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Ashland Planning September Kick Off for 150th Anniversary

ASHLAND —  The Ashland 150th Committee invites the community to a Kick-Off Party to begin the planning for its coming 150th anniversary in 2018 to be held on Sunday, September from 2-5 p.m. at the Ashland Railroad Station Museum at 69 Depot Street. Anyone interested in generating ideas for or helping with the planning of Ashland's Sesquicentennial and other historic celebrations is welcome.

Participants are encouraged to bring photos, documents and Ashland memorabilia to share and/or donate. A scanner will be available to create electronic copies of printed material. The Ashland Historical Society will be available to accept donations of historic items for future display.

A pot luck including sandwiches and drinks donated by the Common Man will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. History themed games and events will be included.

Participants will join in sharing ideas for honoring the coming milestone anniversaries in the town of Ashland including: 2014's 80th Anniversary of the Squam Lake House/Ednor Hotel "great hotel fire"; 2016's 200th Anniversary of "Year Without A Summer" honoring Reuben Whitten and 25th Anniversary of Pauline Glidden Toy Museum; 2017's 180th Anniversary of the building of the Obadiah Smith/George Whipple House (now a museum); 2018's 150th Anniversary of Ashland , 50th Anniversary of Ashland Historical Society, 50th Anniversary of Memorial Park established during the Centennial and 140th Anniversary of the birth of George Whipple in the Obadiah Smith/George Whipple House; and 2019's 150th Anniversary of Ashland Railroad Station (now a museum).

A separate account has been established by the Ashland Historical Society to accept donations to be used specifically for the 150th Celebrations and Memorials. The Society is a 501(c)3 NH not-for-profit accepting tax deductible donations for the 150th at PO Box 175, Ashland NH 03217.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:22

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Winni Museum hosting Antiques Appraisal Day

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting our "Antiques Appraisal Day" on Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Three experts will be on hand to appraise item for local community members for a $5 fee per item. The proceeds will benefit the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. Space will be offered outside for people to set up flea market tables for $25 per space. Space is limited and pre registration is required. Call 366-5950 for more information. 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:07

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MVSB Calendar Winners announced

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) announced the winners of their Annual Community Photo Contest. The winning photos will be used on the Banks website and Facebook pages, as well as within the 2015 wall and desktop calendars and even as note and holiday cards. The calendars will be available free of charge to members of the local community at any of the Bank's 11 local branches beginning in the early fall of 2014.

The Bank received almost 200 individual submissions from approximately 50 local and visiting photographers for this year's contest, making narrowing down the selection to 12 photos for the calendars and 20 photos for the website quite a challenge. This year's winners include: Bonita Carnivale of Gilford, Joanna DeCesare of Gilford, Gerry Fagon of Laconia, Susan Francesco of Holderness, Ida Gould of Campton, Dan Hanson of Alton Bay, Christina Kolb of Gilford, Elizabeth Morin of Moultonborough, Bob Ness of Wolfeboro, Al Posnack of Alton Bay, Christine Randall of Ashland, Dan Robusto of Meredith, Deborah Teal-Fries of Waterville Valley, and John White of Rye. 

"We always have such a wonderful response for this contest," noted Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Senior Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB. "Every year we receive amazing photos that capture the unique character of central New Hampshire and the Lakes Region. This is a great way to celebrate the communities we serve and provides us the opportunity to highlight the artistic work of some very talented people."

The Bank expects to begin accepting photo entries for next year's contest on Monday, March 2, 2015 with a final deadline for submissions of Friday, May 29, 2015. Photo entries should have a strong focus on community events and people enjoying the variety of venues, attractions and local businesses the Lakes Region has to offer year round. Winners of the Print Contest may have their photos presented on the Community Calendar, the Desktop Tent Calendar, on the Bank's note cards or holiday card. Winners of the Web Contest will have their photos displayed on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and/or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank).

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:02

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LRCT Program and Walk with Black Bear Expert Ben Kilham on August 14

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust will  present a program by noted black bear expert Ben Kilham on Thursday, August 14, to be held at LRCT's Conservation Trust's Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in Moultonborough.

For nearly 20 years, Ben Kilham has taken in orphaned and injured black bear cubs. Through rehabilitation and at times by becoming the surrogate mother bear, he has helped the cubs develop the skills needed to survive in the wild.

Kilham's work in New Hampshire has been the subject of three National Geographic documentaries and a Discovery Channel show, and he is the author of "Among the Bears – Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild". Ben Kilham has been a guest speaker as far away as Russia, China, and throughout the United States.

The program on August 14 will include an evening presentation, and it will be preceded by late afternoon walk to observe bear habitat and signs of behavior in the field.

From 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Kilham will present a slideshow titled "The Social Black Bear", which focuses on how black bears communicate, their social life, and parallels to human behavior. This presentation will be held in the Castle in the Clouds' Carriage House. It is open to all, and there is no preregistration required. For all LRCT presentations and excursions at the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area, the property is accessed via Ossipee Park Road, not through the Castle's front gate.

In addition, for those interested in exploring black bear habitat, there will be an opportunity to join Kilham and LRCT Guide and expert tracker, Katie Callahan on a guided walk where you will view evidence of bear activity and learn how to identify bear sign in the field. This 1.5-mile walk will depart promptly at 4:30 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. in time for the evening presentation. This walk will be limited to 30 participants; preregistration is required. To register, contact LRCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-253-3301.


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