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Rotary exchange students enjoy local fall fun

MEREDITH — The Meredith Rotary Club recently hosted 20 youth exchange students from Rotary District 7870, which covers much of Southern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire.

The students in the youth exchange program were from Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand. Students in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program spend the entire school year with host families in the United States. Two Meredith students joined the group, one who spent last year in Chile, and one who is Meredith's candidate to be an exchange student during the 2014-15 academic school year.

On October 11, students met their weekend host families at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith, during a dinner sponsored by the Meredith Rotary Club. October 12 began with a trip to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center. From there, the group attended the Sandwich Fair, compliments of the Sandwich Fair Association. They then enjoyed winding their way through the corn maze at Moulton Farm. Later the participants went off to Funspot, the Weirs Beach Go-Kart track, and making tie-dye shirts, before ending the day on the Mt. Washington dinner cruise. After spending October 13 with their Meredith weekend host families, the students returned to the towns that are hosting them for the year.

Events such as these are rewarding experiences for both the students and host families. Anyone interested in being a Rotary Youth Exchange student or hosting a student, during the 2015-16 academic school year, should contact Dean Gulezian at 677-7172.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 07:54

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A Cut Above Landscaping Donates New Landscaping to Laconia ice Arena's Capital Campaign

LACONIA — Ken Yorston, owner of A Cut Above Landscaping in Meredith recently helped the Laconia Ice Arena beautify its entrance with a generous donation of a new walkway design and installation.

Yorston said the donation was his company's "thank-you to the ice arena for providing such a positive environment for his daughter, and all the other youth that participate in programs at the arena". In addition he said "I wasn't really in a position to contribute financially, but after talking with arena manager Will Fay, I found out there absolutely was a way to support the arena. It was my honor, and I would encourage fellow business people in our area to find similar ways to give back to our community, and to support this undertaking at the arena."

Other local businesses who supported the project were Brian Gilbert at Gilbert Block, who donated the block and other materials, as well as Dave Rotonnelli at Appletree Nursery, who donated the plants. A Cut Above's crew was Rob Powell, Josh Latulippe, and Cam Decormier

The landscaping project is part of a larger capital campaign project that has been underway since the spring of 2012. "We're about half way to our goal of $250,000. Our hope is to reach that by about this time next year'' said Fay. He said the campaign is still in need of financial donations, pledges, and sponsorships as well as donations of materials for improvements and volunteers willing to give their time.

"There are always ways people can help," Fay added. "The utility bills here are astronomical to say the least," added Fay, who also pointed out that the refrigeration equipment at the rink is roughly 20 years old. "We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I am confident we will get things done. Just as we did when we built the arena, we will work hard to get the community involved in this next phase. We are continuing to reach out to community leaders, banks, and grant programs to help us accomplish our goals".

The Laconia Ice Arena "think rink for kids" Plan provides for improved energy efficiency upgrades, updated refrigeration equipment, as well as reduced fees for the youth & community.

Contributions can be made in the following ways; cash, corporate sponsorship, grant money or matching funds. Labor, pledges and estate planning is also encouraged. Financial commitments will be made public, unless the donors choose to remain anonymous. For more information, or to help, contact Will Fay at 528-0789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 07:43

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Keeping Your Keys Rescheduled for Dec. 13 at Taylor Community (135)

LACONIA —  Because of a scheduling conflict, Keeping Your Keys - a program designed for senior drivers and their families – has been postponed until Friday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. The original date was Nov. 1.

Cindy Chickering, a 33-year veteran with the American Automobile Association and a licensed Personal Lines Insurance agent for 23 years, will present the program. Chickering will discuss how driving skills change over time and how older drivers can adjust to these changes to continue driving.

She'll also talk about available resources to extend safe driving careers, the importance of proactively managing the driving career, and planning ahead for driving retirement.

The event is free and open to the public; however, preregistration is required. To RSVP, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:53

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PSNH Grant Supports Northfield Project

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that his organization has been awarded a $2,500 Community Development Grant from Public Service of New Hampshire.

"One of our goals is to increase the profile of both the town and its businesses" said NEDC president Keith Murray. "We are grateful for PSNH's support of this endeavor."

He noted that grant will help provide funds for a message board on Rt. 132 that will be used to promote Northfield businesses and help defray cost of 'Welcome to Northfield' signs, which will be especially useful along the town's main business corridor, Rt. 140. "Because Northfield shares the 03276 zip code commercial developers and visitors do not always realize that when they cross the Winnipesaukee River they have entered a different town and a different county" said Murray, "Thanks to PSNH we will be able to address this problem."

"PSNH is pleased to be able to assist the Northfield Economic Development Corporation with promoting their community and enhancing economic development", said Donna Keeley, Community Relations Specialist.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:46

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