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Wolfeboro Library Valentine's Card making on Feb. 5th

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library is presenting a Valentine's Day card-making program on Saturday, February 8 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Sue Riddle, Library Assistant, will lead older participants in creating unique cards using gel pens, colored pencils and crayons in a watercolor resist technique. Younger participants will have plenty of glitter, stickers, scissors, glue and paper for creating their own stunning masterpieces. Remember to wear crafting clothes. Feel free to bring card-making supplies to use or share.

For more information visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org or call 569-2428.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:33

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New Sign Marks Belknap Mill Entrance

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill has a new, hand-crafted sign to the mark its entrance, courtesy of a group of local volunteers and Mill supporters.

Under the coordination of Tom Tardif, the team worked from an initial sketch to a finished sign embellished with wrought-iron and fixed between two granite posts. "It was a labor of love by all involved," Tardif said of the project.

Tardif's company, Lock 'N Load Systems LLC, provided most of the materials, with Gilbert Block offering the granite posts at cost and providing a boom truck to facilitate their installation. Mo Gouin provided the Louisiana cypress for the sign and did the carving.

"I started with the sketch," Gouin said, "and had to multiply the size by three. I then cut the lettering into plywood, and transferred that onto the cypress that I had brought up from the south." The sign includes the Mill logo, a representation of the historic textile mill that dates back to 1823. The sign is framed in wood and surrounded by the iron work of J.P. Hobby.

J.P. Hobby, who is a firefighter-paramedic with the Laconia Fire Department, has been doing blacksmithing since he was a child and, with his father, Russ Hobby, he took the concept for the iron work and created a design that would showcase the wooden sign. Incorporating the "BM" for Belknap Mill in a circle above the scrollwork, he forged a metal frame to surround the sign and hold it in place.

On one of the coldest days of the year, Gilbert Block brought in the boom truck to help place the granite into the holes Tardif had dug for the structure. The installation proceeded without a hitch.

"It was a pleasure working with all these guys," Tardif said of the project.

"I want to say thank you from all of the trustees for coordinating and building the new sign for the Belknap Mill," said Executive Director Denise Sharlow as she expressed her appreciation to Tardif for his continued support of the Mill.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:29

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Day Away volunteers give caregivers needed respite

BRISTOL – "One can tell how valuable a program is by how well it is received" said Sandra Coleman. Coleman is RN Director of the Day Away Program sponsored by Holy Trinity Parish and supported by Newfound Area Churches. The program is held each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, Our Lady of Grace Chapel, Simard Hall, 2 West Shore Road in Bristol.
Now in its 5th active week following over a year in the planning stages, the Day Away Program is a respite care program for adults with beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. The "Day Away" is exactly what it says...a period of respite for the caregivers of eligible individuals by providing a social daycare program.
According to Program Coordinator Fran Olson, the program began with two clients and quickly grew to five. "We can safely handle up to eight participants and expect to see that number shortly" said Olson
The program is staffed by specially trained volunteers who work in two shifts each Thursday. One shift from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from noon to 3 p.m.

"As the program grows, we are very much in need of new volunteers to provide 1-1 supervision for participants. A special training program taught by Day Away staff is required of all volunteers" said Olson.
A typical day at Day Away, according to Olson begins with coffee and socialization, followed by a time to complete an adult worthy craft.
"We will also spend time with low impact exercises, ballroom dancing and games" said Olson. "At noon lunch is provided by Meals on Wheels and in the afternoon participants may play bingo, sing along to oldies music, play putt putt or toss bean bags. The day ends as all gather for light refreshments," she concluded.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the Day Away Program is requested to call Fran Olson at 744-6828 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Constitution Class on Break Until March 1

ALTON — The Constitution 101 Class which meets at the Gilman Library in Alton on Saturdays at 10 a.m. has taken a winter break. The class
will begin again on March 1 at the same time and place. The course will continue through March for the next five week installments.

This is a free class and all are welcome to learn about and discuss the nation's founding documents. For more information, contact Rep. Jane Cormier at 781-5695.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:22

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