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A Celebration of Life – In Memory of Igor Badamshin planned Sunday

GILFORD — The Gunstock Nordic Association will be holding a Celebration of Life in memory of one of the club's past nordic coaches at the GNA Clubhouse this Sunday, February 23 from 12 noon to  2 p.m.

Igor Badamshin, husband to GNA's present coach, Nina Gavrylyuk, died unexpectedly on January 24 at the age of 47 while skiing in Wisconsin. Igor was a Russian Nordic Olympian and held many titles in World and Russian National competitions before relocating to the USA in 2003 with his wife and daughter Jenia.

At that time Igor & Nina took the reigns of the Nordic programs for GNA here in Gilford. Igor's enthusiasm for cross-country skiing inspired many local youths as he coached them through all levels of training and accompanied them to races across the country.

Although Igor left New Hampshire in 2007 to become part of the CXC program in Wisconsin, his legacy remains here in New Hampshire in the beautiful, warm GNA club house that he helped build, the snow-making system that he relocated to the Nordic trails from another mountain, the night-skiing lights, and the joy for cross country skiing that he shared with this community.

Anyone that knew Igor is invited to come to the GNA Clubhouse this Sunday for a special celebration in his memory. The event will start with an "Igor-style" obstacle course for anyone wishing to participate and will follow with a photo and memory sharing in the Clubhouse. Light refreshments will be offered. For more information, visit the GNA website: www.gunstocknordic.com or call 387-5935.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:27

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Felted Spiral Bead Class with Nancy Evans

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen will be offering a Felted Spiral Bead class with Nancy Evans on Saturday, March 8 from noon to 3 p.m.

This bead weighs almost nothing and can be used for a focal bead or earrings. We will use a new wool on the market that felts very quickly to create this one of a kind bead. Participants will have time to create more than one bead.

Students should bring an old towel, a bar of soap(Ivory or Glycerin works well), a small bowl for water, and desire to have fun.

The tuition is $50 per student, and there is an additional $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Retail Gallery at 603.279.7920 or come into the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH 03253.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:04

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Belknap Mill German Town presentation

LACONIA — A documentary exploring the German heritage of a town in Westmoreland, Jamaica, will see a special screening, followed by a discussion with the director, at the Belknap Mill on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m.

Producer-Director David Ritter, a Jamaican who attended school in New Hampshire and now divides his time between the United States and the Caribbean, says the project grew out of a series of 10-minute documentaries he was producing to highlight some of the cultural enclaves in the Caribbean. His segment on Seaford Town came to the attention of producer Clinton Wallace in Los Angeles, whose family had its roots in Jamaica.

Ritter said Wallace was happy to see that someone had documented his family heritage and he asked Ritter to return for a more complete record of "German Town". Armed with camera, microphone, and "a big stack of mini-DVD tapes", Ritter returned to interview residents willing to talk about their lives and history. The result is "German Town: The Lost Story Of Seaford Town Jamaica".

The documentary explores the history of an isolated village deep within the mountains of Westmoreland where the inhabitants may be the descendants of German indentured servants who worked the plantations after the Jamaican emancipation. Germans were brought in to replace the slave labor that previously drove the island's economy. The residents' ancestors also may have arrived under different circumstances, as runaway prisoners or former members of the military battered after the Napoleonic wars. People seeking a better life and looking to escape the poverty and hardships in their homelands found their way to Jamaica.

"A great deal of the people are very uncertain of their own ethnic origin," Ritter said in a telephone interview. "For some, they had heard oral history passed down through the generations. Others had a more historical grasp, with documents that had been passed down. For others, it was more conjecture on where they came from. Some couldn't accept any idea, and they were uncertain about anything."

Ritter found that the 30-50 residents remaining there were very diverse in attitude, some of them happy to speak with him and share their stories, while others were hostile. Although they were a diverse lot, most held modern views, so Ritter was surprised to find one woman, who was about 93 when he interviewed her, holding a white nationalistic ideology. Having grown up there when the village was very isolated, she knew what the old town was like, and her ideas were very different from those of the general populace. "It was stunning because she was very much of the 19th century, with views you don't generally see or even hear spoken of in Jamaican society," Ritter said.

Asked how he came to focus on a town that was so isolated, Ritter said, "If you are someone like me, interested in history, you read a lot, and there's a good chance you'll come across the name. Now and then, a newspaper report comes through, and it is recorded in some history books — just a small paragraph."

He said one book that inspired him was Lost White Tribes, with the subhead, "The End of Privilege and the Last Colonials in Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Brazil, Haiti, Namibia, and Guadeloupe." The book describes former colonial groups that "never went away — small European pockets that never really vanished," said Ritter. There he found a small chapter on German Town.

The 55-minute documentary explores both the contemporary life of Jamaicans of German heritage and their murky history. For further information on the mill and its events, visit www.belknapmill.org or call 603-524-8813.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:55

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Happy Tails Dog Park Meeting Thursday night

LACONIA — Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region will be having an open meeting at Tardif Park Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

The board meeting will be focused on 2014 planning for the fundraising to complete the next stage in approval for the city owned location at 55 Growtth Road. This next stage will require a full scale permit acceptable design drawing which includes the completion of a land survey, wetlands survey, and the official engineered plan before going back before returning to request final approval from the city of Laconia and finally breaking ground. To meet these goals the organization needs more people to step up and get involved.

Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region is a 501(c) 3 non- profit organization founded in 2008 with the objective of serving as a resource for pet families to build strong, whole-family foundations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:49

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