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Ashland plans pancake breakfast, parade, party and fireworks for 4th of July

ASHLAND —  The Ashland Fourth of July Committee announces its 54th consecutive year of Independence Day events for 2014.

Events kick off Friday, July 4 at 7 a.m. at the Common Man, Ashland, for the annual Pancake Breakfast. From 7-9 a.m. parade participants muster at the Ashland Fire House, Mill Street. All parade participants, including marchers, must check in with a parade attendant for line-up assignment.
The parade begins down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.

Saturday evening's events start at 6 p.m. with a midway on the L.W. Packard Ball Field. There will be concessions and entertainment with Magician Jim Gleich; Disc Jockey Chris White and Musician and Master of Ceremonies Art Harriman. At 9:30 p.m. the region's best fireworks display lights up the night.

The funding for this annual celebration comes strictly through donations and the sale of commemorative T-shirts and buttons. The Ashland Fourth of July Committee is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to keep their hometown tradition going. For more information, contact Katie Maher, Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:52

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Greater Meredith Program installs window boxes

MEREDITH — As part of their town-wide beautification effort the Greater Meredith Program has installed window boxes along Main St. While some stores already had boxes, the GMP noticed that some did not and offered to build them for the merchants if they would plant them with flowers and water them. Nine businesses took them up on the offer, Antiques at Meredith Bay, Family Affair, Hawkins Photography, Ruel's Barbershop, Park Place Salon, Patricia's Specially for You, Bootleggers Footwear, Lake Region Cupcakes, and Hermit Woods Winery.

The boxes were designed and built by Moe Gouin of Meredith and painted by Inter-Lakes Elementary students in Stephen Watson's class.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:34

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4 from GHS attending St. Paul's School summer program

GILFORD — Gilford High School is pleased to announce that the following students have been accepted to this summer's Advanced Studies Program being held at the St. Paul's School in Concord.

The students accepted into this prestigious program include Hunter Anderson studying Advanced Math, Stratton Coleman studying Japanese Language and Culture, Emily Hanf studying Shakespeare for Performance, and Kayla Vieten studying Studio Arts.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:21

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Huot Law Enforcement students face real pressure in mock police oral boards


LACONIA — The students from the Law Enforcement class at the Huot Career and Technical Center were put under pressure as they participated in mock interviews – "Mock Police Oral Boards" the first week of June.

Prior to the oral board, students were taught basic communication skills and how to properly prepare for a real police job interview. Basics such as handshakes, eye contact and demeanor as well as being able to "sell themselves" were taught and practiced prior to the actual interviews. The students were expected to know about the organization and the city they were testing for (Laconia Police Department).

The board consisted of Sgt. Bill Wright of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department; Captain Bill Clary and Officer Michelle Cardinal of the Laconia Police Department. All questions were taken from actual police oral boards, past interviews. The questions were designed to have the students articulate to the board their desire and expectations in becoming a law enforcement officer. Certain stressors were included in the interview process to give the students a real life feeling of what it is like in an actual oral board. Several scenario based questions were also asked of the students. After the interview the three assessors critiqued the student's performance, reviewed their strengths and any areas in need of improvement.

The Huot Technical Center is the only Law Enforcement program in New Hampshire that offers an actual mock police interview. Students Gage Baker and Mikayla Bordeau of Laconia High School, expressed how it was one of the most intimidating, yet rewarding experiences. They feel as if they learned how to be successful and understand the benefits of being prepared as it gave them great self-confidence during the interview.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 10:16

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