prevention efforts in the Granite State, has been awarded the 2014 Leadership Award by the New Hampshire Psychiatric Society.

Ken Norton of Tilton received the award during the society's recent annual meeting at the New London Country Club.

Dr. Mary Brunette of Concord also received a Leadership Award.

Norton serves as the Executive Director of NAMI NH, the New Hampshire chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness, which provides statewide support, education and advocacy to improve the lives of all people affected by mental illness , severe emotional disorders and suicide www.naminhorg.

Presenting the award was Dr. Alex de Nesnera, Associate Medical Director of New Hampshire Hospital, associate professor of psychiatry at Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and treasurer of the New Hampshire Psychiatric Society. Noting he had the opportunity to work closely with Norton in a variety of settings over the past 25 years, de Nesnera described how their collaboration began when Norton was the liaison from Genesis Behavioral Health in Laconia to the New Hampshire Hospital where he assisted individuals from the Lakes Region with discharge from the hospital and return to the community. De Nesnera stated that Norton's devotion to his clients was unsurpassed, he was calm and forthright in dealing with complicated situations and his outstanding efforts minimized individuals stay in the restrictive hospital setting and resulted in safe and timely return to their homes and community.

While serving on the Board of Directors of NAMI NH, de Nesnera observed Norton lead the development of NAMI NH's Connect Suicide Prevention program www.theconnectprogram.org, earning designation as a national best practice that has gone on to provide training in thirty five state, three countries and to over twenty tribal nations. Norton's suicide prevention efforts with the New Hampshire National Guard led to him providing briefings at the Pentagon and training for the Department of Defense, and Veterans Administration and to Congressional testimony identifying Connect as a model program for the military for reducing risk and promoting healing after a suicide death.

Norton wrote legislation that formally established the NH Suicide Prevention Council, as well legislation creating a Suicide Fatality Review Committee which has now been replicated in several other states. He was appointed by Governor Hassan to serve on the Medicaid Care Management Commission and serves on the NH Children's Behavioral Health Collaborative steering committee. Norton serves on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255) Steering Committee and has served on numerous other statewide and national committees and workgroups including having been on the steering committee for revising the national media recommendations for safely reporting on suicide www.reportingonsuicide.org

De Nesnera noted that Norton has devoted his life to improving the lives of people who are disenfranchised and alone, his credibility in the mental health field has resulted in him presenting locally, nationally and internationally on issues related to mental health, and he is especially known for his integrity, work ethic and kindness

Norton is married to Lauren Noether. He serves on the Board of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association and is active with Friends of the Winnipesaukee River.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 01:33

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