Ashland Christmas celebration Dec. 8

ASHLAND — On Thursday the 20th of October, which was a beautiful fall day with hardly a cloud in the sky, an 18 foot Balsam fir was planted as the new Ashland Town Christmas Tree. The hole was dug by the Town of Ashland Public Works Director, Tim Paquette assisted by local arborist Mark Liebert of Tree Solutions. The tree arrived on time just as the hole was completed and Palmer Koelb, owner of Shin-Boku Nursery and Baker Valley Nursery in Wentworth, used his crane truck to gently lift the tree from his truck into the hole. After it was straightened, and the burlap and metal transport basket removed, loam which was donated by Jeremy Hiltz Excavation was added. After a good watering the tree now stands proudly in Memorial Park and will serve as the Town Christmas Tree for decades to come.

The tree will be officially lit for the holidays on Christmas Night in Ashland on December 6.

This summer, the ailing Blue spruce that was the Town of Ashland Christmas tree had to be removed because it had grown too close to the electrical wires. That left the town with no tree to use as the Town Christmas Tree during the Holiday Season which is traditionally started off in Ashland with the annual Christmas Night in Ashland. Luckily the Ashland Area Recreation Association (AARA), a local non-profit that helps to promote recreational activities for resident of Ashland and surrounding towns sprung into action.

They contacted Koelb, who graciously offered to donate the tree after hearing about the loss of the previous tree. Not only did he donate the tree, but delivered and helped install it as well.


Local photographer donating portion of proceeds to Genesis Behavioral Health


MEREDITH — Local photographer Jon Secord has committed to contribute 25% of his photography sales between the period of November 15 and December 15 to Genesis Behavioral Health (Genesis). Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has agreed to match his donation up to $5,000 to help support the efforts of Genesis Behavioral Health in the Lakes Region.

Last year, Secord raised $225 for Genesis during the holiday season. The organization used the funds to provide winter clothing to children in need. "When I did this last year, I had no idea how much I would be able to contribute, but I learned that even a small amount makes a big difference. I am excited to have the opportunity to partner with such a strong community advocate like MVSB to have a larger impact this year," said Secord.

Those interested in purchasing photography to help support Genesis can order directly from between November 15 and December 15th. Secord specializes in New England landscape photography, especially the mountain, lakes and seacoast regions of the New Hampshire, and Hermit Island in Bath, Maine.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,600 children, adults, elders and their families throughout the Lakes Region, working in collaboration with other health care providers, schools, law enforcement and court officials, public health, and businesses. The mission of Genesis Behavioral Health is to provide essential services that enhance the emotional and mental health of our communities. For more information, visit or call (603)524-1100.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Thrift Clothes Closet in need of warm winter clothing

FRANKLIN — The Thrift Clothes Closet is looking for clean, gently used, warm winter coats and snow pants for the children of Franklin.

Those who would like to donate such items are asked to bring them to the store at 332 Central St. which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Closet also needs girls and boys pants, sweatshirts, leggings, sizes 5 and 6 are needed the most. Girls and boys Pants, sweatshirts, leggings sizes 7, 8 and 12 to 14.

Also needed are little socks and undies, both boys and girls sizes, as well as sneakers and boots sizes 8 through 13½.


History of the Laconia Grant explained on Monday

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a celebration of the 385th anniversary of the signing of the Laconia Grant of 1629 by welcoming Pat Tierney on Monday, November 17, who will present a history lesson and discussion about "The Laconia Grant of 1629".

"This presentation is the culmination of research Pat has been working on for quite some time., says Laconia Historical and Museum Society Director Brenda Kean, " I am sure those in attendance will be impressed and intrigued with this incredible history lesson about Laconia."

This lecture program will be held at The Laconia Public Library beginning at 7 pm. This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information about this lecture program, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at (603) 527-1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at