Northway donates toys to Belknap House

LACONIA — The Northway Bank Laconia branch recently collected and donated toys and stuffed animals to Belknap House, a homeless shelter for families.

A large box was set up in the bank's central lobby for customers and employees to fill with children's toys and stuffed animals. The effort was successful, and the box overflowed, organizers reported.

Cheri Snow, Northway Laconia branch manager, reports that each Northway Bank branch is given the authority to select the charities it wishes to support. The Laconia branch chose Belknap House in December and plans to continue this support with further charitable acts.


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Northway Bank donated toys to Belknap House, a homeless shelter for families, in a drive acknowledged with (from left) Kara Denning, teller manager; Colleen Garrity, Belknap House president; Mary Ferland, teller; and Cheri Snow, branch manager. (Courtesy photo)

Quakers plan Inauguration Day awareness event

NORTH SANDWICH — The North Sandwich Friends Meeting (Quakers) invites the wider community to an Inauguration Day event, Friday, Jan. 20, "to push back against the political reality that surrounds us," organizers said.

Toward that end, the Meetinghouse (354 Quaker Whiteface Road, North Sandwich) will be open on Friday, Jan. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. The first hour will be an opportunity for silent worship, meditation or reflection. The second hour will be a focused discussion on the appropriate actions participants might take "to push back the wave of intolerance and greed, support one another, and work toward preserving and protecting our rights and freedom." Sharing will include information on local, regional, and national groups working for equity and justice.

Organizers quoted Helen Keller: "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." For further information, contact Susan Wiley at (603) 284-6990 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Democratic committee plans food drive

BELMONT — The Belknap County Democratic Committee will hold a canned food drive on Friday, Jan. 20, from 1-5 p.m. at the Belknap Mall on Rte. 3 in Belmont. Donation bins will be located outside of Shaw's entrance.

The proceeds will be delivered to the St. Vincent de Paul Society to benefit their food pantry. The need for food in the community is great and is anticipated to grow in the coming months, organizers said. For information or to make suggestions, contact Lew Henry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meredith Rotary Club announces free ice fishing clinic for kids

MEREDITH — On Saturday, Feb. 11, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, The Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby will host the "Let's Go Fishing" program. This is a free, hands-on clinic for kids and their parents on the basics of ice fishing that has been developed and will be presented by the Fish and Game Department.

The clinic is geared toward kids but is open to anyone; those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment will be provided – you do not need to have a fishing license to participate. Goody bags will be given to each participant, on a first-come, first-served basis until they run out.

Sessions will run hourly at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the roped-off area on Meredith Bay near the Meredith Rotary HQ trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Come and learn about ice-fishing techniques, including using tip-ups, sounding the hole and operating power augers. Then the kids will fish.

"Ice fishing in New Hampshire is really a family tradition," said Tim Bergquist, derby chairman. "We have folks who started ice fishing in the derby more than 30 years ago and are now here with their children and grandchildren."

Everyone who purchases a derby ticket has a chance to win cash prizes, Bergquist said. There are 14 drawings on Saturday for $100 each, and 32 drawings on Sunday for $100 each. Additionally, there is a $5,000 cash drawing on both Saturday and Sunday, so participants don't even have to fish to be eligible for these prizes. All that's needed is a valid derby ticket, Bergquist said.

During the derby, updates will be available on the Meredith Rotary Facebook page as well as several radio stations, including 93.3 The Wolf, and 104.9 The Hawk.


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Parents and kids enjoy the free "Let's Go Fishing" Clinic during the Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. (Courtesy photo)