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Correction: Thompson is lyricist for 'The Father Daughter Dance'

Due to an electronic layout error, a press release printed in Friday's edition erroneously credited Justin Jaymes with co-writing a song, when the credit should have been given to Ernest Thompson. Thompson, lyricist for The Father Daughter Dance, written with and recorded by Carly Simon, and the anthemic Boston Strong, receiving enthusiastic radio play throughout New England, has collaborated as well with Joan Osborne, Mighty Sam McClain, Natalie MacMaster, Joe Droukas, Ray Porcell and Joe Deleault, all featured on the soundtracks of his newest movies TIME AND CHARGES and HEAVENLY ANGLE, both shot in New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 10:03

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Laconia Rotary Club gives $10,000 in scholarships to local students

LACONIA — Laconia Rotary Club recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships through its partnership with the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation. These scholarships were awarded to ten graduating high school seniors, five students currently enrolled in college who have received assistance in the past, and one adult going back to school.

Jon Nivus, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, said, “Laconia Rotary Club is happy to be able to award these scholarships in recognition of the students’ academic success and their community involvement. We also provide assistance to students who are in college and have been assisted in the past. We hope this will help each student reach their goals.”

Since 1991, Laconia Rotary Club has donated over $225,000 to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation for scholarships and over $1 million for sponsorships and assistance to many charitable and nonprofit groups in Laconia and the Lakes Region. 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 09:58

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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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