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Gilford outing club warming hut gets state historical marker


GILFORD – Those passing by the restored Gilford Outing Club warm-up hut will notice something new in the landscape: a state historical marker commemorating the Gilford Outing Club. The marker has been a year in the making and was installed last week by the NH Department of Transportation (DOT), the organization that oversees the management of the state's historical markers.
The bright red building that sits on the edge of Cherry Valley Road served as a warm-up hut for Gilford Outing Club (GOC) members from 1946 until 1992. In 2006, Gilford teenager Sarah Anderson spearheaded an effort to restore the building. A number of individuals were involved with the restoration work including retired engineer Scott Davis, the Harry Bean family, Page Roofing, contractor Richard Moreau and several other volunteers.
Once the building had been reconstructed, Anderson felt that a historical marker would further preserve the club's history by educating the people as they read the marker's text. Last fall, Anderson and her family prepared the required application and petition signed by twenty citizens of the state. The documents were then submitted to the DOT for review. Since the amount of text allowed is limited, the Andersons worked closely with Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn, the Gilford Select Board, and former GOC members Penny Pitou and Marty Hall, Jr. (also both Olympic skiers) to ensure that the text on the marker was accurate and that it properly conveyed the true spirit of the outing club.
The DOT requires that, "text should stress why the subject is distinctive and significant to the state's residents and visitors and why it merits the special status conferred by a state marker." Once an application is received by the DOT, it carefully considers the historical significance of the subject and the suggested text. After review, the Gilford Outing Club and its history were deemed significant by the state, and once all parties had approved of the wording, the marker was ordered. Anderson then met with representatives from the DOT and consulted with Gilford town officials so that the placement of the marker would comply with state requirements for safety and road requirements.
The new marker is getting very positive reviews. Gilford resident and two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Penny Pitou is thrilled with its installation, especially since she trained with the Gilford Outing Club early in her skiing career.
"When I stopped by and read the new marker, I felt very proud to be a resident of Gilford. It also made me feel very honored to have been a part of this history," explained Pitou.
"The parents who ran the Gilford Outing Club gave us, through countless volunteer hours, opportunities that we would not have had otherwise. That is something that shouldn't be forgotten, and this marker will remind us - now and in the future," she said.
Anderson agreed, adding, "When we started this project, not many people knew what the Gilford Outing Club was and what it had meant to Gilford. Now with the marker installed people from Gilford as well as from other places can learn about the importance of the outing club and what happened at this site."
The cost of the marker was covered by private funds raised specifically for the warm-up hut project by Anderson and her family.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:36

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Moultonboro Methodist Church to host concert

MOULTONBOROUGH — Tom Ewing accompanied by The Winter Street Project, formally Awaken, will present an evening of music on Sunday, October 11 at Moultonboro United Methodist Church. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tom and Susanne Ewing have served in local church ministry for more than 30 years. In 2007 they launched Tom Ewing Ministries, Inc, an itinerant, non-profit organization which offers their experience in worship ministry and pastoral leadership to the body of Christ in a variety of ways - worship leading, consulting, providing interim worship solutions, mentoring, teaching, training, retreats, conferences and presenting leadership networking events. Their ministry crosses denominational lines and has proved to have a unique influence in uniting the Body of Christ. Both are members of Jubilee Fellowship Church. They serve JFC's Denver area church planting movement in an executive/elder capacity and lead worship monthly.
For more information visit Ewing's site at www.tomewing.net.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:31

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Appalachian Teen Project welcomes Americorps volunteer

WOLFEBORO — Jeanne Clark, a New Hampshire native of Henniker, will be joining the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) and the Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) this fall as an Americorps VISTA member. This initiative was taken with the goal of helping the two youth organizations to collaborate and unite in their efforts to serve the youth of the Governor Wentworth School District.
AMTP is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to supporting healthy development and resilience in youth, families, and communities throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The KYC serves the youth of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District by offering after school programs in a safe, positive environment where students can grow, learn, and develop life skills. Both organizations have joined forces in the past, and have created the Americorps position in the hopes of furthering their efforts and being of greater service to the youth as well as the surrounding community.
The Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a national service program aimed towards alleviating poverty, and was originated by President John F. Kennedy in 1965. This particular program has been in operation for 49 years, and has been part of the Americorps program network since 1993. As a VISTA, the member commits to a year-long, full-time position to serve specific nonprofit organizations, projects, or public agencies.
This year, Clark will be assisting the AMTP and KYC in their efforts to continue building on the administrative, organizational, and financial capacities of both organizations. Clark is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College with her degree in environmental science, and has a background in nonprofits and customer service. She has also completed two cross country road trips, studied wildlife and community management in East Africa in the spring of 2011, and just returned from living in the pacific northwest for a year. 
For more news and information on AMTP, please call the office at (603) 569-5510, or visit www.teenprojectnh.org. For the KYC, please call (603) 569-5949 or visit www.thekyc.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:22

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PSU’s Liz Ahl awarded fellowship to work on ‘Holderness’

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University English's, Liz Ahl, is the recipient of the Moondancer Fellowship at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Ark. The yearly fellowship is awarded to a writer whose work deals with the environment or nature. While at the Colony during her two week stay, Ahl will be working on a collection of poems called “Holderness,” named for the town where she lives.
“My intention with these poems is to evoke a strong sense of place that’s rooted in the overlapping and symbiotic ecosystems of human history and ecology/biology, or between human time and geologic time,” said Ahl. “Many ‘natural’ features of Holderness – Squam Lake, Rattlesnake Mountain, the Pemigewassett River, and so on – intersect with human activity to create this place where we live. Ice harvests, town meetings, mud season, and other seasonal events co-create, with natural phenomena, the ebb and flow of the years.”
Ahl is the author of three chapbooks, which are typically collections, usually of poetry, of twenty to forty pages. Her first chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest. A third chapbook, Talking About the Weather, was published in a limited edition in 2012 by Seven Kitchens Press.
Ahl calls her first chapbook of poems, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, “my first concentrated effort to focus on the natural world as a writer.” The collection, in the words of the publisher, “explores the ways humans perceive and interact with a natural world that can seem both intimately connected to our concerns and yet profoundly unknowable.” 
Ahl’s Talking About The Weather, continued her interest in writing about the natural world, with poems about mud season, plagues of acorns, and splitting wood. Individual poems by Ahl have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has worked at Plymouth State since 2002.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:19

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