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Ashland Library Trustees Establish Building Fund

ASHLAND — The Trustees of the Ashland Town Library have created a Building Fund to address the space needs of the Town Library. For the past 75 years, the Library has been located in the Scribner Memorial Building, a 19th century house that was modified to serve the Library. The Library has now outgrown the space it occupies in the Scribner Building. As use of the Town Library increases, more space is needed for the collection, for patron usage, for computers, for programs and for staff work space. The Scribner Building also does not currently meet handicapped and life safety codes.

The Trustees believe that the Ashland Town Library needs a larger facility, that meets the current building codes and has room for larger collections of books, periodicals, videos and audio books, more computers for patrons (particularly those who cannot afford their own), enough tables and comfortable chairs for patrons, larger separate spaces for children and young adults, space for programs and meetings, and adequate staff work areas.

To meet the Library's space needs, the Trustees and Library Director have been considering various options, including renovation and expansion of the present building, purchase and renovation of an existing building, and construction of a new building. Last March, a warrant article to purchase and renovate the historic Ashland elementary school for a new library, by borrowing the necessary funds and having the property taxpayers pay for the entire project, failed at the polls. The Trustees are still inclined to think that using the former elementary school is the best solution for the Library's space problems, but they are open to other ways of solving those problems. Realizing that a solution will be expensive and will have to be funded at least in part by private donations, the Library Trustees have established the Library Building Fund to collect donations for a future building project, whatever form it might take, either using the old school or following an entirely different plan. Donations to the Ashland Town Library Building Fund can be mailed to the Library at PO Box 660, Ashland NH 03217, left at the Library, or paid by credit card though PayPal on the Library website, www.ashlandtownlibrary.org.

As a kickoff to the fund raising campaign, the Library will hold a free concert featuring popular musician Art Harriman on the Library lawn at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. Bring your own seating. Any donations to the Building Fund will be greatly appreciated.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:00

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Ugotta Regatta returns to Waterville Valley on July 19

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The annual Ugotta Regatta returns to the waters of Corcoran Pond with canoe, kayak and paddle boat races on Saturday, July 19. The five-acre lake, located next to Town Square in the heart of Waterville Valley, will have a designated course for paddlers.

The regatta starts at 11 a.m. and registration opens at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three places in each event. There is a $5 per person entry fee per race, which are on a first come, first serve basis.

Following the boat races, there will be the popular Boat Oughtta Float homemade boat competition. Families or groups wishing to participate should have their boat constructed prior to event day and be prepared to launch and paddle their craft in the race by noon.

These annual events are hosted by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department, which can be reached at 603-236-4695.

Following the fun on the water "Waterville Goes Country " begin with free concerts featuring The Eric Grant Band from 2 to 5 p.m. and The Tammy Jackson Band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Country concerts will be held in the Waterville Valley Town Square and are free and open to everyone.

For more information: Call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.


Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:52

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Gilford Old Home Day Parade Applications Available

GILFORD — The Gilford Old Home Day Committee is currently accepting Parade Applications for the Old Home Day Parade to be held on August 23. Applications will be accepted through August 20.

These forms are available at both Bank of NH locations in Gilford, Meredith Village Savings Bank Gilford Branch, Franklin Savings Bank Gilford Branch, The Gilford Library, the Gilford Town Hall, Gilford Recreation Department Office and on the Parks and Recreation website at www.gilfordrec.com.

For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 07:54

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Greater Meredith Program to Welcome Two New Businesses to Main Street

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee will be hosting a formal ribbon-cutting for two new businesses to join Main Street. "We're excited to have Providence C&B and Winni Denim join other Main Street businesses and want to welcome them to Meredith with an official ribbon-cutting," said Promotions Chair Jeanie Forrester.

The ribbon cutting for Providence C & B will be at 3 p.m. and for Winni Denim at 3:30 p.m.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. . For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:45

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