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Mock City Council meeting tonight at Franklin Elks

FRANKLIN — The 50th annual Youth and Government Week, sponsored by Franklin Elks Lodge #1280, Franklin city government  and Franklin High School will culminate this evening at the Elks Lodge where students will showcase what they have learned by holding a mock city council meeting.

Those students playing the role of the city council, who were elected by fellow students, got a close up view of how city government operates earlier this week, will tackle an agenda following a dinner at 6 p.m. which is put on by the Elks for all participants and their families.

During the kickoff on Tuesday the students received an overview of City Government from City Manager Elizabeth Dragon, City Department Heads and guest speakers, which included Franklin's Mayor Ken Merrifield, City Councilor George Dzujna and Legislative Representatives Leigh Webb, Scott Burns and Lori Carey.

''Franklin is one of the last few, if not the very last community still holding on to this longstanding tradition of Youth Government. It is important to carry on this tradition and keep our youth educated and engaged in government,'' said City Manager Dragon.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:03

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Meredith Legion post sets Memorial Day program

MEREDITH — American Legion Post 33 has announced the schedule for Memorial Day services on Monday, May 26.

8 a.m. Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, with service by Rev. Robert Lemieux

9 a.m. Meredith Village Cemetery, Rte. 3, with service by Rev. Dennis Audet

9:30 a.m. Assemble at Post 33 parking lot on Plymouth Street.

9:50 a.m. Parade to Library starts at Post 33.

10 a.m. Ceremony at Library with service by Rev. Brown

10:15 a.m. Ceremony at Swazey Cemetery, Lang Street with service by Post 33 Chaplain Henry Hall

10:30 a.m. Hesky Park band stand, with service by Rev. Russell Rowland

10:45 a.m. POW/MIA Memorial with speech by Bob Jones

11 a.m. Back to Post for ice cream for scouts and lunch for everyone and lunch for every one.

Honor Guard Band and members go to Center Harbor for their parade and ceremonies.

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10th annual Choose Franklin Day on Saturday to kick off with parade

FRANKLIN — The Tenth Annual Choose Franklin Community Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, rain or shine. This year's event, sponsored by Franklin Rotary, Franklin Savings Bank and Watts Water Technology, will take place at Odell Park, located on Memorial Street in downtown Franklin.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. when booths, games, and food concessions open for the day. There will be a Wildlife Encounters show at 11 a.m. – shows are free courtesy of Hope Community Chapel. Karate demonstrations will be held at noon and the Franklin Public Library will sponsor a performance by award winning children's musician Steve Blunt at 1 p.m. at the Odell gazebo. In addition there will be a laser tag area, bounce houses, a climbing wall and bungee jump, along with children's games and activities throughout the day.

This year's parade/event theme is "Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day". The parade will step off at Franklin High School at 10 a.m. and proceed easterly on Central Street to Smith Street where it will turn and continue to Odell Park.

The first one hundred moms to visit the info table at Odell Park (beginning at 10 a.m.) will receive a special memento of the day.

The fair continues until 2 p.m. and will include games, craft booths, food vendors, and entertainment. Many area service organizations and businesses will participate with raffles, giveaways, etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:52

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Learn How to Identify and Monitor Invasive Plants in Rivers and Streams

LACONIA — An Invasive Aquatic Plant Identification and Monitoring Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Elementary School, 225 Winter Street in Laconia.

Help protect your favorite rivers and streams by learning how to identify and monitor invasive aquatic plants with the New Hampshire Rivers Council's River Runners citizen science project. Members of conservation commissions, Local River Management Advisory Committees, Volunteer River Assessment Programs, budding citizen scientists, paddlers, and everyone interested in their rivers are invited.

Volunteers are asked to monitor one site at least one time between June and October. The workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Rivers Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 228-6472. This program is co-sponsored by Belknap County Conservation District and the New Hampshire Rivers Council and is made possible by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services Exotic Species Prevention Grant Program.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:01

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