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LCHIP Grant Allows Mill To Finish Cupola Project

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill, one of 39 grant recipients in this year's round of Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) funding awards, will now be able to complete its cupola restoration project that began in 2012.

The Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had received an LCHIP grant at that time to do exterior work that would address a water leakage problem caused by a rotting foundation under the cupola housing. With additional support from Bank of New Hampshire, the Mill began repair and restoration work on the cupola, base, clerestory, main roof, and end gables. The water problem was corrected but more work remained.

During the repair project, workers discovered that the finial that holds the weathervane also had seriously deteriorated. Because the finial was original to the building and had to be reproduced in the same wood and the same historic scale and finish, that work was very expensive. The flagpole which, while not original, was part of the Mill's image, since it had been there for so long, also needed repair.

That is the work that now will be completed, thanks to the LCHIP grant. Executive Director Denise Sharlow said the grant will cover the milling of the finial, the replacement of the flagpole, and the cost of hiring a crane to install it all. The Mill hopes to complete the project at the beginning of the summer.
LCHIP announced the grant as part of a ceremony honoring all of this year's grant recipients, including projects in Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Gilford, Meredith, and Sanbornton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:35

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GHS mag named the "Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine" in the country

GILFORD — Obsessive Image, the Literary/Art magazine of Gilford High School, has been named the "Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine" in the country for the third straight year. The magazine is scored in the areas of content coverage, organization, design, presentation, and creativity. Out of a possible 1,000 points, Obsessive Image scored 990 points.

In their remarks that go along with the award, ASPA states that "Obsessive Image is an amazing publication! You have mastered not only the elements of a good publication, but you have also published excellent works from your school population. Obsessive Image is a model for those up-and-coming magazines and inspiration for those magazines that haven't quite "aced" the necessary skills."

The editors for the 2013 Lit Mag included Sarah Gill and Roland Dubois, now freshmen in college. The editors remaining on the 2014 staff are Sarah Cook, Lindsey Essaff, Casey Warnick, Jake Adams, Stratton Coleman, Emily Hanf, and Nate Boutwell. Joining these students on the 2014 staff are Olivia Edson and Heather Hunt. Advisor to the magazine is Gilford English teacher Scott Hutchison.

"We hold high standards," says senior Sarah Cook, "what's good doesn't always get in. We showcase the best work being produced in the school, and Gilford writers and artists are incredibly strong."

Junior editor Jake Adams feels that "It's kind of crazy the way we work—we received and read over 400 pieces of writing last year, and they go through multiple rounds of discussion and voting to be included. And then there's the art and photography—we looked at a lot of outstanding student work, and we're happy with what we put together."

Advisor Scott Hutchison laughs, "I feel like I might be repeating myself since this is the third year for us winning the award, but when it comes to our success we're really reaping the fruits of a cumulative effort that starts with a community philosophy of support. Gilford is a community that supports the schools and it supports the arts. It begins with people being enthusiastic about school programs. If you walk through the GES, GMS, or GHS hallways, you see wonderful student art and photography on display. Gilford is alive, vibrant, and talented, and these incredible editors at the high school level are committed to bringing those artistic efforts into focus."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:31

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Youth Football-Cheer Banquet Saturday

LACONIA — Laconia Youth Football and Cheer Association will be holding their Annual Banquet on Saturday, January 25 at 4 p.m. at the Laconia High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend for an afternoon of recognition and celebration of the 2013 season. Highlights of the banquet include: Trophies and Awards, introduction of the Board of Directors for the 2014 season and a very special announcement for the upcoming 2014 season.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:28

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MetroCast Launches Music Choice Play

BELMONT —  Music Choice and MetroCast Communications announced today that Music Choice Play—the first 24/7 interactive linear music video network that puts the viewers in control — has launched to MetroCast Digital Expanded Basic subscribers in New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama and Mississippi, where available.

Music Choice Play is a music video, lifestyle and entertainment network for Millennials, offering them a unique live television and social media experience. Viewers interact with Music Choice Play through Twitter by voting for what videos get played and tweeting live with their favorite artists on shows like You & A. The network features full screen music videos from today's hottest artists like Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, P!nk, One Direction and Justin Timberlake. Additional shows The In Crowd and Ultimate Guest List offer viewers more chances to be on TV as they introduce videos and "co-host" shows with their favorite artists.

"MetroCast is pleased to provide our customers with fresh, engaging content through Music Choice Play," said MetroCast's Senior Vice President of Programming, Linda Stuchell-Leibert. "The network adds real value to our customers' video subscription, while providing opportunities for interaction through social media and convenient viewing options across multiple platforms."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:23

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