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Nominations now being accepted for Annette Schmitt Unsung Hero Award

LACONIA —  Nomination packets are now available for the Annette P. Schmitt Unsung Hero Award, presented by Granite United Way. This award honors an individual who has shown a long-standing commitment to children and families in Belknap County through behind-the-scenes activities without any expectation of recognition. Eligible candidates include those who volunteer on behalf of children and families or non-volunteer individuals who provide exceptional service to children and families beyond the scope of their employment.

The 2015 recipient will be announced by Retired Family Court and Special Justice Willard Martin in late spring. The winner will receive an individual award and his or her name will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the local United Way office. Additionally, a donation will be made to a charity chosen by the winner.

"This award is designed to acknowledge the efforts of Belknap County residents who go the extra mile in bringing positive changes to the lives of children and families," said Judge Martin.

The Schmitt Unsung Hero Award honors New Hampshire resident, the late Annette P. Schmitt, who left a generous bequest to support programs and projects that improve the lives of children and families in Belknap County and the State. Over the past several years this fund has been the primary resource for sustaining a number of comprehensive systemic changes in Belknap and Carroll counties.

Over the past years, previous winners of the Schmitt Unsung Hero Award have included Warren Sommers, Doug Whittum, Clare Persson, Janet Brough, Matthew Tetreault and Deb Williams all of Laconia, Jean and John Provencal (Gilmanton), Leo Sanfacon (Gilford), and the late Dave Tryon (Tilton), Dawn McCartney (Barnstead), Paul Plimpton (Belmont). Last year Kim Lacasse, of Gilford was the award recipient.

Nomination Forms are available at Granite United Way website, www.graniteuw.org, or by calling Kathy Calvin at 527-9182. Completed nomination forms are due by Friday, April 24.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:03

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Belknap County Bar annual meeting is today

MEREDITH — The Belknap County Bar Association will convene its annual meeting Tuesday, March 10 at Hart's Turkey Farm restaurant in Meredith at 5:30 p.m. Featured speakers for the event are New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice James Bassett, and Circuit Court Marital Master Michael Garner regarding public service. New Hampshire Circuit Court Judge James M. Carroll IV will be presenting remarks on Belknap County's Restorative Justice program, and on behalf of the Association recognizing the work of program administrator Brian J. Loanes.
The Association will recognize the law firm of Normandin, Cheney and O'Neil in Laconia on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, including a remembrance of Attorney Paul Normandin who was admitted into practice in 1955 and died August 14, 2014. Among his many contributions to Belknap County include his service as assistant US attorney, in the NH House of Representatives and Laconia City Council. Also on August 14th, BCBA member Attorney John Cameron of Gilford died. During his life he served as a strong advocate for children and families and on many boards and task forces in support of family law.
Receiving recognition for 50 years in practice will be Attorney Arthur Hoover of Alton, New Hampshire. Other members retiring from active practice in Belknap County this year were Attorneys Doug Hill of Meredith and Lee Mattson, of Center Harbor. 

This year's longtime service recognitions are in keeping with its focus on BCBA history last year. As a result Attorneys Rodney Dyer of Wescott Law was named as the association's historian emeritus, and he and Willard G. Martin, Jr. of Martin, Lord & Osman in Laconia and Wolfeboro were both recognized for more than 50 years of practice and community service. Both attorneys graduated from Laconia High School and had Mrs. Ruth P. Estes as their debate coach.
Belknap County Bar Association is a local association of the New Hampshire Bar Association with a mission of supporting the delivery of legal service on a local level and promoting collegiality among its members. For additional information please contact BCBA President Robert Bonsignore at Bonsignore Trial Lawyers PLLC

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Urban Renewal talk at Golden View canceled

MEREDITH — A talk on Laconia's Urban Renewal project which had been scheduled for this afternoon at Golden View Health Care Center has been postponed.

Plans are reschedule the talk by local history columnist Warren Huse. No new date for the talk has been set.


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Belkap Mill hosting annual Arts Alive! program

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill is hosting the annual Arts Alive! program showcasing the artistic talent from the Lakes Region area. Students, from area schools of Belmont, Gilford, Laconia and Winnisquam, will have pieces on display on the 1st floor and 3rd floor exhibit spaces beginning Monday, March 9.

Kim Valpey, Gilford Elementary School art teacher and coordinator of the Arts Alive program for close to fifteen years states, "The collaboration between the schools and the shared enthusiasm for the arts has always made this program such a terrific success. The greatest reward is seeing the pride on a child's face when they see their talents and creativity are on display."

Individual open house events are scheduled over the next couple of weeks which are free and open to the public. Laconia hosted the first reception on Monday, March 9. Winnisquam will be on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The Gilford reception will take place on Wednesday, March 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm followed by Belmont on Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

"I would highly encourage the public to come by and explore the exhibits," says Beth San Soucie, Managing Director for the Belknap Mill. "Share with us your personal favorites through social media using #artsalive2015. The students are delighted to showcase their work to the community – let's choose to celebrate it!"

The exhibits will remain on display until March 20.

The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813. 

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