Altrusa’s 25th Taste of Lakes Region set to take place on March 22

MEREDITH — In spring of 1990, Laconia Altrusa held the first Taste of the Lakes Region; providing the community an opportunity to "taste" specialty offerings from local restaurants. It was also a fundraiser for the local club, become the major fundraiser for the year. It was an immediate success, and this March 22, Laconia Altrusa will hold the 25th Taste of the Lakes Region at Church Landing in Meredith.

Over the years The "Taste" has been held at a variety of Lakes Region venues, beginning at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford. Other years it was held at The Margate, Gunstock, The Opechee Inn and Church Landing in Meredith.

During this 25 year time period over $175,000 has been raised and given back to the community in a variety of forms. Scholarship monies have been given to students pursuing an education in Health Care, Education, Business and Athletics have been given annually to Lakes Region students. Camp Win-She-Blow in Gilford received funding for summer campers along with Adopt-A-Spot in Laconia. Belknap County Nursing Home has received funding for special activities and events for residents.

Altrusa International has focused on promoting Literacy for all ages and Laconia Altrusa has promoted literacy in the Lakes Region a major priority. The Laconia club has provided literature packages for newborns at LRGH for many years as well as providing reading materials for the Elder Care Unit. The club sponsored a Literacy Day in Laconia last spring ; giving bags of free books to children at the elementary level.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for this year's event. A variety of appetizers, main entres, and desserts will be featured. There will be a cash bar available so no one under 21 will be admitted. Tickets are $25 per person and are sold at Hectors of Laconia, Hart's Turkey Farm in Laconia and Coldwell Banker in Laconia.

Meredith selectman candidates to appear at forum March 5

MEREDITH — A Meredith Select Board Candidates forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th starting promptly at 6 pm and ending at 7:30 pm. It will be held at the Meredith Community Center in Room B at One Circle Drive.
There are eight candidates vying for two seats on the board of selectmen.
The forum, is coordinated by the Lakes Region Democrats, will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, a non-partisan political organization dedicated to a more informed voting public.
The forum provides an opportunity for Meredith voters to meet and learn more about each candidate's positions and where they differ. It is also an opportunity for residents to share their concerns about the community with the candidates.
Please mark your calendars for March 5th and plan on attending.
Be informed so you are ready to vote on Election Day Tuesday, March 10.
For more information contact Liz Tentarelli Co-President of the Leagues of Women Voters at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 763-9296

Bank donates $32,500 to support home owership education

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank has made a gift of $32,500 to NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire. The funding supports homeownership education, counseling and coaching services offered by NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire.

"We are very excited to begin working with our new partners at Meredith Village Savings Bank," said Paul McLaughlin, HomeOwnership Manager for NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire. "The Bank's staff is committed, passionate and knowledgeable. We appreciate their generosity in helping to ensure the availability of free homeownership education services in the state."

"Buying a home can be a complicated process, involving many players - so being educated about each step in the process and assembling a team of experts and resources you trust can help you make well-informed decisions along the way," said Carol Bickford, SVP Retail Lending Officer for Meredith Village Savings Bank. "The HOMEteam's classes and counseling services are an excellent resource for consumers at all stages of the home buying process, and we are proud to join them in their efforts to provide expanded homebuyer education programs across New Hampshire."

All of NeighborWorks® New Hampshire's pre-purchase and post-purchase home ownership and financial literacy education services are delivered through HOMEteam, a collaboration with CATCH Neighborhood Housing and Laconia Area Community Land Trust to provide a seamless delivery of a comprehensive menu of homeownership services. The collaboration allow residents to take advantage of a series of free educational workshops and one-on-one counseling related to housing, such as navigating the mortgage process for first time home buyers, saving for the purchase of a home, and preserving and protecting an investment in a home, in a number of New Hampshire communities.

For more information about our full menu of course and counseling offerings, visit or or call 866.701.9097.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.


Grace Metalious among Literary Hall of Fame inaugural inductees

The New Hampshire Writers' Project, a statewide writers' group, in coordination with Southern New Hampshire University,has announced the creation of the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame and inaugural class of authors and poets inducted to the hall.

The 2015 inductees are:

· Robert Frost (posthumously) — Former poet laureate of the United States, Frost attended Dartmouth University and made his home in New Hampshire for many years. Frost was tapped to read at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 and received four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry. He is probably best remembered for his works "The Road not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

· Grace Metalious (posthumously) -- Born in Manchester, Metalious rocked the American literary scene in 1956 with "Peyton Place," a novel about the dark secrets of a small town. Metalious, who lived in Gilmanton, penned three more successful novels before dying at age 39.

· John Irving -- Irving was born and raised in Exeter. His "The World According to Garp" became an international best-seller in 1978, and, in 1999, Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his retooling of his novel The Cider House Rules. Other noted works include The Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

· Donald Hall -- Hall has authored more than 50 books, including 15 volumes of poetry. A longtime resident of Wilmot, Hall holds a Caldecott Medal for his children's book "The Ox-Cart Man." He is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and is highly regarded for his work as an academic, formerly holding teaching positions at Stanford University, Bennington College, and University of Michigan.

The induction ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the SNHU library as part of NHWP's annual Writers' Day conference.

The Hall of Fame will be housed at SNHU's new Learning Library on North River Road in Hooksett. It will display works by the inductees, including artifacts like first editions and rough drafts. This year, four writers will be inducted into the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame, with two additional writers joining the honorees every other year. Inductees were announced today by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The Hall of Fame was created to pay homage to the inductees as well as to the Granite State's broad literary history, said immediate past NHWP president John Herman. A secondary goal, he said, is to promote literacy here.

"Everyone knows the name Robert Frost, but how many high-school classes are sitting down to read him today? He's just as relevant as he ever was," Herman said. "Peyton Place created an uproar when it came out in the 1950s, but now that the fuss has died down we can see what a well-crafted and important piece of literature it is."

The NH State Library has identified more than 12,000 published New Hampshire authors and poets dating back to Colonial times.

The names of potential inductees were selected through a public nomination process, then the NHWP Board of Trustees culled the list down to 10 prospects. A selection committee -- composed of Tim Horvath, a short-story writer who teaches at New Hampshire Institute for the Arts; Sally Hirsh-Dickinson, NHPR Weekend host, NHWP trustee, and professor at Rivier University; Sidney Hall, poet and publisher of Hobblebush Books; Kathryn Growney, dean of the library at SNHU; and Van McLeod, the state's Department of Cultural Resources commissioner -- made the final selections.

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