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Library Week to be observed in Meredith, April 21-25

MEREDITH —  Every spring the nation sets aside one week to recognize National Library Week, which this year will be held from April 21 through 25.

The Meredith Library gets started with the week on Tuesday, April 21 with the return of the Technology Petting Zoo from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During this workshop a variety of smart devices and useful apps will be explored with a well-trained staff. Later Tuesday afternoon there will be a visit from the Friends of the Meredith Public Library from 3-5 p.m. The Friends' generosity and hard work provide the funding responsible for many of the library programs and events, so community members are encouraged to stop by to ask them a few questions, grab a coffee or treat, enter the prize raffle, or see about joining.

Additionally, Tuesday afternoon is the return of the QR Quest, where patrons between the ages of 8 and 18 will be entered to win a prize pack if they can track down the QR codes that will be hidden around the library. Help will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, but the Quest will be available all week.

On Wednesday Many Monkeys Come to Read story time will begin at 9:45 a.m. and continues with a meeting of the Teen/Tween Comics Club at 3:30pm. Thursday morning local author Catherine Dougherty will be speaking at the library from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to talk about her first two novels In Polyester Pajamas and In Woolen Bikinis, as well as her upcoming novel which is due out this year. She'll be available to sign copies after her presentation and discussion. Following the discussion will be Lego Time from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

On Friday there will be Tot Time at 9:30 a.m., or bring a teen or tween to the Young Writers Group at 3:30 p.m. To close out the week there will be a Genealogy Lock-In at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

For more information on the week visit Meredithlibrary.org or call 603-279-4303.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:09

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Ashland maps plans for 55th annual July 4th celebration


ASHLAND —  The Ashland Fourth of July Committee announces the dates for the town's 55th Annual July 4th celebration.

Some of the state's best fireworks will be held on the L.W. Packard Ball Field Friday, July 3 at dusk, with a rain date of Sunday, July 5.

The theme of the parade, scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m., rain or shine, is the 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War. Parade participants are encouraged to dress according to the theme. Floats will be judged and awarded ribbons in the following categories: Most Patriotic, Most Beautiful, Best Integration of the Theme and Most Creative. Additionally, the Grand Marshal will choose his or her favorite.

The committee would like to thank all the local businesses that so generously supported the 2014 event through advertising in the event program or with a banner on the ball field.

Sustaining donors include: Ashland Historical Society; Ashland Lumber; Associated Grocers of NE; Atlas Pyrovision Productions; Bob's Shur-Fine Market; Boomerang Used Furniture and Funky Stuff Ltd.; Bridgewater Power Company; Comfort Inn; Dunkin' Donuts; Dupuis Cross Post #15; Dupuis Funeral Home; Jeremy Hiltz Excavating, Inc.; JD Design & Print; John J. McCormack, Attorney at Law; Laconia Antique Center; Laconia Motorcycle Week; Meredith Village Savings Bank; Mountain Laurel Florist; New Hampshire Music Festival; Patty Stewart & Associates; Peabody & Smith Realty; Poulos Insurance, Inc.; Red Mountain Construction; Rockywold Deephaven Camps; Riveredge Marina; Samyn D'Elia Architect; Sippican Partners Development Management; Squam Lake Plumbing & Heating; Squam River Landing; The Common Man; Tree Solutions; Wholly Tara and www.PepperSkye.com.

The funding for this annual celebration comes strictly through donations and the sale of commemorative items. The Ashland Fourth of July Committee is made up of a small group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to keep their hometown tradition going. For more information or to volunteer, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or attend a meeting, the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Ashland Fire Station.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:59

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Carly Fiorina to speak at Pemi-Baker Republican spaghetti dinner April 17

ASHLAND — The monthly, now-famous, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners sponsored by the Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee (PBVRC), return on Friday, April 17. Featuring spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and desserts, the dinner is held at the American Legion Hall, 37 Main Street, Ashland from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Carly Fiorina is our guest speaker for the evening. Carly is a possible presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett Packard. When Carly was recruited to Hewlett Packard, she became the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business and grew HP to the 11th most profitable company in the US. In her six years as Chairman and CEO of HP, she would double its revenues to $90 billion; more than quadruple its growth to 9%; triple the rate of innovation to 11 patents a day; achieve market leadership in every market and product category and quadruple cash-flow.

She currently serves as the Chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, which annually hosts CPAC (the largest annual gathering of conservatives); the Chairman of Good360, the world's largest product philanthropy organization; and the Chairman of Opportunity International, the largest non profit micro-finance lender in the world giving out $6 billion at an average of $150 per loan lifting millions out of poverty around the world.

In 2014, Carly launched the Unlocking Potential Project, a new PAC aimed at engaging women voters and refuting the notion that conservative ideas and principles amount to a "war on women." The UP Project's grassroots efforts aided Republican wins in crucial elections across the country, from Iowa to Colorado.

Tickets are $10 at the door for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years, and 4 and under free with a special family price of $25.

Other dinner dates for 2015 are May 15, with special guest former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich; June 19 with Governor Bobby Jindal; July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16.

For more information, Omer Ahern can be reached at 603-536-2224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Cindy at 603-536-3880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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‘Body Language’ poetry performance at PSU’s Smith Recital Hall on April 14

PLYMOUTH — Taking the Smith Recital Hall stage, Women of Words will present an evening of original poetry inspired by the body on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.

Women of Words, an entity currently comprised of seven writers and poets who live and work in surrounding communities, was founded more than twenty years ago. WOW members meet bi-monthly during the academic year to share, workshop, and develop ongoing writing projects.

A diverse group of writers, WOW's focus is placed on writing process, holistic support of members as each explores her craft, and the importance of bringing works to the public forum through the realms of performance and publication. Annually, WOW presents a selected body of work touching on a collectively chosen theme and engages the community to share in the result of those works.

Local poets include seasoned members, Kate Donahue, Kathryn Drexel, and Jenny Highland of Plymouth, New Hampshire; as well as Suzanne Marshall of Hebron, who joined forces with Women of Words four years ago. Katie O'Connell and Bonnie Toomey, both from Sandwich, are the newest members, juried in 2013. On sabbatical this year is long-time member, Liz Ahl, author of Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010) and Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press 2012).

Body Language: A Performance of Original Poetry is free and open to the public. Silver Center for the Arts is located at 114 Main Street. For more information visit https://www.plymouth.edu/silver-center/season-events/women-of-words-2/ or call 603-535-2787.

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