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Cancer returns but LaBrie is still pitching

LACONIA — Her cancer is back, but that didn't keep Sheila LaBrie from taking part in Sunday's Pitching for a Cure horseshoe tournament, one which she has organized for the last couple of years as the leader of the ''14 Years and Counting Team'' which takes part every October in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign walk-a-thon at Opechee Park.

''I've been on heavy-duty chemotherapy ever since last September,'' says LaBrie, who last Friday underwent another treatment session and says she is still optimistic that ultimately she will prevail in her battle against cancer.

''I had a really good time Sunday. We had a dozen teams taking part and raised $543,'' said LaBrie, who said that some of the contributions came from people who stopped by Wilkins-Smith Post 1 American Legion after seeing a sign on the front lawn about the event.

''We had two tournaments last year and raised $442 at our first one this year,'' said LaBrie. A third tournament is slated for Sunday, Oct. 12, this year, a week before the annual making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk-a-thon.

''I thought I was all set and I wasn't,'' said LaBrie over the recurrence of her cancer. She said she has changed the name of her fund-raising team, which was formed several years ago, to reflect each additional year that she was cancer-free.

LaBrie, who was a department manager at Walmart in Gilford, said that she decided to concentrate on her own well-being since the cancer returned.

''There's enough stress with being in this situation without having to worry about organizing the work of other people,'' she said, adding that a friend, Shirley Roy, better known as ''Chippy,' helped her organize Sunday's event.

LaBrie says she has always loved horseshoes and has played ever since she was young, although she has recently had to pitch from the 30 foot distance, rather than the standard 40 feet, due to effects of the chemotherapy.

She ran the junior bowling program at the Funspot Bowling Center for several years, taking over the program after Ron Gilkey, who had been the bowling pro at Funspot for many years, died from cancer in 2001.

She also coached the Laconia High School bowling team for three years after it became a recognized school sport four years ago.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:01

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DES sues couple for wetlands violations in Gilmanton


LACONIA — The N.H. Department of Environmental Services has filed for a preliminary injunction against a Massachusetts couple to force them to restore some wetlands they filled in 2012 after specifically being ordered not to do so.

The DES is also seeking a $7,000 fine and the imposition of civil penalties if the 55 feet of wetland is not restored.

According to pleading obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court, in September 2010, the DES was notified that Paul Arshen and Gail Arshen were doing some work at the property on 94 Crystal Lake Road.

DES personnel realized that 55 feet of angles stone and 750 square feet of fill had been placed in the bed and bank.

On April 15, 2011, the DES sent a letter of deficiency to the Arshen requesting they install and maintain erosion and sediment control, retain a certified wetland scientist and submit a restoration plan.

The filing said the Arshens were not responsive.

On Aug. 12, 2012, the DES issued an administrative order to the Arshens telling them to cease and desist the project, get a scientist and submit a revision plan.

The Arshens neither appealed the order nor did they comply with it. They were again, non responsive, documents state.

On Jan. 17, 2014, the DES issued a decision of administrative fine. However, the Arshens didn't respond nor have they made any effort to pay the fine.

According to the DES, the Arshens are responsible for paying the $7,000 fine plus civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

The case has not be scheduled for a hearing as of this writing.

The Arshens did not return the Laconia Daily Sun's phone calls.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:35

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WEEKEND - Wolfeoro's Friday night Art Walk features nearly a dozen stops

WOLFEBORO — At 5 p.m. on Friday night (August 29), the center of this town will morph into an giant art gallery as artisans throughout the Lakes Region host locals and visitors alike at the fifth monthly Art Walk of the year. A map showing the locations of each exhibit are provided at all stops along the way.

Started a number of years ago, the walk is the brainchild of the Governor Wentworth Art Council, which developed the idea of hosting one night a month where all the art galleries in the center of town would be open.

In addition, Durgin Green will be converted to a large open-air art gallery for many area artists who do not have a permanent gallery for their shows.

