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Annual Leprechaun Leap 5k is March 14 in Belmont

BELMONT  — On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, runners and walkers of all ages will be participating in the 3rd Annual Lakes Region Leprechaun Leap 5k in Belmont.

The Leprechaun Leap is a nice end-of-winter/early spring 5k which consists of relatively flat paved and unpaved roads. The event is held as a fun way to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Lakes Region. Fun-loving participants take this opportunity to sport their many shades of green, orange and gold by wearing costumes (encouraged, but not necessary), their favorite Celtics attire, or jazzy exercise gear.

Commemorative fleece headbands will be given to the first 50 pre-registrations that are received at Town Hall by Tuesday, March 10. Entry fee for pre-registrations, as well as day-of event registrations, is $10. Course map and registration forms can be picked up at Belmont Town Hall or Belmont Library. They can also be printed from the Town of Belmont's website at www.belmontnh.org.

Questions regarding this event can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Gretta Olson-Wilder at 998-3525. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:41

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22nd Francoeur/Babcock Tournament starts March 5

GILFORD — The 22nd Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held at the Gilford Middle School from Thursday, March 5th to Sunday, March 8.

Sponsored by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, the tournament will host 12 area teams consisting of boys and girls in grades 3 – 6 from Belmont, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Sanbornton and Tilton/Northfield. This invitational tournament is held in memory of Aaron T. Francoeur, who was a thirteen year old Gilford Middle/High School student when he succumbed to cancer in the summer of 1993. Nathan Babcock's name was added in 2006 after he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005. Since Aaron's death, the Aaron T. Francoeur Memorial Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, was established to give financial aid to deserving Gilford High School graduates who are furthering their post high school education. Many former players and scholarship recipients return each year to help at the tournament, be it officiating, scoring, timing, selling tickets and t-shirts, or working at the concession stand.

The tournament this year will consist of the following divisions and teams:

Junior (Coed) Division (Grades 3 and 4) - Gilford, Gilmanton, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton
Senior Girls Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Pines/Sanbornton
Senior Boys Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton

The schedule for the opening rounds of play will be:

Thursday, March 5th
Junior Division (Coed) Gilford vs. Sanbornton at 5:00 pm
Senior Girls Division Belmont vs. Pines/Sanbornton at 6:15 pm
Senior Girls Division Gilford vs. Lou Athanas at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6th
Junior Division (Coed) Lou Athanas vs. Gilmanton at 5:00 pm
Senior Boys Division Gilford vs. Belmont at 6:15 pm
Senior Boys Division Lou Athanas vs. Sanbornton at 7:30 pm

On Saturday, March 7th, games will begin at 8 a.m. and the last game of the day will be played at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 8th, the Championship round games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The admission fee is $2 for adults and $ 1 for children. A Tournament Family Pass (all games) is also available for $10. Children not of school age, coaches and players are free.

For more information, call Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:36

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Full-moon snowshoe hike in Gilford

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a fun full-moon snowshoe hike on Wednesday, March 4th for all ages. Participants will check in at the Gilford Elementary School Cafeteria at 6:45 p.m. before heading out on the Nature Trails at 7 p.m.

Following the hike participants will return to the cafeteria to enjoy some hot cocoa. Although there is hope that the moon will be bright, all participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight or head lamp. For those in need of snowshoes, the department has a limited supply available. They may be reserved on a first come basis by calling the Parks and Rec office in advance. All interested participants must RSVP at least one week in advance.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:22

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Survey to gauge attitudes about development in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Planning Board is proposing to conduct a town-wide community development survey to determine the attitude of Town voters concerning development of senior housing and commercial development. The 2-page/9-question survey will be distributed at the Town Meeting polling place on Tuesday, March 10 and will be collected either at the same place or at the Town Meeting "floor meeting" the following day.

For those people unable to pick up a survey at Town Meeting, they may pick up a survey form at the Town Office at any time during the week of March 9. Respondents unable to return the completed survey at Town Meeting on March 11 may, as an alternative, return their completed survey at the Town Office by not later than Friday, March 13. The Planning Board assures Town voters completing the survey that the process will be done on a voluntary basis and that the process will be done with a guarantee of confidentiality.

Survey questions will ask voters' opinions and preferences concerning various aspects of community development such as types of commercial development to be allowed, preferred locations where commercial development should be located, types of businesses needed in town , and extent of need for senior housing as well as size and location for senior housing.

After the survey results have been tabulated, the Planning Board will hold a public information meeting to present the results of the survey and discuss the implications of the survey in guiding future growth and development of Sanbornton.

Anyone having questions regarding the community development survey may call the Planning Office at 729-8003.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:15

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