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Meredith Village Savings Bank announces winners of photo contest

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2013 Annual Photo Contest. Selected photos will be included in the 2014 MVSB Community Calendar or on the Bank's website at www.mvsb.com.
The Bank received over 300 unique submissions from approximately 70 local and visiting photographers for this year's contest, making narrowing down the selection quite a challenge.

"We always have such a wonderful response for this contest," noted Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB. "We really look for photos that capture the unique character of the Lakes Region and the communities we serve. This is a great way to celebrate the people and culture of those areas and provides us the opportunity to highlight the artistic work of some very talented people."

The winners of the 2014 Community Photo Contest are devised into various categories. Winners of the website category include Kenneth Alger of Wolfeboro, Ruth Arsenault of Alton Bay, Ida Gould of Campton, Bob Ness of Wolfeboro, Elizabeth Morin of Moultonborough, and Bill Tisdale of Gilford.
Calendar winners are: Dawn Garza of Center Ossipee,
Christina Kolb of Gilford, Kurt Oberhausen of Belmont,and
Jackie Prince of New Hampton.
Calendar and website winners are: Donald Bump of Ashland, Robert Clifford of Gilford,Joan Coburn of Gilford, Linda Fairchild of Center Ossipee,Christine Randall of Ashland and Susan Francesco of Holderness.

The Bank plans to launch its photo contest for next year on Monday, March 3, 2014 with a deadline for submissions of Friday, May 30.
MVSB also plans to put a stronger focus on selecting photos that demonstrate community events and people enjoying the variety of venues, attractions and local businesses the Lakes Region has to offer year round.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:58

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Kim Bruneau joins Old Mill Properties

BRISTOL —  Kim Bruneau has joined the sales department of Old Mill Properties, it was announced by Lorna Platts, owner of the real estate brokerage office at 507 Lake Street, Bristol.

Prior to joining Old Mill Properties,  Bruneau has been in early childhood education and has worked summers at Shackett's Store. Currently Kim is dividing her time between Old Mill Properties and her work in the mental health field.

Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, she has lived in the Newfound Area for the past 20 years and is enthusiastic about everything that the Lakes Region has to offer.

Community and church activities have been an important part of Bruneau's life. She has been president of St. Timothy Women's Club of Holy Trinity Parish, is a member of the Granite State College Alumni Learners Association Board and is a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, fitness, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:04

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Ford test drives on Thursday raise funds for Laconia High School

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive is bringing Ford Motor Company's Drive 4 UR School program to the Laconia community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Laconia High School. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle Thursday, September 26th at Laconia High School from 3-7pm, Irwin will donate $20 to Laconia High School. The funds will be used to help contribute to the new Athletic Field.

Since the start of Ford's Drive 4 UR School program in 2007, more than $16 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide. "We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of the Irwin Automotive Group. "We're excited to raise money for a new athletic field for the students of Laconia High School."

The event will feature various Ford vehicles, from the fuel efficient Fusion to the electric C-Max. The Irwin Ford friendly staff will be on site and available to answer any questions and provide additional information about each vehicle available for test-drive.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drives will last approximately 7-10 minutes.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 10:57

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Merrimack River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Effort Winds Down, Shad Now Targeted

 CONCORD — A hopeful era drew to a close on September 5, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that, facing federal budget cuts and stubbornly low annual returns of sea-run Atlantic salmon, it will end its investment in the more than 30-year-long Atlantic salmon restoration in the Merrimack River watershed.

Things had looked promising as recently as 2011, when more than 400 Atlantic salmon made their way to the Essex Dam Fish Lift in Lawrence, Mass. But in 2012, just 137 sea-run salmon returned, and this year, as of July 10, 2013, only 22 returning salmon had been observed.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ended its Atlantic salmon restoration in the Connecticut River in 2012. In both the Connecticut and Merrimack rivers, salmon returns have been limited because of poor ocean survival, in-river habitat degradation, and dams that impede migration.

"We would prefer to continue the program, but the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department cannot take on the costs associated with a salmon hatchery operation," said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the N.H. Fish and Game Department. He noted that the US Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to focus on restoration of Atlantic salmon in the Saco and other Gulf of Maine rivers, the last remaining wild Atlantic salmon in the country.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked cooperatively with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Forest Service to raise and stock Atlantic salmon for the Merrimack River at two hatcheries: Nashua National Fish Hatchery in New Hampshire, and North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery in Massachusetts.

"This was a hard decision, but the science tells us that there is little chance that we will successfully restore Atlantic salmon to the Merrimack," said Wendi Weber, the Service's Northeast Regional Director. "While the science is driving our decision, our declining budgets hastened it. We need to prioritize. With the lack of success, we need to shift our scarce resources to priority restoration efforts where we can make a difference."

The Merrimack River Policy Committee and the Service will look to the Merrimack River Technical Committee to develop a plan for what happens next, including plans for stocking the last of the Merrimack salmon remaining at the two hatcheries, and options for continued Atlantic salmon monitoring in the river.

Though the Atlantic salmon program is winding down, work on other anadromous fish species, those that migrate between fresh and salt waters, will continue in New Hampshire. "We're going to continue work to improve habitat and upstream fish passage for migratory fish species such as American eels, shad and river herring, and these efforts will improve conditions for any migrating Atlantic salmon that may return to the Merrimack after all these years of stocking," said Normandeau.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has already begun to shift resources toward higher priority restoration efforts, such as American shad. Both Nashua and North Attleboro National Fish Hatcheries raise shad that are stocked in rivers from New Hampshire to Rhode Island.

"Shad numbers are up considerably and offer some real potential for angling success going forward," said Normandeau. As of July 10, more than 37,000 shad had passed the Essex Dam Fish Lift and headed up the Merrimack River.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 10:55

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