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Gilford Community Band to conclude its summer performances at Old Home Day on August 29

GILFORD — On Saturday, August 29 the Gilford Community Band will conclude its' summer performances in the Gilford Old Home Day festivities. The band will start off in the morning at 10 a.m. as it will lead the traditional parade march, and will conclude in the evening with an one hour medley of music prior to the 9 p.m. fireworks extravaganza.

The band will once again perform a mixture of contemporary and traditional scores. "I'm Shipping to Boston" was used as the entrance song for former Red Sox relief pitcher Johnathan Papelbon, and was also included in the 2009 Boston Pops Orchestra's 2009 album "The Red Sox Album". The "Instant Concert" was composed by Harold L. Walters, and is a 3 minute score that includes 30 melodies from band concerts from all over the world. Included are "Dixie", "Westminster Chimes", "Jingle Bells", and "The Wedding March". On Saturday evening, see how many melodies you can pick up! The "Game of Thrones" is based on George R.R. Martin's book "A Song of Ice and Fire", and the five sound tracks for the cable series were composed by Ramin Djawed. The music is "noted for its' decidedly non-medieval renditions from the series sources made by indie bands".

The band is made up of new musicians and seasoned veterans encompassing all ages. Some of the experienced members have been with the band for over 20 years, while others dusted off their instruments and joined within the last couple of years.

Yvonne McEvoy was born in Diemen, Holland, and came to the United States as a youth. She participated in clarinet and flute throughout her high school years, and received the John Philip Sousa Outstanding Musician Award at graduation. Perhaps more rewarding was her opportunity to participate in the New Year's Orange Bowl Parade in Florida as a high school majorette. After retiring from the nursing profession, Yvonne met some band members four years ago and the "rest is history". With encouragement from band members Meri Hirtle (piccolo) and Thea Aloise (flute), and the ever-continuous invitations from Band Director Lyvie Beyrent, Yvonne joined the band and has been a distinguished flute musician ever since. In her free time, she is a portrait artist and enjoys gardening.

The band will resume its' performances at the Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday December 20. Rehearsals will begin again on Tuesday November 24. As always new members are always welcomed! Further information can be obtained from Band Director Lyvie Beyrent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 09:16

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Karate Kids of Campton raise over $8,000 for NH Humane Society

CAMPTON — During the final days of July, White Mountain Karate, located at 25 Vintinner Road in Campton, held a Kick-A-Thon to support the animals at NH Humane Society in Laconia. Each student set goals for how many kicks they could/would accomplish in a designated time and collected monetary donations for their kick goals.
When all was kicked and totaled, they had raised $8,012.45 for the animals.

"On behalf of the animals that call NH Humane Society home, I cannot express how grateful and thoroughly impressed I am with the 'Karate Kids of Campton' who devised a novel fundraiser and showed what wonderful results are borne of team spirit and caring for those who cannot speak for themselves", said Marylee Gorham, Executive Director for NHHS. "Well over 1,000 animals will be placed in loving forever homes this year, with full expectation that number will rise over time. These budding animal advocates are very special individuals; their kindness will ensure we can continue tohelp those who need us the most".

Jen Maine of White Mountain Karate stated "It is so wonderful how our community can come together for a fun event and help make a difference in so many lives, whether it is people or animals. It's a great learning tool for young students."

"Their accomplishment had me in tears," said Molly King Lounsbury, Development Assistant at NHHS. "Kids helping animals is always so heartwarming. We see donations from birthday parties, to lemonade sales and now kick-a-thons. The generosity and support from the community and children is how we are able to be here not only for the lost, abuse, homeless, and abandoned; but as a resource for the community."

The NH Humane Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to find responsible and caring forever homes; provide shelter for the lost, abandoned and unwanted animals; advocate and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The Society works hard to prevent cruelty to animals and offers education and outreach programs along with many community initiatives to help people and their pets.


Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 08:28

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Flaggs will say goodbye to church after many years of service

MEREDITH — Just as shopping malls have their anchor stores and ships depend upon their anchors for stability, so does the Union Church of Meredith Neck have several anchors who have given their ongoing love, time, and energy to the church for many years. With weekly revolving ministers, Denominations, guest musicians, and even pianists at times, the Union Church has come to depend upon several people who return each summer, to create a family reunion for those present.

The Sunday, August 30, last summer service for the 2015 Union Church season, will be a bittersweet moment, as true anchors, Pastor Jennifer Worden Flagg and her Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame husband, Bill, will be saying a goodbye to the church and entering into a well deserved retirement.

Pastor Jenny has been involved with the Union Church for more than 60 years, as her grandfather was a summer minister, her parents arranged ministers and musicians, and she herself became a minister to lead years of Sunday worship services. Bill Flagg has performed and written touching songs which relate to his wife's sermons. In the August 12, 2015 issue of the Boston Globe, reporter James Sullivan chronicled Flagg's music career, which has been fascinating, from the days of Elvis Presley to the present.

For their last service, at 10 am in the Inter-Denominational Union Church of Meredith Neck, Pastor Jenny's message will be entitled, "Remembering Loved Ones with Joy". Bill Flagg plans to sing, ""I Dreamed About Mama Last Night," written by Fred Rose, and "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine," popularized by Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy. In addition, he will probably do "Hold On", a song he wrote, inspired by Pastor Jenny's sermon, "When You're at the End of your Rope, Tie and Knot and Hold On." The two form a partnership that allows their listeners to laugh, to cry, and all the time, to cherish loving memories.



Bill and Jenny Flagg. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 08:23

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Ceremony will mark 110th anniversary of signing of Russian-Japanese war peace treaty

MEREDITH — The 110th anniversary, Saturday, September 5th, 2015, of the signing of the peace treaty settling the Russian-Japanese War in 1905 will be celebrated in Portsmouth, the site of the treaty signing. The primary 2015 celebration will be at Strawberry Bank and a reception held at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel. A satellite celebration will be observed in Meredith's Hesky Park at 3 pm. Area churches will be asked to ring their bells at 3:47 pm, the exact time of the signing in 1905.

Why a celebration in Meredith? Meredith and the Lakes Region has historic connections with the choice of Portsmouth, over all other world locations, for the selection of New Hampshire for peace negotiations and for achieving final agreement. The lead Japanese delegate, Baron Komura, worked as a young adult on a Meredith farm and favored New Hampshire. Further, Citizen Diplomats, including those from the Lakes Region, influenced the choice of Portsmouth as the treaty negotiation location, and encouraged further efforts when negotiations broke down. The Meredith location highlights the importance of settling this conflict by limiting what might have become a World War in the 1905 period (sometimes called World War Zero); finally, this is a long time opportunity to help our citizens and visitors gain perspective on the early history of world domination by European nations.

The cherry tree to be planted in Meredith is descended from the Washington, DC cherry trees given to The United States in appreciation by the Japanese government in 1909. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1906 for orchestrating the negotiation to settle the Russian-Japanese War of 1904-05.

The Meredith celebration has been planned and carried out by the Greater Meredith Program's Design and Beautification Committees. There will be a short program with a reading of the Governor's Proclamation and history of the war and treaty, culminating at 3:47pm with the ringing of church bells in Meredith and the Lakes Region, as well as in Portsmouth and other locations in New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 08:18

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