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Newfound students’ work featured in N.H. High School Short Film Festival

BRISTOL — "The Soon to be Deceased" by Newfound Regional High School junior Sam Kench was one of 25 films made by high school students which was featured recently at the Lincoln Financial Cinema at Red River Theatres in Concord at the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.

The comedy-western was written, directed and edited by Kench, who also stars in the short film along with fellow NRHS students Emmett Morrill, Andrew Fortier and Shaun Hathaway.

Founded in 2008, this festival is an initiative for students presented by the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, and was created to give high school filmmakers around the state the opportunity to create and showcase short films on the big screen in statewide competition.

The event starts at noon and the screening will run about two hours. Tickets are $7 and available at the door.



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Pasquaney Garden Club wins award for butterfly garden

NEWFOUND — On May 28 The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs announced that the Pasquaney Garden Club’s newly re-created Butterfly Garden behind the Minot Sleeper Library won two of the most coveted awards given by the state wide organization.

The Butterfly Garden is the winner of the Debbi Nutter Landscape Award as the highest scoring landscape project incorporating native plants. The second prestigious award is the Governor’s Bowl given to the club which has made the greatest contribution towards the beautification of its town or city.

The original garden began 14 years ago, but was unavoidably destroyed during the 2012 construction of the new wing of the library. The members of the Pasquaney Garden Club vowed to re-create the garden after the construction had been completed. Because of the increased roof and parking area the runoff into the river was increased as well. The state therefore mandated a mediation area, a gully of some 140 feet long and approximately 12 feet wide. After multiple consultations the town authorized the Pasquaney Garden Club to recreate the Butterfly Garden along the banks of the Newfound River and meld it with a rain garden in the newly built mediation area, nearly tripling the size of the garden.

Upon acceptance of the project the Pasquaney Garden Club asked 3 of its Master Gardeners to organize, advise and oversee it. The UNH Master Gardeners of Grafton County enthusiastically accepted the application as a project for the 3 Master Gardeners, Judy Kraemer, Shirley Yorks, and Cat White who willingly took on the project. Judy and Shirley have been active in the garden since its original inception.

The long standing tradition of cooperation between the Pasquaney Garden Club and the Trustees of the Minot-Sleeper Library was a foundation for the generosity and cooperation of those trustees, the Bristol Board of Selectmen the architect, Brackley Shaw, the construction company and their foreman. The Mayhew Boys and the Circle Girls Clubs have both assisted in attempting to extirpate the Japanese knotweed and Oriental bittersweet that infested the riverbank. The Master Gardeners put over 120 hours of planning into preparations for the garden and the Pasquaney Garden Club members put in nearly 1000 hours of their time to complete the garden.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 June 2014 07:21

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Communities for Drug-Free Youth honor Forrester

PLYMOUTH — Senator Jeanie Forrester recently received the John W. True Award for Excellence in Commitment to Youth from Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY), a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works to reduce and prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as well as promote healthy environments and promising futures for local youth.

Tymothy Rourke, Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment said, "Under the leadership of Senator Forrester in the last budget process, we saw the first new investments in substance misuse prevention in years, with funds that went to support statewide implementation of evidence-based prevention programming."

"Her unwavering commitment to substance use issues has raised the visibility of this issue in the legislature, and pushed the Commission and its members to keep focused on the solutions New Hampshire needs to employ to overcome what is the worst public health threat we face. Through her efforts, Senator Forrester is saving lives, families, and communities. The prevention field is lucky to have such a skilled and passionate champion." said Rourke.

Senator Forrester is a two-term member of the Senate, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and a member of the Governor's Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment.

CADY provides programs and services to the towns of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, Livermore, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock.

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Laconia Historical to tour Vets’ Association

LACONIA – Laconia Historical and Museum Society announces a Walking Tour through the buildings and grounds of the N.H. Veterans' Association on Tuesday, June 10. Participants will be guided by Quartermaster Mike Young on a tour which will begin at Encampment Headquarters at The Weirs promptly at 7 p.m.

Not long after their return home, New Hampshire soldiers who fought in and survived the Civil War yearned to be reunited with fellow soldiers. Informal meetings ensued and numbers grew. In the early 1870s a number of regiments began to meet for long formal banquets. It was clear that there was an overwhelming desire for reunions.

In June 1875, the New Hampshire Veterans' Association was organized in Concord. Their aim was "simply to cherish those fraternal feelings engendered among men who devoted four of the best years of their lives for the maintenance of The Union". The first general reunion and encampment occurred in October of that year at the Riding Park in Manchester.

In 1878, The NHVA held its second reunion and encampment – its first at "Weirs Landing" (Weirs Beach). The Encampment Headquarters building located on Lakeside Avenue was built in 1885.

"This tour is a rare opportunity for folks to take a walk through history and to peek inside these architecturally amazing buildings that have been an attraction for so many years here at The Weirs," says Brenda Kean, Executive Director of Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

This tour is free and open to the public. For more information about this event 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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