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Putnam Fund brings master storytelling to 9th & 10th graders at Laconia High

LACONIA — Master storyteller Odds Bodkin brought Laconia High School students back to the roots of literature with a masterful 90-minute telling of ''The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast'' Friday morning in the school auditorium.
Using a 12-string guitar, a versatile voice which provides vocal effects such as the sound of wind, birds chirping and a surging sea, Bodkin deftly establishes the character of those his voice portrays and creates a world which brings the imagination of his audience to life.
Bodkin told the freshman and sophomore students that he hoped that he would disappear from their sight as the story progresses and that their imaginations would take over and they would instead see with their mind's eye the characters and scenes he was describing.
Students for the most part listened intently and quickly became absorbed in the story with virtually all raising their hands at the end of the story to indicate that they were seeing it in their mind throughout.
Bodkin, who lives in Bradford, is a graduate of Duke University who taught storytelling and imagination for seven years at Antioch New England Graduate School while pursuing a full-time career as a children's author and musical storyteller.
He has been a featured teller at The National Storytelling Festival, performed twice at The White House, and at schools, universities, museums and theaters across America. He has told stories and conducted workshops as far afield as Bangkok, Thailand and Great Britain.
His performance was sponsored by the Putnam Fund, which brings nationally known performers to Laconia on a regular basis.
Putnam Fund trustee Charles Bradley told the students to ''like'' the performance on the Fund's Facebook page if they would like to see more performances of the same high caliber in city schools.
He said that the fund spends about $70,000 a year to bring free performances to the city.



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Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin performed at Laconia High School Friday morning as part of the Putnam Fund Series. Bodkins told the story ''The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast'' to freshman and sophomore students who were mesmerized by his 90-minute performance. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Charles Bradley of the Putnam Fund talks with Laconia High School students following Odds Bodkin's performance at the school Friday morning. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:40

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Wolfeboro police seek help with Nov. 23 hit & run case

WOLFEBORO — The Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident at Harvest Market on November 23 between the hours of 7:54 p.m. and 8:20 p.m.

Police responded to Harvest Market to investigate criminal mischief complaint. Store surveillance video has identified the vehicle as possibly a silver or gray Dodge full-size pickup with possibly a metal tool box in the back.

Anyone having information that may assist in this investigation, is strongly encouraged to contact Sgt. Randall Archambault or Detective Guy Maloney at the Wolfeboro Police Department at 569-1444.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:26

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Probabtion officer finds gun in possesion of Gilford felon

GILFORD — A Cherry Valley Road man is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail after a gun was found in his possession following a routine probation check Thursday night.

Eric Reslow, 27, is alleged to have had a Lorcin L25 semi-automatic pistol in his possession. He was convicted of assault by a prisoner on November 12, 2009 in the Belknap County Superior Court.

He is being charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

Sgt. Chris Jacques said Gilford Police were called by Reslow's probation officer after he found the gun.

Jacques said they applied for a warrant and searched Reslow's home. He said additional charges are likely forthcoming.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:23

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Boothby gathers endorsements from GOP senators

LACONIA — Christopher Boothby, announced yesterday that state Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), the Senate Majority Leader, and Bob Odell (R-Lempster) chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, have endorsed his bid for the Republican nomination District 1 seat on the Executive Council.

Together with the support of Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), who is actively engaged in his campaign, Boothby enjoys the support of three of the four Republican senators who represent municipalities in District 1. Boothby described the three senators as "pillars of our state" who "represent what's right about New Hampshire politics."

In a prepared statement, Bradley, who has known Boothby since the later was a Belknap County Commissioner, said, "I know how hard he worked for his constituents. I believe he will continue to be an advocate for citizens as Executive Councilor and will be a worthy successor to the late Ray Burton."

Likewise, Odell, citing Boothby's experience in both the private and public sectors, said that "people in District 1 knew in Ray Burton they had a councilor who responded to their needs and fought for them in Concord. I believe Christopher will be the same type of councilor." Noting that Boothby seeks "to replace a political legend," he said that he must "handle a steep learning curve. Christopher will be able to do that."

Forrester too was confident Boothby will be "an accountable and responsive servant to his constituents — just like Councilor Burton."

"We're out there talking to people morning, noon and night," said Boothby, who promised an aggressive campaign when he announced his candidacy. "We're serious about this," he declared, adding that he believes how conscientiously candidates campaign is indicative of how they will fulfill their responsibilities as public officials.

"I'm extremely heartened by the response we've received," Boothby said. "It only causes me to work harder."

Mark Aldrich of Lebanon, a former congressional aide and director of economic development in Claremont, and Joe Kenney of Wakefield, who served in both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate, are also seeking the Republican nomination in Executive Council District 1.

The district sprawls across two-thirds of the land area of the state, reaches into six of its ten counties — Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Belknap, Strafford and Merrimack — and includes four of its 13 cites — Laconia, Berlin Claremont and Lebanon — 101 of its 221 towns and 19 of its 25 unincorporated places.

The primary election will be held on January 21. The winner will face Democrat Mike Cryans of Hanover, who served on the Grafton County Commission with Burton for a number of years.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:16

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