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I-L High graduate brightens town beach on Lake Waukewan with mural

MEREDITH — In a continued effort to maintain awareness of protecting lake water quality, the Waukewan Watershed Advisory Committee (WWAC) recently commissioned a wall mural from local artist, and recent Inter-Lakes High School graduate, Jackson Plyler. The mural is located on the retaining wall at the town beach on Lake Waukewan.

Plyler, along with support from Inter-Lakes High School art teacher Janet Sanquedolce and local sign maker Beth Euiler, volunteered their time over the summer to create the mural.

"Lake Waukewan is the sole public drinking supply for the Town of Meredith and its importance as a public resource cannot be overstated" said WWAC Chairman, Randy Eifert. "Taking advantage of one of our other great resources (local high school talent) to highlight our high quality lakes seemed to be a "win-win" for everyone involved. Our committee looks forward to working with Inter-Lakes High School more and more in the near future – challenging our youth to be involved in the community and to share some of what they have learned along the way. We have an enormous amount of "untapped" skills in the Lakes Region."

Plyler will be taking his skills and talent to college this fall at Highpoint University in North Carolina. The WWAC will continue its work, protecting Lake Waukewan and educating stakeholders about the importance of clean and high quality drinking water. WWAC meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Meredith Town Hall Annex. If anyone is interested in attending and joining the committee, contact Angela LaBrecque, Meredith Town Planner.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:43

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Campton restaurant makeover featured on cable channel reality show


CAMPTON — The makeover of the Country Cow Restaurant and Bar was "revealed" Wednesday evening on The Food Network's reality show "Restaurant Impossible."

The eatery is located on the west bank of the Pemigewasset River and overlooks the scenic Blair Covered Bridge.

The restaurant was visited two years ago by Shooters Inc., the Philadelphia-based company that produces "Restaurant Impossible," but was not chosen. The production company kept close tabs on the financial status of the restaurant over the past couple years and decided it was time to send Chef Robert Irvine and his crew. Along with the help of numerous volunteers who arrived from all over New England and a budget of $10,000, the transformation took place in just over 24 hours.

Irvine assesses all of the restaurant's facets and then overhauls its weakest spots by updating the menus, retraining the staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team. Photos cannot be published until at least five days after the show airs.

Irvine created a new menu which involves fresh local produce and seafood. He also stressed that such an original location called for more of an original menu to stand out from the competition.

The Country Cow is open for lunch and dinner daily as well as Sunday brunch. The restaurant is located directly off Interstate 93 at Exit 27 in Campton and has an outdoor patio on the riverbank.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:36

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Youth theater group to hold open house for students, parents

MEREDITH — On Thursday, Aug. 28, Inter-Lakes Theater Company will host an open house to share with students and parents the plans for the upcoming school year from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Inter-Lakes High School library.

Inter-Lakes Curriculum Coordinator and long time theater program leader Kathleen Hill will be leading the high school program, and will be joined this year by Winnipesaukee Playhouse co-founder Bryan Halperin who is coming in to work with the Middle-Tier students.

At the Open House interested participants will learn all about the exciting productions planned for the year as well as the time commitments and requirements for participation. Each group will have their own fall production, in the winter the 7-12th graders will do a musical review, and building on the success of last spring’s Peter Pan, Middle-Tier and High School students will work together on a big musical in the spring. The Variety Show will also be held in March. 

“There are lots of opportunities for students to get involved this year onstage and behind-the- scenes and we can’t wait to get started,” says Hill. “Participating in the performing arts is a great way for kids to learn new skills, build confidence, and work with others towards a common goal.”

Halperin joins the team for the first time, though he is no stranger to working with students from his years at the Playhouse directing and writing for youth, community, and professional theatre productions. “As a Meredith resident I thought this was an exciting new way to get involved in, and give something back to, the community. I’m looking forward to working with Ms. Hill and the students and helping grow the ILTC drama program and increase the interest and awareness in theatre in the Lakes Region and what it can bring to a community.”

While more detail will be forthcoming at the meeting, the High School students will be auditioning for Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible on Tuesday, September 2 at 2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. to be performed around Halloween. The Middle-Tier students will audition on Tuesday, September 16 at 3:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. for the musical Too Hot For Santa, written by Halperin with music and lyrics by David Polansky. This musical was performed by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Youth Ensemble in 2007 and played to sold out houses. It will be performed at Inter-lakes in November.

Snacks will be provided at the Open House. For more information contact Hill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:27

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Wicwas Lake Grange to hear expert give talk about fertilizer

MEREDITH — Wicwas Lake Grange is hosting a lecture on Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. located at the Wicwas Lake Grange Hall. The guest speaker will be Dr. Francis R. Gouin, Professor of University of Maryland of the Plant Science & Landscape Architectural Department. The topics discussed will be on "Getting your money's worth out of fertilizer" and "Plant nutrients." The public is invited to listen to the topics, learn some new tips and to ask Dr. Gouin questions. He will also have books available at the seminar.

Dr. Gouin is a horticulturist, author and a graduate from University of New Hampshire where he received his B.S. in Horticulture and University of Maryland where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in ornamental horticulture. Dr. Gouin has published numerous articles in his columns in the Bay Weekly and the monthly AHS newsletter. He teaches undergraduate and graduate programs in horticulture and serves as a consultant in various companies and organizations. Dr. Gouin has received many awards for researching and teaching nationally and internationally. One of Dr. Gouin's contributions was the work in the development of a slow-release fertilizer known as "Osmocote" and developed the "Chesapeake Blue" and "Chesapeake Green" fertilizers. He successfully cloned the nation's oldest white oak before it fell in 2002 and developed a method of bud grafting. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:17

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