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'Deck Your Halls With Works of Art' From the Belknap Mill (323 w/3 col Gagne) Gagne photo 3 col.

LACONIA — Those looking for unique and unforgettable items for holiday gift-giving will want to check out the new Belknap Mill Art Gallery at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. Nine artists are displaying their paintings, drawings, and pottery at the new, 1,000-square-foot gallery. All items are offered for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the ongoing cultural and educational programs at the Mill.

The Mill held a A Meet the Artists Night on Nov. 21, providing an evening of tours, wine, and hors d'oeuvres, with an opportunity to meet the talented people who are sharing the gallery space for the first six months. The show includes pottery, a hand-decorated wooden bench, sketches, and works of art in oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

The Mill's special "Deck Your Halls With Works of Art" event, running Nov. 23-Dec. 3, also will showcase the works of three other artists — Pamela Charon, B.J. Eckardt, and Kazuko Okubo — with displays in the Mill's Riverside Gallery.

While there, check out the items for sale in the Mill's gift shop and take a tour of the museum with its display of knitting machines and the powerhouse that provided the energy to power the mill when it was operating for the manufacture of socks.

There also will be an opportunity to purchase chances to win a painting by Roger Gagne, "Shaker Sabbath", valued at $750. Tickets are available at the front desk, and online on www.belknapmill.org. A maximum of 250 tickets will be sold, with the drawing to take place on New Year's Eve.

Admission to "Deck Your Halls" is free during regular Mill hours (weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), with another chance to meet all the artists on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at that event.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 09:35

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Moultonborough Joins the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor family (430)

MOULTONBOROUGH — Another milestone was achieved by the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor on November 7 when the Moultonborough Board of Selectmen chose the agency to provide for it's community's homehealth care needs.

After careful consideration of several providers by MVNA Executive Director, Debra Peaslee, Moultonborough Town Administrator Carter Terenzini and the Moultonborough Select Board, the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor was determined to be the best match for the own's residents. For many years Moultonborough has provided its own visiting nurses but recent changes in health care administration and local health care needs have driven this change to broaden and strengthen the community's health care services.

The transition will be gradual and will not affect the quality of health care services for which both agencies have always been known. Several of the Registered Nurses and Licensed Nurses Assistants that have been visiting Meredith and Center Harbor homes are no strangers in Moultonborough. "We have been sharing per diem personnel for years" said Cheryl Gonzalo, VNMCH Executive Director. "Debra Peaslee RN (Director of Moultonborough VNA) will be joining the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor staff full-time, filling the newly created position of Clinical Director. Long time employee Jeri King RN will also assume a full-time position with us", Gonzalo added.

Chairman of the Board, Chuck Thorndike, in his announcement of the decision said "This is a great day in the long history of our agency. We just celebrated our 90th anniversary and we are growing stronger. We endeavor to always be ahead of the curve in providing responsive, high quality and compassionate care."

In addition to now servicing Moultonborough on a regular basis, Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor also provides health care to clients in surrounding communities upon request. Thorndike added, "The Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor strongly believes in offering home health care service choices to the community. Whether it is your choice of doctor or nurse, we strongly believe that you should always be able to choose the medical resource that is most comfortable and convenient to you. We look forward to serving the Town of Moultonborough and surrounding towns in this regard. Obviously we're happy the town has chosen us to serve their citizens."

Questions regarding this transition may be addressed to either Executive Director Cheryl Gonzalo (279-6611) in Meredith or Debra Peaslee (476-2350) in Moultonborough during the transition.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 09:14

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Triathlon club opens registration for 2014 season

LACONIA — Lakes Region Triathlon Club (LRTC), a non-profit triathlon club based out of Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, has opened up registration for the 2014 season.

Included in a membership are group trainings with Tri Coach Suzan Ballmer of Breakaway Athletic Coaching; a club uniform to wear at races and camaraderie with a group of motivated, supportive people pursuing their triathlon goals.

Although members participate in races from throughout New England to the Nationals in Wisconsin; LRTC is a community minded organization that supports a variety of local fundraising efforts such as WLNH Childrens' Auction, The WOW Trail and had a strong presence in the inaugural Marshmallow Man. LRTC members also participate in duathlons, trial runs, marathons, road races, bicycle hill climbs and open water swims.

As a non-profit organization, LRTC relies upon membership dues and the support of local sponsors- MC Cycle & Sport, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Rowell's Sewer & Drain, Expanding Horizons and LRGHealthcare.

Off season trainings began Nov. 10, 2013. Registration is open through January 15, 2014. For more information on membership registration or becoming a sponsor go to www.lakesregiontriclub.com or contact Maureen Nix at 528-2203.

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Thanksgiving Day road race in Sandwich will benefit Appalachian Teen Project (133)

SANDWICH — Join the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project on Thanksgiving Day for a 5k run or 2.5k walk at the Sandwich Fire Station, located at 23 Wentworth Hill Road.

Take some time to get out and move while supporting a local, community based, grass-roots program that works collaboratively with youth, parents, educators and community members to strengthen self-esteem, foster resilience, enrich opportunities, and develop stable, secure relationships in the lives of young people who face difficult life circumstances. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project.

Race registration begins at 8 a.m. and run/walk at 9 a.m. Cost of race registration is $20. The first 50 registrants will receive a T-shirt. Post race snacks and prizes will be awarded. For more information, or to pre-register, call the AMTP office at 603-569-5510, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or go to www.teenprojectnh.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 08:41

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