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Gilford Rotary Awards Walsh Scholarships to 2 students

GILFORD — The Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship was presented at the Gilford High School Senior Awards Night, June 12 to Sally Tinkham and Andrew Stokes. Both are outstanding members of the Class of 2014. Sally will be attending Gordon College and Andrew will be attending UNH Durham.

The Award and Scholarship are presented annually by the Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Gilford Rotary Club. It is awarded to the applying student(s) who display Cheryl's character, promise and aspirations. With the presentation of the 26th Annual Cheryl Walsh Scholarship, over $40,000 has been presented to 42 graduating Gilford High School seniors.

The Scholarship was started at the urging of 1988-1989 President Richard Ayers and other members of Gilford Rotary, and was first presented in 1989. Originally thought of as an "initially endowed" and eventually "self-sustaining" program, Gilford Rotary initially funded the Scholarship with seed money which was invested conservatively. The proceeds/earnings of the investments plus contributions by Committee members, family members and friends resulted in $500 - $2500 grants to the recipients over the years.

Since the beginning, a silver commemorative bowl, a citation, and the grant have been given to recipients at Senior Awards Night in June.
A selection committee of Board Members, friends and past recipients conduct interviews to select the recipients. The Scholarship has traditionally attracted the brightest and most talented leaders and scholar/athletes of the Senior Class.

Several fund-raising activities have been attempted over the years: from a District Ski Race, early on, to the long-standing Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Gilford's Old Home Day, more recently. The goal has been to raise and conserve a substantial enough principal to fund a meaningful and truly helpful grant to each year's recipient(s). The current fund goal
is $100,000; contributions may be made to The Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Treasurer, Gilford Rotary, Inc., P.O. Box 7091, Gilford, New Hampshire 03247-7091.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:31

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Free tennis clinic & playing at Gilford Hills today

GILFORD — Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness will present a free 1-hour tennis clinic with USPTA Pros and 1-hour of free play time for their new season kick-off.

This event will be held in two sessions on August 19, followed by light snacks and a free raffle. For more information and to sign-up for Gilford Hills free tennis clinic call 603-293-7546 or visit www.gilfordhills.com/free-clinic.

Gilford Hills supports USTA team tennis, in-house leagues, children's programs and organized mixed doubles play time.
Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness is a full service fitness club and announces new facility improvements and fitness class enhancements. They have doubled the size of their fitness class schedule beginning September 1, and have added new instructors to supplement the enhanced schedule. Gilford Hills also has made facility improvements to the locker rooms,
lobby and the kids club.


Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:18

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All female blues showcase at Pitman's Friday night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will be hosting an exciting all-female blues showcase on Friday August 22nd at 8 pm. Boston's Diane Blue and Lydia Warren will be rocking the house, as well as Portland, Oregon's Lisa Mann

When Boston's Diane Blue competed in the 2011 International Blues Challenge at BB King's club in Memphis, she was competing on the same stage against Lisa Mann and her "Really Good Band" from Portland, Oregon. The two front-women admired each others work, and decided to start an East-West collaboration.

Diane Blue toured the Pacific NW with Lisa Mann and her crew in February of 2013, and Lisa headed east to tour the Northeastern states in June with Diane's talented circle of musical friends, including Eddie Scheer, Travis Colby, and other Love Dogs and Roomful of Blues alumni.

Tickets available at http://www.pitmansfreightroom.com.



Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:14

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Vogel to give loon update at group’s annual meeting set for Aug. 21

MOULTONBOROUGH — Loon Preservation Committee Senior Biologist and Director Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire's loon population and preliminary
statistics on how loons fared in the state over the last year on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Loon Center on Lee's Mills Road.

The program will also feature a slide show by nature photographer John Rockwood, showcasing the loons on Lake Massabesic.

The Loon Preservation Committee Annual Meeting will precede these talks.

Vogel's presentation will be the last in the series of Summer Nature Talks at the Loon Center.

Those who want more information may call the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:29

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