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Dr. Bruce Heald publishing history of NH's Abenaki

MEREDITH — A History of the New Hampshire's Abenaki Indians written by  Bruce D. Heald, PhD, is being released this month by The History Press.

The native Penacook, Winnipesaukee, Pigwacket, Sokoki, Cowasuck and Ossipee tribes once thrived along the Granite State's great rivers.
Collectively known as the Abenaki, these "men of the east" have largely disappeared from New Hampshire. Shadows remain, from the boiling of
sap for maple syrup to the game of lacrosse and traditional corn-and-bean succotash.

Historian Bruce Heald has mined, curated and saved the real story of this land's first people. Learn the unwritten laws of hospitality, respect
for the aged, honesty, independence and courtesy. Discover celebrations and innovations in the good times until European disease epidemics and
hostilities forced their slow retreat, leaving an enduring legacy.

Heald is an adjunct professor of American history for the History and Philosophy Department at Plymouth State University; an associate
professor at Babes-Bylyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; a periodic lecturer of "Wars in U.S. History" at West Point; a senior purser
aboard the MS Mount Washington; and the author of over forty books and numerous articles about the history of New England.
Dr. Heald is a graduate of Boston University, University of Massachusetts–Lowell and Columbia Pacific University. He is presently a fellow in the International Biographical Association and the World Literary Academy in Cambridge, England. Dr. Heald was the recipient of the Gold Medal of Honor for literary achievement from the American Biographical Institute in 1993. From 2005 to 2008, he was a state representative to the general court of New Hampshire. Dr. Heald resides in Meredith with his family.


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Gilmanton Holding Baseball, Softball Sign Ups

GILMANTON — GYO (Gilmanton Youth Organization) will be having baseball, softball and t-ball sign-ups the following dates:

March 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Gilmanton School Gym. This will also be a open gym time to warm up those arms, so bring your glove.
March 10 from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Gilmanton School Gym during Basketball Wrap-Ups
March 14 from 6:30-7 p.m. pm during PTA Family Luau.

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Campaign underway to dedicate Belmont field to former superintendent

BELMONT — A fundraising campaign is currently being conducted in support of constructing a sign to dedicate the soccer field at Belmont High School to former Superintendent Michael Cozort. The field is being dedicated to Cozort as the result of action at last year's Shaker Regional School District Annual Meeting, which saw a near unanimous vote for the dedication in respect for the various contributions that Michael Cozort made to the District for many years. 

The small committee working on this project includes Principal Daniel Clary, community members Gerry Ryder, Ray Craigie, Pret Tuthill, Tom Goulette, and Bill Hart, with Bob Reed and Sean Embee representing the school board. Together the group has begun to work on the design, wording, and location of the sign. The sign will be similar in style to the signs at the entrance of Belmont High School, smaller in size, and will be constructed in early spring. The estimated cost of the project is approximately $3,500. This money must be raised through fundraisers, as the motion passed included a stipulation that no public funds were to be used to construct the sign.

Contributions are welcome and checks can be made out to SRSD - Cozort Field Fund and sent to Belmont High School, 255 Seavy Road, Bemont. For more information contact Daniel Clary, BHS Principal, at 267-6525.

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History-Sharing Event Proves Extremely Popular

LACONIA — The Share Fair, an exhibition of family and community memorabilia at the Belknap Mill on Feb. 15, proved to be a big draw, with the third-floor function room packed with people coming to see the many displays and to exchange information.

The event, sponsored by the Family History Initiative, a joint project between the Laconia Historical and Museum Society and the Belknap Mill, featured displays of journals, letters, photographs, postcards, advertising, and handiwork. In addition to family memorabilia, there were historical displays by Lakes Region General Hospital, the Masons, and Proctor's Lakeside Cottages, among others.

A planned discussion and Q&A got called off because of the level of communication taking place at the individual booths which filled the main function room and circled around the kitchen at the rear of the Rose Chertok Gallery. The exchanges allowed people to make connections between their personal histories and even put some in touch with relatives they were unaware of having.

Not only did the displays show a history that many had forgotten; some collectors found objects they did not know existed, such as a toy trolley that was a replica of those made by the Laconia Streetcar Company.

Displays ranged from handiwork — quilts, clothing, and objects — to examples of manufacturing and printing. There was even a historical portrayal, as "Lucy Philbrick Sanborn" appeared in period dress: Born in 1795, she married Jonathan Sanborn in 1814 and they settled on property his family owned — and which remains in the family today.

The Family History Initiative serves to help people retrieve, preserve, and share family and community history. The initiative grew out of the positive response to a Mill presentation derived from historical journals and the continuing interest people have in history, especially as it pertains to their family, their friends, and their community.

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