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Gilford Old Home Day contest winners announced

GILFORD – The annual Gilford Old Home Day celebration held on August 24 featured various activities including the parade, entertainers, woodsman competition, pie-eating contest, egg toss, band concert, community dance and fireworks.

The parade award winners were as follows. Grand Prize winner was JB Thompson. In the neighborhood floats category, first place went to Lakes Region St. Baldrick's, second place went to Patrick's Pub and third place went to Lake Shore Park. For commercial floats the first place award went to the Bank of NH, followed by Gunstock in second, and the Gilford Library in third place. In the mini float category, first place was presented to Patrick and Blythe O'Connor and second place was awarded to Girl Scout Troop 10124.

Marchers were also recognized for their participation. East Athletic Cheer Company came in first for neighborhood marches, followed by Meredith Village Savings bank. The individual marchers award was granted to Keeping Streets Clean. The Children's Entry winners were St. Baldrick's and Super Hero Marchers.

An assortment of vehicles were featured in the parade. For antique vehicles, first place was awarded to a WWII Jeep, and second place was granted to a 1932 Ford Street Rod. Gilford Public Works won first place for classic vehicles. Other vehicles recognized included the Laconia, Ice Arena, 2004 International and Fay's Boat Arena.

The Parks and Recreation Department thanks the Old Home Day Committee for their tireless effort and time, the Gunstock Nordic Association for their assistance with the day before prep and the morning after clean-up, the Bank of New Hampshire for their sponsorship of our annual Art Contest and sponsoring the Paul Warnick and Friends, Franklin Savings Bank for their partial sponsorship of the Jandee Lee Porter Band, Shaw's Supermarket for their sponsorship of our annual Pie-Eating Contest , Belknap Landscape and Kitchen Cravings for sponsoring the Woodsman Competition and all the Town Departments for their assistance throughout the event.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:20

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Winni Playhouse offering dance, writing classes

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is offering two new programs this fall in different branches of the arts. Dance classes will be offered under the instruction of Tara Little beginning the week of September 16. A play-writing workshop group will be lead by Brian Halperin beginning September 17.

Two new programs will be offered, led by choreographer Tara Little. A Gilford resident, Little has become known to Playhouse audiences as the choreographer for the Winni Players' production of Big River and the summer season production of The Fantasticks. Before that, she was a choreographer and dance captain for Riverdance, the Irish dance sensation. Little is bringing her years of experience in both Irish and musical theatre dance to the Playhouse by offering Irish Step Dance lessons for all ages along with Jazz/Broadway dance for teens and adults.

Irish Step Dance for kids (ages 4-11) will take place on Wednesdays from 6:15-7 p.m. The teen and adult Irish Step classes (age 12+) will be immediately following from 7-8 p.m. Jazz/Broadway dance is open to anyone ages 12+ and will take place on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Classes start the week of September 16.

Executive Director Bryan Halperin says, "there are many great dance schools in this area, offering full-year dance education. Our program is designed for people who may just want to try this out for a shorter amount of time. The commitment is only for 10 weeks allowing participants to try something new without signing up for a full year in advance."

Halperin will also once again be offering his popular Playwriting Workshop for teens and adults. This workshop will be open to anyone in ninth grade or above. The group will guided through the process of creating a short play to be performed at the Playhouse's Spring Playwriting Festival. Writing assignments will be given each week to do at home and class time will be used for feedback and writing exercises.Playwriting classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. and also run for 10 weeks beginning on September 17. 

For more information about all the classes being offered, and to register, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org


Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:17

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Career Partnership Program getting busy in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Career Partnership Program is a collaborative effort between the Greater Meredith Program and the Inter-Lakes School District. Its function is to help the students of Inter-Lakes High School experience individual education through local business connections.

The approach of the program is to help students learn through guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, job shadows, internships and a one-day Job Fair. Last year, the program earned two awards: The 2012 Community Impact Award given by the Belknap Economic Development Council and the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America "Businessperson of the Year" award. The program is very proud of the work it has done to give our local students experiences in different career industries.

This year, the program is already busy setting up various job shadows and internships in the fields of: Veterinary, Healthcare, Automotive, Fashion, Farming, Education, Floral, Dental, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Aeronautical, Art, and Decorative Interiors. There are many more shadows and internships to schedule in other various industries. Last year the program helped 80 students experience different careers.

For more information about the program or to become involved contact Director, Rhonda Hanaway, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 279-6162 x 304. 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:15

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Gilford Parks & Rec Department offering pre-school soccer program

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is offering an introductory pre-school soccer program for children ages 3-5. This program will focus on games and activities associated with soccer and will be geared toward getting the kids comfortable with the ball and development of basic skills.

The first session for children ages three to four will be offered Tuesdays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The specific Tuesdays are September 17 and 24, and October 1 and 8.
The second session is open for children ages four and five, and will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The dates for this session are September 18, 20, 25, 27 and October 3, and 5.
Space is limited to ten participants in each session. Registration for the first session is $15 and $20 for the second session. For more information or to register, please call the Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:07

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