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Ashland lists events for 54th annual Independence Day festivities

ASHLAND — Ashland's 54th annual Independence Day celebration, which traditionally draws thousands of visitors, begins Friday, July 4, with the Common Man Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Marchers, floats and performers will line up behind the Ashland Fire House on Mill Street between 7 and 9:45 a.m.

Organizers say the following guidelines apply to parade participants: Entries should be in good taste and appropriate for families and children. Participants need to be respectful of spectators and other parade participants. They must take whatever safety measures are appropriate, including supervising minor children and compliance with all Town and State laws and regulations. Parade entries must move along the parade route quickly and safely because the town's permit to close Route 3 is limted.

The festivities continue Saturday, July 5, on the L.W. Packard Ball Field with a midway and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. The Common Man offers a dinner barbecue chicken dinner for $10 per person Hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and watermelon will also be available.

Attendees can enjoy entertainment by Magician Jim Gleich, disc jockey Chris White, and musician Art Harriman.

The Common Man will again hold the popular 50/50 raffle with tickets being sold on the ball field. All proceeds from the raffle, pancake breakfast and barbecue are donated to the fireworks and parade.

At 9:30 p.m. some of the best fireworks in the state will light up the sky, courtesy of Atlas Pyrotechnics and managed by Charlie St. Clair. Spectators should remain in designated viewing areas only. The fireworks rain date is Sunday, July 6 at dusk.

The two-day event draws several thousand visitors to Ashland. Parking will be marked and officials will direct people to appropriate areas. Limited handicapped parking will be in the Booster Club parking lot for permitted vehicles only and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Ashland Fourth of July Committee raises all money needed for these annual events with fund-raisers, advertising, raffles, souvenir sales and donations. Commemorative T-shirts and buttons will be sold at the pancake breakfast.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:00

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Little Church Theater presents 5th annual Project Greenway Design Contest

HOLDERNESS — . Inspired by the TV show, Project Runway, Project Greenway is the battle of the green designers, hosted at Little Church Theater each summer. The 5th Annual Project Greenway is set for Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. The theme is "take an adventure and travel the world with your imagination!" Designers will choose a destination, create a design with the inspiration of travels to their location and bring it home to New Hampshire. All designers are invited to participate and the public is encouraged to attend and cheer them on.

The design contest rules focus on the environment and creativity:

Each design must incorporate five different types of recycled, reused and repurposed materials.
Judges will be looking for explanation of the materials and the creativity of how the designers put these materials together
The use of color, texture and uniqueness will be critical in the judging
The construction of the design is important but the 'outfit' does not have to be re-wearable
Use of accessories will also be a consideration.

A total $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in two age categories of 11-17 and 17 and over. First place for each category is $500, $300 for second place and $200 for third.

The contest registration fee is $25. Designers may register by calling the box office at (603) 968-2250 or emailing The Little Church Theater at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Attendees will be asked for donations of $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under to help support this event. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the the box office.

Organizer Austine Howard announced that television personality, award-winning author, floral and interior designer, Rebecca Cole will be this year's celebrity judge. Rebecca is an internationally renowned lifestyle and floral designer through her companies Rebecca Cole Design and worldwide as Cole Creates. Rebecca hosted all 200 shows for Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design and has appeared nearly as often on the Today Show.

"Each year the designers have surprised me and the other judges with their creativity! We are always mesmerized by the talent, the unique designs and the incredible creative use of materials," said Austine. "I would love to take them all to New York!"


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Secrets of Cellar Holes topic of talk at Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — Join us at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street on Tuesday, July 1 at  p.m. for a Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes.

Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places?

Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Sponsored by a grant through the NH Humanities Council, The Meredith Historical Society and the Friends of the Meredith Library. This will also be the regular monthly meeting of the Meredith Historical Society and the Meredith Library Genealogy Club.

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Fusion Bowl-a-Thon at Funspot benefits Lakes Region Santa Fund


LACONIA — Fusion hosted its third Annual Bowl-a-Thon at Funspot last month. Event sponsors and the 60 participants helped raise funds to benefit The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region and future Fusion programs.

The Santa Fund provides year-round financial assistance to support children's activities as well as provide personal care items and warm gear for the winter months. Santa Fund Co-Chairs Kim Lacasse and Janet Brough were present to explain the Fund's mission and partake in the ceremonial opening bowl.

Eleven Lakes Region businesses sponsored teams, each competing for the Bowl-a-Thon trophy. Those teams include: Kingpin Sponsor – The Insurance Outlet, Strike Sponsor – Metrocast Business Services, and Lane Sponsors – Bank of New Hampshire, the Belknap Mill, Crossfit Juggernaut, Faith Hope & Love Foundation, Fratello's, Go Wireless, Jack is Back Pro Shop, MC Cycle and Meredith Village Savings Bank. Metrocast Business Services was looking to defend its title, but the bowlers from Jack is Back Pro Shop took top prize.

Throughout the evening of fun, including an After Hours event at Cactus Jack's of Laconia, bowlers never lost focus of the goal; to benefit two non-profit organizations and assist children within the Lakes Region. With the help of the sponsors, participants, and generous raffle item donations from area businesses, Fusion raised $1,500 in donations for the Santa Fund.

"This donation will be used to fund enrichment activities for Lakes Region youth who would otherwise not be able to participate in summer activities," said Janet Brough. "Inclusion in these activities will enhance their quality of life and offer the proper development for children who might not otherwise be able to be involved in programs during the break from school."

Fusion President, Jaimie Sousa, says "The Bowl-A-Thon is a great event where everyone comes together to have a good time and they end up making new connections and supporting an excellent local non-profit. I am so excited that we were able to increase our donation this year to $1,500. We look forward to further increased participation next year providing the ability to give back even more."

Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). For more information about what Fusion can do to support your business or organization, and how to get involved, contact them via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region is also located in Laconia. For more information, contact Kim Lacasse or Janet Brough at 603-524--3111 or visit www.santafund.weebly.com/ .



Chris McCarthy, The Insurance Outlet; Kim Lacasse, Santa Fund Co-Chair; Janet Brough, Santa Fund Co-Chair; Tania Baert, Fusion Treasurer; Jaimie Sousa, Fusion President; Beth San Soucie, Fusion Vice President; Kara LaSalle, Fusion Marketing Committee member. (Courtesy photo)

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