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Laconia Kiwanis Club hosting Roger's Ride on August 24

LACONIA — The Kiwanis Club of Laconia announced today that it is continuing a motorcycle ride in honor of Kiwanis Past President Roger Ballantyne which successfully raised over $6,000 for local charities last year. The ride will take place on Sunday, August 24 beginning and ending at Rotary Park.

Roger Ballantyne was a 30-year Kiwanian who was very well known in Laconia. A former Marine and a West Virginia University grad, Roger returned to Laconia and became a Middle School teacher, Senior VP of HR at Citizen's Bank, Adult Ed teacher for 28 years, and also Taylor Community Director of HR until retirement. He was also the father of 4 and was devoted to children and children's causes. Ballantyne passed away as a result of kidney cancer, and his wife Betty, along with family, neighbors and friends, started the ride in his honor.

A fund-raising goal of $7,500, all for the Kiwanis Club-funded children's charities, has been set. The Kiwanis Club has a long history of supporting children-related charities in the Lakes Region, to include; Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Gilford Youth Center, Got Lunch! Laconia, Laconia Little League, Laconia Youth Soccer, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Kiwanis K.A.R.E.S. (Kids And Reading Equals Success, an elementary school reading program), Circle Program, Mayhew Program, Laconia Anti-Bullying Program, DARE, and RVYSEF.

The ride features a 120-mile course, where riders will be greeted with coffee and a light breakfast snack in the morning, and a BBQ picnic at the park in the afternoon. Kevin Halligan of the Village Bakery and Laconia Local Eatery will be preparing the food.

Riders will be asked for a $25 registration fee to participate. In addition, Kiwanis has secured a donation which will allow them to sell raffle tickets to win a two-night stay in any of the four (4) Inns at Mill Falls, in Meredith. Tickets will cost $5 each and will be sold exclusively by club members. Drawing will take place following the ride.

For more information or to register/purchase raffle tickets visit www.laconiakiwanis.com for more information and updates, or call John at 520-4383 or Betty at 581-2968. 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:31

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Ashland Planning September Kick Off for 150th Anniversary

ASHLAND —  The Ashland 150th Committee invites the community to a Kick-Off Party to begin the planning for its coming 150th anniversary in 2018 to be held on Sunday, September from 2-5 p.m. at the Ashland Railroad Station Museum at 69 Depot Street. Anyone interested in generating ideas for or helping with the planning of Ashland's Sesquicentennial and other historic celebrations is welcome.

Participants are encouraged to bring photos, documents and Ashland memorabilia to share and/or donate. A scanner will be available to create electronic copies of printed material. The Ashland Historical Society will be available to accept donations of historic items for future display.

A pot luck including sandwiches and drinks donated by the Common Man will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. History themed games and events will be included.

Participants will join in sharing ideas for honoring the coming milestone anniversaries in the town of Ashland including: 2014's 80th Anniversary of the Squam Lake House/Ednor Hotel "great hotel fire"; 2016's 200th Anniversary of "Year Without A Summer" honoring Reuben Whitten and 25th Anniversary of Pauline Glidden Toy Museum; 2017's 180th Anniversary of the building of the Obadiah Smith/George Whipple House (now a museum); 2018's 150th Anniversary of Ashland , 50th Anniversary of Ashland Historical Society, 50th Anniversary of Memorial Park established during the Centennial and 140th Anniversary of the birth of George Whipple in the Obadiah Smith/George Whipple House; and 2019's 150th Anniversary of Ashland Railroad Station (now a museum).

A separate account has been established by the Ashland Historical Society to accept donations to be used specifically for the 150th Celebrations and Memorials. The Society is a 501(c)3 NH not-for-profit accepting tax deductible donations for the 150th at PO Box 175, Ashland NH 03217.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:22

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Winni Museum hosting Antiques Appraisal Day

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting our "Antiques Appraisal Day" on Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Three experts will be on hand to appraise item for local community members for a $5 fee per item. The proceeds will benefit the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. Space will be offered outside for people to set up flea market tables for $25 per space. Space is limited and pre registration is required. Call 366-5950 for more information. 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:07

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MVSB Calendar Winners announced

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) announced the winners of their Annual Community Photo Contest. The winning photos will be used on the Banks website and Facebook pages, as well as within the 2015 wall and desktop calendars and even as note and holiday cards. The calendars will be available free of charge to members of the local community at any of the Bank's 11 local branches beginning in the early fall of 2014.

The Bank received almost 200 individual submissions from approximately 50 local and visiting photographers for this year's contest, making narrowing down the selection to 12 photos for the calendars and 20 photos for the website quite a challenge. This year's winners include: Bonita Carnivale of Gilford, Joanna DeCesare of Gilford, Gerry Fagon of Laconia, Susan Francesco of Holderness, Ida Gould of Campton, Dan Hanson of Alton Bay, Christina Kolb of Gilford, Elizabeth Morin of Moultonborough, Bob Ness of Wolfeboro, Al Posnack of Alton Bay, Christine Randall of Ashland, Dan Robusto of Meredith, Deborah Teal-Fries of Waterville Valley, and John White of Rye. 

"We always have such a wonderful response for this contest," noted Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Senior Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB. "Every year we receive amazing photos that capture the unique character of central New Hampshire and the Lakes Region. This is a great way to celebrate the communities we serve and provides us the opportunity to highlight the artistic work of some very talented people."

The Bank expects to begin accepting photo entries for next year's contest on Monday, March 2, 2015 with a final deadline for submissions of Friday, May 29, 2015. Photo entries should have a strong focus on community events and people enjoying the variety of venues, attractions and local businesses the Lakes Region has to offer year round. Winners of the Print Contest may have their photos presented on the Community Calendar, the Desktop Tent Calendar, on the Bank's note cards or holiday card. Winners of the Web Contest will have their photos displayed on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and/or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank).

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:02

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