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Belknap Mill Society announces new slate of officers for 2014

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Society Board of Trustees has named new officers in anticipation of an improved vision in leadership for 2014.

The trustees named Peter Ellis as president, Christine Santaniello as vice-president, and David Stamps as treasurer. Steve Cotter will continue serving as secretary for the organization.

President Peter Ellis is retired. He and his wife, Jane, have run their Gilford vineyard for several years. Ellis' last cases of wine were donated to the 2013 WLNH Children's Auction where bottles of Stone Gate Vineyard varieties auctioned for more than $100 a bottle. The board anticipates that his management expertise in private business will serve the trustees well as they take on a new direction in preserving the Belknap Mill.

Christine Santaniello is executive director of the Lakes Region Community Services Council. Her expertise in non-profit management and public funding opportunities will continue to be a welcome asset to the Mill board.

David Stamps will continue as Belknap Mill Society's treasurer. As past president, Stamps was instrumental in improving the Society's foundational documents. Under his leadership, the board developed a strategic plan and a development plan which were instrumental in guiding the Mill in its current direction.

Andre Paquette, a long-time Society supporter, recently stepped down as acting executive director. Paquette has served in that position for the last two years as well as serving as vice-president of the board. Denise Sharlow, recently hired as development director, will serve as executive director, giving Paquette the opportunity to serve as an active board member.

In the last five months, the Society has secured funding for its continuing preservation projects and internal projects that will enhance the banquet facility and provide additional concerts during the summer. The Belknap Mill Society will continue to partner with other organizations that want to support a creative economy and produce programming in humanities and education.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:45

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Meredith Chamber offers calendar of events for its members

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce invites member businesses, community organizations and area service clubs to notify the Chamber of any upcoming events for inclusion on the Chamber's calendar of events.

Events are posted on the Chamber's website and communicated to chamber members and the media. All events should include the name of the event, the sponsoring organization, and date, time, and place. A phone number for further information is also recommended. To submit an event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text60525); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leading the Chamber for the coming year will be President Marcus Weeks of Meredith Village Savings Bank, Vice President Wendy Bagley of Cross Insurance and Treasurer John Moulton of Moulton Farm. Other board members include Holly Young of Inter-Lakes Medical Clinic, Katheryn Rolfe of Oglethorpe, Dick Pendergast of Richard Pendergast, CPA, Elaine Peaslee of R.N. Peaslee & Sons, Inc., Christine Farrell of Golden View Health Care, Sim Willey of Hart's Restaurant, Dave Hamblet of Y Landing, Justin VanEtten of Stewarts Ambulance Service, Rae Andrews of The Squam Lake Inn, and Rob Wichland of RE/MAX Bayside.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:41

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MVSB's Mitten Tree Program collected 1,620 items

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce the results of this year's Mitten Tree Program with contributions of $3,240 to local non-profit organizations. Thanks to the generous support of the community, 1,620 winter weather accessories - including hats, mittens and scarves - were also collected and distributed to local families in need.

The Mitten Tree Program has been an MVSB community tradition for many years. In the weeks before Christmas, each of MVSB's 11 offices accepts and proudly displays donated handmade or purchased mittens, hats and scarves. For each item donated, MVSB provided a $2 contribution to local charitable organizations within the communities the Bank serves.

Financial contributions and all items donated by customers, community members and businesses are distributed at the beginning of January. All hats, mittens and gloves donated are given to members of the community who need help staying warm during the winter season. Numerous groups and individuals participate in the distribution of donated items, including the Visiting Nurses Association, local school nurses and childcare centers.

Non-profit organizations benefiting from the program this year fell into 3 different categories. Local senior service organizations shared a total amount of $1,228. Local humane societies split $738 and local food pantries benefited with equal distribution from $1,274.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:34

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Laconia School District & LRCS again offering READY! for Kindergarten

LACONIA — The Laconia School District and Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) Family Resource Center, in partnership with Granite United Way, are again offering READY! for Kindergarten classes for parents who have children newborn to age 5. The classes will be offered on Thursday, January 16, at Pleasant Street School.

All first time attendees are required to attend an orientation from 5:30-6 p.m. to receive their READY! notebook and other materials. Classes immediately follow orientation from 6-7:30 p.m. 

This program shares information about the lively early-learning years before a child enters school, which lays the foundation for all future learning. READY! teaches parents how to "Play with a Purpose" which builds strong minds and relationships. Parents learn activities and receive materials to make learning at home fun and effective.

Ready! Classes are free to families in Laconia, and child care is provided. Infants under the age of one attend classes with their parents. Parents pick one class to attend based on the age of their child.

Registration is open now. Space is limited, and registration will be taken on a "first come, first served" basis. Families that have previously attended must re-register each season to secure their spot. Registration is now open on-line at www.readyforkindergarten.org/laconia. Families can also contact Kaitlyn Salome at 524-5710 to register or contact Shannon Robinson-Beland at 581-1571 for more information.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:22

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