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AARP driver safety course at at police HQ

LACONIA — The Laconia Police Department will be hosting an AARP Driver Safety Program on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Community Room at LPD headquarters.

A certified AARP instructor will teach the course which will cover various topics including, defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road, how to deal with aggressive drivers, how to handle problem situations (left turns, right-of-way, interstate highway traffic, trucks and blind spots), and how to safely use anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts.

The course is tailored toward those age 55 and over, however, is open to everyone. There are 16 seats available.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members and $5 for all teachers and school personnel (active and retired).

To register, e-mail your name and phone number to Chief Christopher Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-524-5257 X324.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 09:41

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Meredith gearing up for Arts and Crafts Festival

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank will present the 35th annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24.

This event will transform the Main Street of the quaint lakeside village of Meredith as well as the upper parking lot of the Mill Falls Marketplace into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of more than 70 painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters. Spectators will be impressed with the variety and quality of exhibits this Festival has to offer. Booths will display wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather projects, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors. All items are original creations and the artists and craftsmen will be available throughout the weekend to meet and converse with customers.

This year a booth sponsored by the Lakes Region Art Association will showcase local artists as well as provide art activities for the youngsters.

Over the years, the festival has gained a solid reputation among New England arts and craftsmen and is the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area. Performing at this year's event on both Saturday and Sunday will be Marc Elbaum and Christine Chaisson who will play jazz, classic rock and great American songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. At 11a.m. on Saturday, Simplicity The Clown will entertain the younger fairgoers as well as adults with comedy magic and balloon entertainment. Phil and Janet Sanguedolce will round out both Saturday and Sunday afternoons with classic folk and rock music.

Culinary delights and tasty treats will be available from the Meredith Kiwanis Club, the Chocorua Lodge of Masons, and the Sno Streakers. Featured will be the popular sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, soda, homemade pies and ice cream, and sno cones.

Free shuttle bus service will be available from both the north and south sides of Route 3 and will run continuously both days. Admission is free and for more detailed information contact the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-279-6121.

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Meredith Village Savings gives 8,500 grant to Gilford High robotics team

GILFORD — The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Charitable Fund has awarded an $8,500 grant to Gilford High School FIRST Robotics Team 1831. This grant will help offset FIRST Robotics Competition registration fees and travel costs for the team.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," develop teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against their competitors. As technology advances, the FIRST program gives students the opportunity and tools to keep pace with growing need for technical knowledge.

This year Gilford High School's team, led by head adult mentor, Mike Andrews, was told to fabricate a robot that could pick up and dispense a ball at various heights, within six weeks. Their creation, the Yelping Turkey II, brought them to the Quarter Finals for the Granite State District.

"Not only does this team give students hands on experience in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but it also helps students refine their education path and opens doors to college scholarship opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to," said Jackie Drever, adviser for Gilford High School FIRST Robotics Team 1831. "Since 2006, our team members have received nearly $250,000 in scholarship funds and many have gone on to successful careers in STEM fields."

FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. For more information about FIRST, visit: www.usfirst.org.



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Gilford Rotary to put on pancake breakfast on Old Home Day


GILFORD — The Gilford Rotary Club will be hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Aug. 23, from 7 until 10 a.m. at the Gilford Youth Center on Potter Hill Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Gilford Rotary's secret recipe all-you-care-to-eat pancakes will be served, along with sausage, orange juice, and hot coffee. All proceeds benefit the Cheryl

Walsh Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship was started at the urging of President Richard Ayers and other members of Gilford Rotary in 1988, and was first presented to Corey Ellis in 1989. Originally thought of as an "initially endowed" and eventually "self-sustaining" program, Gilford Rotary initially funded the Scholarship with seed money. The proceeds/earnings of the investments plus contributions by members of the foundation, board and Selection Committee as well as Gilford Rotary have resulted in $500 to $2,500 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. Since the beginning, a selection committee of board members, friends and past recipients has conducted interviews to select the recipients. The scholarship has traditionally attracted applications from the

brightest and most talented leaders and scholar/athletes of the senior class.

Another fund-raising activity which supports the fund is the Rotary District Ski Race.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Treasurer, Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Gilford Rotary Club, P.O. Box 7091, Gilford, NH 03247-7091.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 08:22

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