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MVSB Calendar Winners announced

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) announced the winners of their Annual Community Photo Contest. The winning photos will be used on the Banks website and Facebook pages, as well as within the 2015 wall and desktop calendars and even as note and holiday cards. The calendars will be available free of charge to members of the local community at any of the Bank's 11 local branches beginning in the early fall of 2014.

The Bank received almost 200 individual submissions from approximately 50 local and visiting photographers for this year's contest, making narrowing down the selection to 12 photos for the calendars and 20 photos for the website quite a challenge. This year's winners include: Bonita Carnivale of Gilford, Joanna DeCesare of Gilford, Gerry Fagon of Laconia, Susan Francesco of Holderness, Ida Gould of Campton, Dan Hanson of Alton Bay, Christina Kolb of Gilford, Elizabeth Morin of Moultonborough, Bob Ness of Wolfeboro, Al Posnack of Alton Bay, Christine Randall of Ashland, Dan Robusto of Meredith, Deborah Teal-Fries of Waterville Valley, and John White of Rye. 

"We always have such a wonderful response for this contest," noted Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Senior Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB. "Every year we receive amazing photos that capture the unique character of central New Hampshire and the Lakes Region. This is a great way to celebrate the communities we serve and provides us the opportunity to highlight the artistic work of some very talented people."

The Bank expects to begin accepting photo entries for next year's contest on Monday, March 2, 2015 with a final deadline for submissions of Friday, May 29, 2015. Photo entries should have a strong focus on community events and people enjoying the variety of venues, attractions and local businesses the Lakes Region has to offer year round. Winners of the Print Contest may have their photos presented on the Community Calendar, the Desktop Tent Calendar, on the Bank's note cards or holiday card. Winners of the Web Contest will have their photos displayed on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and/or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank).

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LRCT Program and Walk with Black Bear Expert Ben Kilham on August 14

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust will  present a program by noted black bear expert Ben Kilham on Thursday, August 14, to be held at LRCT's Conservation Trust's Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in Moultonborough.

For nearly 20 years, Ben Kilham has taken in orphaned and injured black bear cubs. Through rehabilitation and at times by becoming the surrogate mother bear, he has helped the cubs develop the skills needed to survive in the wild.

Kilham's work in New Hampshire has been the subject of three National Geographic documentaries and a Discovery Channel show, and he is the author of "Among the Bears – Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild". Ben Kilham has been a guest speaker as far away as Russia, China, and throughout the United States.

The program on August 14 will include an evening presentation, and it will be preceded by late afternoon walk to observe bear habitat and signs of behavior in the field.

From 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Kilham will present a slideshow titled "The Social Black Bear", which focuses on how black bears communicate, their social life, and parallels to human behavior. This presentation will be held in the Castle in the Clouds' Carriage House. It is open to all, and there is no preregistration required. For all LRCT presentations and excursions at the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area, the property is accessed via Ossipee Park Road, not through the Castle's front gate.

In addition, for those interested in exploring black bear habitat, there will be an opportunity to join Kilham and LRCT Guide and expert tracker, Katie Callahan on a guided walk where you will view evidence of bear activity and learn how to identify bear sign in the field. This 1.5-mile walk will depart promptly at 4:30 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. in time for the evening presentation. This walk will be limited to 30 participants; preregistration is required. To register, contact LRCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-253-3301.


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Four Projects Funded by Bicycle Group's First Grant Round

LACONIA — A rail trail bridge, two recycled bicycle programs, and a bicycle rack program are the four applications funded for the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition's first-ever Community Bicycle Grant Program.

In total, CNHBC awarded $7,500 in grants to organizations focused on making bicycling safer, more accessible, and available to residents in their communities. Recipients include:

• Winnipesaukee River Trail Association: Awarded $2,500 to fund engineering and design work for the planning and construction of Gulf Brook Bridge and associated approach trail sections in Tilton.

• Ashland HEAL Bike/Pedestrian Committee: Awarded $1,500 for parts and tools to repair bikes for their Re-cycle program and bike racks for around town. The Re-cycle program collects bicycles from the town transfer station or by donations, refurbishes them and distributes them to town residents in need.

• Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange: Awarded $500 for materials about its program, bike parts, locks and helmets. LABE provides a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living.

Since the middle of May the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange has given out 58 bicycles to those in need. Men, women and children looking to improve their lives and mobility. The community has been very generous. The Exchange has received over 80 bicycles in all shapes and sizes. Some bicycles are sold to help raise funds, but the majority are given out without cost. Each bicycle is analyzed then repaired or used for parts.

The "Exchange" has several volunteers who come into the shop on a regular basis to repair bicycles and operate the shop. The Exchange is also looking for someone who would be willing to write a grant to fund a position for themselves or another. Someone who help with fund-raising, publicity, secretarial and administrative duties.

Current hours of operation are Tuesday 4-5:30 pm Thursday 12-1 pm, Saturdays 11-1 pm. Currently the exchange is in great need of men's bicycles.
For information please contact John Rogers at 630-7571

• Bike Manchester: Awarded $3,000 to purchase and install bike racks at or near businesses and commercial properties in Manchester. The Manchester 50/50 Bike Rack Program will give Manchester business and commercial property owners the opportunity to purchase and install bike racks on or near their properties at 50 percent of cost.

The purpose of the Community Bicycle Grant Program is to encourage widespread, safe, and responsible use of bicycles as a form of transportation and recreation. With this grant program, CNHBC is committed to spur creative new projects and encourage the next generation of bicycling advocates to make their communities more bicycle friendly.

The grant was established through funds raised from the Annual Bicycle Swap that CNHBC holds the third weekend in May at S&W Sports in Concord.

Established in 2008, the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition has a mission to get more people on bicycles more often through education, advocacy, bicycling infrastructure, and support for improved bicycle access. CNHBC's vision is to develop a culture in the region that promotes bicycling and supports bicycling infrastructure so that bicycling is a safe and fun experience for everyone. In pursuit of this vision, the Community Bicycle Grant Program invests in communities and organizations that wish to make the region safer and more accessible to bicycle. For more information, visit www.cnhbc.org.


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Architectural Historian Richard Guy Wilson to Deliver Presentation at Belknap Mill


LACONIA — Architectural historian, television commentator and author, Richard Guy Wilson, will present 'Wild and Colorful: Victorian Architecture in Laconia and New Hampshire' on Thursday, August 14 at 6 pm. The presentation will be held on the 3rd floor of the Belknap Mill in Laconia.

Wilson will speak about the architectural heritage of New Hampshire's Victorian buildings--houses, mills, court houses, rail road stations, libraries, and stores created between the 1830s and early 1900s. This presentation will examine these unique buildings with a focus upon Laconia and the Lakes Region. During the lecture, Wilson will provide a slide show that explores elements of visual literacy and point out how architecture can reflect the cultural and civic values of its time and place.

Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Architectural History. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan, Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. He has directed the Victorian Society's Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and currently Newport, RI. He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS, C-Span, History Channel and A&E; he appeared on most sixty-seven segments of America's Castles.

A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also published widely with articles and reviews to his credit. He is the author, joint author and/or editor of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture. Among the most recent publications include Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount (2012), Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House (2008) and a reissued new edition of Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village (2009).

Tickets for the presentation are $5.00 per person. To reserve a space for the presentation, visit www.belknapmill.org or call (603) 524 - 8813.

The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.


Richard Guy Wilson (Courtesy photo)

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