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Historical Society plans ‘Made in Bristol’ to celebrate home industries of today

BRISTOL — The Bristol Historical Society plans to hold a "Made in Bristol" fair this summer. This would give individuals, businesses, organizations, clubs, etc. the opportunity to showcase their products and services.
Bristol was once a center of manufacturing, taking advantage of the water power of the Newfound River. Textiles were made at the Dodge Davis Mill (the Yankees baseball team pinstripe material first came from the Bristol mill). There were a number of pulp mills providing pulp for the paper mills. Other factories made shoes, carriages, paper and other items. There were machine shops, foundries, furniture makers, tanneries, grist mills, lumber mills to name a few. But just as important for the residents of Bristol were all the home industries and the goods they provided for the community.
The buy local movement that is becoming popular gives more and more importance to the current home industries going on right here in Bristol. As we look for ways to revitalize Bristol the Historical Society wishes to give our locals a place to come together and showcase what is currently being made in Bristol.
If you would like to participate in this effort by becoming a member of the organizing committee or as a participant in the fair you may call 744-2751 or 744-2686. The Historical Society annual business meeting will be Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 in the Minot Sleeper Library. Interested folks are welcome to come and help organize this event.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:15

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Opechee Garden Club members to receive lesson in flower arranging at meeting on April 7

GILFORD — It's been a long winter for the Lakes Region. Aside from lunch meetings at O's Steak & Seafood in February and the Chase House in March, Opechee Garden Club members have been either snow birds or mostly homebound. They've been digging more snow than gardens. Thinking of spring isn't going to be enough, they want to see spring. Betsy Williams' guest appearance at their April 7 meeting at 1 p.m. in the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road in Gilford should be just the harbinger they need.

Williams will teach flower arranging, plain and simple, from learning how and when to buy, pick, cut and condition flowers and greens to the simple and practical mechanics of how to arrange. Williams' talents include cooking, herb gardening, container gardening, flower arranging, history and stories of herbs and flowers. In 1987, she created the first Fairy Festival, now replicated throughout the country. She is well-known and a featured lecturer beyond New England for her entertaining ways as she weaves stories and legends throughout her informative talks.

Chairs Judy Riley and Maurine Bastille with committee members, Lynne DeVivo, Gail Dyer, Irene Fournier, Elaine Gagnon, Kay Hodgson, Nancy LeRoy, Evelyn Millar, Patsy Moore, Jean Petterson, Simone Routhier, Joni Stover and Donna Ying will serve refreshments.

Opechee Garden Club is currently accepting applications for awards/scholarships through its Evergreen Fund. Individuals or not-for-profit organizations who wish to pursue projects or advanced studies within the disciplines of conservation, environmental science, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, landscape design, or any other area supported by the Opechee Garden Club with a focus on the environment may apply. Applications are available at the address below and are being accepted until April 15.

The Opechee Garden Club, which meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford. New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call Judy Robertson at 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:09

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Fish and Game Presents Program on Bobcats at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Candice Rogers, a wildlife steward with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will present a program Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. Woodside on bobcats. She'll discuss studies the organization is doing in conjunction with Plymouth State University regarding the animal's lifestyle including location, mating, predators and food sources.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested to ensure seating. Please call 524-5600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Taylor Community is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. Visit www.taylorcommunity.org and like us on Facebook to keep up with all our events.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:42

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 NHEC Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 2014 scholarships. This year a total of six $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to deserving Co-op members or children of Co-op members.

Scholarships are available to college-bound high school seniors, students returning to college, and non-traditional students. One scholarship will be reserved for a student entering a vocational or technical institution. All applicants must be a Co-op member, or a legal dependent of a Co-op member. Complete details and applications are available online under the Community menu at www.nhec.coop, or by calling 1-800-698-2007.

Applicants will be judged on work experience, activities, leadership and community contributions, educational and career objectives and overall scholastic achievement. Based on those scores, approximately 12-15 applicants will be invited for a personal interview conducted by the Awards Committee. The deadline for applying is April 25 at 4 p.m. All mailed applications must be postmarked by this date and mailed to: NHEC Foundation Scholarship, 579 Tenney Mountain Highway, Plymouth NH 03264. Otherwise, they may be turned in at NHEC headquarters in Plymouth by 4 p.m., April 25.

The New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation Scholarships are funded by the donations of Co-op members who agree to have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar with the proceeds benefitting the Foundation. The NHEC Foundation welcomes tax-deductible donations to continue its mission of providing support for non-profit groups that enhance the quality of life in New Hampshire. For more information about the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation Scholarships, or to make a donation, contact Audrey Goudie at (603) 536-8699, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Hampshire Electric Co-op is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:40

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