For Barbara Gibbs at The Art Place, the monthly art works make art approachable for everyone and is crucial for generating interest and business for the smaller galleries.

The Art Place is the showcase for Peter Ferber — one of the iconic artists in the Lakes Region. Not only wiill she be spotlighting some of Ferber's newer works, she will be the guest host for Christine Knight Coombs — a water colorist from Sandwich.

Alton guitarist Thomas Alden will be providing the entertainment and Gibbs will be putting out light snacks and a wine sampling.

"We try to make it as festive as possible," she said.

Just a few doors away is Artisan's Corner, where Plymouth photographer Kenneth Hamilton will be the featured guest. They will also have light refreshments.

Tucked in behind the Wolfeboro Market Place is Kalled Gallery, which will host Sandwich singer-songwriter Audrey Drake.

Owner Jennifer Kalled makes hand-crafted jewelry from precious and semi-precious stones while her gallery features a wide variety of pieces made from wood, metal, glass, fiber and stone.

This Friday, Doug Blum of the Studio Gallery will be bringing some of his pottery to Durgin Green. (The Studio Gallery is located about one-half mile north of Wolfeboro Center.)

Across the street from Artisan Corner is the Sandy Martin Gallery.

Martin said that she will feature "Hot Dog Bob", now available in prints.

"Hot Dog Bob" said Martin, has two versions — one with Hot Dog Bob himself and one without. She said she initially painted Bob's hot dog stand but featured Bob's wife in her painting.

She learned later that while Bob had been running the stand for years, his wife had been there the day she painted it but rarely worked at the stand.

Some friends of Bob commissioned "Hot Dog Bob" — a painting in oil that features Bob wearing his hot dog shirt. His family also pays a prominent role in her original.

Martin said the painting was so popular she had prints made and those along with prints of her other works will be featured Friday night.

Martin said yesterday that the Art Walk nights are some of her favorites. She said the first one this year brought so many local residents to the downtown area that it was like an accidental Old Home Day.

"I'd like for those residents to come back and bring all of their house guests with them," Martin said.

Straw Cellar Fudge is a short pop down Railroad Avenue and features not only two rooms of art works by artisans affiliated with the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, but homemade fudge and gourmet coffee.

One street over from Railroad Avenue is the Northeastern Ballet Theater on Lehner Street, where for one night only Debbie Hopkins's houses will be presented. The houses, made from clay slabs, fired and painted can be used as lanterns or night lights when electrified or made into lamps.

The ballet class will be rehearsing "Dracula" beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to watch.

To the south of the center of town are Azure Rising Gallery and Connolly Gallery.

Azure Rising will be presenting Art as a Healing Tool with Wolfeboro artists Holly Clause, Bette Brown and Ann Tracy along with Martha's Vineyard artist Fae Kontje. The theme for this month is using creative energy to heal the heart, mind, spirit and body.

Artist Betty Brown will give a talk at 6 p.m. called "Artist Statement" about working on site and creating art in the natural world.

Next door, Connolly Gallery will feature hand-made jewelry by Mary Elliot Connolly and metal works by Michael Connolly.

While the hope is the weather will beautiful for an outdoor art show at Durgin Stables, should it rain, the outdoor activities will be move inside to Preferred Vacation Rentals.

Each month Durgin Stables features different artists and this month Polly Cain, Ann Dingwell, Cate Poole, Emily Marsh, Pam Grady, Marilyn Bodwell, Judi Memaire Gogi Millner of Cornish Hill Pottery, and Robin Cornwell will be present art works.

Music at Durgin Stables will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature Motown-meets-folk band John Petruzzelli & Friends.

For this month only, there is an opportunity to purchase a collector's edition of Peter Ferber;s "Artists in the Park" T-shirt.

