Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley offer unique library show

BELMONT — The Belmont Public Library presents Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at the Belmont Elementary School gym. This dynamic duo teams up for a unique library show that offers sing-along, read-aloud, laugh-a-lot musical entertainment for the whole family.

Steve & Marty play fun, upbeat songs on a variety of instruments--and Marty reads a few of his books aloud with projected illustrations, including his latest title, A CAPE--featuring a heroic young protagonist who proves that "Imagination is a Superpower!" This performance is part of the library's summer reading program, "Every Hero Has a Story." Performer information is available at: and

Funding for the Kids, Books, and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant for the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Those who sign up for the summer reading program before June 30, are eligible to win tickets to July 18's NASCAR event courtesy of Loudon's NH Motor Speedway. In July, there will be weekly raffles for Funspot, Gunstock, Canobie Lake Park, and Gilford Cinema 8 prizes and discounts.

The library is offering drop-in weekly programs this summer, including Story Time (Wednesdays at 10:30am), Lunch Bunch Readers (Fridays at 11:30 am), and Adult Craft Nights (Thursdays at 5:30 pm). The first Teen Time for rising 6th through 12th graders is Tuesday July 14 at 2 pm.The book group is reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Copies are available at the desk.

Discounted passes are available for the Squam Lake Science Center, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, and Currier Gallery.

More information is at the library's website,, or call the library at 267-8331.

Buy Local in Belmont this Sunday

BELMONT — Enjoy some leisurely shopping on Sunday, June 28,at the first of four Farmer's Markets planned for Belmont this summer.

The market is located next to the Belmont Mill and Tioga Pavilion on Mill St. and will ve open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Visitors can talk with vendors and learn about their wonderful, local products such as maple syrup, goat's milk soap, bat houses, and yummy kettle corn, whoopie pies, breads, and more.

This month's Farmer's Market day will feature hula-hoops for moving and grooving; sidewalk chalk for budding artists; and "make and take" fireworks paintings to commemorate the upcoming 4th of July holiday. With all of these activities to entertain the kids, parents will have plenty of time to visit with vendors.

There will be tables and chairs set up, so visitors can sit back and relax and join in on the "puzzle of the month", a summer scene of cherries and lemonade. Into chess or cribbage? Bring it along!

Everett Bailey, maker of Shaker-style brooms, will be demonstrating his craft under the new Tioga Pavilion. It's an amazing transformation, and Everett loves to share his interest of the Shaker ways with new faces.

Those interested in becoming a vendor at the monthly Sunday market days can contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Town of Belmont Special Events Coordinator, at 603-998-3525, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the town's website at, with any questions.

Boy Scouts holding breakfast Sun.


LACONIA — Boy Scout Troop 68 will hold a pancake breakfast, this Sunday, June 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Church Hall on Gilford Avenue.

The breakfast is being held to raise funds to allow troop members to attend Sea Base, a Boy Scout adventure camp in Florida.

The breakfast will include a variety of pancakes (blueberry, chocolate chips, and plain), as well as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash-brown potatoes, toast, coffee and juice.

The cost of breakfast will be $7 per person, or $24 per family or group of four.

Gilmanton Year-Round Library slates program on loons on June 30

GILMANTON — Learn about the natural history, challenges and successes of Loons in New Hampshire on Tuesday , June 30 at 7 p.m., at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Harry Vogel, Executive Director of the Loon Preservation Committee, will present the program which is free and open to the public.
The Library is on NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, opposite the Gilmanton School.

Harry Vogel as been studying loons for close to 20 years as researcher and then project biologist for the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey of Bird Studies Canada. He currently serves as senior biologist/executive director of New Hampshire's Loon Preservation Committee. He is co-chair of the Northeast Loon Study Working Group, a consortium of government and non-governmental organizations from throughout the New England states and the Canadian Maritimes, working on issues affecting loons and other wildlife in the northeast.

A biologist by training, Harry says that he now spends too much time behind a desk fighting mounds of paperwork. "I duck these responsibilities and get out into the field as much as I possibly can."