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Guinness Rematch Announced for August 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee

LACONIA — The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm at LakeFest 2013 were palpable – that's why NH LAKES is thrilled to announce LakeFest 2014 will return to Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia on August 3, 2014.

LakeFest 2014 will feature a Guinness Rematch, as paddlers try once again to capture a Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of 2013's hundreds of paddlers intend to return in 2014, with plans already underway to recruit additional family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in order to successfully seize that Guinness gold for NH. On-land, the free family-friendly Festival is expanding, with more food vendors, additional programming, exciting new activities, popular live bands, and more.

In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the new Clean, Drain & Dry! protocol to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.

LakeFest 2013 attendees displayed a fun-loving competitive streak, with Facebook commenters observing:

"We had a great time. Next year we will beat that record!!!"

"What a wonderful and rare opportunity to kayak this lake which is usually overrun by tons of loud, fast moving boats. It was surreal."

"Had a blast....we will definitely be there again next year!"

"Everyone I spoke with thought it awesome and look forward to setting a new record next year!!"

LakeFest 2014 planners are already hard at work crafting a larger event with expanded partners, additional corporate and recreational paddling groups, new family programming, increased educational displays, bigger vendor assortment, and much more.

Volunteer to help with LakeFest 2014 coordination or learn more about becoming a Founding Sponsor before Thanksgiving by contacting Kim Murdoch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603.226.0299.

Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

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Meet the Artists at the Belknap Mill Art Gallery Thursday Nigh

LACONIA — Residents who missed the opening reception for the new Belknap Mill Art Gallery will have another opportunity to view the current exhibit and meet the artists on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Mill will be serving wine and hors d'oeuvres during the reception for artists Jeri Ryan Bothamley, Marian Federspiel, Roger Gagne, Lorraine Gateriewictz, Carole Groenke, Mary Lou John, Devitt Liptak, and Liz Wilson, who are showing everything from sketches and watercolors to prints and pottery. The eclectic exhibit showing the breadth of talent in the Lakes Region serves as an introduction to the new gallery where all items are offered for sale to help support the Mill's mission.

Bothamley, who received formal training at Michigan State University, creates impressionistic paintings that showcase the interaction of color and light. She taught art for several years before focusing on her work full-time, maintaining a studio as well as showing her works throughout New England and the Midwest.

Federspiel is a digital painter who specializes in landscapes of the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. She lives in Meredith and teaches digital art courses at Laconia High School. After studying art at the University of Connecticut, earning a BFA in Painting, she worked as an art director and designer in advertising for 20 years before moving to the Lakes Region and becoming a teacher. Her work is featured on her website at www.mfederspiel.com.

Gagne, a long-time member of the Lakes Region Art Association, has focused on watercolor as his primary medium for more than 40 years. "Watercolor allows one the opportunity to incorporate 'chance effects' where the outcome can sometimes be unpredictable," he explains. "It forces one to tread the line between success and disaster." For the past 20 years, Gagne has concentrated on historical and artistic representation of Shaker life and architecture in Canterbury Shaker Village and he is working on his fourth collection having to do with the Canterbury Shakers.

Gateriewictz was a ceramics teacher in Baltimore, Md., before moving to Meredith. Now she is a watercolor artist and a member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. She recently received the Lakes Region Art Association Memorial Award and Best of Show in the 2013 Lakes Region Art Show in Meredith. Her work also is on display at Vynnart Art Gallery in Meredith.

Groenke operates Apple-A-Day Art, working with printmaking and other creative techniques, and she is a member of the Women's Caucus for Art-NH. She also is a juried member of Squam Lakes Artisans, an artist cooperative in the Lakes Region.

John, a native of Marblehead, Mass., received her introduction to art on Boston's North Shore. Working in pencil, charcoal, and pastel, she specializes in impressionistic watercolors. She also is a member of the Artist's Loft where she practices the discipline of life drawing. She was featured artist for the 56th annual exhibit of the Lakes Region Art Association. She is a member of the Governor Wentworth Art Association and the Marblehead Art Association.

Liptak creates hand-thrown clay pottery, saying, "I am fascinated by textures, so I mark, scrape, stamp, apply, and take away clay from my surfaces," adding, "I draw my ideas from a multitude of sources that include the study of Pre-Columbian and Egyptian vessels to the patterns of snowdrifts and the granite walls of New Hampshire."

Wilson, who lives in Newmarket, does impressionistic paintings that focus on the use color, usually in the form of acrylic on paper. She holds a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire, having spent a semester abroad studying painting in Italy. She recently had an exhibit at McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord. Her work also is featured at www.lizwilsonart.com.


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Shea-Porter's Staff to Hold Open Offices Hours in Tilton, New Hampton, Campton, Sanbornton

TILTON — On Thursday, November 21, members of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's staff will hold open office hours at town halls in Tilton, New Hampton, Campton, and Sanbornton.

Members of Shea-Porter's staff will be available to assist constituents with issues they may be facing with a federal agency or with local concerns. Congresswoman Shea-Porter is committed to hearing from and addressing the needs of all constituents in the First Congressional District.

"If you need help with issues related to the federal government such as veterans' benefits, Social Security, Medicare, or home mortgages, my office can help, and I encourage you to stop by on Thursday," Shea-Porter said. "

For questions or additional information on services offered through the office hours, constituents should contact Elise Britton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641-9536.

Staff will be in Tilton 9-10 a.m., New Hampton from 11 a.m.-noon; Campton 1-2 p.m. and in Sanbornton from 3-4 p.m.


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Fire training facility in Bethlehem to be named in honor of Ray Burton

BETHLEHEM — On May 29, 2012, Senate Bill 291 for the appropriation to establish a North Country Fire Training Facility was signed. The Department of Safety established a committee composed of fire chiefs and firefighters from throughout the North Country to determine the needs and location of a training facility.

A site in Bethlehem, located within 60 miles of all of the targeted municipalities, was chosen based on location, cost of development, existing infrastructure and community acceptance. This 12.1 acre lot will be the home of a new four story burn building, as well as a classroom building consisting of a small conference/meeting room, a 35-40 student classroom and a field office. This is being renovated from an existing garage.

There had been discussion regarding the naming of the new facility, followed by an overwhelming agreement and acceptance of bestowing this honor on Executive Councilor Raymond Burton, who passed away on November 12, 2013. An item put forward by Governor Maggie Hassan resulted in a unanimous vote by Burton's fellow Council members, who decided that the new facility will be named, "Raymond S. Burton North Country Fire and EMS Training Facility."

"For decades, Ray Burton has provided unmatched dedication and public service to the people of the North Country and all of New Hampshire," Governor Hassan said. "Councilor Burton has steadfastly stood watch on behalf of the North Country and its people, and it is fitting to name this new facility in Ray Burton's honor as it seeks to train future generations of public servants to watch over and protect our communities."

"This facility will meet the needs of many fire and EMS agencies in the North Country. Through certification classes held there, these folks can receive the knowledge and skills necessary to allow them to respond to the emergency needs of their communities safely and efficiently. I also envision the site being used for community CPR and first aid classes as well as a meeting area for regional emergency management planning," said Deborah Pendergast, Director of NH Division of Fire Standards & Training and EMS. "We are so pleased to name our facility after Councilor Burton who is such a strong advocate for not only the needs of the citizens in his district, but of the needs of the emergency responders."

The burn building is scheduled to be complete by the end of January. Plans for the classroom building renovation are well underway with some demolition having being completed to date. That portion of the project should wrap up some time this spring at which time there will be a formal ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 07:43

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