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Scholarship foundation helped 282 students last year

LACONIA — Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation President, Paulette Loughlin, speaking at the foundation's annual meeting, said that the foundation awarded over a quarter of a million dollars to help 282 students continue their education last year.

She said the foundation has five new funds and significant additions to existing funds and that the Community Spelling Bee raised $9,400. A generous gift has enabled the foundation to hire a financial aid consultant to serve Laconia, Belmont and Gilford High School students.

Scholarship applications for 2015 are going out this month with deadlines for applications through LRSF listed as April 15. Applications are also available in the Guidance offices of our local high schools; by emailing scholarship @metrocast.net; by calling 527-3533; or by going to www.lrscholarship.org.

There are also specially designated scholarships, including the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition. The artwork submitted by local high school graduating art students, who will be continuing their education in this field, will be on display at the Belknap Mill in Laconia from April 10-16 with an Awards reception on the 16th. Another exceptional scholarship opportunity is the John F. Mullen Memorial Essay Competition.
Two valued board members Randy Brough and Susanne Weldon-Francke have completed their terms and are being replaced by Emily Clement and Lori Fasshauer. Emily brings her years of experience as a guidance counselor at GHS, her skills as a life coach and her extensive volunteer involvement in sports, church and community activities. Lori was one of the board members of Camp Winsheblo and was instrumental in establishing the Winsheblo Scholarship Fund.

Board members continuing theri Our special thanks to the following board members who agreed to renew their terms as trustees include Lisa Bianco, Marcia Hayward, Donna Hennessey, Sarah Svindland and James Waldron.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 08:38

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Committee on Aging to meet on Feb. 13

GILFORD — An expert in heart health issues will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging scheduled to take place on Friday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at Wesley Woods.

The speaker will be Jannine Sutcliffe, manager of the LRGHealthcare Cardiac Rehab and the Wellness Centers, who will talk about preventions, recognizing the signs of heart disease, and/or stroke. Sutcliffe will explain the benefits of a healthy heart and understanding the risks and signs of a heart attack, and stroke.

This event, which will take place in the Wesley Woods Community Room, off Route 11A (behind the First United Methodist Church), is open to the public and free of charge.

In addition to her presentation Sutcliffe will also take questions from the audience.

Those interested in attending this session are asked to contact Stace Hendricks at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:43

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Michael Vincent Band throwing Super Bowl party

LACONIA — The Michael Vincent Band Superbowl Party! will be held Sunday, February 1, at 3 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Come join us to enjoy the Michael Vincent Band and watch the Superbowl! Michael Vincent discovered Blues and Soul music as a child. While still in grammar school, he formed a trio called Michael Vincent and Doubleshot with two of his classmates. Now traveling the country, he employs a reminiscent blues guitar style and an inspiring voice.

Danny Mack on Bass has developed his own unique thumping style in his music. His main influences include Jack Bruce, Donald Dunn, Barry Oakely, Leon Wilkeson, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, and Billy Cox.
Dan Hewitt started playing drums in the summer of 2006. He moved to New Hampshire and met Michael Vincent in grammar school and they soon collaborated with Dan Mack to form the trio. Now an experienced percussionist, he has returned as the backbone. His main influences include Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, and Steve Gadd.
Free snacks and appetizers available.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:23

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‘Historic Organs of Laconia’ lecture on February 23


LACONIA — The  Laconia Historical and Museum Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday February 23, at The Laconia Public Library beginning at 6:30 pm. The meeting will include a report of the Nominating Committee and election of Officers for the upcoming year.

Immediately following this brief meeting, Laconia Historical and Museum Society will welcome Larry Leonard to present the Society's February lecture program, "The Historic Organs of Laconia", scheduled to begin at 7 pm.

Larry Leonard is a native of Randolph, Vermont where he studied organ with the legendary Florence Scholl Cushman. He has been a resident of Laconia since 1959 where he plied his profession as a pharmacist for the past 55 years, having retired only two years ago. He was organist at both United Baptist Church in Lakeport and St. Joseph Catholic church here in the city for almost a quarter of a century.  Leonard will share his vast knowledge of the pipe organs in the various city churches of Laconia.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information about the LHMS Annual Meeting or the lecture program, call Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:18

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