Squam Lakes Natural Science Center named a 'Family Favorite'

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as a "Family Favorite" award recipient for Favorite Environmental and Educational Center. Parenting New Hampshire magazine is the state's premier parenting magazine and a resource for families who live in or visit New Hampshire throughout the year.
The Family Favorite awards, now in its fourth year, is an awards program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services, and places in almost 60 categories - as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine. Categories included Out and About, Baby Stuff, Birthday Fun, Shopping, Activities & Learning, Family Services, and Restaurants.
"The Family Favorite's award program recognizes those places, people, and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family," said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. "Whether it is a child care center, the library, or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with the wider public."
"We are honored to be chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as a family favorite," said Amanda Gillen, Marketing and Visitor Services Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "For nearly 50 years we have been bringing families nearer to nature and the award helps to spread our educational message."
The Family Favorite Awards voting took place online from June 1 through July 31, 2014. Parenting New Hampshire received almost 1,100 votes over the two month time period. The results of the reader's poll will appear in the October 2014 issue of Parenting New Hampshire.

Ashland holding 6th annual town wide yard sale

ASHLAND — Ashland's Eighth Town Wide Yard Sale will be held, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Maps of the yard sale locations will be on sale for just $1 at Memorial Park. The park, located on Main Street in downtown Ashland, at the junction of Routes 3, 25 and 132, will also house many of the event's vendors.

The yard sale will include fundraisers and promotions for several local non-profit organizations, including Ashland Historical Society, Friends of the Ashland Town Library, Ashland Woman's Club, Ashland Community Center and Food Pantry, Ashland Parks & Recreation Department, American Legion Post 15, Ashland Area Recreation Association, Fourth of July Committee and Ashland 150th Anniversary Committee. The annual event is sponsored by the Community Council of Ashland, a coalition of non-profit organizations serving Ashland.

Belknap Mill historian to speak at Laconia Public Library on Tuesday (330)

LACONIA – Laconia Public Library will host a presentation on the history of Laconia's Belknap Mill with author and historian Carol Lee Anderson on Tuesday, Sept. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anderson is the author of the recently released book titled, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage."

The publication follows the release of Anderson's second book, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip," which came out last fall. She is also the author of the award-winning, "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," published by The History Press in 2011.

Also on hand to speak during the presentation will be Manchester businessman J. Paul Morin, who wrote the foreword to the book. Morin's great-grandfather, J.P. Morin, bought the Belknap Mill in 1913, and the Morin family subsequently owned and operated a hosiery business at the mill for three generations. J. Paul is the last of his generation to have first-hand experience with the family's complex enterprise.

"A History of the Belknap Mill" took Anderson nearly a year to write. It encompasses not only the mill's history but also the industrial history of Laconia. The tale of this history includes the stories of many of the French-Canadian immigrants who worked as mill operatives, and it further chronicles the story of women mill workers, who were known as "mill girls." The women far out-numbered their male counterparts and performed far more complicated tasks.

The intense battle for the mill's preservation and restoration is described throughout several chapters of the book, which features an interview with Save the Mills and Belknap Mill Society founder, Peter Karagianis. Anderson conducted additional interviews with Dr. Richard Candee, an architectural historian who helped those who saved the mill from demolition during urban renewal and helped guide the Belknap Mill Society through the mill's complex restoration process.

Following the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.


"Bowls of Care" September 25th Celebrates and Supports Family Caregivers

CONCORD — On the evening of September 25th, the art world will meet the family caregiving world when 100 bowls hand-crafted by NH potters will be on display for selection by the evening's attendees.

Over a dozen potters and the Alton Central School students have donated their time and creative energy to help support ServiceLink, and the Elder Services' Department of the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc.'s "Bowls of Care... a gathering to support community and family caregivers." The event will be held at NH Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord NH, from 5-8 and will feature a soup buffet dinner, live music by Jazz/Americana singer Cat Faulkner and Singer/Songwriter John Schindler, and keynote presentation by Family Caregiving Life Coach, A. Michael Bloom, author of The Accidental Caregiver, who espouses meaningful and uplifting messages for caregivers such as "Keep chocolate in your pillbox!" and "Self-care isn't selfish." Four beautiful themed baskets will also be available for raffle, including "The Spa Basket," "The Wine Basket," "The Caregiver Basket" and "The Pottery Basket."

The evening will benefit Elder Services' and ServiceLink's family caregiver services and the clients who need care, as well as raise awareness of this growing issue. Tickets are $30 and include a beautiful artisan bowl; buffet dinner of soups, wraps, salads and desserts donated by local restaurants, live music, and the tactical soul-saving strategies provided by Keynote Speaker, A. Michael Bloom, which will inspire and recharge the energy of family and professional caregivers. Tickets and raffle information are available by calling 225-3295 or contacting Nicole Finitisis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..