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Belknap County 4H Fair this weekend

BELMONT — The 71st annual Belknap County 4H Fair, the biggest little agricultural fair in New Hampshire, begins Saturday August 9 at 9 am and will run through Sunday at 5 pm at the Fairgrounds on Mile Hill Road. Kids under ten and under have free admission and over 10 pay admission of $7 for a visit packed with fun and entertainment.

Their will be a children's midway with rides appropriate for young children.
The Belknap County 4H Fair has been providing fairgoers with great animal exhibits like ox pulls, draft horse demonstrations, and 4H youth animal displays. The historic Colonial Barn is chock full of the craft and educational products done by area youth with the 4H program.
The entertainment stage has ongoing musical entertainment with performances by Studio Two (a Beatles Tribute), Joel Cage, Tristan Ormand, The Central Baptist Church Choir and Lauren Hurley on Saturday. Back on Sunday will be Tristan Ormand, Joel Cage, fiddling by the Flip Side and Country Music's Jay Taylor. The entertainment is worth the admission price alone. Ed the Wizard will be the wandering wizard for the kid's enjoyment.
Kids and those young at heart will love the animals, games, and the carnival rides. And what little one doesn't love a pony ride? On Saturday is the exciting garden tractor pull and on Sunday the first time appearance of the motor "doodlebugs" Both Saturday and Sunday feature traditional kid's games like bubble gum blowing , pie eating contests, jello eating and water balloon throwing.
Come browse the exhibits, crafts and entertainment, check out the pulls and all those delicious traditional fair foods, Italian sausage subs, fries, onion rings, ice cream, fried dough, deep fried and pies and great grilling items will tantalize your taste buds.
For additional information and exact schedule, visit the Fair website at www.bc4Hfair.org .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:19

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Donna Kuethe to be honored by Every Child in Ours organization

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Parks and Recreation Director Donna Kuethe will be honored on Friday, September 19th at 6pm at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith by the national organization Every Child Is Ours (ECIO) as the New England Women of the Year.

Kuethe will be honored for her significant contributions to the national organization Every Child Is Ours and her 40-years of service to international, national, state, and local municipal/community recreation.

Every Child is Ours was created in 1997 to complement President Clinton's "America Reads" initiative. The mission is to promote educational opportunities through fostering relationships by working as an outreach program that matches up local resources with children in need. While Every Child Is Ours is well known for its work in South Dakota and Northeast Arkansas, it is also an international organization by partnering with schools in Acuña, Mexico and Kanana, South Africa. It provides services through collecting and distributing basic educational tools and supplies such as pens, paper, books, recreation supplies, and ensuring that children have proper food to fulfill their nutritional needs.

Kuethe has demonstrated her passion by serving on the ECIO board of directors, filling containers with supplies to be shipped to sites in need and even volunteering in Kanana, South Aftica and New Orleans. Donna is certified in FEMA Disaster Command, Save the Children: Child Friendly Spaces, and American Red Cross Disaster Relief/Shelter Operations. She also serves on the New England National Parks and Recreation Council as the committee chair of Operation Recreation Relief, a task force that provides recreation services to areas affected by national disasters. Nationally, she is working with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) on Save the Children, Green-Play Code Red, and Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation on Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness Project.

While she has had an significant impact on the international and national forum, she is proactive in the state of NH with the Children in Nature Initiative, NH State Parks Great Park Pursuit, NH HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living), CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children's Health), the Governor's Commission of Disabilities: ADA Recreation for All, Adaptive Skiing, and the NH Hershey Track and Field program. She has served on the House/Senate Committee on Child Care Licensing and as Chair of the Legislative Committee for New Hampshire Parks and Recreation, regularly monitoring, testifying for and advocating on behalf of legislative issues affecting Parks and Recreation at the state and national level.

Locally, Ms. Kuethe has been fundamental in the establishment and foundation of the parks and recreation in Moultonborough. Her distinct contributions include the Moultonborough Pathway, rehabilitation of the Moultonborough Youth Soccer field, a community before school (CATCH) and after school drop in program, youth sports and day summer camp, senior programs, community trips and local events such as Summer Concert series, Town Block Party, Edith Tennis Tournament, Pathway Road Race, Winter Bingo and environmental rehabilitation of lakefront. Her caring and visionary character has paved the way for innovation and implementation that has positively affected diverse populations across generations. The quality and value of her contributions will leave a long term legacy and positive impact on the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:15

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Incumbent & challenging candidates for District 2 County Commission to visit Republican meeting in Barnstead

BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.

With the September 9th Primary only one month from now, attention remains focused on those candidates hoping to have the opportunity to represent the towns of Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton. The winners of the primary will go on to run against their Democrat opponents in the November General Election.

Of particular note is that incumbent Republican District 2 County Commissioner John Thomas of Belmont, and his Republican opponent, Dick Burchell of Gilmanton, will be attending and speaking at this month's meeting. District 2 encompasses the towns of Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, and Gilmanton. In addition, other local candidates (in a primary or not) are encouraged to attend this meeting; it will be the last opportunity for local candidates to address the Committee's members and guests prior to the Primary.

BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire.

Per the usual meeting format, if you're interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 pm.

The Committee reminds you to bring a non-perishable food item (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:07

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AMTP Pathways to Leadership Program Develops Outdoors Skills


WOLFEBORO — On July 21st participants from the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project's Pathways to Leadership: Outdoor Leadership Pathway departed for Errol, for their culminating Pathways experience, a multi-day canoe trip on Lake Umbagog. The leadership and technical skills that participants acquired throughout the year were put to the test when they were asked to create schedules and emergency action plans, set up and break down camp, cook and clean up meals, and monitor group morale and well being, all of which they excelled at.

Pathways to Leadership: Outdoor Leadership Pathway participants graduate with the training and know-how to serve as co-leaders in next years' Pathways program and will teach future participants the skills they need to know to have a fun and safe backcountry experience.

On August 8 participants in the Pathways to Leadership: Service Learning Pathway will gear up for their culminating Pathways experience. They will volunteer on the Community School Farm, visit the Victory Gardens exhibit at the Wright Museum, and spend Saturday volunteering at the Moose Mountain Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival.

AMTP is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to supporting healthy development and resilience in youth, families and communities throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:01

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