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Rey Center Artist In Residence Open Studio taking place September 6

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The 2014 Rey Center Artist in Residence, Marty Kelley will be holding open studio hours on Saturday, September 6 from 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 9 from 7-9 p.m. There will also be an artist reception on Saturday, September 6 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. where he will share his Community Presentation titled “Children’s Books For Fun & Profit But Mostly Fun” starting at 8 p.m.

Kelly, a New Hampshire native, is a children’s book author, illustrator and a self-proclaimed recovering second grade teacher. Some of his books include: “Twelve Terrible Things, “Spring Goes Squish” and “Fall Is Not Easy”. He will be in residence at the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road in Waterville Valley from September 1 through September 14. 

The Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence is open to professional and emerging artists in all media – visual and performing arts, craftspeople, authors, poets, composers, eco artists and media artists. The Residency provides an opportunity to pursue and share art and the artistic process in the inspirational setting of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The Residency provides the community with direct, hands-on experiences with working artists and an opportunity for the artist to work in an educational and community setting. The Residency strives to encourage students and community members to understand the role of the artist in contemporary society, to engage in the creative process, and to think critically about the arts. The Residency allows the artist to help students, teachers and community members to experience the arts through a variety of activities – programs, workshops, interactive walks/hikes, performances, exhibits, and open studio times, and allows time for the artist to create work.

The Artist in Residency program is created to honor the creative and artistic legacy of Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children's book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, in the place that served as both inspiration and retreat. The Curious George Rey Fund and the Margret and H.A. Rey Center jointly support the Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:25

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Preparations under way for Laconia High Class of 1964’s 50th Reunion

LACONIA — Excitement builds as the Laconia High School Class of 1964 gears up for its 50th Reunion, to be celebrated the weekend of September 26-28. More than a year in the planning, the reunion celebrates the high school Graduation of Laconia's first crop of Baby Boomers, most having been born in 1946 following the return to civilian life of many area men who served in the military during World War II.

Weekend activities include social golf on Friday afternoon at Laconia Country Club, registration and reception at Patrick's Pub and Eatery on Friday evening, a Saturday morning tour of Laconia High School and the Huot Technical Center, a Saturday night celebration with catered buffet and dancing at Laconia Country Club, a Sunday morning cruise on the MS Mt. Washington, and group hike up Mt. Major. To date, more than 100 have reserved and plan to attend. While many Sachems will be attending from homes throughout New England, it is anticipated that classmates are planning to return from as far away as Israel, France, and Germany.

The Class of 1964 is a particularly close-knit group, due in part to having witnessed many life-changing events, both at home and around the world. Between 1961 and 1964, significant events included The Bay of Pigs Invasion; the erection of The Berlin Wall; 2,000 US "military advisers" were sent to South Vietnam; Alan Shepard became the first US Astronaut; Telstar was launched; the first black student, James Meredith, registered at the University of Mississippi, escorted by Federal Marshals; Bob Dylan and The Beatles topped the charts; President John F. Kennedy was assassinated; President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed Civil Rights Act of 1964; Congress approved Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; three civil rights workers were killed in Mississippi; and local author Grace Metalious' "Peyton Place" premiered on TV. In the few years that followed the class' graduation, Urban Renewal changed the Laconia downtown business district, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated, the Ohio State shootings occurred, and the Viet Nam War claimed the lives of military personnel with Laconia roots.

An opportunity to reminisce, reconnect and rekindle old friendships, the reunion also offers the classmates a chance to share highlights of their five decades of living, working, and playing since those halcyon teen years shared under the watchful eye of such beloved and fabled educators as James McBride, Eleanor Parker, Robert Alley, Katherine Reardon, Maxine Wolston, Senor Smith, and a host of other popular teachers.

For more information about the Laconia High School Class of 1964 50th Reunion, contact co-chairs Marjory Wilkinson mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or George Noucas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:09

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Adult high school diploma program fall semester to begin next week

LACONIA — Laconia Academy is the adult evening high school diploma program in the Lakes Region. The Fall Semester 2014 classes start the week of August 25-28, 2014. The following courses will be offered: Yankee Lit & Wit, Math Boot Camp, Forensic Science, Math Concepts/Algebraic Thinking, Human Biology & Lab, The Great War & Holocaust, Chemistry & Lab, Sports Literature, Me: A-Z, Short Stories: A-Z, Algebra I and Pre-Algebra.


Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youth, enrolled in day high school programs, to take courses at night if they have failed classes during the day. With the principal's permission, any In-School Youth may enroll at Laconia Academy. This cooperation with local area high schools helps prevent In-School Youths from dropping out of high school or having to repeat their senior year.

Students attending Laconia Academy can earn high school diploma credits in several different ways. Credit is given for previous high school credits earned and life experiences such as military service, work experience, apprenticeship training, correspondence courses, certificate programs and homemaking. Credits are earned by passing courses at Laconia Academy. Laconia Academy is also approved for those eligible for V.A. benefits.

One vital piece of paper needed at the time of enrollment is a copy of one's high school transcript from the last school attended. It is necessary in order to transfer those previously earned high school credits to one's current record at Laconia Academy. The Bank of New Hampshire has established limited scholarship help for those students demonstrating financial need living in Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Plymouth, Bristol and Moultonborough. This scholarship help will enable students to return to school at night and complete their high school education. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation through the Adult Success Program Grant (ASP) has also provided limited scholarship for these individuals who qualify in addition to limited scholarship assistance through the Pardoe Grant.

Statistics show that one out of four adults in New Hampshire does not have a high school diploma. In the Lakes Region alone 1,234 adults have earned their high school diploma through Laconia Academy.  Anyone interested in enrolling for the Fall Semester 2014 or learning more about the program is urged to call 524-5712 or stop into the Laconia Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:56

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Franklin Historical Society to hold open house on Labor Day weekend

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Historical Society will hold an Open House on Saturday, August 30 and Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will allow attendees to familiarize themselves with the exhibits and knowledge of our docents at the Society's museum, located at 21 Holy Cross Road.

There will be a display of Franklin Business Memorabilia, including a Victorian parlor complete with pictures of Franklin's most prominent 19th century citizens, a replica school room from the days that the building was part of the NH Orphans Home, the tribute to Alice and John Shepard who worked for decades to produce the definitive early "History of Franklin", a drum set from a 1930's local band, and ca chance for people to peruse 19th century documents and engravings relating to the development of Franklin. The Society's president, curator and volunteer members will be available to answer questions on both days. The event is free and open to all, and inquiries about membership are encouraged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:48

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