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Ashland Seeks $950,000 Bond to Convert Histroric School into Town Library

ASHLAND — The Ashland Town Library will hold two open houses at the old Ashland School which the Library Trustees propose to purchase, renovate and equip as the new home of the Library.

A warrant article for a $950,000 bond issue for this purpose will be voted on at the March 11 town election. The open houses will be held at the former school, at 41 School Street, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The open houses will give citizens the opportunity to tour the building and see how it could be used by the Town Library. Children can meet or read to Willow, the reading therapy dog, and listen to stories in what would be the new children's room. The Friends of the Ashland Town Library will serve free refreshments and hold a fund raising raffle.

The old school was built in 1877-78 as a graded school to serve the children of Ashland village. A fine example of Second Empire style architecture, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was used by the local school district until 1990, when Ashland joined the regional high school. The building received relatively little maintenance thereafter until 2008, when the school district sold it to Tri County Community Action Program. TCCAP spent over one and a quarter million dollars to restore and renovate the building and to bring it up to modern building codes. After the closing of the Ashland Headstart classroom and a housing and development office, TCCAP now finds that it no longer needs as much space as the building provides. TCCAP has agreed to see the building to the Town for $850,000. Another $100,000 will be needed for renovations, shelves and other furniture and equipment to convert the building for library use.

Ashland voters who are not familiar with the cramped conditions in the present Town Library are invited to visit the Scribner Memorial Building (41 Main Street) during regular library hours, 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Reaganta to perform at Bristol United Church of Christ

BRISTOL — The Music Committee of the Bristol United Church of Christ is sponsoring a free concert of traditional Irish music a week before St. Patricks Day on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Church featuring Réagánta, which means easy going in Irish.
Regina Delaney is a harper, singer and dancer. She plays Traditional Irish music and sings in Irish and English. She is an artist on the NH State Council of the Arts and performs and teaches in schools throughout the state. She founded and directs the New England Harp Orchestra.

Claudia Altemus has been playing the Irish whistle and singing ballads for 12 years. She conducts whistle and storytelling workshop throughout New England and has more than twenty years of storytelling experience.

Eugene Durkee's knowledge of the Traditional Irish style is a wonderful addition to the group as he plays melodies and accompaniment on the guitar. He also sings ballads and beautiful harmonies.

Performances are geared to all ages and include audience participation in song, story, and dance. For a sneak peek at their music visit their website at www.reaganta.com

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Four Artist-Mothers' Insights on Concepts of Mother and Motherhood at PSU


PLYMOUTH — Four artist-mothers, Marcia Santore and Annette Mitchell of Plymouth, Laura Morrison of Concord and Patricia Schappler of Bedford will reveal their insights into the concepts of mother and motherhood in a new exhibition, MOMMA, opening at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University March 3. A public reception will be held from 4–6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at Silver. The show runs through April 11.

Motherhood is a profoundly feminist subject for Santore, who curated MOMMA, choosing the artists and art works for the exhibition. MOMMA explores themes of motherhood from the visceral, to the emotional, to the intellectual—responding to a society that sentimentalizes mothers but does not always respect them, according to the curator. Santore says the exhibition is about showing something important about artist-mothers, "how being mothers affects the work we do as artists—we are who we are and where we are in large part because of our roles as mothers. How we see the world, what we notice, what we make art about is strongly affected by our roles as mothers." But she adds emphatically that MOMMA is not a polemical motherhood manifesto. "It is not about mothers being better or worse than other women, or advocating any particular way of being a mother, nor is it about defining women as mothers first and anything else second."

Each artist was chosen because she addresses aspects of motherhood in her work, but each from a different perspective. Laura Morrison's sculptural yarn work addresses the generative properties of nature, while her delicate assemblages are ruminations about family and connections between people. Morrison learned how to sew from her mother, playing with the materials in the sewing room. The memories generated by their working together represent a large part of Morrison's childhood.

Patti Schappler's drawings and paintings create life-size and more-than-life-size, closely observed portraits of her children over time, individually and as a family. She says that since her teenage years she has used drawing as a way of quickly looking at and talking about the relationships she observes in the world. Annette Mitchell is bringing her perspective as a mother, a grandmother and a daughter to the show. Her paintings, prints and quilts reflect the fact that life with children can be both humorous and exhausting. The first of her own paintings Santore selected for the show is "Lupa," a painting of the wolf who raised Romulus and Remus. In further exploring the topic, however, Santore ended up creating an entire new series of works, the "Minivan Series," which is based on things seen and imagined from different perspectives inside a vehicle associated with motherhood.

Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Director Cynthia Robinson says the artwork will be "fabulous, a visual feast that will lure us in and invite us to reflect on our own experience in today's culture." How working female artists who are also mothers in rural areas like New Hampshire are undervalued in the art world, is an underlying concept in MOMMA.

The exhibitions program, in collaboration with the PSU Women's Studies Council and Lamson Library, will present the film "Who Does She Think She Is?" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center. This documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Through their lives Tanner Boll explores what it means to nurture children and family, and keep the creative fire burning within. The 82-minute film will be followed by a brief discussion. There is no charge for admission.

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Belmont Parks & Recreation Flower Show Trip

BELMONT — The Belmont Parks & Recreation is teaming up with Moultonborough Recreation Department to offer a trip to the Boston Flower Show on Thursday, March 13.

The trip will depart the Belmont Park & Ride on 106 at 8:35 a.m. and travel by coach bus (with restroom) to the Seaport World Trade Center. A light snack will be served en route, and we will arrive at the flower show at 10:30 a.m. This year's theme is "Romance in the Garden". Betty Sanders, Master Gardener, is scheduled to lecture about "Fragrance in the Garden".

The bus will leave Boston at 2:30 p.m, stopping at Cracker Barrel in Londonderry for an early dinner on the way back. Seats are limited and pre-registration, with payment, is required. Registration forms are available on the Town website at www.belmontnh.org, or by contacting the recreation department at 267-1865.

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