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Comfort Food Buffet cancelled

MEREDITH — The Comfort Food Buffet, scheduled to be held this evening at the First Congregational Church of Meredith, has been cancelled. For more information call 279-6271.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 09:13

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Lakes Region Camera Club Presentation by Alan MacRae on 'Portraits of Laconia'

LACONIA — On Thursday February 6 the Lakes Region Camera Club was pleased to have Alan MacRae give the members a presentation on "The Portraits of Laconia."

His program was in regard to 19 residents of Laconia and surrounding towns who were selected as having made outstanding contributions to their communities. Allen had heard of another photographer who had completed a project of this type in another area and realized that it would be appropriate for this area as well. In collaboration with Brenda Meade, president of the Laconia Historical Society, candidates' names were submitted and selections made.

As a well-known photographer, Alan proceeded to contact the candidates and was able to take their portraits. He has learned from at least one great portraitist that a good portrait should result in the viewer wanting to learn more about the person in the portrait. To this end, he was able to record their conversations as he photographed them. This resulted in his being able to relay to us some details about their backgrounds, occupations and the social activities that have come to benefit the people in many areas. His comments were of both a formal nature as well as anecdotal.

The slides that Alan selected were taken with the candidates in a natural setting for each. The portraits have been exhibited in Laconia at the Public Library and the Belknap Mill. Near the end of his presentation he showed the attendees a short slide show of subjects that he had photographed in various venues. In addition he described the camera equipment that he used to take the photos.

The next phase of his project will be to present it in book form so that it will be preserved as part of the Laconia areas' history.

The Lakes Region Camera Club is a local organization of photographers of many skill levels, and welcomes guests to attend a meeting or two before joining the Club. The Club Meetings are held at The Trinity Episcopal Church, in Meredith, on the First and Third Thursdays of the month with presentations, competitions, field trips, and other activities. Scheduled meeting times are 7-9 p.m. For more information, see the club website at www.lrcameraclub.com or call Phyllis Meinke at 603-340-2359.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 09:04

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Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative meeting next Friday

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative will hold a membership meeting on Friday, Fen. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Starr King Unitarian Church Function Room, Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth.

It will be a potluck and BYOB event at PAREI will provide non-alcoholic drinks and a variety of food to compliment what members bring. Bring an appetizer, main dish or dessert to share. The facility will provide dishes and utensils. No RSVP necessary.
The agenda includes:
- Membership Sharing,
- Solar Energy Incentives for 2014,
- Update on the 120KW Solar PV Installation at the Plymouth Water and Sewer Treatment Plant (Grant awarded on December 20, 2103),
- Community Solar and Group Net-metering Update
- Presentation by John Francis, Facilities Supervisor for SAU #48. The Plymouth High School is renovating their Career and Technical Center. The renovation, (funded with 75% federal funds) will include a woodchip plant for heating, a solar water heating system and a solar photovoltaic (pv) system. Come hear the details directly from John Francis and put Tuesday, March 11 on your calendar for the SB2 vote on the budget.
Those who have a question about the Plymouth High School Renovation and Woodchip Plant/Solar Project can e-mail John Francis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 08:58

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Athletic Dept. & Coaches Council re-instating Laconia Hall of Fame

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Athletic Department in conjunction with the Coaches Council is proud to announce the reinstatement of the Laconia Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was introduced in 1983 and was active through 1985. After a three year hiatus, there was a fourth class elected in 1989. Upon research, there have not been any findings of any other classes at the time of this release.

There are a total of 18 Hall of Famers to date. The Laconia Athletic Coaches Council that is made up of former and current coaches with vast years of coaching experience. The Coaches Council was put together in 2007 to work as a governing body to support athletics in many different ways. One of the most recent directives has been to revive the Athletic Hall of Fame. From there, a committee was put together to write a mission, develop parameters, and implement a schedule to go forward.

The mission of the Laconia High School Hall of Fame is to recognize past student-athletes, coaches, contributors, and teams to preserve the memory of their accomplishments or their exemplary service to the LHS Athletic Program. The Hall of Fame and our school community value pride, leadership, and honor and celebrate achievement, tradition, integrity, and sportsmanship.

The LHS tradition of athletics goes back over 100 years. Several athletes have been nominated in years past. There are no records of past nominees, so for future recognition, all applicants will start fresh from here on. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will be made up of the following: The LHS Athletic Director, at least one administrator, active and retired educator(s) from LHS, active or inactive coach(s) who have coached for at least five(5) years in the Laconia School District, and community member(s) who have strong enduring connections to Laconia High School Athletics.

The Coaches Council will choose the first Selection Committee. Afterwards, the Selection Committee will choose its members with the approval of the school administration. The LHS Athletic Director will serve as the chairperson of the committee. Voting for candidates will be done by secret ballot. Non-voting members may be appointed by the Selection Committee to support its efforts to conduct historical research, design and update the web page, plan functions, assist in financial matters, and anything else the Committee decides to support the Hall of Fame.

The criteria for consideration are as follows: Participation or service in the athletic program at LHS, or performance in the school district; athlete or coach's eligibility begins seven years after graduation or completion of coaching; and representation of the the values, attitude, and conduct that align with the school's mission during and following his of her career at LHS. The nominator must also provide evidence of worthiness through statistical data, clippings, All-state, All-conference, All-American, school or state records, team or individual awards, contributions to the Laconia athletic community, etc.

It is the duty of the nominator to provide as much information as possible, then, it is up to the Selection Committee to cross-check the information for validity. The Selection Committee will only evaluate information sent by the nominator. Nominations are due by May 31, 2014. Nomination forms can be found on the Laconia High School website at www.laconiaschools.org, under the Athletics tab.

The Selection Committee will announce the inductees at some point during the first two weeks of July. Induction will occur on the evening of Saturday, September 20 during Homecoming festivities. There will be a pre-reception for invitees at the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center in the new Huot Center, followed by a banquet in the auditorium, and completed back at the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center for a dessert reception. The incoming class will be announced along with a re-
induction recognition of the 18 prior inductees, whom are: Class of 1983 Inductees(YOG), Class of 1984 Inductees(YOG), Penny Pitou(1956),  Jack Irwin(1950), Kathy O'Neil(1977), Jeep Munzey(1949), Richard Tilton(1927), Guy Hamel(1968), Bernie LaCroix(1949), Doug Hounsel(1951), Class of 1985 Inductees(YOG), Dick DeVarney(1961), Peter "Beau" Lessard(1949), Steve Stetson(1969), Bidge Clement(1927), Mike Giguere(1969), Robert "Bobby" Conway(1941), Kent Yale(1972), Chip Veasey(1973), and the Class of 1989 Inductees(YOG). 

For any further info please contact Craig Kozens at 455-5235.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:54

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