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Taylor Concert Series Kicks Off Jan. 26 with Renowned Pianists

LACONIA — Taylor Community CEO Bob Selig is pleased to announce monthly musical concerts are coming once again to the local area. The 2014 Taylor Community Music Series sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire kicks off Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building in Laconia.

"By all accounts last year's music series was a great success," said Selig. "The 12 concerts offered a variety of the highest caliber of musicians from throughout New Hampshire. Each performance attracted crowds of up to 180 residents of Taylor Community and the Lakes Region.

"We're delighted Bank of New Hampshire has chosen to partner with us again this year, allowing us to invite renowned musicians from around the state and bring the love of music to the community each month," he said.

"Bank of New Hampshire is pleased to be the lead sponsor of Taylor Community's Music Series once again," said Mark Primeau, BNH's President/CEO. "We look forward to a new year of performances and hope the local community enjoys all the talented musicians scheduled."

This year's concerts begin with an encore performance by renowned pianists Arlene and Christopher Kies, who have premiered several two-piano compositions including performances at the Fromm Foundation at Harvard and the Washington Square Series. They're both faculty within the Music Department at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, and were the first artists for 2013.

Selig added the music series wouldn't have been a reality without Taylor Community resident Bill Bell. "We're grateful to Bill for introducing Taylor to his musical contacts throughout the state. He really took the lead and made it possible to bring a variety of talented musicians to our community." Bell was previously principal cello of the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, while continuing a lifetime of playing chamber music.

"The Lakes Region is a music lover's community," said Bell. "We already have a number of outstanding performers lined up for this year and I think people will be very pleased with the results."

"These types of events are one of the reasons so many people choose to move here," said Taylor Marketing Director Paul Charlton "We enjoy being able to offer a variety of entertainment at no cost to the general public."

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Meredith Parks & Recreation Climbing Wall Program

MEREDITH — Looking for something fun to do on Friday nights? Come to the Meredith Community Center to try the 24' indoor climbing wall.

From January 17 through March 28 the climbing wall will be open from 7-9 p.m. every Friday night for all ages. During this time half the gym is also available for drop-ins.

Parks and Rec offers a family climbing rate for the 2 hours of $10, an individual adult rate of $5 and children under 12 $3 each. For more information contact Meredith Parks & Recreation at 279-8197, www.meredithnh.org or on Facebook.

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High School Students find their internship very colorful at Inter-Lakes Elementary

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes High School Seniors Dorothy Crowell and Jennifer Pelczar look forward to Wednesday of each week when they visit Mrs. MacMillan's 4th grade art class at Inter-Lakes Elementary School.

They are a part of the Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program. The program offers internships to students in grades 11 and 12; job shadows to students in grades 9-12; A guest speakers' bureau; volunteer and community services; and a one-day Job Fair in April. Interns that are accepted into the program must be passing all classes.

Dorothy has a love of art and is very skilled. Mrs. MacMillan did not have to think long about having Dorothy assist her in the classroom, as she knows how skilled Dorothy is in all art forms. Dorothy is great at drawing and helping the students with projects that include clay and molds. She doesn't let her epilepsy get in the way of her passion for art. She loves working with the students and is a vital part of class.

Jen Pelczar knows Dorothy and is familiar with her epilepsy. Jen expressed an interest in supporting Dorothy by walking or driving her down to the elementary school during her internship block. Jen also had that same block available. Jen stays with Dorothy in the classroom and walks or drives her back to school after the session is over. Both school nurses have a medical plan in place in the event of a seizure. The students have really taken to Dorothy and look up to her and her passion for art.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP), an award winning Main Street Program, is a community development organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors, seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification.

To learn more about the GMP, call 279-9015. Visit www.greatermeredithprogram.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. To learn more about the Career Partnership Program, contact Rhonda Hanaway, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 279-6162 x 304.


Inter-Lakes High School students Dorothy Crowell and Jennifer Pelczar. (Courtesy photo)

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Exhibitors Sought For History Fair at Belknap Mill

LACONIA —  Lakes Region residents are encouraged to bring items and artifacts that tell stories about the history of their families and communities as part of the "Share Fair" co-sponsored by the Belknap Mill and the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia. Event activities include visiting the numerous exhibits of family and community artifacts, opportunities for exhibitors to describe and talk about their displays, and a general discussion about what we can learn from these items of material culture and what themes emerge for future family and community history initiatives in the Lakes Region.
Some examples of items appropriate for this Share Fair include family journals, letters, photos, handiwork, clothing, postcards, jewelry, trade cards, pottery, maps, deeds, movies, art work and more.
Exhibitors will have access to table space and electrical outlets.
"We're not selling anything...or appraising anything...just sharing with others some of the tangible treasures we have from our past," says Judy Buswell, a member of the Share Fare Planning Group.
"Most every one of us has 'stuff' that's been handed down through the years but we aren't quite sure what they mean or what we should do with them," Buswell explains. "I'm planning to bring some colorful advertising trade cards from the late 19th and early 20th century. Perhaps I can talk with someone else who has similar items. We're just hoping to get people excited about history!"
Warren Clement, local business man and facilitator for this event adds, "In addition to what individuals bring, we'll have local businesses like Irwin's and OShea's sharing items from the early years of commerce in the Lakes Region.
According to Clement, "Space is limited, so we encourage all interested to register now." To register as an individual or business exhibitor, one may contact Warren at 520-7650 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
"Bottom line," says Clement "is that any physical object that was made and used by those who lived before us is just what we hope to have on display for this Share Fair."
Brenda Kean, Executive Director with the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, explains that this collaborative venture of the Mill and the Historical Society follows the NH Humanities Council fall series on writing and sharing family histories. "Our goal is to work together to help you retrieve, preserve, and share your family and community history."

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