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Police Chief named Northfield's Employee of the Year

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Selectmen announce that Police Chief John Raffaelly has been named Northfield's Employee of the Year. The award was presented by Chair Steve Bluhm at the beginning of the February 25th meeting.

Chief Raffaelly is a lifelong Northfield resident. He began his career with the Northfield Police Department in 1993 as a part time officer. He became a full time officer in 1996 and was subsequently promoted to Corporal in 2007 and Sergeant in 2008. In 2012 John accepted the position of Police Lieutenant. He stepped into the role of acting Chief with the departure of Chief Stephen Adams in February 2013 and was promoted to Chief in October of that year.

"With the departure of Chief Stephen Adams, John was asked to, and readily agreed to, lead the Department through the transition to a new Chief." said Selectmen Kevin Waldron "He stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam, providing the leadership and guidance to members of the Department assuring the residents of Northfield remain well protected."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:14

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First-time Home Buyer Seminar March 22 in Laconia

LACONIA — On March 22, would-be homeowners can learn everything they need to know about buying a home in a full-day seminar offered by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT), a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, and sponsored by Northway Bank.

So far, 287 first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT's program, representing nearly $43 million in local home purchases.

The seminar, to be held at the Community Room at the Laconia Police Department at 126 New Salem St., takes place on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include:

§ Credit and Budgeting

§ Qualifying for a Mortgage

§ Working with a Realtor®

§ The Home Inspection Process

§ The Closing Process

The First-time Homebuyer Seminar is free and open to the public; advance registration is required, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register by calling Debra Drake, LACLT's Homeownership Director at (603) 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . LACLT's full seminar and workshop schedule is available online at www.laclt.org.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a member of NeighborWorks® America, and is supported in part by membership donations and the Granite United Way. Its mission is to assist low and moderate income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through the development of permanently affordable housing opportunities and associated support programs. For more information about LACLT and its programs, call 524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

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"Ropomogo" opens at The Studio on Sunday, March 9

LACONIA — The March exhibit at The Studio, 50 Canal Stree,t Laconia, is "Ropomogo", small, highly personal work by New York artist Mark Bloch. The small watercolor drawings, from the artist's sketchbooks, will be on display through April 2, but on Sunday March 9 the artist will be on hand to discuss the work and explain something about the origin of it at an opening reception from noon to 4 pm.

Bloch's artistic CV is expansive and impressive; there is a Wikipedia entry on his work and exhibit history. But as Melissa McCarthy, owner of The Studio, explains, that isn't what attracted her to the "Ropomogo" series. "Mark was posting these exquisite paintings on line, and I loved them. I couldn't tell if they were large or small, on canvas or paper, just that I loved them. When I learned that they were all in his sketchbooks I wasn't sure if he'd even be open to exhibiting them." Bloch, however, was enthusiastic, and the two are collaborating on how best to show the art.

"Ropomogo" is on view in the gallery at The Studio, 50 Canal Street Laconia during regular hours, Wednesday - Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-3; other times by chance or appointment. Call 603-455-8008 for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:06

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Pitman's Hosting Big Musical Weekend (404w/ 2 col cut sluged Carolyn Ramsey)

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce the following events for next week as well as announce our new catered dinner buffet available from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm on music nights :

Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Tyler RoadTyler Road has acquired the talent of various musicians from central NH to create a blend of music that features a combination of banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, accordion, box drum and bluesy vocals. Tyler Road creates the best foot stomping jams in the Northeast and has performed at arts and music festivals across New England
Musicians are Scott: Guitar, Dobro & Vocals; Steve: Banjo & Vocals, Theresa: Viola, Dave: Mandolin & Vocals, Andy: Percussion and Vocals, Woody: Mandolin & Banjo, Beth: Stand Up Bass, Drew: Djembe.
Admission is $12. Show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 6:30 p.m. for catered dinner buffet.

Friday March 7 at 8 p.m. the Professor Harp Blues Band will perform.

Although born and raised as Hugh Holmes of Boston,  the emanations from his harmonica and vocals make it clear that Professor Harp has the blues of Texas and the whole wide Delta coursing through his veins.
Primarily playing a sparse, yet full-sounding brand of no-nonsense, no-frills Texas style blues, Professor Harp specializes in what he calls, 'roots music'. Under the influence of many diverse blues greats, Professor Harp has developed a robust playing style. He often utilizes the Leslie rotating-speaker sound system to give his harp a Hammond organ timbre, while he alternately and simultaneously employs the standard or traditional 'electrified' blues harp. The professor tops this off by singing the blues with an infectious fervor, supported at his strictest insistence by only top-flight musicians on guitar, bass, and drums.

Admission $12, Show starts at 8 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm for catered dinner buffet.

The Carolyn Ramsay Band from Wolfbor takes the stage on Saturday March 8 at 8 p.m. The band is made up of Carolyn Ramsay (Lead Vocals), Jessica Ramsay(Vocals), Chuck Farrell(Lead Guitar), Bud Clark(Bass), Mike Chatigny(Vocals/Drums). The band members have backgrounds in a diverse assortment of musical genres and each contributes something special to the overall chemistry on stage. CRB's music encompasses an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from folk to rock, country and jazz standards and features rich vocal harmonies accompanied by the band's unique song arrangements.

Admission $12, Show starts at 8 pm, and doors open at 6:30 pm for catered dinner buffet.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:01

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