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Meredith selectman candidates to appear at forum March 5

MEREDITH — A Meredith Select Board Candidates forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th starting promptly at 6 pm and ending at 7:30 pm. It will be held at the Meredith Community Center in Room B at One Circle Drive.
There are eight candidates vying for two seats on the board of selectmen.
The forum, is coordinated by the Lakes Region Democrats, will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, a non-partisan political organization dedicated to a more informed voting public.
The forum provides an opportunity for Meredith voters to meet and learn more about each candidate's positions and where they differ. It is also an opportunity for residents to share their concerns about the community with the candidates.
Please mark your calendars for March 5th and plan on attending.
Be informed so you are ready to vote on Election Day Tuesday, March 10.
For more information contact Liz Tentarelli Co-President of the Leagues of Women Voters at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 763-9296
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:50

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Bank donates $32,500 to support home owership education

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank has made a gift of $32,500 to NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire. The funding supports homeownership education, counseling and coaching services offered by NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire.

"We are very excited to begin working with our new partners at Meredith Village Savings Bank," said Paul McLaughlin, HomeOwnership Manager for NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire. "The Bank's staff is committed, passionate and knowledgeable. We appreciate their generosity in helping to ensure the availability of free homeownership education services in the state."

"Buying a home can be a complicated process, involving many players - so being educated about each step in the process and assembling a team of experts and resources you trust can help you make well-informed decisions along the way," said Carol Bickford, SVP Retail Lending Officer for Meredith Village Savings Bank. "The HOMEteam's classes and counseling services are an excellent resource for consumers at all stages of the home buying process, and we are proud to join them in their efforts to provide expanded homebuyer education programs across New Hampshire."

All of NeighborWorks® New Hampshire's pre-purchase and post-purchase home ownership and financial literacy education services are delivered through HOMEteam, a collaboration with CATCH Neighborhood Housing and Laconia Area Community Land Trust to provide a seamless delivery of a comprehensive menu of homeownership services. The collaboration allow residents to take advantage of a series of free educational workshops and one-on-one counseling related to housing, such as navigating the mortgage process for first time home buyers, saving for the purchase of a home, and preserving and protecting an investment in a home, in a number of New Hampshire communities.

For more information about our full menu of course and counseling offerings, visit www.nwsnh.org or www.hometeamnh.org or call 866.701.9097.

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.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:40

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Grace Metalious among Literary Hall of Fame inaugural inductees

The New Hampshire Writers' Project, a statewide writers' group, in coordination with Southern New Hampshire University,has announced the creation of the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame and inaugural class of authors and poets inducted to the hall.

The 2015 inductees are:

· Robert Frost (posthumously) — Former poet laureate of the United States, Frost attended Dartmouth University and made his home in New Hampshire for many years. Frost was tapped to read at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 and received four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry. He is probably best remembered for his works "The Road not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

· Grace Metalious (posthumously) -- Born in Manchester, Metalious rocked the American literary scene in 1956 with "Peyton Place," a novel about the dark secrets of a small town. Metalious, who lived in Gilmanton, penned three more successful novels before dying at age 39.

· John Irving -- Irving was born and raised in Exeter. His "The World According to Garp" became an international best-seller in 1978, and, in 1999, Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his retooling of his novel The Cider House Rules. Other noted works include The Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

· Donald Hall -- Hall has authored more than 50 books, including 15 volumes of poetry. A longtime resident of Wilmot, Hall holds a Caldecott Medal for his children's book "The Ox-Cart Man." He is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and is highly regarded for his work as an academic, formerly holding teaching positions at Stanford University, Bennington College, and University of Michigan.

The induction ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the SNHU library as part of NHWP's annual Writers' Day conference.

The Hall of Fame will be housed at SNHU's new Learning Library on North River Road in Hooksett. It will display works by the inductees, including artifacts like first editions and rough drafts. This year, four writers will be inducted into the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame, with two additional writers joining the honorees every other year. Inductees were announced today by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The Hall of Fame was created to pay homage to the inductees as well as to the Granite State's broad literary history, said immediate past NHWP president John Herman. A secondary goal, he said, is to promote literacy here.

"Everyone knows the name Robert Frost, but how many high-school classes are sitting down to read him today? He's just as relevant as he ever was," Herman said. "Peyton Place created an uproar when it came out in the 1950s, but now that the fuss has died down we can see what a well-crafted and important piece of literature it is."

The NH State Library has identified more than 12,000 published New Hampshire authors and poets dating back to Colonial times.

The names of potential inductees were selected through a public nomination process, then the NHWP Board of Trustees culled the list down to 10 prospects. A selection committee -- composed of Tim Horvath, a short-story writer who teaches at New Hampshire Institute for the Arts; Sally Hirsh-Dickinson, NHPR Weekend host, NHWP trustee, and professor at Rivier University; Sidney Hall, poet and publisher of Hobblebush Books; Kathryn Growney, dean of the library at SNHU; and Van McLeod, the state's Department of Cultural Resources commissioner -- made the final selections.

Questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:23

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Center Harbor Townhouse one of five buildings added to state Register of Historic Places

CENTER HARBOR — The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has announced that the State Historical Resources Council has added five individual properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places.

The five most recent additions to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places are all public buildings and are excellent examples of classical architecture:

· Center Harbor Townhouse (1844)

· Fuller Hall in Hillsborough (1883)

· Tucker Free Library in Henniker (1903)

· Whipple Memorial Town Hall in New London (1917)

· Goodwin Library in Farmington (1929)

The State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:

Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations;
Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants; and
Acknowledgment of a property's historical significance in the community.

After the Revolutionary War, architecture in the U.S. found inspiration in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome as the country modeled a new democratic nation. Choosing classical architectural styles for public buildings was a physical way to represent democracy, from the nation's largest cities to its smallest villages.

Details and design vary, but the styles can be identified by the use of elements seen in Greek and Roman temples, including symmetrical designs, front-facing gables with heavy cornices, pilasters and porches with columns. Buildings range from wood-framed and wood-sided to more ornate brick constructions with stone or wood details. Architectural styles such as Greek Revival and Classical Revival have overwhelmingly been the styles of choice for public buildings in New Hampshire.

Anyone wishing to nominate a property to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places must research the history of the nominated property and document it fully on individual inventory forms from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Having a property listed in the Register does not impose restrictions on property owners. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the "State Historic Preservation Office," was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire's citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling 603-271-3483.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:06

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