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125 years of Meredith Library minutes online

MEREDITH — The Trustees of the Meredith Public Library are pleased to announce that they have placed all of their available meeting minutes online. Minutes date back to 1889 and include discussions on topics such as one from 1909 when the trustees voted not to allow the custodian to shoot at the doves roosting in the building, a decision in 1915 not to allow the State Papers collection to leave the library (which was a good one because one hundred years later we still have them,) and the decision in 1927 to remove the brick sidewalk that matched the library and replace it with concrete as was being done in the rest of the Town.

Reading the minutes is like taking a stroll through library and the town history. The historic minutes were transcribed from fading hand-written notebooks by two very diligent Friends of the Library volunteers, Anne Whiting and June Noreen. Years of work behind the scenes have left us all with the ability to enjoy reading them easily and to search them electronically. Thank you so much to these hard-working women.

The minutes can be accessed from the library's website www.meredithlibrary.org. Mouse over "About Us", click on Trustees and access the historic minutes on the bottom left-side of the screen.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 11:19

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Meredith Fire Department helps Golden View in propane leak drill

MEREDITH— Golden View, a community based non-profit, holds disaster drills every year to prepare staff and Golden View residents of what to do in case of an emergency. The facility tries to work with the community as much as possible during many of these drills, and in their day-to-day operations. In keeping with Golden View's tradition of community involvement, members and student interns of the Meredith Fire Department arrived at Golden View last Friday to assist them in a propane leak drill.

This drill was not only a great way for the students to learn more about the senior population and their needs during an emergency, but it was also a great way for Golden View's staff to learn from the Meredith Fire Department's expertise. Prior to the drill, Golden View's Safety Committee, a Dead River gas company employee, and the Meredith Fire Department's Deputy Chief met for a disaster planning meeting to go over the proper procedures when dealing with a propane leak. Employees who'd never smelled propane before were given scratch and sniff cards so they would be able to identify the scent in the future. After the drill, Safety Committee members and members of the Meredith Fire Department discussed the drill and opportunities to further improve the communication and response time between our two organizations.

Drills like the one at Golden View are part of the many training opportunities members of the Meredith Fire Department Student Intern Program experience. This highly competitive program only accepts four students each year and provides them with opportunities to gain practical experience.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 11:09

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Cross-country ski lessons offered at Bolduc Park

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be offering four weeks of Cross Country Ski Lessons at Bolduc Park this winter. Lessons begin on Saturday, January 10, and will continue through January 31 (in the event a day is cancelled because of poor weather, it will be made up the week(s) following January 31). Lessons begin at 10:00 a.m. and rental skis may be picked up at 9:00 a.m. at Piche's Ski Shop!

Registration forms are available at the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, Bolduc Park and Piche's Ski Shop. Mail, fax or drop off your registrations directly to Piche's Ski Shop.

Cost: $70.00 per person includes rental equipment, $40.00 per person if you have your own equipment.

If you have any questions, contact Bob or Pat Bolduc at 524-2068.

The Gilford and Belmont Parks and Recreation Departments are co-sponsoring a Bus Trip to Boston to see the Celtics take on the Chicago Bulls on Friday, January 16. Cost of the trip is $123 for lower level Loge seats and $93.00 upper level balcony seats and includes round trip motor coach from Gilford or Belmont and tickets to the game. A deluxe motor coach will depart from Gilford High School at 5 p.m.  and the Belmont Park & Rideshare (Route 106) at 5:15 p.m.

Participants will have time to visit the pro-shop and dinner on their own prior to the game. Seats are in section #5 (Loge) and 303 (Balcony) for the 7:30 p.m. game. Seats are limited; a registration form must be completed accompanied by payment and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722 or visit their website at www.gilfordrec.com .

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:50

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Leadership Lakes Region donates to Care Closet at Laconia Middle School

LACONIA —The Leadership Lakes Region group recently conducted its annual Social Issues Day. This is one of eight program days conducted throughout the year for a class of area professionals in a variety of subject areas. In anticipation of the day designed to foster a better understanding of the social issues impacting the Lakes Region, this year's class of 23 was asked to bring in donations for the Laconia Middle School's Care Closet.

Run by school nurse, Kerriann Reynolds, the Care Closet is a confidential place where students from families struggling economically can get basic supplies, personal hygiene items, clothing and other day to day essentials. Leadership Lakes Region first learned of the existence of the Care Closet when the then Middle School Principal briefed the Leadership Class of 2012 on its purpose and the struggles that a lot of his students had to deal with to get ready for school each day. Class member Rosa Michaud, an employee of Bank of New Hampshire, was especially moved by the Principal's description. Ms. Michaud then spoke to her fellow classmates and encouraged them to bring some much needed items to the next Leadership Lakes Region meeting for delivery to the Middle School Care Closet. Thus was born a connection between a school staff working hard to meet its students' basic needs outside of the classroom and a leadership class willing to pitch in.

Each year since, the Leadership Lakes Region class has purchased items from Nurse Reynolds' Needs List and brought them to the Care Closet. Ms. Michaud has also continued the new tradition by placing collection bins at local Bank of New Hampshire offices so other bank employees can donate. When asked to describe the purpose of the Care Closet, Nurse Reynolds stated "The Middle School Care Closet supports students to perform at their fullest potential by providing access to items that meet their basic needs. This enables the students to focus on academic success."

Any member of the public or civic group can also donate to the Middle School Care Closet. Simply contact Nurse Kerriann Reynolds at (603) 524-4632 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and a copy of the current Needs List.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 11:09

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