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Cottage colony on Squam Lake named to National Register of Historic Places

HOLDERNESS — The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that the Shepard Hill Historic District in Holderness has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of Historic Places, both for its well-preserved architecture and its social importance as the first summer colony on Squam Lake.

Part of the evolution of Squam as a destination for summer homes after the Civil War, Shepard Hill is the location of the first cottage built on the lake. Boating, swimming, fishing and tennis were integral parts of summer recreation there. Early residents were primarily academics and ministers with ties to Yale University and were often connected socially and professionally.

More than a century after Shepard Hill was established, it still retains all but one of its historic cottages and camps, as well as its chapel, ice houses, a group of bath and boathouses on the shoreline, the undisturbed site of the Asquam House hotel that stood at the top of the hill from 1881 to 1948 and several other original features.

Built primarily from 1870-1900 and sited on the hillside and oriented for optimal lake and mountain views, the buildings' architectural styles range from eclectic Victorians to Craftsman-style cottages. They have fairly simple exteriors and are distinguished by decorative features. Doors are generally paired to create wide openings for maximum light and ventilation, taking full advantage of summer living on Squam.

As part of a recent effort by local advocates and property owners, the Shepard Hill Historic District is the tenth listing to the National Register from Squam Lake and the Squam Watershed.

Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.

For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at 603-271-3483.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the "State Historic Preservation Office," was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire's citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:11

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Adult Education plans series of retirement workshops

LACONIA — A free series of workshops on planning for retirement will be offered by Laconia Adult Education starting later this month.

The series will run for three weeks beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

During the sessions attendees will begin to understand and learn ways to invest their money -- whether in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, or starting a business -- as they begin approaching retirement age and need to plan for the future.

The Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series will cover such topics as: Savvy Social Security & Medicare Planning, Smart Retirement Tips and Strategies, Wealth Planning 101, and What Every Savvy Women Needs To Know.

This Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series will help attendees understand what investing is all about. It will also explain the building blocks of the investing world and the markets, and provide insights into techniques and the most suitable strategies, and how to make savvy decisions about Social Security and Medicare planning.

Those interested in attending the workshop or who want more information can call Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:07

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Tubing event at Gunstock will benefit Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — Laconia Rotary will host a "U Tube" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford on Sunday, January 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for an evening of fun under the lights.

The event will feature 3 hours of tubing, Big Air Bag Launch Ride (weather permitting), fire pit, s'mores and hot chocolate, hourly prizes, entry into the grand prize giveaway Ski & Stay Package, and a raffle. The cost of the event is $30 per person or $25 per person for groups of 4 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gunstock.com.

"We're excited to partner with Gunstock to host this fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club," said Rob Stewart, Committee Chair, "It promises to be a fun event for everyone, from families to children of all ages. We hope the community comes out to support a worthy cause while enjoying a great evening of after-hours tubing and so much more."

"The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region serves hundreds of children from throughout the area, and provides them with the life skills needed to become productive members of the community," said Laconia Police Chief Christopher Adams, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club, "We are grateful to Laconia Rotary Club for supporting our work."

Laconia Rotary, founded in 1925, is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization that is open to membership to all individuals. Its objectives are to encourage and foster opportunities for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, and advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. The club meets at noon on Thursday at the Belknap Mill. For further information about Rotary and to learn how people can get involved, call Jon F. Nivus at 528-4959. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.laconiarotary.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:56

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2nd Annual Gilford Rotary Pizza Bowl to be held on January 25

GILFORD — Gilford Rotary will be sponsoring the 2nd annual Pizza Bowl competition on Sunday, January 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Gilford Youth Center.

Local pizza purveyors will be packing their pies with a plethora of pleasing palette poppers. Attendees will vote on their favorite pizza (People's Choice Award) and kids age 8 and under will vote for their favorite (Kids' Choice Award). There will also be a special panel of pizza professors who will vote on Best Cheese, Best Sauce, Best Crust, and Best Specialty Pizza.

Pizza places participating include Fratello's Italian Grille, Gilford House of Pizza, Lakeside Famous Roast Beef & Pizza, Papa Gino's, Pizza Express, Sal's Pizza, and Faro's Italian Grille. Additional support and beverages provided by Lakes Region Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Shaw's Supermarket, Gilford

Door Prizes include a $120 Gift Certificate from Fratello's Italian Grille as well as a 50/50 raffle. Pizza Bowl Pizza passports are only $10 per person. Children age 8 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased from a member of Gilford Rotary or at the door. Proceeds from this event will go to the many non-profit activities supported by Gilford Rotary in Gilford and the Lakes Region area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:51

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