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Winners of MVSB photo contest announced

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2013 Annual Photo Contest. Selected photos will be included in the 2014 MVSB Community Calendar or on the Bank's website at www.mvsb.com.
The Bank received over 300 unique submissions from approximately 70 local and visiting photographers for this year's contest, making narrowing down the selection quite a challenge.

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

The winners of the 2014 Community Photo Contest are divided into various categories. Winners of the website category include Kenneth Alger of Wolfeboro, Ruth Arsenault of Alton Bay, Ida Gould of Campton, Bob Ness of Wolfeboro, Elizabeth Morin of Moultonborough, and Bill Tisdale of Gilford.
Calendar winners are: Dawn Garza of Center Ossipee, Christina Kolb of Gilford, Kurt Oberhausen of Belmont,and
Jackie Prince of New Hampton.
Calendar and website winners are: Donald Bump of Ashland, Robert Clifford of Gilford ,Joan Coburn of Gilford, Linda Fairchild of Center Ossipee, Christine Randall of Ashland and Susan Francesco of Holderness.

The bank plans to launch its photo contest for next year on Monday, March 3, 2014 with a deadline for submissions of Friday, May 30.
MVSB also plans to put a stronger focus on selecting photos that demonstrate community events and people enjoying the variety of venues, attractions and local businesses the Lakes Region has to offer year round.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 10:34

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Searching for an Economic Recovery

GILFORD — Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at the Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) is convening a meeting that will feature a presentation on the well-being of the NH Economy and areas where new opportunities may await.

Economic conditions in the Lakes Region are influenced greatly by demographic and economic factors elsewhere in the state and throughout New England. According to some, the economic drivers such as, consistent population growth, increased productivity, and a resilient economy that have powered the state over the past 30 years may have run their course. Researchers say that due to reasons such as more people leaving than staying, decreased labor productivity, and an aging population will require the state to adapt to a new economic reality for years to come. Joining the LRPC  to expand upon this theme and the implications for the region and communities is Dennis Delay, chief economist from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies.
Along the theme of economic development, the LRPC recently completed a draft comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the Lakes Region, in cooperation with area economic development councils. The CEDS is to serve as a roadmap for increased economic opportunities, and to qualify projects for possible funding assistance from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Commissioners will be asked to endorse the plan in addition to accepting the FY 14 Annual Report, and adopting the FY 15 membership appropriations and revised organizational Mission and Vision statements.
All LRPC meetings are open to the public. For additional information or special accommodation, contact the LRPC: 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Homeschooling forum in Laconia Tuesday

LACONIA — Parents interested in homeschooling their children will have a chance to talk with experienced homeschoolers at the Laconia Public Library on Tuesday, September 24th from 3 to 5 p.m.

The event is presented by Central New Hampshire Homeschoolers, a group that organizes field trips and outdoor activities for area homeschool families. "Recently CNHH has been contacted by many people who are interested in exploring the homeschool option but need help getting started. There are resources available on-line but sometimes it's helpful just to sit and talk with someone who is already homeschooling, so we organized this event to give people that chance" said coordinator Linda Smith "Our panel includes homeschoolers who use a variety of methodologies to educate their children."

Nationally more than one million children are homeschooled but getting started can be daunting. There are many decisions to make when getting started. "We are fortunate in New Hampshire as our laws give parents a lot of flexibility to tailor an educational experience specifically for their child but because of that flexibility getting started can be overwhelming." said Linda "The purpose of the forum is to give parents new to homeschooling and people thinking of homeschooling the information they need to make the necessary decisions."

The discussion is offered free of charge, those interested may call 603-581-9148 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Bristol Baptist Church Plans Busy October

BRISTOL — The month of October will be a month of missions at Bristol Baptist Church located at 30 Summer Street in Bristol.

On each of the four Sundays at 10 a.m. a different American Baptist missionary will be presenting their mission. Following the morning worship service there will be a potluck luncheon.

The four missionaries will be Rev. Dale Edwards with the ABC-VNH, Rev. Bill Newhall with Mobile Missionary Assistance Program, Kemo Baker with Next Gen, and Norma Taaties representing AV Women. For more information, call 744-3885.

On Wednesday, October 2, the Fidelis Missionary Society at Bristol Baptist Church will be hosting a concert by the Moore Family Gospel Singers.

A love offering will be collected.

Before the 7 p.m. concert, there will l be a potluck supper at 6 p.m. to which the attendees should bring a dish to share. For more information, call 744-3885.

On Wednesday, October 16 the ladies of Bristol Baptist Church will be hosting the Fall Gathering of the American Baptist Women's VT/NH Lakes Association. The gathering will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. A luncheon for $8 will be served. There will be a guest speaker and workshops. For more information, call 744-3885.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 10:24

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