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Meredith Legion post sets Memorial Day program

MEREDITH — American Legion Post 33 has announced the schedule for Memorial Day services on Monday, May 26.

8 a.m. Oakland Cemetery, Meredith Center, with service by Rev. Robert Lemieux

9 a.m. Meredith Village Cemetery, Rte. 3, with service by Rev. Dennis Audet

9:30 a.m. Assemble at Post 33 parking lot on Plymouth Street.

9:50 a.m. Parade to Library starts at Post 33.

10 a.m. Ceremony at Library with service by Rev. Brown

10:15 a.m. Ceremony at Swazey Cemetery, Lang Street with service by Post 33 Chaplain Henry Hall

10:30 a.m. Hesky Park band stand, with service by Rev. Russell Rowland

10:45 a.m. POW/MIA Memorial with speech by Bob Jones

11 a.m. Back to Post for ice cream for scouts and lunch for everyone and lunch for every one.

Honor Guard Band and members go to Center Harbor for their parade and ceremonies.

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10th annual Choose Franklin Day on Saturday to kick off with parade

FRANKLIN — The Tenth Annual Choose Franklin Community Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, rain or shine. This year's event, sponsored by Franklin Rotary, Franklin Savings Bank and Watts Water Technology, will take place at Odell Park, located on Memorial Street in downtown Franklin.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. when booths, games, and food concessions open for the day. There will be a Wildlife Encounters show at 11 a.m. – shows are free courtesy of Hope Community Chapel. Karate demonstrations will be held at noon and the Franklin Public Library will sponsor a performance by award winning children's musician Steve Blunt at 1 p.m. at the Odell gazebo. In addition there will be a laser tag area, bounce houses, a climbing wall and bungee jump, along with children's games and activities throughout the day.

This year's parade/event theme is "Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day". The parade will step off at Franklin High School at 10 a.m. and proceed easterly on Central Street to Smith Street where it will turn and continue to Odell Park.

The first one hundred moms to visit the info table at Odell Park (beginning at 10 a.m.) will receive a special memento of the day.

The fair continues until 2 p.m. and will include games, craft booths, food vendors, and entertainment. Many area service organizations and businesses will participate with raffles, giveaways, etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:52

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Learn How to Identify and Monitor Invasive Plants in Rivers and Streams

LACONIA — An Invasive Aquatic Plant Identification and Monitoring Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Elementary School, 225 Winter Street in Laconia.

Help protect your favorite rivers and streams by learning how to identify and monitor invasive aquatic plants with the New Hampshire Rivers Council's River Runners citizen science project. Members of conservation commissions, Local River Management Advisory Committees, Volunteer River Assessment Programs, budding citizen scientists, paddlers, and everyone interested in their rivers are invited.

Volunteers are asked to monitor one site at least one time between June and October. The workshop is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Rivers Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 228-6472. This program is co-sponsored by Belknap County Conservation District and the New Hampshire Rivers Council and is made possible by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services Exotic Species Prevention Grant Program.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:01

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Franklin Savings Bank announces Community Advancement grant recipients

FRANKLIN — Spring and summer projects will now benefit from over $22,300 awarded by Franklin Savings Bank through the Fund for Community Advancement. To date, the FSB Fund has awarded 150 grants totaling over $767,600 to non‐profit community organizations and agencies. Five local groups will be benefiting from this round of grants:

Copper Cannon Camp

Copper Cannon Camp provides underprivileged kids with an unforgettable experience that includes all the traditional fun of summer camp: swimming, hiking, archery, campfires, team‐building fun, and more. A $2,500 grant from FSB's Fund will help Copper Cannon provide this wonderful experience to campers from central NH.

Franklin Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Clubs serve to compliment vital community resources in providing recreational, social and educational programs for children from grade school through high school. FSB's Fund has awarded a $7,500 grant to the Concord Boys and Girls Club to assist with the opening of an afterschool and summer camp program at their Franklin location (in St. Gabriel's Parish Hall).

Paul Smith School Parent Teacher Organization

The Garden Project at the Paul Smith Elementary School helps children reconnect with the agricultural roots and traditions of Franklin, NH. Students have built and maintained raised beds for a butterfly garden, a teaching garden, and a food sharing garden. A $2,000 grant from the FSB Fund will help the Garden reach its goal of growing fresh vegetables and fruits to donate to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Tapply Thompson Community Center & Kelley Park Playground

The Kelley Park Playground is the only play space of its kind in the Bristol area and is well used by local schools and families. A park that is loved this much needs frequent repairs and maintenance. A $7,000 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will allow the Kelley Park to refurbish and replace key structures at this busy children's play place.

Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council

The Pines Community Center, which is maintained by the Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council, provides meeting and function space for more than 45 community groups. Thousands of local people visit the center each year. Programs include youth sports, 4‐H, Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, day care and summer camps, senior luncheons, dance classes, and so much more. A $3,300 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will enable the Pines Community Center to replace the hot water circulating pump, which is so critical to many of the programs, as well as to the safety and sanitation of the Center.

"Awarding the Fund for Community Advancement grants is one of the highlights of our community support," says Jeff Savage, FSB President and CEO. "Franklin Savings Bank is pleased to help our neighbors accomplish such worthy goals. It's an honor to be a part of these organizations' efforts."

These grants were awarded in the 33rd round since the FSB Fund for Community Advancement was created in 1997. The Fund provides support for substantial projects that enhance the lives of people in the communities that make up the primary market area of the Bank. Organizations wishing to apply for the next round of Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement awards are welcome to submit completed applications by July 1, 2014. For more information on how to apply in the competitive process, visit www.fsbnh.com or call Dorothy Savery at (603) 934‐8316. Connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank for news and community updates.


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