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Northfield Historical Society Hosting Program on Grange History

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Historical Society has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to present "New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline". The program will be presented on Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall, 21 Summer Street, Northfield.

Speaker Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for twenty five years as New Hampshire's Commissioner of Agriculture. Taylor was the founding Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.

In the late 19th century, much of rural New Hampshire was in decline due to abandonment of farms, decline in population, and reversion of cleared land to forest. The development of the Grange movement offered social interaction, entertainment and mutual support. As membership surged it became a major force in policymaking in Concord. Many Grange initiatives became law, placing the state at the leading edge in several areas of reform.

Steve Taylor analyzes the rapid social and economic changes that would lead to the steep decline of the once powerful movement. The program is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:45

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Blues Tonite at Pitman's Freight Room Friday

LACONIA  — On Friday, Nov 22 at 8 p.m. Pitman's Freight Room will host the Blues Tonight Band.

A lot of Blues bands come and go on the local music scene these days, with most never to return. However, this band did return in 2011 with a vengeance! Consisting of three core members of the original LA East Band from Laconia and by adding in fresh new talent they round out this 5 piece hard hitting blues band, named Blues Tonight.

Not the typical act that plays covers of blues songs that we are all familiar with, Blues Tonight performs songs that not everyone has on their set list. And it's the original songs that the group is getting known for.

Band members are Craig Farrington - Guitar/Vocals, Steve Brooks - Bass Guitar, Eric Anderson –Drums, Dave Bottom - Guitar/Vocals and Alan Doyle – Harp/vocals.

Admission is $12. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:39

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Moultonborough School District Wins Technology Grant Contest

MOULTONBOROUGH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) has announced that Moultonborough School District is the winner of the "What's not to 'Like'? Facebook Technology Grant Contest." The $3,000 grant will be used by Moultonborough Academy's Technology Education Department to purchase a 3D printer.

Over the summer, MVSB reached out to local school administrators and asked how they could benefit from an additional $3,000 in technology resources. The Bank received responses from five school districts: Gilford, Governor Wentworth Regional, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Moultonborough. These submissions were posted on MVSB's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MeredithVillageSavingsBank) for a two-month voting period. Throughout the contest Moultonborough and Inter-Lakes competed closely for the lead and in the final week Moultonborough pulled ahead to win.

Moultonborough School District entered the contest hoping to be able to provide their high school's Technology Education Program with a 3D printer. The Technology Education program at Moultonborough Academy has a strong foundation in engineering and emphasizes the process of problem solving and critical thinking to help students prepare for further education and career opportunities in engineering fields.

Students take on a variety of problems and go through the process of research, planning, prototype development, production and sales. Many of the projects taken on by students are community-based or environmental projects coordinated by Technology Education teacher, Brendan Quinn. During one recent project, students designed and produced floating loon signs/markers for the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough.

"It's more important than ever that we are providing students with the education and experience necessary to pursue careers in technology-related fields, such as engineering and manufacturing," said Moultonborough Academy's Superintendent Susan Noyes. "The Technology Education program at Moultonborough Academy provides students with opportunities to tackle real-world problems with the use of 3D Computer-Aided Design Software. This grant to purchase a 3D printer will help students bring their plans and ideas to reality."

The "What's not to 'Like'?" Facebook contest was part of a three-month education themed initiative for MVSB, during which the Bank posted financial tips and resources on its website and Facebook page. In addition to the school district contest, community members that voted for their favorite school district also had the opportunity to enter to win one of five iPad minis. The iPad mini winners are:

• Joan Beach Little of Center Sandwich
• Patty Bourque of Moultonborough
• Nancy Rowley of Gilmanton
• Lisa Tibbetts of Meredith
• Steve Watson of Moultonborough

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:34

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Congregational Church preparing to host the 45th Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner

LACONIA — The Congregational Church of Laconia will host the 45th Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28, 2013 beginning with appetizers at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at noon.

The dinner was named after a Laconia elementary teacher with a vision for a community meal for anyone wishing to share fellowship and thanks with others. More than 30 volunteers will participate in preparing for the event aided by contributions from local businesses and organizations including: Contigiani's Catering, Hannaford, and the St. Andre Bessette Parish.

All are welcomed to attend. Please call 524-0668 to reserve a place at the table.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:02

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