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Take Your Child to the Library during the month of February

MEREDITH — In celebration of National Take Your Child to the Library Day, the Meredith Public Library is hosting an entire month's worth of special events, making it the best destination for any family which needs something to brighten up their February.
The month kicks off with National Take Your Child to the Library Day event on Saturday, February 1 where the whole family can enjoy a variety of crafts and activities, including Legos.

The library will  be hosting an all-ages, drop-in Valentine's Day Cookie and Card Decorating Party in the Function Room on Friday, February, February 14 from 2-4 p.m. In addition to being Valentine's Day, Friday the 14th also happens to be a Parent/Teacher Conference day at Inter-Lakes.
Rounding out the special February programs will be a Lego Building Blast on Thursday, February 27 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 10:50

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Soupathon held to benefit Hands Across the Table

LACONIA — Hands Across the Table will hold their 3rd Annual Soupathon on Sunday, February 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Due to overwhelming attendance last year, the event has been moved to the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall on Gilford Avenue.

Eight all you can eat soups, including matzo ball, clam chowder, pasta fagioli, secret recipe vegetable, butternut squash, Mexican tortilla, corn chowder and chili will be served along with two salads, crackers and homemade bread sticks, desserts, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

This year, HATT will offer a silent service auction with great items including hot air balloon rides for one, two and four people, golf lessons, boat ride and cocktails for 4-6 people on Lake Winnipesaukee, 200 tulips planted on your property Fall 2014, manicures, massages, cut your own Christmas tree, landscape and garden consultation, computer repair gift certificate, antique evaluation, chocolates, gift certificates and many more.

Cost to attend is $10 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and $25 for families of 4 or more. Proceeds will benefit Hands Across the Table that offers a free weekly hot meal at the Boys and Girls Club. For further information visit the HATT's Facebook page or call 524-5800.

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Magic Blades Skaters take top honors in Mass. Competition

TILTON — Two skaters from Magic Blades Figure Skating Club of Tilton took gold all the way around at the 5th annual Burlington Hockey and Skating Academy's Winter Skate Basic Skills Competition on Saturday, January 18,.

For seven-year-old Emily Johnson, of Concord, it was her first competition ever, and she was very nervous but also very excited. She registered to compete in the last US Figure Skating level she had recently passed in Basic 3, and placed first for both her compulsory elements and her program. Emily is a first-grader at Shaker Road School in Concord.

Eleven-year-old Colleen Harriman of Bridgewater, competed in flight C of the Pre-Preliminary Test Track and also took gold. Colleen is a sixth-grade student at Newfound Middle School. Colleen has competed regularly over the past several years. Her most recent excitement was attending the USFS National competition in Boston the evening of the ladies free-skate competition to watch the women compete for their spots on the US Olympic team going to Sochi, Russia in February. "I got to see Gracie Gold [the US gold medalist] at dinner and talk to her!"

Both girls skate for Magic Blades whose home ice is at the Tilton School Ice Arena. The girls and the club are preparing for Magic Blades' annual show on February 22, which will be the club's tribute to the Olympics.

The exhibition will start at 11 a.m. at the Tilton School Ice Arena. It is free and open to the public. Visit the Magic Blades web site for more information magicblades.org.

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Penny Pitou graces Thomas Barbeau Training Center inaugural event

WATERVILLE VALLEY — On Friday, January 17 Olympian Penny Pitou graced the inaugural event at the still-under-construction Thomas Barbeau Training Center. Pitou, a double silver medalist at the Squaw Valley Olympics in 1960 was an energetic, funny, honest and exceptionally engaging speaker. Accompanied by clips of her at the games in 1960, she shared the realities of medaling at a downhill over 50 years ago. Still showing the grit and determination that propelled her to Olympic stardom, she explained the challenges and, more importantly, the opportunities skiing presented her in 1960, and every year since then.

Grooming? Try a bicycle with some chains attached. Helmets? A leather hat with ear flaps. $3,000 skis? Hers cost $27! How times have changed and how training philosophies have progressed.

Surrounded by friends old and new, Pitou shared stories of traveling unaccompanied through Europe as a young woman. She spoke of her pride in the skiing legacy that she represents as manifested in her son, Christian a member of the BBTS Board and her three grandchildren, Dylan; a BBTS coach, Zane, a Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) U14 Alpine racer and Zoe, a WVA U12 Alpine racer.

In reminiscing about her early days skiing in New Hampshire she related this story and her actions years later to make sure other young girls could follow their dreams.

"I was on the freshman ski team at Laconia High School. I loved to jump and I was a very good jumper. So I joined the team as a 3-event "man." I was a jumper, downhill and slalom. Of course there were no girls on the team in those days, so I disguised myself as a boy and asked the kids to call me "Tommy." I put my hair under my hat and I competed and did quite well for the team. I was second "man" on the team. Until one day at New Hampton School I was in a GS, I was skiing as fast as I could go and I caught an edge and I crashed. It was a big crash, my hat fell off, my hair fell out and the gate-keeper looked down and said, "Oh my God, it's a girl!" Well, two weeks later, the principal of my high school called me in and said I was off the team because I had been discovered as a girl.

Eight years later, I was seething about this for several years, a local girl came up to me crying and I said, "What's the matter?" She said. "They won't let me play baseball because I'm a girl." Well, boy the fury came right to the top again. I said, "Come with me." We marched down to the field and went to the first guy I could find and I said, "This is Amy Richardson, she wants to play ball. " He said, "She can't, she's a girl." My reply was, "Then I'll start my own girls team." He told me nobody would show up. Well, 65 little girls showed up the first day, with their fathers and their mothers and that was the beginning of girls baseball in Gilford. It was a little bit of a payback. Felt very good about that! Some of us were just born too early, you know 20-30 years before Title 9."

Over 75 folks braved the cold and ice to make the first event in the Thomas Barbeau Training Center an evening to remember. Food, music and a video honoring current Olympian, Hannah Kearney rounded out the evening. This video, one of Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project, was partly filmed at BBTS and the Waterville Valley resort. It featured several BBTS and WVA athletes who were understandably thrilled to spend the day the Vancouver gold medalist and medal-contender for the upcoming Sochi games. Kearney, a former BBTS athlete is also a WVBBTS / SEF Board member.

The third honoree of the evening was Alpine Director and Head U16 coach, Tom Barbeau.

According to CEO, Peter Stokloza, "Tom has been an integral part of BBTS for almost 30 years. His mastery of the Burdenko Method, as developed by PhD Russian Sports scientist Igor Burdenko, provides our athletes with the opportunity to dramatically improve six essential abilities – balance, flexibility, coordination, endurance, speed and strength. The new training center will have a dedicated Burdenko workout gym as well as two in-ground trampolines, a tuning room, and a video review and conference room plus support facilities. We are proud to name it after Tom!"

With 100% Board participation, WVBBTS is still seeking donations to complete the project. For more info, contact Krista Katz, Director of Advancement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 236-4246.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:24

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