LACONIA — Join Ron Guilmette, author and photographer, as he relates his adventures and experiences paddling to all of the islands of Lake Winnipesaukee, Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave.
Guilmette and co-author Jay Leccese recently released a coffee table book titled "The Islands of Winnipesaukee," which documents the authors' kayaking adventures to all of the lakes islands with more than 275 full-color photos. It also contains many interesting anecdotes and fun facts about the lake and its islands.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to ensure seating. Call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Guilmette was born and raised in Lawrence, MA. He started renting kayaks for 25 cents an hour on the Shawsheen River in Andover when he was 10 years old. He's done extensive ocean kayaking with his good friend, Red McDonald to the Isle of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire and in Bar Harbor, ME with a guide. He also kayaked through the 10,000 islands in Everglades National Park, FL. He continues to ocean kayak with his children off of Salisbury Beach, MA, where he's lived for the past 42 years.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:24
BELMONT — The annual MetroCast Foundation Golf Tournament held at Lochmere Country Club on September 15 raised more than $30,000 in support of youth-serving organizations in the region. With a score of 62, Roger Page, Christine Jesseman, Bryan Stewart, and Ryan McKenna took this year's top prize.
The annual event, now in its 16th year, began as an effort to honor the memory of Robbie Mills, a 14 year-old Laconia boy who was killed in 1997 for his trail bike by two older teens (Mills' mother is a MetroCast employee). The MetroCast event was launched a year later to support the Robbie Mills Memorial Fund, which remains a primary beneficiary of the tournament.
As the tournament subsequently grew in popularity, the number of organizations supported by the fundraiser also expanded to include the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Greater Lakes Advocacy Center (Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program), Spaulding Youth Center Foundation, WLNH Children's Auction, and more.
In response to the growing need, Jim Bruder, Chairman and CEO of Harron Communications, MetroCast's parent company, founded the MetroCast Foundation in 2007 to facilitate donations for the tournament from video programmers and vendor partners. In addition to 2014's key sponsors Momentum and IDT, more than 40 corporate organizations contributed to this year's event.
"We are grateful for our sponsors and contributors, as well as all those who came out on a beautiful day for golf, food and fun," said MetroCast Regional Manager, Moira Campbell. "This valued support enabled MetroCast to continue to honor the memory of the beloved Robbie Mills and to serve worthy organizations that better our young people and the great community we call home."
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:02
ALTON — A two-part guided hike on Mount Major will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 25. This outing is being organized by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in partnership with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition.
In the first segment of the hike, starting at 9 a.m., participants will explore lesser known cultural history features, glacial boulders, and rock shelters located off-trail along the lower slopes of the mountain. A more strenuous option will follow, at about 11 a.m., with a naturalist-guided hike to the summit. Hikers will be able to enjoy the magnificent views, to identify local landmarks, and to learn about forest ecology and recent land conservation success in the Belknap Range, returning at approximately 3 p.m.
The Conservation Trust and the Forest Society, along with the Belknap Range Coalition and its members, including the towns of Alton and Gilford, have worked together to conserve four key parcels of land in the Belknap Range totaling 950 acres and encompassing parts of key hiking trails, including the most popular trails to the summit of Mount Major. More than 1,800 individual donors, foundations, and other grant-making organizations, and the towns of Gilford and Alton, provided support for the project, and the $1.8 million campaign goal was reached in late August.
Participants will need to arrive by 8:45 am to have time to check in and prepare for the hike. The number of participants in this excursion will be limited, and preregistration is required. Those who preregister will be sent additional detailed information.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:56
GILFORD — "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli", the opening lines to the Marine Hymn will be heard loud and clear as Marine veterans, old and new from throughout the Lakes Region and beyond, gather for the 16th Annual "Gathering of Marines" sponsored by the Lakes Region Detachment #506, Marine Corps League, at the Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford on Saturday, November 8th commencing at 6 p.m.
This year Marine veterans and all those on active duty throughout the world will once again come together to celebrate the 239th birthday of the founding of the United States Marine Corps at Tun Tavern located in Philadelphia, PA. on November 10, 1775. This annual event has been a traditional ritual celebrated by the Marine Corps since its conception.
Marines throughout the world will gather together and welcome one another with the words "Semper Fi" ("Always Faithful"), which signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to "Corps and Country," and to their fellow Marines.
The "Gathering of Marines" in the Lakes Region was conceived by retired Colonel, Norm Noel, USMCR, initially as a way for those who had served in the Marine Corps from the surrounding area could come together and celebrate the annual birthday tradition. It has grown every year, now having attendees from throughout the State of New Hampshire and beyond.
Colonel Noel will once again serve as the Master of Ceremonies including the traditional posting of the colors, the National Anthem sung by well known area resident, Ruth Juve, and recitation of the Marine Corps Commandant's message by her retired Marine husband, Richard Juve.
This year's special guest of honor will be the Very Rev. Stephen B. Rock, a highly decorated retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Chaplains Corps, whose assignments over 20 plus years of service included active deployments aboard naval vessels and Base and Command Chaplain's duty at both Naval and Marine Corps installations around the world. In 2003 he became the Command Chaplain at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. retiring in 2006. He currently serves as the Pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Reading, MA.
Tickets to this year's "Gathering", which includes a buffet dinner of prime rib or grilled chicken, and dancing thereafter, can be purchased from Commandant Bob Patenaude by calling (603) 253-7970 or sending $45 per person to the Lakes Region Det. #506, P.O. Box 764, Center Harbor, NH 03226. Appropriate attire includes uniform, tux, formal gown, or business dress.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:50
- No-till seeding talk at Gilford farm Thursday
- We Believe In Recovery Rally in Concord on Saturday
- Lady Grace Appointments Available for November
- PSU Symphonic Band presenting New Beginnings concert on October 27
- Lakes Region Tea Party cancels October meeting, will meet on November 19
- Ghost Encounters at Shaker Village on October 25