Sculpture Walk turns 3 - Meredith event brings art to outdoor spaces

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Keegan Rodday of Hanover, Massachusetts, reaches up to pet “Horse,” made by Rita Dee of Bennington, Vermont. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Meredith event brings art to outdoor spaces


MEREDITH — For the third straight year the streets, passages and parks of town are studded with sculptures, 32 of them fashioned by 27 different artists and 24 displayed for the first time.
Bev Lapham, who chairs the Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee, said yesterday that this year 96 artists submitted pieces, many of them for the first time, while some whose works earned spots last year bid to keep them. All were presented to the jury, which chose to to return eight works for another year and bring 24 new pieces to Meredith, some of them by familiar sculptors.
"Toe Dancer," an abstract, kinetic sculpture by John BonSignore of Redding, Connecticut, was a favorite three years ago. Last year he brought "Toe Dancer 3A" and this year added another, turning his duo into "Thrice."
"Snow Goose Landing" in bronze mounted on a rock above the small beach at Lago is the newest of three works by late Beverly Seamans of Newbury, Massachusetts, joining "Osprey," perched at Mill Falls Market Place, and "Wendy," turning a page near the bookstore.
Stephen Green of Lee, whose upturned stone hand — "Advantage" — beckoned in Hesky Park, this year offers "The Mobius Shell," an elegantly carved granite bowl.
"I make rocks smaller," he said, explaining that sculpting is "removing what you don't want."
For the third year, Josie Dellenbaugh of Glastonbury, Connecticut, has displayed in Meredith, following "Snowy Owl" and "Japanese Mother and Child" with "Master Yoga," depicted in the mountain pose joining the thumb and index finger of his right hand at the waist to make a circle. He stands in Hesky Park, where the artist hopes he will inspire the practice of yoga in his shadow.
A pick axe, barrel staves, shovel blade, milk can and flattened wok are among the elements of "General Tsao, He's No Chicken" whose militant stance belies the whimsical bent of Richard Foster of Bristol, who infuses found objects with unique humor.
Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Massachusetts, whose "Dog" stood at the corner of Lake Street and Main Street, has placed "Bird in Hand" at Hesky Park, where the hand with a pair of cardinals, one within and one atop it, seems to wave to passing motorists.
Among the artists Andreas von Huene of Woolwich, Maine offers two pieces, one a slab of carved and polished granite, "Pull of the Moon," reminiscent of rising tides, and the other, "Bull," a boxy, linear beast fashioned from basalt.
Claire Roll of Arlington, Massachusetts, who recently earned her master of fine arts degree from Boston University, also has two pieces along the walk. The first, titled "Release," consists of a split log, each piece mounted with matching expansion foam elements, suggesting the whole was rendered asunder. "Untitled Threshold," opens as a keyhole, which from its place in Scenic Park provides a view of Indian Island.
Two new sculptors crafted images of deer. Quinn Morrissette, a young welder from Berlin, offers "Darling," an elegant buck standing on Main Street, while Wendy Klemperer of Brooklyn, New York has cut out the borders of countries in the body of "Shadow Deer Leaping" in Hesky Park.
The wavy piece of granite carved by Kevin Duffy of Arlington, Massachusetts takes its name, "Hydrolith," from calcium hydride, or the philosopher's stone that is supposed to turn base metals to gold.
William Royal of Southport, Maine, took a glacier in Patagonia, which he watched rushing to calve into the sea, as the inspiration for "Glacier," a piece of granite riven on both sides by the relentless flow of ice. Ice is depicted in marble by Melanie Zibit of Shirley, Massachusetts, whose "Arctic Ice," a shard of Vermont marble, split at the top and holed in the middle, invites pause and reflection.
"Tres Bien," a horse pieced and woven together from freshwater driftwood is an orphan of Hurricane Irene that swelled the Hudson, Walloomsac and Sac rivers, leaving Rita Dee of Bennington, Vermont, the detritus to turn to art. By contrast, "Runner" by David Borrus of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a minimalist human figure in bronze finished with silicon striding at full stretch.
Brochures are scattered at numerous spots along the route of the walk, which runs along Main Street, wends its way through Mill Falls Market Place then cross Hesky and Scenic parks. A schedule of guided docent tours is posted on the website, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Sisters Alayna and Faith Bond from Franklin, Massachusetts, meander through Meredith, stoping at “Bird in Hand” by Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Massachusetts as part of the Sculpture Walk last Sunday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Andreas von Huene of Woolwich, Maine offers two pieces, one a slab of carved and polished granite, "Pull of the Moon," reminiscent of rising tides, and the other, "Bull," a boxy, linear beast fashioned from basalt, shown  above. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Barnstead man charged with raping child


LACONIA — A Barnstead man was indicted for seven separate counts of the special felony of aggravated felonious sexual assault by a Belknap County grand jury on June 23.

George Colbath, 63, whose last address was 35 Walker Road is alleged to have committed the assaults on a minor between September of 2014 and January of 2016.

According to a February on online news article in Fosters Daily Democrat, Colbath, whose address was listed as Farmington, was arrested by Nottingham Police on similar charges on Feb. 3.

The newest Belknap County charges are being prosecuted by the Rockingham County Attorney Office in Belknap County because of the two cases involve the same victim.

Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Colbath is being monitored on an electronic bracelet as a condition of his bail stemming from the Rockingham County charge.

He is scheduled for arraignment on the new charges in early July in Belknap County Superior Court.

Aavid Thermalloy celebrates retirement of longtime employee


LACONIA — Many laughs, tears, and memories were shared during the retirement celebration of Sundee Dumais, as she closed out her 30 years of service with Aavid Thermalloy.

Standing before friends and family, Dumais exclaimed to the crowd that when began her career with Aavid, she viewed it as a short-term job that would help her learn how to work a computer and become better at mingling with other people.

"Never did I expect to be here more than a few years," said Dumais, "but I can say standing here now that I am so am glad I stayed with the company and didn't venture."

Beginning her career in 1986, she held the position of opening mail and answering the phone. Two years later, she began moving around to additional fields within the company, including the reporting and expediting field, followed by planning, purchasing and production. At the end of her career, Dumais left Aavid as Buyer-Planner within production control.

"Every day at work has been a good and fun day, because the people I had the opportunity to work with made the experience excellent," said Dumais.

Fellow employees at Aavid took time to share memories and  thank Dumais for her outstanding service to the company. Co-workers declared Dumais as the "unsung hero" of the company, recognizing her as the engine behind various behind the scenes efforts that have ensured great customer satisfaction over the years.

In addition to the kind sentiments shared, Dumais received a custom birdbath from the production floor, which was inscribed with a meaningful message from the staff. Additionally, Dumais received a monetary gift as a thanks for her years of service by President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Wong.

Officials at Aavid expressed that Dumais was one of many long-term employees working for the company, as over 50 percent of employees have been working for more than 10 years.

"We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated workforce and a high retention rate of employees," said Norman Soucy, vice president and general manager of the Global Transportation and Industrial Systems Division. "It is with great satisfaction that we see employees retire, as we are fortunate they have had a place of employment for a long period of time."

By the end of the 2016 year, Aavid will employ 16 people who have been working between 30 and 44 years for the company, 49 people between 20 and 29 years, and 23 people who have been with the company between 10 and 19 years.



 Norman Laramie, Dave Lacroix, Sundee Dumais, Lisa Druin and Norman Soucy gather as Dumais is wished a happy retirement. (Alana Persson/Laconia Daily Sun)