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Belknap County Horse Quiz Bowl Team Takes 3rd Place

LACONIA — The Belknap County Senior 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl team recently placed 3rd at the NH State Quiz Bowl.

The team is made up of Jack Thomas an 8th grader from Epsom, Lauren Emond, 17, from Gilford, Liam Donohoe, a 15 year old from Meredith, and Justin Presbry of Barnstead, a freshman at Prospect Mountain High School.

In addition to their phenomenal team finish, Lauren and Jack placed 5th and 6th respectively in the individual competition and will now be considered to participation on the NH State Team that will travel to Kentucky for the 4-H Horse Round-Up in November.

Lauren has been involved with 4-H for 9 years, and previously represented NH on the 2011 Horse Judging team and Jack attended the Eastern States Exposition in 2013, serves as a youth representative on the NH 4-H Association and is involved in the NH Quarter Horse Association youth program.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 11:03

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New items at the Belknap Mill Gift Shop

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Society has been making improvements in the Mill Gift Shop. With new vendors adding unique products to complement the existing items, the shop provides a distinctive shopping experience in downtown Laconia.

The assortment of products includes note cards produced by local photographers and artists Jackie Bonafide, Joanna DeCesare, Jill Mahan, and Angela Stewart; jewelry for every day and with holiday themes designed by Gilford resident Judi Taggart of No Weare Else; "smittens" made from recycled sweaters by LeeAnn Ellis; wooden bowls, pens, wine stoppers, and a rocking horse crafted by Jim Hallene of Goffstown; birch bark wooden serving tray, tree of life wall hanging, and game table handcrafted by Cat Magnant of Gilford; and walking sticks produced by Laconia's Vinnie DeCesare; as well as Cat's Meow wooden replica buildings, traditional toys, socks for all ages and activities, and books and videos about local history and by local authors.

New products at the shop include maple syrup in glass and plastic containers, maple sugar, cream, candy, and barbecue sauce, and New Hampshire-produced honey offered by Eileen and Ted Story of Gage Hill Sugar Shack in Contoocook. There are decorative raku and horse hair pottery handcrafted by Mark Crowley of Laconia and mustards, jams, and jellies prepared by Karen Schweizer of Nannie's Canning Pantry in Wentworth.

"The gift shop offers visitors the opportunity to take home products made by local crafters and photographers while supporting this historic treasure in downtown Laconia," said volunteer Judi Taggart. "We are constantly adding original and seasonal items to make your shopping trip a unique experience. Pop in and check out all the Mill has to offer."

The Mill Gift Shop is located at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. The building also houses the Belknap Mill Art Gallery, with fine arts on display and offered for sale, along with the Riverside Gallery with rotating exhibits. Tours of the powerhouse and a room where socks are made on vintage knitting machines offer additional educational experiences. The Belknap Mill is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during evening and weekend events.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 10:55

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Parents-Childrens Dance at Gilford Youth Center Feb. 22

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center is hosting a "Winter Wonderland Dance" for parents and children on February 22 5:30-8 p.m. The night will offer an Italian dinner, followed by music and dancing.

Children of all ages, along with parents, grandparents, or guardian are invited to attend. Tickets are only $10. Proceeds will help support the Gilford Youth Center. Tickets can be purchased at the GYC, or reserve a85eat by emailing Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To learn more about this special event, visit gilfordyouthcenter.com, or call us at 524-6978.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 10:30

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BHS hosting softball clinics March 1 & 15

BELMONT — The Belmont High School Softball team will be hosting winter clinics on Saturday, March 1 and Saturday March 15 for grades 1-8 at the Belmont High School gymnasium.

The clinics are free with Grades 1-5 starting at 10 a.m. and Grades 5-8 from 1-4 p.m. Donations are welcome at check-in.

Staff includes Caitlin Clary, BHS Class of 2008 and Assumption College 2012, Chelsea Durso, Salem High School Class of 2007 and Assumption College Class of 2012 and Belmont High School coaches Bill Clary, Trish Geoffrey and Bill Hart.

To register, e-mail player info and clinic dates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Bill Clary at 393-7982.


Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 10:27

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