Gilmanton Thrift Shop collecting for back-to-school


GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is now collecting for Back-To-School Kits.

The Gilmanton Community Church Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is endeavoring to assist Gilmanton families who need assistance in providing school supplies for their children's first day of school.

Items needed include backpacks, (K-high school), scientific calculators, jumbo glue sticks, graph paper, index cards, colored pencils, 1 & 3 subject notebooks, book covers, No. 2 pencils, crayons, 1-inch binders, rulers, fine point Dry Ease and fine and broad tip washable markers, etc.

Those who want to donate a complete School Kit for a certain grade level, or want more information about additional supplies needed, can contact Beth Lavin at 267-1934 for more details.

Drop-off locations include The Gilmanton School Office at the Elementary School on Route 140, Gilmanton Town Hall at the Academy Building, Gilmanton Corner Church, as well as the Food Pantry during normal hours. We need to receive donations by Aug. 8.


Shuttle service to be provided during major craft fair

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Airport Shuttle has signed on as a sponsor for the 36th annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival and will be offering shuttle service during the event, the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce has announced. The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30, amid the Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace shops.

Chamber Executive Director and Arts Festival Coordinator Susan Cerutti reports that the shuttle service is offered in an effort to ease the traffic congestion and make it easier for visitors to find a parking spot.

Lakes Region Airport Shuttle will run continuously from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days from two lots on Route 3, one north of the lights and one south of the lights. The shuttle will follow a route from Prescott Park, one mile north of the lights and those riding the bus will be dropped off on the Main Street at the entrance to the festival. The other will leave from the Belknap Family Health Center parking lot located across the street from Hart's Restaurant and will drop people off on Main Street near the library.

Those approaching Meredith from the east on Route 25 are urged to use 25B in Center Harbor and approach Meredith from the north on Route 3. Those coming into town from the south are urged to look for the free shuttle sign and park in the lot on the left and ride the shuttle to the festival.

More information about the shuttle bus or the festival is available by calling the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 279- 6121.

Area students, teachers shine at History Day competition

PLYMOUTH — Students from Gilford Middle School were among New Hampshire students who had a great showing this year at the 2015 National History Day (NHD) competition at the University of Maryland.

Gilford Middle students Greg Madore, Cal Schrupp and Josh Valentine won an award in the junior category for their group performance: "Lewis Hine and the Legacy of Child Labor Reform." The trio researched the life of Hine, his photographs and his role in the National Child Labor Committee's efforts leading to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Matthew McDonough's exhibit on "Theodore Roosevelt, Conservationist," was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to be displayed at the National Museum of American History.

The Gilford Middle School supervisor was teacher Rob Meyers, a 2004 graduate of Plymouth State University.

Another notable entrant with ties to PSU was Moultonborough Academy teacher Kelsie Brook Eckhert who received the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire for her outstanding work as a social studies teacher. Eckhert received a graduate degree from PSU in 2013.

National History Day is a yearlong educational program in which middle and high school students hone their skills as historians while utilizing sources of historical research. Each spring at Plymouth State University, several hundred students demonstrate their work producing video documentaries, theatrical performances, papers and museum-style exhibits. The winners move on to the national competition. This year more than 60 Granite State competitors traveled to the contest and PSU Professor of History John Krueckeberg said the students were among the best.

"I like to emphasize that the program's focus on developing college and career-ready skills is what makes every student a winner in the program, regardless if they make it to states or nationals," Krueckeberg said. "Doing so well this year at nationals, though, really has been thrilling for the students who proved to the nation that education in New Hampshire can make you more than simply competitive, but outstanding."

Hailing from 14 schools, the N.H. contingent competed against nearly 3,000 other students from across the country with this year's theme, "Leadership and Legacy in History." All were judged by teams of professional historians from Washington, D.C. area universities, libraries and museums.

National History Day in New Hampshire is supported in part with a grant from the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies. The program is free, promotes college and career-ready skills and is used by New Hampshire teachers to promote independent, critical thinking skill development.

Tours of historic Sanbornton cemetery on July 25

SANBORNTON — Tours of Sanbornton's historic Centre Cemetery will be held on Saturday, July 25, in conjunction with observance of Sanbornton Days.

The Sanbornton Congregational Church will provide tours at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. of the cemetery on Tower Hill Road, where many of the builders and/or owners of many of the town's historic houses are buried.

Much research has been done discovering the previous owners and now can share with the public the very interesting history.