Volunteers, historic photos, needed for Meredith’s 250th anniversary


MEREDITH — The Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee will meet at the Community Center on Monday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., and Steve Durand, who with Jeanie Forrester co-chairs the committee, is urging all those eager to celebrate the birth of the town to attend.

"We need volunteers," Durand said, explaining that there are three sub-committees — one for the parade, another for the fireworks and a third for the two dress balls, the first on the date the town was founded and the second to mark the New Year. He added that the committee marketing the sale of commemorative sub-catchers and tote bags could also make us of more help. Durand said that events are scheduled for each month of the year and all need more helping hands.

Durand said that The Laconia Daily Sun will be publishing a commemorative hardcover book recording the history of Meredith in words and pictures. Mill Falls and Meredith Village Savings Bank are the marquee sponsors of the project, along with a major contribution from the Common Man Restaurants.

"The committee will be curating the pictures and content of the book," said Adam Hirshan, publisher of The Laconia Daily Sun, which will publish the book. "We plan to offer the book for sale in time for next year's holiday season, so it's time to begin gathering the photos and outlining the content."

Hirshan said he will attend the committee meeting to present the production schedule for the book as well as answer any questions about the project.

"We're looking for people willing to volunteer for anything," Durand said. "This is great opportunity to show pride in our community by pitching in to make this celebration one that will be remembered for years to come."

New device in Laconia’s Wyatt Park will measure air quality for the state


LACONIA — Next week, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will place an air monitoring station in Wyatt Park that will measure air quality throughout the winter from November until April.

In particular, the agency seeks to determine if levels of particle pollution pose an issue. Particle pollution refers to the presence of solid or liquid particulates, generally emanating from heating devices, especially wood-burning stoves, in the atmosphere. Studies suggest that these particles can collect in communities situated in valley on cold, calm nights during the winter.

Personnel from the Air Monitoring Program will operate the station and make the data it collects available to the general public on the department's website. At the same time, the department will apply the data to forecast local air quality and, if necessary, issue protective warnings. For more information, visit the Air Quality Forecasting webpage at www2.des.state.nh.us/airdata/air_quality-forecast.asp.

Personnel from the Air Monitoring Program have worked with the Parks and Recreation Department to locate the air monitoring station and will host an open house at the station in Wyatt Park on Wednesday, Oct. 26 between noon and 2 p.m.

10-21 air quality chart

This is the chart you will see on air quality if you go to the DES website. It will soon include monitoring results from Laconia. (Courtesy graphic)

Pumpkin prep - The 2016 Pumpkin Festival sets up, Main Street closed on Friday



LACONIA — Main Street will be closed to to vehicles today so that the many thousands of carved gourds can be delivered downtown in preparation for the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22. Foot traffic, though, is welcome, and if last year is any predictor, many will stroll through downtown to watch the area fill with jack-o'-lanterns.

Main Street will be closed today from Sawyer's Jewelry to Veterans Square, so that crews can begin setting up the racks and boxes to display pumpkins. A crane will be brought in at 7 a.m. to set up the "Pumpkin Eye View" staircase, which will afford an elevated vantage point to view the expanse of pumpkins on Saturday. Crews will also be setting up

Canal and Hanover streets and will also be closed to general traffic today, and traffic will be restricted on Pleasant Street.

Beginning at 10 a.m., schools and businesses will be bringing mass deliveries of carved pumpkins downtown and placing them on the racks, boxes and sidewalks throughout the Main Street area.

Beginning on Friday night, the haunted attraction, "Mayhem at the Mill" will be open at the Belknap Mill. Another seasonal staple, though, has announced that it will cease its run. Funspot will no longer be throwing its Halloween Party, which for years had been held at the Weirs family entertainment center.

In a press release, Funspot owner and founder Bob Lawton said, "We have been holding this event for 35 years on the Saturday the week before Halloween and have been excited to be one of the most anticipated nights of the fall here in the Lakes Region. Now with the Pumpkin Fest in Laconia and the success that's proven to be, we are happy to pass the torch to what we hope will be a long-running event and we hope our guests will visit downtown on Oct. 22 to take part in the festivities."

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