Pleasant Street School taking part in Year of the Book celebration

LACONIA — Pleasant Street Elementary School is one of eight elementary schools in New Hampshire and Vermont taking part in the Year of the Book sponsorships from the Children's Literacy Foundation, an independent nonprofit based in Waterbury Center, Vt.

Each sponsorship is valued at $25,000 and includes literacy programs and events for the school and new books for the school and students.

Pleasant Street School will kick off their Year of the Book on Wednesday, September 17.  Duncan McDougall will tell stories to 290 students, grades K-5. After the storytelling presentation held in the cafeteria/gymnasium, each student will choose 2 new books. The programs will be held 1-1:45 – K-2nd grade; 2-2:45 – 3rd – 5th grade.

Other opportunities over the year may include:

Writing workshops with poets, children's authors and cartoonists; Visits from naturalists and real reptiles and raptors; Conversations with well-known authors about the writing process and field trips and performances.


Belknap County Democrats hosting meet the candidates event on September 14

LACONIA — On Sunday, September 14, the Belknap County Democrats will be hosting an event so that Belknap County residents can meet and hear from many of the Democrats who are running for state office in Belknap County and will be on the ballot Nov. 4th. The event will be held at the Leavitt Park Club House, 334 Elm St., in Laconia from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Refreshments and food will be provided.

Many of the candidates running in Belknap County will be there, including:
Mike Cryans - Executive Council candidate
Andrew Hosmer - running for reelection to the State Senate, District 7
Carolyn Mello - running for election to the State Senate, District 2
Rich Leonard – running for election to the State Senate, District 6
Dave Pollak – running for Belknap County Commissioner
State Rep candidates from all districts in Belknap County

Former State Senator Mark Fernald will also be attending and sharing his perspective on bedrock principles, talk about where NH is now, and challenge candidates and voters to think how we can, as a state, live up to our founding principles. Mark represented District 11 in the State Senate from 1999 – 2002 and was the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2002.



Bank of NH gives to Life Bridge program

WOLFEBORO — Bank of New Hampshire recently supported Life Bridge Inc. with a $2,500 contribution towards their youth mentoring program.

"We understand the importance of providing support to organizations such as Life Bridge," stated Edie Carter, AVP – Ossipee Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. "The work they do brings students and healthy adults together resulting in positive life changes."

Life Bridge's vision is to give students hope, keep them off drugs and alcohol, help curb risky behaviors and to encourage healthy choices. Trained adults invest 90 minutes each week for a year through a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Mentoring enables a student to develop responsible decision making skills, deeper relationships within their family, improved grades and attendance in school and potentially a rewarding journey into the future as responsible young adults in their community.

For more information about Life Bridge, visit

Northway Bank hosting AARP Driver program

BELMONT — Northway Bank is sponsoring the AARP Driver Safety Program on Tuesday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bank’s Belmont office, located at 9 Old State Road by the Belknap Mall.

Northway is pleased to offer this course to its customers and area residents as part of its commitment to community wellness. AARP developed this classroom refresher to ensure that drivers 50 years and older stay safe behind the wheel. The course’s curriculum has been updated to reflect the most current driving information and safety tips available. The driver safety course is designed to educate participants about how best to reduce traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries; update drivers’ knowledge about relevant laws; and provide safe driving strategies to compensate for age-related changes that affect one’s driving ability. Upon successful completion of the course, participants may be eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance.

AARP volunteer instructor Allen Gable will be presenting this course through a combination of group discussion and video. The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members who show their membership card, and $20 all non-AARP members. For more information or to register for the course, call Maralyn Beauchesne at (603) 528-1800 or (800) 442-6666 ext. 4563.