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21st Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament

GILFORD — The 21st Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament will take place at the Gilford Middle School from Wednesday, March 5 to Sunday, March 9.

Sponsored by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, the tournament will host 12 area teams consisting of boys and girls in grades 3 – 6 from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia and Sanbornton. This invitational tournament is held in memory of Aaron T. Francoeur who was a thirteen year old Gilford Middle/High School student when he succumbed to cancer in the summer of 1993.

Nathan Babcock's name was added in 2006 after he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005. Since Aaron's death, the Aaron T. Francoeur Memorial Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, was established to give financial aid to deserving Gilford High School graduates who are furthering their post high school education. Many former players and scholarship recipients return each year to help at the tournament, be it officiating, scoring, timing, selling tickets and t-shirts, or working at the concession stand.

The tournament this year will consist of the following divisions and teams:

Junior (Coed) Division (Grades 3 and 4) - Gilford, Gilmanton, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton

Senior Girls Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Franklin and Lou Athanas

Senior Boys Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton

The schedule for the opening rounds of play will be:

Wednesday, March 5 Junior Division (Coed)
Gilford vs. Lou Athanas at 5:30 p.m. and Gilmanton vs. Sanbornton at 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 6 Senior Girls Division
Gilford vs. Franklin at 5:30 p.m. and Lou Athanas vs. Belmont at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, March 7 Senior Boys Division
Gilford vs. Sanbornton at 5:30 p.m. and Lou Athanas vs. Belmont at 6:45 p.m.

On Saturday, March 8, games will begin at 8 a.m. and the last game of the day will be played at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 9, the Championship round games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The tournament is open to the public, and everyone, young and old alike, is invited to attend. The admission fee is $2 for adults and $ 1 for children. A Tournament Family Pass (all games) is also available for $10. Children not of school age, coaches and players are free.

For more information, call Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:33

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Jonathan Lorentz Quartet brings jazz to next Taylor Community concert

LACONIA —  Taylor Community presents the Jonathan Lorentz Quartet for the next performance in its 2014 Music Series sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire. The quartet includes Lorentz on saxophone; Chris Mega, piano; Scott Kiefner, bass and Scott Kinison, drums. The concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building.

Lorentz comes to the music arena first and foremost as a practicing artist who consistently reminds his band-mates and audiences that it's not just about the performers, but the musicians and the audience together. "That's where the music lives!" he says. This outlook has helped grow the live music scene in New Hampshire since his arrival in 2011. He has started a jazz music series in eight separate locations since that time, garnering praise from Downbeat, Jazz Times, NH Magazine, the Hippo Press and New Hampshire Public Radio. The saxophonist's album "Borderlands" was released to critical acclaim in 2010, and receives airplay on radio programs throughout the world.

Dr. Lorentz holds a PhD in Jazz Studies from New York University and dedicates himself to keeping music a part of everyday life. Come enjoy this free concert and an afternoon of soothing jazz. Taylor's Woodside Building is located at the top of Ledges Drive. From the main entrance, continue straight up the hill until you see the signs for Woodside.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:30

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Boy Scout Troop's Spaghetti Supper Raises funds for Alaska trip

GILFORD — "North to Alaska!" - This is the ambitious goal that the boy scouts in Troop 243 in Gilford have set for themselves. During their annual planning session for 2014 last December, the boy leaders in the troop set a goal of doing a "high adventure" trip to Alaska in the summer of 2015.

The first fundraising activity for Troop 243 in 2014 will be a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 1 at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford-Laconia. The dinner will include all the spaghetti, salad and garlic bread you can eat and will run from 5 to 7 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under. For more information on this event, call Carl Gebhardt at 528-2369 or Kurt Webber at 520-3989.

Cost of the trip is estimated at $1300 to $1400 per scout and scouts have a goal of having $1000 in their troop account by the end of 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:25

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Belknap County Conservation District tree, shrub and more fundraiser is on

GILFORD — Help support conservation efforts in Belknap County by purchasing edible fruit and nut bearing plants for your garden, landscape, or woodlands from the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) Tree, Shrub and More Sale Fundraiser.

For over 20 years BCCD's selections have offered the public a wide variety of plants useful and delicious to both humans and wildlife. There are fruit trees such as apple, peach, pear, plum, cherry, and crabapple; also offered are blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, raspberries, grapes, asparagus, shallots, and garlic, horseradish. Wildlife and woodlot plants include trees and shrubs such as fir, walnut, oak, sugar maple, winterberry (holly), high bush cranberry, dogwoods, lilac, birch, mountain ash, and flowers to attract pollinators such as bees and butterfly.

Most plants are sold as bareroot stock but some items are in pots. To view BCCD's Tree Sale order form and plant descriptions please visit website www.belknapccd.org or to have the information sent to you in the mail contact BCCD at telephone (603) 527-5880. The deadline to place your order is March 19.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:20

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