This is the fifth of nine Art Walks put on by the GWAC. Art Walks are the last Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Governor Wentworth Arts Council is a non-profit educational art organization supporting artist from the Lakes Region. For more information, contact jeannette D'Onofrio at 569-0078 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jerome Holden at 569-5335. Both can be found daily at JC Signs on Grove Street.


CUTLINES: (Wolfeboro Art Walk 001)Barbara Gibbs in The Art Place in downtown Wolfeboro. The Art Place is the home of local artist Peter Ferber.

(Wolfeboro Art Walk 003) A giant blue butterfly and some metal flowers greet customers and art lovers at Kalled Gallery.

(Wolfeboro Art Walk 004) Governor Wentworth Arts Council artists works on display at Straw Cellar Fudge.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 01:03

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WEEKEND - NH League of Craftsmen has its roots deep in the Lakes Rraftsmen Region

MEREDITH — Located on Rte. 3 with a beautiful view of Lake Winnipesaukee, the Meredith League of N.H. Craftsmen Gallery offers a unique shopping experience with an emphasis on home décor.
The art gallery represents over 250 of N.H.'s finest artists and craftspeople and offers pottery, jewelry, glass, stained glass, wrought iron, fiber art, mixed media, garden art and more. Craft education workshops and lectures are also offered.
It is one of seven galleries operated by the League. Others are located in Nashua, Concord, Hanover, Conway, Littleton and Center Sandwich, the place where the organization has its roots.
One of the oldest and most recognized craft organizations in the country, the League grew out of efforts, in the mid-1920s, to promote craft. Mrs. Mary Coolidge opened a crafts shop in Center Sandwich and A. Cooper Ballentine started craft classes in Wolfeboro. They joined forces and ignited a craft movement that swept the state.

A crafts committee, comprised of Coolidge and Ballentine as well as other leaders in the field, approached Governor John Winant seeking official state support. Winant agreed and in 1931, he established the New Hampshire Commission of Arts and Crafts, making New Hampshire the first state in the nation to support crafts.

The League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts was founded in 1932 and opened the first official League shop in Wolfeboro. The first Craftsmen's Fair was held in 1933 in the Crawford House barn in Crawford Notch. With sales totaling $2,698, the Fair exceeded all expectations and became an annual event. During the Great Depression, the League helped craftspeople sell their work, hone their skills, and generate income. It is the oldest craft fair in the country.

Through the years, the League created many opportunities that encouraged craftspeople from all over the country to relocate to New Hampshire. The Annual Craftsmen's Fair grew in size and scope each year. The event was held in various venues throughout New Hampshire, and in 1964, the Fair moved to Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury where it has remained ever since. A standards program was established with a jury system and a set of rigorous guidelines to ensure the high quality of work. Fine craft galleries were opened around the state and wide-ranging educational programs were developed.

The League officially changed its name to the League of NH Craftsmen in 1968 by vote of the membership. Growth continued at a rapid pace and it became obvious that the League would need a more modern headquarters with additional classroom space. After an intensive search for the best opportunity and its first capital campaign, the League moved to its current location, The Craft Center at League headquarters in the SMILE! building at 49 South Main Street in Concord in 2011.

The craft industry has become a state treasure. Lovers of fine craft come to New Hampshire from all over the world. They visit the Annual Craftsmen's Fair, shop at the retail galleries, visit craftspeople's studios during NH Open Doors, become supporting members, attend exhibitions, research craft subjects through the archives and library, and take advantage of the League's workshops and classes.

There are a number of art galleries in Meredith and nearby Sandwich, including the Lakes Gallery ay Chi-Lin on Lake Street in Meredith, VynnArt Gallery at 30 Main Street, Meredith and the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich.
Other nearby galleries include the Squam Lakes Artisans Fine Arts and Crafts at the Kirkwood Gardens on Rte. 3 in Holderness, Yikes! American Craft Gallery on 23 Main Street in Center Harbor and the Sandy Martin Gallery and artist-owned New Hampshire Gallery at 15 South Main Street in Wolfeboro.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 01:02

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