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'Legends of the Lakes Region' Needed for New Book

LACONIA —  Five years ago, Lakes Region residents – both seasonal and year-rounders – were delighted when a book of local photographs and essays appeared entitled "The Lakes Region of New Hampshire: Four Seasons, Countless Memories."

Now Carbone Productions, LLC, publishers of the book, have announced a new book project. "Legendary Locals of New Hampshire's Lakes Region." The book will be produced in cooperation with Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., and is expected to be available next summer.

Author Ray Carbone, founder and CEO of Carbone Productions, said he's already gathering names of people that could be included in the new book. "We're trying to identify individuals – artists, athletes, government officials, business owners, community leaders, etc. – that have had, or are now having, a lasting impact on the Lakes Region, or on a particular town or community," he said.

Carbone is asking for help from the public in compiling a list of about 150 people. "I've worked in the Lakes Region for about 20 years, mostly as a reporter for the Citizen of Laconia and the Laconia Daily Sun, so I have some knowledge of the area, but I know there are still people – in history, in a special area of talent or expertise, in a smaller community – that I've never met or heard about," he said. "I'm hoping to cast a wide net, to let people know that we're looking especially for the 100 to 200 people that are genuinely 'Local Legends.'"

In addition to individuals, some select organizations, clubs and/or groups that have had a lasting impact on the area will be included, he said.

"We're looking stories that are heartwarming, tragic and quirky," said Erin Vosgien, Arcadia's Legendary Locals Editor, who lives in East Kingston. "There should be a combination of historical characters and modern figures that people can related to. We want well-known people as well as unsung heroes."

The book will be about 128 pages and printed on high-quality glossy paper. It will include approximately 100 to 200 noteworthy and newsworthy individuals and groups, illustrated with about 150 images.

If you know someone who you'd like to suggest, contact Carbone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. His goal is to have a preliminary list of "nominees" by the end of July. (If there is a good photograph of the subject available, that will help in moving the process forward.)

Those interested in pre-ordering the book, can contact Carbone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:07

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Family fun & music fest to raise funds for scholarships

PLYMOUTH — A family fun and music festival to benefit local music scholarships will take place Saturday, July 27, at The Greenhouse at Italian Farmhouse, 377 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

The sixth annual Bruce Alan Downing B.A.D. Jam Family Fun and Music Festival begins at 3 p.m. with snacks from The Common Man restaurants and live music from local bands. A classic barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and music will continue until 10 p.m.

The schedule of bands slated to perform at the event is: New Hampshire Music Festival Brass Quintet at 3 p.m., Bob King at 3:30 p.m., The Meredith All-Stars at 4:15 p.m., Don Williams and Dave Tonkin at 5 p.m., David Colburn and Buck Blasi at 5:45 p.m., Uncle Steve Band at 6:30 p.m., Midnight Crisis at 7:15 p.m., Chris White Band at 8 p.m., Crunchy Western Boys at 8:45 p.m., and jam time at 9:30 p.m.

Family fun and activities planned include MoFun Balloon Art, face painting, horseshoes, a photo booth, bocce ball, tarot card reading, cookie decorating, T-shirt tie dying and hula hooping.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Tickets are $25 at the door the day of the event. Wristbands will be used so that attendees can come and go throughout the day.

To reserve your tickets in advance, call The Common Man's main office at (603) 968-9330 until close of business Friday, July 25.

The Greenhouse at the Italian Farmhouse is located at 337 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

For more information, visit thecman.com and The Italian Farmhouse's Facebook page.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:47

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Cody North Receives First Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce Cody North of Belmont is the first recipient of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship.

In 2012, Meredith Village Savings Bank donated $100,000 to the Huot Regional Technical Center – Laconia High School Capital Campaign in support of the Culinary Arts program. The support assisted in the creation of a new state-of-the-art educational facility, kitchens and a flagship restaurant that is the cornerstone of the recent remodel at Laconia High School.

The Huot Technical Center provides career and technical education programs for students of Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. In the two year-year culinary arts program, students begin to develop skills that are essential to employment in all facets of the food service industry. Students are part of a team that caters school functions and special parties and operates the in-school Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center. Students learn a wide range of skills from baking to cost analysis to line skills and have the opportunity to earn college credit through the New Hampshire Community College system.

"The culinary arts program is very appreciative of the continued support of MVSB," said Jack Aldrich, program instructor, "the scholarship will support strong students, such as Cody, in their efforts to grow and develop into chefs and leaders in the culinary industry."

Cody is the son of Heather North and will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York this fall. A member of the National Technical Honor Society and alumni of the culinary arts program at the Huot Center, Cody graduated from Belmont High School in June.

"MVSB is thrilled to have Cody as the first recipient," said Debbie Irwin, Marketing Programs Manager at Meredith Village Savings Bank as well as a member of the culinary arts program advisory board, "Cody consistently demonstrated a passion for culinary arts as well as honesty, leadership and excellence. These qualities are strongly valued by the Bank and the Huot Center, and they will serve Cody well as he continues his education and ultimately in his career."

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:42

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Legion Auxiliary scholarship goes to GHS graduate

GILMANTON — Gilford High School graduate Ceara Connelly has been awarded a scholarship by the American Legion Auxiliary in Gilmanton.

Raelyn Cottrell, president of the auxiliary's Ellis-Geddes-Levitt, Gilmanton Unit 102, awarded the Stockwell Scholarship to Connelly last month.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a Gilmanton student graduating from Gilford High School and who pursuing further education. Connelly's award-winning essay, titled "What It Means to be an American," was chosen from among the applying senior submissions.

The auxiliary's mission is to further Americanism and support veterans, military, their families and their community. This annual award encourages students to consider the importance of contributions to the community and society.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:39

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