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Inter-Lakes Alumni Gathering Draws 175

MEREDITH — The Meredith/ Inter-Lakes Alumni Association held it's 90th Annual Gathering on Sunday, June 1 with a capacity crowd of over 175 in attendance.

The Common Man Restaurant served a delicious buffet brunch to alumni and guests at beautiful Church Landing in Meredith.
During the social time, alumni and guests were able to reconnect with old friends and to browse the extensive collection of yearbooks that the association puts on display each year, as well as displays for each decade since 1924. There was also a display by the Class of 1964 in honor of their 50th Class Reunion and a power point for this class as well.
The most senior member to attend the gathering was Ruth Grappone from the Class of 1938, and the Class of 1954 had a good turnout in honor of their 60th Class Reunion.
The members of The Class of 1964 were the honored guests of The Alumni Association, celebrating their 50th Class Reunion, and there were 36 class members in attendance. They were introduced by MC Steve Ainsworth, and when they were given their 50 Year Certificates Steve shared some interesting information about each one from their high school years. The Alumni Association gave special recognition to the class member who traveled the farthest and this went to Deborah Molburg who came from Alaska to attend this 50th reunion.

The Class of '64 also chose to recognize two faculty members in attendance who had taught for many years at Inter-Lakes HS, and they were Ann Kershaw and Marge Lee. The Association also gave a special memorial recognition in their program to Jim Durkee, a long time teacher and coach at Inter-Lakes.
The three $1,000 Alumni Scholarships were presented at this time and they went to Jennifer Pelczar, Michael Johansen, and Jeffrey Ryan. The Alumni Loyalty Cup, which is the oldest award presented at Inter-Lakes High School, having been started in 1928 by the Alumni Association, was awarded to John Findlay.
Other business that came before the assembly was the election of officers for the following year. Elected were: Ann Sprague- President, Glen Quimby-Vice Pres., Sue Ashey- Treasurer, and Sylvia Detscher- Secretary. Board members elected for a three year term were Vynnie Hale, and Rob Weeks.
The Alumni Association would like to say a special thank you to all the businesses that took on the alumni's "90 for 90 Challenge" in honor of this 90th Anniversary year. They were: American Pride Landscape Co, Big Foot, Bryant Paving, Cerutti Contracting, Grand View Home Inspections, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, Humiston Excavation, Interlakes Builders, JW Electric, Landscapes by Tom, Meredith Dental, Moulton's Farm Growers, Paquette Signs, R. Joseph Dever Services, Realgreen Lawn & Landscape, Ruel's Barber Shop, Thomas & Son Artesian Well Co., and Y Landing Marine Services.

The Alumni Association would like to know if any classes are having reunions this year and we would include them in future news articles. Please send information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 279-4845.

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Aerial Dance and Circus performances by local students at Laconia Community Center Sunday

LACONIA — The public is invited to free Aerial Dance and Circus performances by local ARTFEST students at the Laconia Community Center on Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m.

Erin Lovett Sherman, director of ARTSFEST,  has been teaching Circus, Dance and Performing Arts classes at the Laconia Community Center for the past 10 years. She is also the Director of Youth Programming and Outreach at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT.

A Lakes Region native, Sherman grew up performing with Streetcar Company and teaching at Frates Creative Arts Center. ''I'm so happy to bring this high level of professional Aerial and Acrobatic training to my home town,'' says Sherman, who is hoping for a good turnout at Sunday's free event.

The informal Student Showcase celebrates e the end of the Spring Session and the beginning of our Summer Session and will feature visually stunning performances on Aerial Fabric, Lyra, Trapeze and Spanish Web as well as Acrobatic and Hoop Dance performances by students ages 6-adult. A Hoop Jam Dance Party will follow.

The summer session starts at the Laconia Community Center on July 2.





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Meredith Sculpture Walk Installs Two More Sculptures


MEREDITH — Sponsored by the Greater Meredith Program, the Meredith Sculpture Walk is committed to developing awareness and enjoyment of public art for residents and visitors. It is a year-round, outdoor, juried exhibition featuring works by eighteen New England artists.

Seven sculptures have been installed so far of the twenty four that are planned to be positioned throughout town in high visibility areas along Main Street, on the grounds of the Mill Falls complex and in the Hesky and Scenic lakeside parks.

Two of the most recently installed are Toe Dancer in Hesky Park by sculptor John Bonsignore from Redding, CT. Constructed in stainless steel it depicts a graceful ballet dancer. His work has been exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.

American Dog by sculptor Dale Rogers from Haverhill, MA is on the corner of Lake and Main St. Rogers says that "when I started to contemplate the idea of creating a large-scale public art exhibit, my American Dog made the most sense for choice of sculpture. Historically, dogs have made positive and lasting impressions with people and I hoped that my sculptures and the exhibit would do the same. The American Dog has proven to be my strongest and most iconic sculpture to date. The profile of the dog is very much of a mixed breed but I have had many people tell me it looks exactly like their particular breed of dog. It strikes a strong emotional pull with many clients."

The sculptures will remain on display for up to two years, a percentage of which will be refreshed periodically. Each work will have a plaque which includes the name of the sculpture and the artist's name and contact information.

The idea for a Meredith Sculpture Walk project was conceived in the fall of 2012 with sculptural additions to the Courtyard on Main Street. The park, created and designed by the Design Committee of the Greater Meredith Program, offers residents and visitors a place to sit and enjoy works of art. An expansion of this project resulted in the creation of the Meredith Sculpture Walk.

Brochures with a walking map will be available when all the sculptures are installed by the beginning of July. An opening ceremony and walk are planned for July 28.

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Franklin City Clerk/Tax Collector Offers Online Payment Option

FRANKLIN — The city of Franklin's City Clerk/Tax Collector Office has gone green by giving residents the option to view and pay their bills online.

By entering an email address, residents will receive notification containing amounts due, and the bill due date. They will then be able to access the secure payment site and make a payment, schedule a payment or print out their bill. Bills that can be paid using this online service are Property Tax Bills, Water/Sewer Bills, Motor Vehicle Registrations, and Dog Licensing.

There are no registration fees for account set-up, and Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check are available as payment* options (*fees apply to online payments).

Residents choosing to register their motor vehicles and dogs online will be entered into a sweepstakes to win an IPod nano. There are three ways to be entered in the drawing. The first is to pay online, the second is to register, and the third is to go paperless. For more information regarding the sweepstakes, visit our website at www.franklinnh.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:34

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