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Belmont Old Home Day to be on first Sat. in August


BELMONT — Belmont's Old Home Day is being moved up one week beginning this year, organizers have announced.

This community celebration has traditionally been held on the second Saturday of August. However, at the request of the town's selectmen, the 2015 gathering will move to the first Saturday of August. This will eliminate the conflict of the town's largest community event falling on the same weekend as the Belknap County Fair, as well as the more recent conflict with Soulfest held at Gunstock in Gilford.

A large draw for Belmont's Old Home Day each summer is the Road Race. Under the new schedule the Road Race will continue to take place on the second Saturday in August -- one week after Old Home Day. Jeff Roberts, race director, has kicked around the idea of expanding on the success of the road race for the last few years. The request to change the date for Old Home Day has given Roberts an opportunity to pursue a morning filled with various types of running events and to grow the day into its own draw of visitors to Belmont.

With the assistance of Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Event Coordinator, a second 10-mile race course was recently certified which will be used for a fun relay race. Similar to the traditional 10-Mile, the new course will start on Concord Street and will incorporate Wareing, South, Jamestown, Union, and Hurricane Roads and will end at the same finish line on Main Street.

The road races and other activities will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, and will include events for athletes of all ages. Plans are also under way to provide space for vendors related to the day's events and food concessions to fuel athletes and spectators.

Leaving the road race on the traditional second Saturday in August will provide a fresh look at Old Home Day, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1. This year's theme is "The Good Old Days."

In the past, vendors needed to be set up so that Main Street could be cleared before the early morning race started. With the change in date, this will allow for a later start to the day's events and will add more activities to the afternoon. Evening events will continue as in the past.

Anyone who has questions or would like more information regarding these upcoming events, can contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Event Coordinator, at 603-998-3525 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 10:46

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Friendly’s helping raise money for Easter Seals camp

LACONIA — This week, Friendly's Ice Cream launches its 34th annual 'Cones for Kids' campaign. The Valentine's Day fundraiser will benefit 19 Easter Seals Camp programs including the NH-based Camp Sno-Mo program.
For a $1 donation, Friendly's provides restaurant guests with five Valentine's Day cards, redeemable for free Friendly's Kids Cones or a coupon booklet with money saving coupons. The campaign runs January 6 through February 13, 2015.
Funds raised will support Easter Seals Camp Friendly's programs where thousands of kids discover their unique talents and realize their potential through activities like swimming, canoeing, hiking, fishing and other programs that give them the confidence to reach for their goals. The campaign has raised nearly $28.5 million to date, with more than $322,000 in 2014 alone raised to benefit Easter Seals Camp Friendly's program locations across the region.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 10:42

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Free basic math, reading and HISET classes offered by Laconia Adult Education

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering free Basic Math, Reading and HISET Preparation Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm stated Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

On Tuesday and Thursday nights, Reading Comprehension Classes cover the subject areas of Science, Social Studies and Literature which are pre-requisites for the HISET Test. Math Skills are also reviewed covering the subject areas of basic math, fractions, decimals, measurement, Geometry and Algebra functions.

The Adult Basic Education classes will help provide you with the reading and math skills that you need to get a job, get off welfare, or even get a job promotion. The classes are individualized; each student progresses at his or her own pace. There are no tests and there is no fear of failing. There is no need to feel embarrassed or self-conscious if you have weaknesses in reading or math. Improve your reading comprehension skills and learn basic math skills from fractions, percentages, decimals to Pre-HISET math skills.

To enroll in the reading, math and HISET classes call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 10:38

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Author to advise writers at Gilford Library

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library has begun a new program aimed at assisting all kinds of writers.

Local author Abi Maxwell will be the resource for this program called Check-Out-An-Expert.

Maxwell is the author of "Lake People," a novel published in 2013. She holds two master's degrees in writing and has taught writing at the college level. She has also hosted writing workshops here at the library in the past and is passionate about writing regularly. Those who want help honing their writing skills or fine-tuning a piece of work are encouraged to sign up for a session with Maxwell.

She will be available for writing help on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. for half-hour blocks. Blocks will be non-renewable and are open to adults, and teens in Grades 5 and up. Those wanting to participate can bring any type of writing -- schoolwork, resumes, fiction, poetry, or family histories -- and Maxwell will work with those writers one-on-one to revise work and improve writing skills. She is also available for any stage of the writing process, from initial brainstorming to an actual draft.

This program is open to all Gilford Public Library cardholders. Those wanting more information can contact the Gilford Public Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 524-6042.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015 10:30

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