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Halloween Happening party in Gilford on October 24

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring their annual Halloween Happening party on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gilford Middle School Gym and Cafeteria. This party is open to all Gilford children up through the sixth grade.

Activities will include give-aways, the Monster Mash raffle, costume contest, Halloween games and the annual Halloween Jail and Pillow Fight Ring. Cupcake decorating and Halloween crafts will again be available in the cafeteria.

The Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to assist with the party. Help is needed with running games/activities during the party and the clean-up following the party.

Those who want more information or who wish to sign up to volunteer, can call the Parks and Recreation Office at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:08

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Lakes Region featured in New England Boating mag

LACONIA — For the second time this year, one of the area's prominent lakes is featured in New England Boating magazine.

Lake Winnisquam is the focus of a "destination" article in the autumn issue of the regional magazine. The editors hired Ray Carbone, the founder and CEO of Carbone Productions, LLC, to write the story; local photographer Karen Bobotas provided the superior images.

This is the second time in the last six months that the pair have teamed up to spotlight a local lake in the popular magazine. Recreational enthusiasts from Maine to Cape Cod, and beyond read New England Boating.

"The Winni Alternative" highlights the casual, family-friendly nature of Winnisquam. "If Lake Winnipesaukee is the Granddaddy of New Hampshire boating, Lake Winnisquam is its more laid-back little brother," according to the story. "While the Big Lake can be exciting, Winnisquam has a more casual atmosphere... (It's) a combination of comfortable family on-water living and popular year-round fishing spot."

The article mentions the Loon Preservation Committee's Loon Sanctuary at the northern end of the lake as well as the popularity of the sandbar near the Winnisquam (i.e., "Mosquito") bridge.

Several businesses are also mentioned in the article including Winnisquam Marine, Jay's Marina, Martel's Bait and Sports Shop, the Winnisquam Market, and the Lake House at Ferry Point, as well as the Family Tree Restaurant, the Lobster Connection and the Shalimar Resort by the Lake.

New England Boating is widely recognized as the region's best source of boating and fishing information. In addition to its popular magazine and website (newenglandboating.com), it produces a seasonal TV series on the New England Sports Network (NESN).

The current issue of the magazine, with the Lake Winnisquam story, is available at CVS, Hannaford's, Shaw's, Stop & Shop, Target, Walgreen's and Walmart stores, or it can be ordered online at neshopathome.com; cover price is $12.95.

Carbone said the feature is part of his company's ongoing "Lakes Region Talks" initiative. Carbone Productions is working with of area businesses and organizations to "spread the word" about what's great about life in the Lakes Region. In addition to the recent stories in New England Boating, Carbone regularly contributes Lakes Region stories to New Hampshire Public Radio's website and is current writing a new history book entitled "Legendary Locals of the Lakes Region," which is scheduled to be released in the spring.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:52

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80 years of rock ‘n’ roll at Laconia VFW Post on Sat.

LACONIA — The three-piece King Chrome band will be playing 80 years of rock 'n' roll on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Laconia VFW Post on Court Street. The program will run from 7 to 11 p.m.

The at-the-door admission of $10 includes a pot luck dinner. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a cash bar.

The doors will open for dinner at 5 p.m.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:45

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2 I-LHS students recognized by National Merit program

MEREDITH — Matthew Schneberger, senior at Inter-Lakes High School has been named a Commended student by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Johnathan Cox, senior at Inter-Lakes High School has been named a Semifinalist student from The National Merit Scholarship Program. Both students have earned exemplary class standing and have taken an exceptionally rigorous honors and advanced placement high school course curriculum.

The National Merit Scholarship Program (nationalmerit.org) was established in 1955 and is privately financed and open to all U.S. high school students who meet program requirements. The program identifies academically talented youth and connects them with college scholarship donors while promoting respect and support for the education of exceptional students. There are over 476 corporate and college scholarship sponsors who participate in this program.

Johnathan Cox is one of 118 students in New Hampshire (including both public and private high schools) to earn the distinction of Semifinalist. The National Merit Program begins and is initially based on PSAT scores taken in the fall of a student’s junior year. John and Matt were both “Commended” for their outstanding PSAT scores. Based on additional criteria John has progressed to the status of “Semifinalist” and can now apply to qualify as a “Finalist” and/or “Scholarship Winner.”

Cox's exemplary high school program has prepared him for his future goal of studying Physics at the college level. John’s first college choice is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cox is enrolled this year both at ILHS and at Plymouth State University where he is taking University Physics and Calculus II. In addition, Cox studied mathematics this past summer at the St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program in Concord. He participates on the Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Track & Field Teams and the school math team.

Schneberger's exemplary class standing and honors, advanced placement and Virtual Learning Academy Charter School high school curriculum has prepared him for his future goal to study math and science. Schneberger has completed several rigorous online courses through the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (vlacs.org) including Latin. In addition to academics he participates in Band, the math team and enjoys the arts.

“Recognizing Matthew and Johnathan is an honor and a well-deserved and well-earned accomplishment” states I-LHS Principal Patricia Kennelly.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:38

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