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Free Public Information Session To Discuss Soil Erosion on Durkee Brook and Meadow Brook

LACONIA — Homeowners and businesses along both Durkee Brook and nearby Meadow Brook in Laconia have been struggling for years to find a way to keep the stream banks from eroding. On September 18th from 6:30 to 8 PM in room 200A of Laconia City Hall there will be a free public information session to discuss what's being done to address selected occurrences of erosion, and what measures landowners can take to successfully help reduce erosion on their property.

The session will feature a presentation by Randall Shuey, an erosion control specialist reporting on what level of study is currently planned; Eric Williams from the NH Department of Environmental Services to introduce their Soak Up The Rain - NH program for homeowners; Lisa Morin of the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) to review a landowner survey currently being distributed to those living in the Durkee Brook watershed; and time for session attendees to share their knowledge of Durkee Brook and Meadow Brook.

For more information, including a map of the Durkee Brook and Meadow Brook watershed, please visit the BCCD website at www.belknapccd.org It is suggested that you register by September 16th if you wish to attend this information session. This can be done by sending in the registration form, contacting BCCD at telephone 527-5880 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This program is an initiative of the Laconia Conservation Commission and the Union Cemetery Association with assistance provided by BCCD.

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Crafts League will hear from print maker Matt Brown

MEREDITH — Print maker Matt Brown will deliver a lecture on September 22 from 7-8 p.m. at the Fireside Room in Chase House. Brown has been a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for a number of years and his prints stand out from the rest. During this lecture he will discuss his methods and what has driven him to create such unique prints and after the lecture there will be some time to talk to Matt one-on-one.

Brown makes his color woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese hanga method. This is printing with brushes and a hand-held baren from multiple hand-carved wood blocks using rice paste, pigments and water. It was the technique used to make the ukiyo-e prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige, and others during the 19th century. Matt says he "loves the process of making these prints: the way pictorial simplicity is encouraged, the way an image is separated into parts and put back together, the way the translucent colors blend and juxtapose, the way the wood interacts with the paper."

His imagery explores the development of pictorial space using this inherently flat medium of the carved and printed wood block. By using techniques which build on intimate aspects of the Japanese approach affecting texture and tone (variations in printing pressure, fades in the brushing of the pigments) he tries to achieve happy resolutions of the tension between flat printed shapes and the illusion of a depicted landscape.

Register for this free lecture by calling the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visiting us at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:29

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New Meredith Chamber Website proves popular

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents the Winnipesauke, Squam and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website www.meredithareahamber.com.

Chamber President Marcus Weeks states that the new website is now mobile friendly and enhanced with new graphics, photos as well as copy and tags to help boost web exposure for all members on the popular search engines. The online business directory was upgraded to allow users to easily search for member businesses on the site and on search engines directly.

Traffic has increased greatly since the new site was launched in early August and Susan Cerutti, Executive Director of the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce reports that the events calendar featuring events for the entire area is visited by hundreds of people per day searching for activities in the Lakes Region. The Chamber continues to keep up with the latest web marketing techniques by using popular networks such as Facebook and Constant Contact.

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Live Comedy at pitman's freight room Saturday night


LACONIA — The monthly Las Vegas Comedy Series at Pitman's Freight Room, located at 94 New Salem St. in Laconia, returns this Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 pm with a show starring Mark Scalia, Sean Bedgood and Matt Barry. The 8 pm start time is a return to the regular non-summer comedy show hours Pitman's employs from Sept. through May.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by contacting Pitman's at (603) 527-0043, (603) 494-3334, or tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the show. Pittman's is a BYOB venue. For additional information on this show check Pitman's website at www.pitmansfreightroom.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"We have a very successful summer with the 9 pm starts for comedy," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell. "Most people appreciated the later start, but there were some who said they would be happy with a return to eight o'clock. Now that the kids are back in school and people are returning to a routine, we're going back to the 8 pm start time."

As for Saturday's show, Scalia is an international headliner who has performed throughout the United States and Canada including as an invited performer to The Boston Comedy Festival, Seattle Comedy Festival and the New Orleans Comedy Festival.

Scalia is a regular in Las Vegas and has appeared on the Comedy Channel. He is one of New England's top comedians as well as appearing at The Comic Strip in New York, the Laff Spot in Houston, the Comedy Nest in Montreal, and many more.

Bedgood has quickly carved a niche as a bona fide star well beyond the six state region. He has performed at the prestigious Borgata in Atlantic City, The Laughing Skull in Atlanta, Catch a Rising Star, Mohegan Sun, and Comix at Foxwoods as well as every major club in the Boston region. He was a semifinalist in the NBC Standup Showcase held at Caroline's in New York and opened up for the Last Comic Standing Tour.

Barry is a rising star on the comedy scene as he is a regular at Foxwoods and performs at the top clubs in Boston.


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