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Organ Recital on June 27 to mark 100th Anniversary Celebration

SANBORNTON — On Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m., the Sanbornton Congregational Church - UCC will hold an organ recital in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the church's pipe organ.
Five organists, who have been important in the musical life of the church over the years, will each play a piece or two. The organists are Doug Embree, the church's organist for 36 years; Larry Leonard, who was instrumental in moving the organ to Sanbornton, Steve Garvin, who played the dedicatory recital when the organ was first installed in the church in 1968, Marylou Crooks, the organist in the 1970's; and Bob Bengston, the church's present organ builder, and organist at the Congregational Church of Laconia.
The organ was built by the Estey Organ Corporation of Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1914, as its Opus 1284, for the First Universalist Church of Medford, Mass. It was moved to Sanbornton in 1968. Since that time there have been several renovations and additions, but over half of the present organ is from the original Estey, which turns 100 this year. It is a source of great pride in the Sanbornton church that much of the work on and for the organ over the years has been done by church members, with professional help. The late William Brys, organ builder, was responsible for the major work done in the 1980's.
The Sanbornton church is noted for its music. There are two choirs, which both sing each Sunday during the choir year from September through early June. The Junior Choir is led by Mary Ruth Scott, who also serves as assistant organist. The Senior Choir is led by Dennis Akerman, who has been leading music at Sanbornton since 1966, and is a Commissioned Minister of Music in the United Church of Christ.
The recital is free and the public is invited to attend. There will be refreshments served in the undercroft following the recital. The church is located at 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sanbornton.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:35

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Wind Farm Foes Change Name, turn attention to Spruce Ridge Project

BRIDGEWATER — The Wild Meadows Legal Fund announced today that it has changed its name to the Newfound/Cardigan Legal Fund (NCLF) and will continue its focus on defeating industrial wind turbine projects in the Newfound Lake/Mt. Cardigan region.

In response to questions from its supporters, the Newfound/Cardigan Legal Fund also announced that it will aggressively oppose the Spruce Ridge Industrial Wind Turbine Project proposed for Alexandria, Groton and Hebron by Energais de Portugal (EDP Renewables), the Portuguese energy conglomerate. The Newfound/Cardigan Legal Fund will continue its very targeted mission of funding the legal costs and strategy to oppose these industrial wind projects before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC). The Site Evaluation Committee has exclusive approval authority over large-scale energy projects in the state.

Recently, the Wild Meadows Legal Fund, along with its coalition partners, played a leading role in defeating the Wild Meadows Project, which was being developed by Iberdrola Renewables, the Spanish energy giant. Two weeks ago, Iberdrola announced that it had terminated the project and would not refile its application with the SEC.

Commenting on the name change and commitment to oppose the Spruce Ridge Project, Peter Silbermann, the spokesman for the Steering Committee of the Wild Meadows Legal Fund said, "It was very important to change the name of the organization to avoid any doubt or confusion about our mission among our supporters. We are now turning our full attention to defeating the Spruce Ridge Project. Like Wild Meadows, this project is inappropriately sited on the ridge lines around Newfound Lake and we remain committed to protecting the beauty and economy of the Newfound Lake/Mt. Cardigan region."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:15

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New Hampshire Boat Museum Elected to Council of American Maritime Museum

WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum has been accepted into the prestigious Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM).

Founded in 1974, this group of maritime and boating museums brings together institutions working toward preserving and interpreting North America's maritime and boating heritage. The group promotes research, exhibitions, publication, and mutual assistance.

"We are so excited to be accepted by our museum peers into this important group of institutions," said Museum Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts. "Membership will allow us to reach a broader audience as well as learn best practices from our peers."

As part of membership in CAMM, all members of the New Hampshire Boat Museum whose membership is at the Donor ($100) or higher level receive a free CAMM membership card.

As a CAMM museum member, donors can show their CAMM card at participating museums and receive free or discounted admission. Almost 100 CAMM museums are participating in the U.S. Among them are the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, the Adirondack Museum, Mystic Seaport, Maine Maritime Museum, Penobscot Marine Museum, and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, to name just a few.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:13

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Meredith Chamber Upgrading Website

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that in the coming month a major revision of the Chamber's website will take place. President Marcus Weeks reports that the Chamber is working with Notchnet Web Services to oversee the implementation of the new and improved website.

The revised site will feature new graphics and photos and will be responsive making it easier for cell phone users to view the site. Located in Littleton, Notchnet serves more than 200 clients in New Hampshire, Vermont and beyond. For over fifteen years, the Notchnet team has provided website design, hosting, email marketing and social media to local businesses as well as chambers of commerce and other non- profit organizations.

The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to serve its members and promote the area and consists of over three hundred businesses representing the Winnipesaukee, Squam, and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:07

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