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Sanbornton hazard mitigation plan available for review (280)

SANBORNTON — Town of Sanbornton Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for 2014 is now complete, according to the town's Hazard Mitigation Committee. Members of the public have the opportunity to comment on the draft document this week.

The plan is designed to address Sanbornton's vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards and will serve to reduce future residential and commercial property losses from hazardous events before they occur. The committee reviewed changes that have occurred in the last five years, including the status of mitigation actions that were recommended in the 2008 Plan.

Natural hazards likely to impact the town include severe winter weather, lightning strikes, high winds, earthquake, flooding, and wildfire. During development of the plan, community leaders were able to identify and prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these hazards. The Plan is also a useful tool for leveraging additional sources of funding prior to, or in the event of, a natural disaster.

The committee is inviting local businesses, citizens, and neighboring municipalities to comment on the DRAFT Town of Sanbornton Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, 2014. The Plan is available for review during a public comment period through Friday, Aug. 22, on the town's website (http://www.sanborntonnh.org/), at the Sanbornton Town Office, the Public Safety Building, and the town library.

All comments on this draft should be directed in writing to Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Paul Dexter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Hazard Mitigation Committee is represented by a variety of local interests, including the Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, Police Chief, Public Works Director, Planning Board, and citizen. The Committee was assisted in this effort by staff from the Lakes Region Planning Commission. 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:55

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Meredith Library hosting photography exhibit

MEREDITH — An exhibit of photographs by local photographer Jackie Bonafide will be on display at the Meredith Public Library starting Saturday, Aug. 16. The exhibit titled "Discovery," will continue through Sept. 27.

"I take photographs of nature, mostly, and sometimes of people," said Bonafide, explaining her technique. I choose a subject carefully, thinking about how light is illuminating it, how I will 'frame' it, planning the angle of the photograph, and shooting the photograph at just the right moment. I do not enhance my images with photo manipulation software. I want my nature photos to be completely natural.

"Through the experience of taking each picture I have discovered something, whether it is seeing the amazing bugs that live in yellow water lilies, paddling alongside a young duck learning to dive for fish, learning how to get a great shot of painted turtle on a log, or recording the changes in our New Hampshire seasons," she added.

Bonafide is pleased her work will be on exhibit at the library because, "Libraries are undergoing a great transformation. They are much more than libraries in the traditional sense. They are becoming amazing centers for lifelong learning, culture, art, and innovations in technology—very valuable and relevant resources for the communities they serve. It's exciting to be invited to be part of that."

Bonafide grew up on Long Island in New York, she spent childhood summers on Silver Lake in Madison, where her grandparents instilled in her a great love and reverence for nature. She earned a B.A. in studio art (focusing on photography) at Newton College, Newton, Mass., and later a M.Ed. in English education/teaching writing at Plymouth State College. She has been a New Hampshire resident since 1973.

She and her husband, Phil, raised two sons, Chris and Mike, in Sanbornton where their property line is also the Meredith town line.

She spent many years working in public relations for nonprofit organizations as well as in development and institutional advancement. She worked as an independent consultant and later held full-time positions with Tilton School, the New Hampshire Writers Project, Community Health & Hospice (now Central New Hampshire VNA), and the New Hampshire Veterans Home.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:50

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Lecture on guitar making on Monday

MEREDITH —The League of NH Craftsmen and the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be hosting a free lecture by John Whiteside on Monday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Chase House. 

Whiteside, the first person to be juried into the League in 2010 as an acoustic guitar maker, will discuss the process of making each guitar and the inspiration behind it. His handmade guitars are custom designed and built for individual buyers, based on their hand size, aesthetic tastes, playing style, favorite music, and, where appropriate, are voiced to complement their singing. At the end of the lecture there will be time for a Q&A.

Those interested in attending are asked to register for this free lecture by calling the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 279-7920 or visiting the shop at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith. 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:41

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LRGHealthcare Golf Classic raises $43,000 for HealthLink program


LACONIA —  The LRGHealthcare Golf Classic presented by Bank of New Hampshire was held at the Laconia Country Club on Monday, August 11. It was a perfect golf day and a great success as the event raised an impressive $43,661.32 in support of the HealthLink program.

LRGHealthcare Director or PR/Marketing, Philanthropy & Volunteer Services Sandy Marshall was very pleased with the tournament's outcome. "The day could not have been more successful...we had gorgeous weather, ideal course conditions, and the opportunity to connect with so many golfers who are wonderful friends to LRGHealthcare," stated Marshall. "We are incredibly grateful to the many sponsors, golfers, raffle donors, volunteers, and staff at LCC who helped to make this year's tournament another great success."

Supporters of the Golf Classic included TITLE SPONSOR Bank of New Hampshire; GOLD SPONSOR DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; SILVER SPONSORS Brennan & Pike and Cross Insurance; GOLF BALL SPONSORS Cerner Corporation and FairPoint Communications; BRONZE SPONSORS Giguere Electric, Inc., Landmark Benefits; Meredith Village Savings Bank, and MetroCast Business Services; CART SPONSORS Franklin Savings Bank and the LRGHealthcare Board of Trustees; and CORPORATE SPONSORS Electric Connection, Golden View Health Care Center, Gragil Associates, Inc., Humana MarketPOINT, Inc., HVAC Unlimited, Jackson Lewis LLP, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Northern Peabody LLC, Nuvasive, Stanley Elevator Company, Inc., Stewart's Ambulance Service, Inc., and The Foundry Financial Group.

Hole-in-One Sponsors included Fratello's Italian Grille, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Dr. Racicot & Family, and The Irwin Automotive Group. More than a hundred businesses and nearly two hundred golfers in two full flights came out to support this year's LRGHealthcare Golf Classic.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare is committed to providing quality, compassionate care and to strengthening the well-being of our community.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:36

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