Zulu necklace class at Meredith Fine Craft Gallery

MEREDITH — Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, August 23 from 12 noon to  4 pm for a Zulu Flowerette Necklace class with juried artist Deb Fairchild. Learn and explore in the rich beading tradition of the African Zulu tribes and see how the necklace is a wonderful introduction to their culture. The 'flowers' are lightweight and make an excellent choice for summertime jewelry for any occasion.
Make one and you will be tempted to experiment with simple modifications to create stunning and unique variations. This is an ideal class for anyone who would like to experiment with beading or for experienced beaders who are looking for a new perspective. No prior experience required. Students should bring eyeglasses or magnifiers if they use these for close work.
The tuition for the class is $30 per student and must be paid in advance. There will be an additional $25 materials fee that will be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register for this workshop either call the League of NH Craftsmen – Fine Craft Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation receives $175,000 bequest to create Noyes Scholarship Fund

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation recently became the recipient of a substantial bequest of more than $175,000 from the estate of Hazel Noyes. Prior to her death Noyes established the Herbert L. & Hazel R. Noyes Scholarship Fund as a permanent endowment to be managed by the LRSF.

 Larry Leonard, a long-time family friend of Herbert, described him as "a true gentleman, a staunch Christian, and an active member of the International Order of Odd Fellows as well as other benevolent groups." He continued by state Hazel, "was a grand lady and a caring person with a great sense of humor. She was active in all aspects of her church, the Rebekahs, and several other community organizations."

Both Hazel and Herbert Noyes were accountants. Herbert worked for PSNH of 20 years and Hazel for Lake City Beverage Company. As such, it was Hazel's wish that the endowment money be used to fund scholarship opportunities for students planning to study accounting.
Attorney Suzanne Weldon-Francke stated that Mrs. Noyes' estate also generously benefited several other nonprofit organizations. LRSF Executive Director, Joan Cormier, added "it is indeed fitting that this couple, who gave so much of themselves to their church and so many other worthwhile community programs, should be remembered for generations to come by supporting our local students." 

Poet Robert Demaree to read from his new collection in Wolfeboro on Aug. 26

WOLFEBORO — Wolfeboro poet Robert Demaree will read poems from his new collection "After Labor Day" at the Wolfeboro Library on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.

Demaree is the author of three book-length collections of poems, including "Mileposts," published in 2009 by Beech River Books. He is a retired school administrator with more than 700 poems published by 150 periodicals, including The Louisville Review and Miller's Pond.

In the past two years Demaree has won first place in poetry competitions sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the Burlington (N.C.) Writers Club and the Gilman Library of Alton. Critics and editors have commented upon his "gift for describing the rituals of place" in accessible poems that "demand further consideration." The setting for many poems in "After Labor Day" is the Lakes Region. Copies will be available.

Demaree lives on Rust Pond in Wolfeboro and in Burlington, N.C. The Wolfeboro Library is located at 259 South Main St.

Young Gilford Women Attend Firefighter Camp

CONCORD —  Bridget Eldridge and Lauren Mercuri of Gilford attended and completed "Camp Fully Involved", a fire fighting experience camp at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord, NH. Eldridge and Mercuri joined 14 other women, from ages 14-20 years old graduated from the program at ceremonies on Friday evening, August 1.

Camp Fully Involved is the result of the efforts of Lt. Jess Wyman, of Nashua Fire and Rescue who wanted to develop an experience where young women could "try" firefighting as a potential future job. Wyman commented that the resident camp provides the young women who attend a "safe, dynamic, interactive and physically challenging environment to gain strength, develop knowledge of firefighting and build confidence and leadership skills."

Those attending include women from Canada, Hawaii, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In recent years women from France, California, New York, Washington state, and South Carolina have attended. The camp staff is an all-volunteer group of women and men firefighters from many New England and New York communities.

The attendees were housed in a college-style dormitory that is part of the NH Fire Academy. Their activities over the week included familiarity with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), Mayday (life-saving) drills, moving hose lines, vehicle extrication, house fires, rappelling, wildfire fighting, dumpster fires, multi-story building fires, engine company attack, ladder company ventilation and search. It is all "brought together" in an intense team operation held at the NH Fire Academy Training site.