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43 Bank of New Hampshire Prestige Plus Members Travel to Italy

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire's Prestige Plus members were treated to a trip of a lifetime as they toured the amazing country of Italy. Some of the highlights included: Rome, Ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento Coast, Isle of Capri, Florence, Statue of David, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice and Murano Island.

The visit to Rome was impressive as they visited Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During their in-depth visit to the Colosseum, the guide recounted its rich history to Prestige Plus members. No visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums, home to one of the world's greatest collections of art and the world-famous Sistine Chapel.

A trip highlight was a scenic boat ride to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, Prestige Plus members took a panoramic ride to the island's highest town, Anacapri. They enjoyed their time in Capri with its world-famous piazzetta and explored the paradise island of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast.

Tuscany's vista of vineyards and olive groves unfolded around every turn as they enjoyed the scenic drive to Florence, the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance," offering Italy's best art and architecture. Their visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo's magnificent sculpture of David was impressive.

They ended their tour of Italy in the resort town of Stresa, located in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District.

"We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members," stated Valerie Drouin, SVP – Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. "With 24 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for one of our trips, that the quality will be unsurpassed. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for banking at Bank of New Hampshire. As with most of our overnight extended trips, this trip sold out on the day it was announced."

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 08:07

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Gilford Community Church Old Home Day Fair and Silent Auction

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church Summer Fair and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, August 22 (4-7 pm) and Saturday, August 23 (7:30 am – 2 pm). The 30th Annual Gilford Rotary pancake breakfast will be held in the Youth Center from 7 am – 10 am on Saturday morning.

Friday evening there will be a limited presentation of the Fair (no jewelry until Saturday). Saturday will feature outdoor fair areas (Chuck wagon hamburgers and hot dogs, ice-cream, fried dough and live music), as well as the indoor White Elephant, books, and baked goods. No luncheon this year. .....grab a hamburger or hotdog from the Chuckwagon!

Some new highlights will be featured at this year's event: Water-based games in the courtyard for children (slip n' slide, a bubbles station, water balloons and a misting room!) as well as an inflatable obstacle course on the upper parking lot. Put your children in swimming suits. There will be a spectacular Bike Sale – used bikes at low, low prices.

Walt Disney's Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be available in person in the Youth Center to meet with their young fans on Saturday from 10:30-12:00. Parents will be able to buy tickets on the GYC website (www.gilfordyouthcenter.com), or at the Gilford Youth Center. ($10. a ticket). Children will be able to meet and have their picture taken with the two princesses.

There will be a Silent Auction in the Youth Center as well as the selling of toys and games.

Clean donations are being accepted for the white elephant (no tv's, computers, appliances, encyclopedias, clothing or shoes, baby strollers, car seats or exercise equipment.)

Fine furniture and antique donations are being assessed and accepted for the Silent Auction. Call 524-6057.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:51

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Gilford Library Holding 120th Reception Today

GILFORD — Gilford Public Library celebrates its 120th anniversary today from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Library. 

The Gilford Public Library was established in 1894 through a $50 appropriation of town funds and a donation of 100 books by the State of New Hampshire. Since 1894, the Library has continued to grow and expand within the community, achieving the New Hampshire Library of the Year award in 2012.

From a single room in the Deacon Hunter house on Belknap Mountain Road, to the Town Hall and corner of Cherry Valley Road, to the current building on Potter Hill Road, the Gilford Library has flourished under the unwavering support of its In celebration of 120 years as a public library, and the community that has helped make 120 years possible, the Gilford Public Library will host a reception on Fletcher will accompany the evening of celebration with his unique style of music featuring pieces transcribed from classic piano music.

Light refreshments will be served and information about the history of the Gilford Library will be on display along with a collection of historical photographs. 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:43

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Gilford Rotary Awards Walsh Scholarships to 2 students

GILFORD — The Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship was presented at the Gilford High School Senior Awards Night, June 12 to Sally Tinkham and Andrew Stokes. Both are outstanding members of the Class of 2014. Sally will be attending Gordon College and Andrew will be attending UNH Durham.

The Award and Scholarship are presented annually by the Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Gilford Rotary Club. It is awarded to the applying student(s) who display Cheryl's character, promise and aspirations. With the presentation of the 26th Annual Cheryl Walsh Scholarship, over $40,000 has been presented to 42 graduating Gilford High School seniors.

The Scholarship was started at the urging of 1988-1989 President Richard Ayers and other members of Gilford Rotary, and was first presented in 1989. Originally thought of as an "initially endowed" and eventually "self-sustaining" program, Gilford Rotary initially funded the Scholarship with seed money which was invested conservatively. The proceeds/earnings of the investments plus contributions by Committee members, family members and friends resulted in $500 - $2500 grants to the recipients over the years.

Since the beginning, a silver commemorative bowl, a citation, and the grant have been given to recipients at Senior Awards Night in June.
A selection committee of Board Members, friends and past recipients conduct interviews to select the recipients. The Scholarship has traditionally attracted the brightest and most talented leaders and scholar/athletes of the Senior Class.

Several fund-raising activities have been attempted over the years: from a District Ski Race, early on, to the long-standing Annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Gilford's Old Home Day, more recently. The goal has been to raise and conserve a substantial enough principal to fund a meaningful and truly helpful grant to each year's recipient(s). The current fund goal
is $100,000; contributions may be made to The Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Treasurer, Gilford Rotary, Inc., P.O. Box 7091, Gilford, New Hampshire 03247-7091.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:31

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