‘Painting for Pibbles’ to raise funds for Humane Society

LACONIA — A Painting for Pibbles event will be held Saturday evening, March 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Historic Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia.

Local activist Laura Brusseau is working with her friend Emily Sprogis to host the event, which is designed to raise awareness about Pit Bull type dogs and educate others on this misunderstood breed.

Brusseau recently attended a Million Pibble March in Washington DC hosted by comedian Rebecca Corey designed  to overturn common misconceptions and the media's portrayal of Pit Bull type dogs. Other celebrity Pit Advocates includes Rachel Ray and John Stewart. Pit Bulls tend to be the first dogs put down in shelters and the last adopted due to negative stereotypes.

Brusseau and Sprogis say that the objective of the evening is to raise awareness about this breed and educate and inform the public while trying to help these dogs find their forever home. Sprogis said " I had heard of pitbull stereotypes, but when my sweet Remy entered my life and I experienced discrimination first hand I knew I wanted to learn more and make a positive change in society"

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the NH Humane Society or online at NHHumane.Org by clicking on "Events". Cash bar will be provided by Contigiani's Catering. The $30 ticket price includes a paint lesson from local Artist Ally Lowe, light snacks and delicious cupcakes provided by Kara's Café of Meredith and a donation to the NH Humane Society's new Pibble Fund.

Special guest speaker for the evening will be Doggonit NH owner and animal behaviorist, Kelly Arbogast .

Arbogast said "This event is so very important to not only me as an animal lover but also the community. I feel it is important that we educate everyone on the truth about the "breed" as well as advocate for them. Through responsible ownership and education we are hoping to raise awareness about this misunderstood "breed".

Scholarship foundation helped 282 students last year

LACONIA — Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation President, Paulette Loughlin, speaking at the foundation's annual meeting, said that the foundation awarded over a quarter of a million dollars to help 282 students continue their education last year.

She said the foundation has five new funds and significant additions to existing funds and that the Community Spelling Bee raised $9,400. A generous gift has enabled the foundation to hire a financial aid consultant to serve Laconia, Belmont and Gilford High School students.

Scholarship applications for 2015 are going out this month with deadlines for applications through LRSF listed as April 15. Applications are also available in the Guidance offices of our local high schools; by emailing scholarship @metrocast.net; by calling 527-3533; or by going to www.lrscholarship.org.

There are also specially designated scholarships, including the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition. The artwork submitted by local high school graduating art students, who will be continuing their education in this field, will be on display at the Belknap Mill in Laconia from April 10-16 with an Awards reception on the 16th. Another exceptional scholarship opportunity is the John F. Mullen Memorial Essay Competition.
Two valued board members Randy Brough and Susanne Weldon-Francke have completed their terms and are being replaced by Emily Clement and Lori Fasshauer. Emily brings her years of experience as a guidance counselor at GHS, her skills as a life coach and her extensive volunteer involvement in sports, church and community activities. Lori was one of the board members of Camp Winsheblo and was instrumental in establishing the Winsheblo Scholarship Fund.

Board members continuing theri Our special thanks to the following board members who agreed to renew their terms as trustees include Lisa Bianco, Marcia Hayward, Donna Hennessey, Sarah Svindland and James Waldron.

Committee on Aging to meet on Feb. 13

GILFORD — An expert in heart health issues will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging scheduled to take place on Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at Wesley Woods.

The speaker will be Jannine Sutcliffe, manager of the LRGHealthcare Cardiac Rehab and the Wellness Centers, who will talk about preventions, recognizing the signs of heart disease, and/or stroke. Sutcliffe will explain the benefits of a healthy heart and understanding the risks and signs of a heart attack, and stroke.

This event, which will take place in the Wesley Woods Community Room, off Route 11A (behind the First United Methodist Church), is open to the public and free of charge.

In addition to her presentation Sutcliffe will also take questions from the audience.

Those interested in attending this session are asked to contact Stace Hendricks at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Michael Vincent Band throwing Super Bowl party

LACONIA — The Michael Vincent Band Superbowl Party! will be held Sunday, February 1, at 3 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Come join us to enjoy the Michael Vincent Band and watch the Superbowl! Michael Vincent discovered Blues and Soul music as a child. While still in grammar school, he formed a trio called Michael Vincent and Doubleshot with two of his classmates. Now traveling the country, he employs a reminiscent blues guitar style and an inspiring voice.

Danny Mack on Bass has developed his own unique thumping style in his music. His main influences include Jack Bruce, Donald Dunn, Barry Oakely, Leon Wilkeson, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, and Billy Cox.
Dan Hewitt started playing drums in the summer of 2006. He moved to New Hampshire and met Michael Vincent in grammar school and they soon collaborated with Dan Mack to form the trio. Now an experienced percussionist, he has returned as the backbone. His main influences include Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, and Steve Gadd.
Free snacks and appetizers available.