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Contra dancing in N.H.: then and now

GILFORD — On Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 pm, the Gilford Public Library will host musician Dudley Laufman for a special presentation on the history and culture of contra dancing in New Hampshire.

Since the late 1600's, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems, and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers – past and present.

Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel. This New Hampshire Humanities Program is co-sponsored with the Thompson-Ames Historical Society and is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 08:03

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Ashland Christmas celebration Dec. 8

ASHLAND — On Thursday the 20th of October, which was a beautiful fall day with hardly a cloud in the sky, an 18 foot Balsam fir was planted as the new Ashland Town Christmas Tree. The hole was dug by the Town of Ashland Public Works Director, Tim Paquette assisted by local arborist Mark Liebert of Tree Solutions. The tree arrived on time just as the hole was completed and Palmer Koelb, owner of Shin-Boku Nursery and Baker Valley Nursery in Wentworth, used his crane truck to gently lift the tree from his truck into the hole. After it was straightened, and the burlap and metal transport basket removed, loam which was donated by Jeremy Hiltz Excavation was added. After a good watering the tree now stands proudly in Memorial Park and will serve as the Town Christmas Tree for decades to come.

The tree will be officially lit for the holidays on Christmas Night in Ashland on December 6.

This summer, the ailing Blue spruce that was the Town of Ashland Christmas tree had to be removed because it had grown too close to the electrical wires. That left the town with no tree to use as the Town Christmas Tree during the Holiday Season which is traditionally started off in Ashland with the annual Christmas Night in Ashland. Luckily the Ashland Area Recreation Association (AARA), a local non-profit that helps to promote recreational activities for resident of Ashland and surrounding towns sprung into action.

They contacted Koelb, who graciously offered to donate the tree after hearing about the loss of the previous tree. Not only did he donate the tree, but delivered and helped install it as well.


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Local photographer donating portion of proceeds to Genesis Behavioral Health


MEREDITH — Local photographer Jon Secord has committed to contribute 25% of his photography sales between the period of November 15 and December 15 to Genesis Behavioral Health (Genesis). Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has agreed to match his donation up to $5,000 to help support the efforts of Genesis Behavioral Health in the Lakes Region.

Last year, Secord raised $225 for Genesis during the holiday season. The organization used the funds to provide winter clothing to children in need. "When I did this last year, I had no idea how much I would be able to contribute, but I learned that even a small amount makes a big difference. I am excited to have the opportunity to partner with such a strong community advocate like MVSB to have a larger impact this year," said Secord.

Those interested in purchasing photography to help support Genesis can order directly from www.jsecordphoto.com between November 15 and December 15th. Secord specializes in New England landscape photography, especially the mountain, lakes and seacoast regions of the New Hampshire, and Hermit Island in Bath, Maine.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,600 children, adults, elders and their families throughout the Lakes Region, working in collaboration with other health care providers, schools, law enforcement and court officials, public health, and businesses. The mission of Genesis Behavioral Health is to provide essential services that enhance the emotional and mental health of our communities. For more information, visit www.genesisbh.org or call (603)524-1100.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

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Thrift Clothes Closet in need of warm winter clothing

FRANKLIN — The Thrift Clothes Closet is looking for clean, gently used, warm winter coats and snow pants for the children of Franklin.

Those who would like to donate such items are asked to bring them to the store at 332 Central St. which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Closet also needs girls and boys pants, sweatshirts, leggings, sizes 5 and 6 are needed the most. Girls and boys Pants, sweatshirts, leggings sizes 7, 8 and 12 to 14.

Also needed are little socks and undies, both boys and girls sizes, as well as sneakers and boots sizes 8 through 13½.


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:06

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