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Bill Laforme’s nature photography to be exhibited

LACONIA, NH – Nature photographer Bill Laforme's work will be on display at the Belknap Mill in Laconia from July 2 through July 31. A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, July 2 from 5 - 7pm. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. A selection of his photos will also be available for sale during this time.

Laforme, currently a resident of Salem, Massachusetts, is a former Laconia resident who was a news editor at the Laconia Citizen from 2004 to 2007. He has worked in writing and journalism for various websites and publications since 1995 and started Bill Laforme Nature Photography in 2012 after years of taking pictures for news articles and of sharing hiking and kayaking photos with friends. The earliest nature photos came from days off while working at restaurants at Grand Canyon and Yellowstone national parks in the early 1990s while attending UMass Dartmouth.

"Photography, nature and exploring the outdoors have long been among my great passions in life, and I feel that this shows throughout my work," said Laforme. Much of Laforme's nature photography focuses on New England – particularly New Hampshire and the North Shore/Cape Ann areas of Massachusetts. He regularly travels to popular scenic destinations as well as remote places in New England, with current favorites including Lake Umbagog and the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Plum Island and his native North Shore in Massachusetts. A travel and outdoor sports enthusiast, Laforme also offers images from a variety of other natural settings, including in Quebec, Mexico, Nova Scotia, Alaska, and Washington State. "With these pictures, I try to illustrate how these open spaces are worth preserving and exploring," said Laforme.

A wide selection of Laforme's nature photos, including framed and matted images as well as notecards, are available for sale at etsy.com/shop/SceneryForYou. He also regularly participates in arts events in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including the Topsfield Fair and Salem Arts Association events. On Saturday, July 12 he will also be selling photos at the Concord Arts Market in downtown Concord. Regular updates, new photos, essays, and special deals can also be found on Facebook by following LaformeNaturePhotos.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:38

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Art Association Artists of the Month Announced

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association announces the artists selected for this month's popular Artists of the Month Program. As the Association draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the Association and its members' work across the entire area.

The Association is pleased to announce the addition of the Northway Bank branch at the Belknap Mall in Belmont to the group of businesses supporting the Artists of the Month Program.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages.

The following member artists will each have art work on display until July 21 at these Lakes Region business locations: Pat Anderson, Northway Bank, Tilton; Shela Cunningham, Belknap Mill, Laconia; Sally Hibberd, Northway Bank, Laconia; Patricia Hovey, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford; Jean Kennedy, VynnArt Gallery & Art Supplies, Meredith; Steve Ober, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Joanne Reynolds, Northway Bank, Belknap Mall, Belmont; Martha Swanson-Webber, Northway Bank, Meredith; Marcy Yerkes, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin.

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Linda Wilman Named Associate Principal at Alton Central

ALTON — The Alton School Board is pleased to announce Linda Wilman's appointment to the role of Associate Principal for the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Wilman has a total of 10 years of classroom experience, and she has been with Alton Central School for the past eight years where she was a fourth grade math teacher for four years, the Gifted & Talented & Enrichment Coordinator for four years, and over this past year became part of the ACS Administrative Team.

Prior to her moving to Alton, she was a 3rd grade classroom teacher in Dover. Mrs. Wilman obtained her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire in May, 2004. Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics and Finance from New Hampshire College in May, 1996. Mrs. Wilman will begin her duties on July 1.

Mrs. Wilman brings expertise to Alton Central School in curriculum, programming, and professional development, especially in the areas of critical thinking and project-based learning. The combination of her experience and her history with the school will allow her to smoothly transition into this role and keep ACS moving forward in a positive direction.

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Third Annual Yakking for Loons event set for July 11

MOULTONBOROUGH — Dust off your kayak and join the Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) for the 3rd Annual "LPC Kayak-A-Thon" or "Yakking for Loons" to be held on Friday, July 11. Paddlers will meet at Lee's Mill Landing, just down the road from The Loon Center on Lake Winnipesaukee, at 8 a.m. Choose between the 2.5 mile "Ganzy" course or the 4.6 mile "Green's Basin" course, or do both. Those who don't have a kayak You can rent one along with a paddle and life jacket at a discounted rate, courtesy of Wild Meadow Canoes and Kayaks in Center Harbor. Sponsoring this year's event are Curt's Caterers and Irving Oil.
Registration is $10/person and includes a light lunch generously prepared and donated by Curt's Caterers. Yakkers can solicit additional pledges, if they choose, with all proceeds benefiting the work of the Loon Preservation Committee. Registrants collecting $50 in pledges for the event will receive a "Yakking for Loons" long-sleeve t-shirt, and there will be a prize for most funds raised. Registration and pledge forms can be downloaded from LPC's website: www.loon.org. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is July 8.
For more information about "Yakking for Loons" contact Lin O'Bara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 603-476-LOON.

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