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Belmont Recreation Trail Meeting on April 24

BELMONT — A Belmont Recreation Trail update and organization meeting will be held Thursday, April 24 at the Belmont Corner Meeting House from 7-8:30 p.m.

“After 14 years on the drawing board, we're excited about moving forward . We will provide an update on the work planned and reach out for more people in the community to get involved. We plan to expand the BRATT Committee with a broad spectrum of trail users and local businesses represented.”, said Ron Mitchell, BRATT Chairman.

The public and those that have been involved in the BRATT Trail in the past are welcome to attend.   Trail maps, the construction schedule and other information will be available. Refreshments will be served.   For more information, contact Donna Hepp at 603-527-9339 or 414-258-3287.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:52

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Gilmanton Corner Library Celebrating National Library Week

GILMANTON — National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Libraries across the United States celebrate Library Week typically the second full week each April. During National Library week and throughout April, libraries host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in changing people's lives.

This year's theme "Lives Change @ Your Library" coincides with the "Purple Caps" program the Gilmanton Corner Library is doing on Saturday mornings that helps bring awareness to child abuse in new infants. The Gilmanton Corner Library will also have free booklets, pencils and bookmarks for the children.

On display is a beautiful model of the library (with curved door) that was made by Paul Levesque, husband of Martha Levesque, a longtime library volunteer.

Hours are Monday and Wednesday 3-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.

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Reception for ‘Mememto Mori’ at Belknap Mill is Friday

LACONIA — Scott Bulger will be on hand to discuss his "Memento Mori" photography exhibit, currently on display in the Belknap Mill's Riverside Gallery, during an artist's reception on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bulger sees the collection as both "quite a departure from my previous bodies or work" and as a progression in what he wants to say.

"It's always an evolution," Bulger explained in a telephone interview. "If you look at my last five or six bodies of work, at first glance, they're very different from each other. The California [work] morphed into something else, and that took me into abstract florals, more focusing on just shapes. That took me into creating shapes with motion, which took me into taking long exposures of birds in flight. I then started experimenting with the shapes, breaking it into something less distinct. So I go from there to some nude figures wrapped in gauze. Now I'm working with a little political bent in my work.

"I take that work, and that morphs into this work, something more message-laden. It's a constant evolution from one message to another message, to another message, and you use whatever techniques you need to convey the message most effectively."

Bulger argues that the "why" is more important than the "how" but he is willing to discuss the techniques he uses to create the vision in his mind.

"Every message has a home," he said, "and that may be traditional black-and-white film, or color digital, or an alternative technique. It's like painting with oils, versus acrylics, versus watercolors. They've all got their own right ways to get there, and it's up to you as an artist to figure out how to say it properly."

Acknowledging that lots of people are very uncomfortable with death and they might object to his depictions of skulls, blood, and decay, Bulger said, "Whenever I'm thinking of what to do, 'Why' is always the first question to ask, and it should always be the most important question. When people see the works, why are they having a reaction to it? That can be a good reaction, or a less favorable reaction."

He explained, "The title means 'Remember Your Mortality', and it carries a morbid undertone to a lot of people. They don't like pondering death; then they're dead and they don't have to worry about it. I don't look at it that way. It's a discussion; it's a point of departure for a conversation: Why is a skull scary? We've all got skulls, under the muscles on our face. Why be afraid? It's part of us. What makes that uncomfortable to people?"

He explained that he begins with a digital image which he inverts to a negative on his computer. Then he prints that image on a large piece of acetate, which is the negative he works with. From there, he relies on antique processes developed just before the Civil War, using cyanotype and gum bichromate. The bichromate is light-sensitive and he makes prints from the acetate negative by leaving it out under the sun. "The chemistry you mix only reacts with ultraviolet light," he said, "so it's kind of a neat combination of 21st century technology with 19th century processes."

Many of the images he creates are done with multiple layers of negatives, and he also uses water to create stains or he lets black ink drip down to create light drips on the final print.

"There's a lot of peeling of the negative and putting it back; the image of the beetle kind of split in the middle and, putting it back, it was off registration, so it doesn't quite match, but I liked that. Every image is unique, and each has its own techniques."

"Memento Mori" is on exhibit at the Belknap Mill through April 26.

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History of Motorcycle Week explained on Monday


LACONIA — Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Rally Association on Monday, April 21 at The Laconia Public Library at 7 p.m.

Charlie and Jennifer Anderson will present "The History of Motorcycle Week" – the oldest national motorcycle rally in the United States. In 1916, a group of motorcycle dealers decided to organize a motorcycle tour ... Laconia was chosen as the destination and thus, Motorcycle Week was born.

"I have always enjoyed the roar of the motorcycles coming through town, walking through The Weirs packed with visitors and their bikes and the parade of bikes marking the end of Motorcycle Week. I know Charlie has some great stories to tell and I am very much looking forward to this lecture." says Brenda Kean, LHMS Executive Director.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this lecture program, contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

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