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New network of trails open to the public in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — A new network of seven miles of woodland trails are now open to the public in Spaulding Woods in Northfield. Spaulding Woods, which is part of Spaulding Youth Center's 470 acre property, has been developed for the pleasure of cross-country skiers, mountain bikers and hikers.

Jason Sterner, Coordinator of the Experiential Challenges Outdoors program at Spaulding recruited volunteers including Spaulding staff members, students and members of New England Mountain Biking Association to build the trails this fall. The trails are open to the public and can be accessed from the public boat launch on Shaker Road. Motorized vehicles and camping are prohibited. Go to www.spauldingwoods.org for a trail map.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:55

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Altrusa of Laconia brings joy to Belknap County Nursing Home residents

LACONIA — On the first Wednesday afternoon of every month, Altrusa of Laconia club members help celebrate the birthdays of the Belknap County Nursing Home residents who were born that month.

The dietary staff at BCNH provides a birthday cake. Altrusa provides live music, decorative plates and napkins in addition to serving and visiting with the residents who attend the activity. The residents receive birthday cards from the BCNH staff and a stuffed animal is given to a "birthday resident" whose name is drawn from a basket.

Altrusa of Laconia has been supporting the Belknap County Nursing Home as one of their community service projects for decades. Funding comes from their annual Taste of the Lakes Region, which is being held on March 30, 2014 at Church Landing in Meredith. Altrusa of Laconia will also be hosting a NH Family Literacy Day at Woodland Heights Elementary School on the morning of April 12, 2014.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, all Altrusa of Laconia monies are raised through various fundraising activities and donations, and then redistributed back into the community in the form of scholarships, contributions, and projects that meet the mission of Altrusa.

For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, including information on membership or to make an online tax-deductable donation through PayPal, visit www.altrusalaconia.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:51

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8 Year old wins a lifetime public skating pass to Laconia Ice Arena

LACONIA — Belmont's Adam Ribeiro brought home more than he expected last week at the Laconia Ice Arena's Saturday Night Meltdown.

The meltdown is a public skating session, with the arena darkened, and a disco laser light show, dj and games. The highlight of the night concludes with a game of "chuck-a-puck", where every participant is provided 2 foam pucks to "chuck" at a target at center ice. The contestant must stand behind a designated area, and try their luck at hitting the target. Not only did Adam come closest to the target (a Christmas Wreath), he bounced the puck into the center of the wreath, taking home a lifetime public skating pass to the arena and the wreath.

Arena manager Will Fay commented "what a thrill for Adam and his family, who have all been very supportive of the arena. I can't think of a better prize". Fay added, "The Meltdown is quickly becoming a great community event, and the turnout has been terrific"

When asked about the prize, Adam said "I knew it was going to go in as soon as I threw the puck. I love this place!"

The Laconia Ice Arena is a non-profit facility located on Rt. 107 in Laconia. For more information on Saturday Night meltdown, and other public skating events, visit www.laconiaicearena.com or call 528-0789. This Saturday Dec. 21, families can skate with Santa at the Meltdown from 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $10, rentals skates are $5.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:49

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MVSB again partners with Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Meredith Village Savings Bank is again partnering with Waterville Valley Ski Resort for discounted lift ticket opportunities for the 2013-2014 ski season.

Skiers and snowboarders can purchase lift tickets at any of MVSB's 11 convenient offices throughout the Lakes Region at prices significantly less than at the resort – with no restrictions or black-out dates. Adult tickets for skiers and riders (age 18 and older) are $54 and teens (age 13-17) are $44 with the discount. All tickets may be used for midweek or weekend/holiday skiing, but must be used during the 2013-2014 ski season.

In addition, the resort is offering half-price lift tickets on MVSB Customer Appreciation days to Bank customers who use their MVSB debit cards at the Waterville Valley ticket window on the following dates: January 16, 2014, February 6, 2014 and March 6, 2014.

MVSB debit card holders and their family of up to 4 people are eligible for the discount. Half-price customer appreciation day tickets are $32.50 for adults (18 and over), $27.50 for teens (age 13-17), and $22.50 for youth (age 6-12). Children 5 and under ski or ride free at Waterville Valley.

For current conditions and more information, visit www.waterville.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:44

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