LACONIA — When the editors of the NH Bar Review recently asked their members for examples of law offices located in historic buildings, they were overwhelmed by number of submissions they received. Attorneys from all over New Hampshire shared historical details, photos, and personal stories about the buildings that house their firms. Due to the volume, they were unable to include all these great buildings in their June publication, however, Laconia's Wescott Law, formerly Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald & Nichols, was one that made the cut.
Wescott Law has called the former Bowman Street School home since 1985. Built in 1852, it is one of Laconia's oldest buildings and was Belknap County's first brick schoolhouse. Originally a one-story structure, the Bowman Street School underwent its first renovation in 1874 when a second story was added.
The building served as a school until 1929 when it was condemned by the state and subsequently purchased by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which used it until 1952. It was then reacquired by the City of Laconia and put back into service as an elementary school for Laconia's south end.
In 1975, upon the opening of the new Woodland Heights Elementary School, a number of the older, smaller schools were closed and ownership of the Bowman Street School building reverted back to the VFW which made it available to various organization including Planned Parenthood, Headstart and the Laconia Senior Citizen Center. Upon the tenants' decisions to relocate, the building was purchased by the current owner, Bowman Street Associates, comprised of several of the attorneys of the then Wescott, Millham & Dyer firm.
"Several New Hampshire attorneys and firms have won awards for their stewardship and restoration of these historical places. Their preservation efforts promote the idea that New Hampshire's heritage and traditions remain vital parts of the state's identity, its economy and the 'New Hampshire Way' of practicing law" wrote Kristen Senz, Managing Editor of the magazine.
Today, the lobby of Wescott Law proudly showcases numerous photos taken throughout the building's history, as well as the original school clock that was presented to the firm by Helen Hill, the last principal of the Bowman Street School. The building receives daily compliments from clients, visitors and former students who appreciate its beauty and history as much as those who work within its walls.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:11
MEREDITH — Meredith Town Clerk Kerri A. Parker recently completed her third year of studies at the New England Municipal Clerks' Institute held at Plymouth State University.
The third year, which is the final year of the institute program, focuses on public relations, parliamentary procedure, decision making, personal development, management, computers, public speaking and professionalism.
The New England Municipal Clerks Institute assists clerks in developing and maintaining the high level of administrative expertise needed for the successful operation of increasingly complex municipal governments. Completion of the three-year Institute program entitles graduates to apply for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks' Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation.
The institute is the only program of its kind in the country, run exclusively by and for city and town clerks and their office staff. More than 500 cities and towns have sent clerks to the institute during the 40 years it's been in operation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:08
NEW HAMPTON — The newest art show at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, is Color Calamity. This multi-media, eco-friendly exhibit is a first for Bristol resident, Amy Lyn Kench and features small clay Nun-Yas, abstract paintings and original, one of a kind hand sewn art animals including elephants, cats, giraffes and dragons.
This collection reflects several years of inspiration and creativity for this eco-friendly artisan. Colors explode on recycled and salvaged canvases, paper, and fabric in this multi-media exhibition. Emotion is the undercurrent that drives Amy Lyn's, brush interweaving words, names and phrases gnawing at the corners of her memory as she buries them beneath many layers of paint erasing the negative to create bright, bold, colorful paintings that exude happy, positive energy.
"We are very excited to be showing Amy Lyn's first show, let alone a solo show," said Cathy Vincevic, Director of the Gordon-Nash Library and Nash Gallery, "This work is amazing!"
Recently she has combined her love of painting and sewing. She painted on pieces of recycled and salvaged fabric, then turned those fabric pieces into 3-dimensional, very cartoonish, animal art. "They just make my heart happy looking at them," said Amy Lyn "and I hope they bring a smile to the face of everyone who visits or brings them home." To see more of her work visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreenCarbon2112 or check out her blog at http://www.greencarbon2112.wordpress.com
Color Calamity will be on display through the end of July at The Gordon-Nash Library 69 Main Street in New Hampton pieces are located in both the gallery downstairs and the glass display cases on the first floor of the library. All the paintings and handmade items on display are available for purchase.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:46
MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club members and interested locals are welcome to attend a free event "Burls to Bowls," a display of hand turned wooden bowls created by Harold Noreen, an engineer and woodworker who created the bowls over a period of many years in his woodworking shop.
He uses a variety of woods, including mahogany, cherry and spalted maple. The bowls will be on display from August 1 through August 3 between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm at MBCC.
Meredith Bay Colony Club is a not-for-profit senior housing community located at 21 Upper Mile Point Drive in Meredith, up the hill at he Routes 3/106 roundabout. Call 279-1500 to learn more.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:42
- Laconia Elks to host Bike Fest
- Refer-a-Friend and Save on WildQuest Summer Camp at Prescott Farm
- Hello Dolly starts two week run at Interlakes Summer Theatre in Meredith on July 29
- Pickle-making workshop on August 14
- Historical and Museum Society will host quarterly Antiques Appraisal Day Saturday
- Two more fireworks shows at Weirs Beach