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Events & activities planned for Alton Old Home weekend, August 8-10

ALTON — A variety of events and activities are planned for Alton's Old Home Weekend, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10.

Activities include a 5k road race, a craft fair, a parade on Main Street, a vintage boat show, block party and pot luck supper, penny sale, a chicken barbecue put on by the Fire Department, car show, band concerts, fireworks, camp fire and S'mores, scavenger hunt, Fairy and Princess Picnic, a K-9 demonstration, cribbage tournament, an open house at the Alton Historical Society, a Picnic in the Park put on by the Historical Society, mini-golf tournament, and a performance by a barbershop singing group.

The 5k road race will begin at the Alton Bay Bandstand at 9 a.m. Registration will take place between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The certified course through Alton will feature computerized timing, scenic, slight varying course, flat/downhill with one moderate incline, paved. Prizes, raffles, music, water and food.

The race is being co-sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Forms and map available online at www.alton.nh.gov or register online at www.lightboxreg.com/alton5k2014.

The craft fair will be held in Alton Bay on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. New Hampshire crafters with handmade wares will be displaying their work at the Railroad Square Park on Lake Winnipesaukee. Admission free.

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Gilmanton Food Pantry assembling back-to-school kits

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry is again working to provide Back To School Kits to Gilmanton school children in need.

To accomplish this, the food pantry is collecting backpacks (K-High School), scientific calculators, jumbo glue sticks, graph paper, index cards, colored pencils, 1 & 3 subject notebooks, book covers, No. 2 pencils, crayons, 1-inch binders, rulers, fine point Dry Ease and fine and broad tip washable markers, among other items.

Those who would like to donate a complete School Kit for a certain grade level, or who want more information about additional supplies needed, can contact Beth Lavin at 267-1934 for more details.

Drop off locations include the Gilmanton School Office at the Elementary School on Route 140, Gilmanton Town Hall at the Academy Building, and Gilmanton Corner Church, as well as the Food Pantry during normal hours.

Donations should be dropped off by Aug. 10.


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Taylor Community Resident Show Muskrat Love

LACONIA —  Nineteen-year-old Eric Freeman is miles away from his native Knoxville, Tennessee home. He's spending this summer in the Lakes Region as a member of the Laconia Muskrats Baseball Team.

Very tall and lanky with short red hair, he seems comfortable in the surroundings of Taylor Community, which is his Host Family for the season.

He and 19-year-old Jordan Sheffield from Tullahoma, TN , share a room in the oldest building on campus – Taylor Home. They eat breakfast and often lunch with the assisted living residents who live there. "I have breakfast with Irene every morning," he said.

Irene laughed, describing Eric as a "good eater, who enjoys his food."

He often helps Mary, "who loves her puzzles," and knows "Beryle is a huge Red Sox fan. She gave me an interesting article about Fenway Park."

Taylor has sponsored two Muskrat players per season for the past few years. "It's such a pleasure each year for all of us at Taylor to be a host family for these fine young guys," said Marketing Director Paul Charlton.

"It's quite something for the players, for Laconia and for Taylor to be part of this program which attracts talented baseball players from colleges and universities all across the United States. We're big fans of Jordan, Eric and all of the Muskrats!"

"The support we received from Taylor Community is incredible," said Muskrat Manager Noah Crane. "It's a tremendous experience for our players and the 28 guys who don't get to stay there are very jealous. The hospitality we've been shown from everyone is remarkable."

The Muskrats are part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, comprised of 12 teams throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Unlike the aluminum bats used by college ball teams, the NECBL teams play with wooden bats which require more skill to drive the ball deep.

Eric said players found out last fall where they would be spending their summers. Muskrat Manager Noah Crane annually puts out a roster with players' positions."There were guys from my school going to New York, Florida and Nebraska," said Eric.

"The set-up is fine here. We like talking to the residents and Jordan and I both enjoy the ice cream sundaes on Sunday.

Robbie Mills Field, where the Muskrats play their home games, is only about 3 miles from Taylor. He added it was nice to be so close, as some of his teammates were housed 30 miles away.

Eric will be a sophomore at the University of Tennessee in the fall, concentrating on pre-pharmacy and kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement. Jordan will be studying business at Vanderbilt.

But it's not all work. Eric's family was able to visit over the Independence Day holiday and they traveled to Arcadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine and did some hiking in the New Hampshire mountains as well. "We were able to meet his parents, brother and sister. They were a lovely family," said Irene.

"It's fun having them around," said Taylor Home Resident Jeanne.

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Gilmanton Historical Society leads history tours for elementary students

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Historical Society presented a guided tour of the town to the Gilmanton School fourth-grade class recently. The field trip is expected to become a regular part of the New Hampshire history curricula at GES.

Historical Society President John Dickey led the tour which began at the Old Town Hall, now site of the Gilmanton Museum in the Iron Works, and continued with visits to various historical sites throughout town.
The following article was written by student Karina MacLeod, about two points of interest along the tour.
"Once the town of Gilmanton had many schoolhouses, 18 to be exact. One schoolhouse, by the name of Loon Pond School, has been restored to its original condition. We learned what it was like to go to school back then. The children would quickly run inside when the school bell rang. They would take their lunchboxes of wood and metal and place them on the shelf in the coat room. The children would sit two to a seat in rows according to their ages. The teacher would ring the attention bell and class would begin. The children being equipped with slates and chalk would practice writing and math and reading with posters with sentences on them called guides. At music time, the teacher would play the piano and the children would sing along. The children would have lunch and recess and then they would repeat math, writing and reading before walking home.
"The Town Hall today is used for meetings, voting, licenses and other things. Many people don't know its history and may not know when and why it was built. In 1784, the Academy, as it was called back then, was built. Ten years after the Academy was built, it was destroyed by fire. The Academy was rebuilt in 1797, only to catch on fire again in 1807. The town loved the Academy and they had it rebuilt in 1808. Ninety-nine years later, three months before its 100th anniversary, the Academy had a play to celebrate the occasion. During the play, one of the oil lamps fell and ignited a fire. The townspeople thought they had put out the fire and cleaned up the oil, but they didn't. For some oil had crept under the stage. After the play everyone went home and went to sleep. Near midnight, the Academy caught on fire again and by the time everyone got there, the flames had burned their beloved Academy to the ground.

"The town loved their Academy and yet again, they rebuilt it nine months after this tragedy. In 1910, the Academy closed till 1920 when it became a public school by the name of Corner School. It taught lessons until the present day Gilmanton School opened and it became as we call it today, Town Hall."

We hope Karina's article will inspire children and families to come explore the museum. Summer hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

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