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LRPC presents awards at 47th annual meeting

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission presented three Community Service Awards, two Awards of Excellence and its B. Kimball Ayers Jr. Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award at its 47th Annual Meeting to a sold out venue at Church Landing in Meredith.

The B. Kimball Ayers Jr. Award was presented to Janan Hayes of New Hampton for her countless hours championing the protection of New Hampshire lakes, particularly focused on Loon Preservation, controlling invasive exotic weeds such as Purple Loosestrife, and effectively creating public awareness of these and many other issues.

The Commission's new Community Service Awards were presented to Robert Hatch of Freedom, Ken Knowlton of Belmont and John Sherman of Meredith.

Sherman is a retired local businessman who was one of the originators of Meredith's highly successful Great Rotary Fishing Derby. John served for more than 30 years as a trustee of the Meredith Village Savings Bank, was a former President of the NH Association of Independent Insurance Agencies and supported many important regional conservation projects.

Knowlton received an award for providing 17 years of guidance and leadership to the Belmont Conservation Commission and leading a successful program to increase the amount of preserved land within Belmont by over 700 acres among other achievements.

Hatch was honored for his commitment to water quality on Ossipee Lake and land stewardship on Freedom's 2600 acre Town Forest.

Awards of Excellence were presented to the Town of Moultonborough Milfoil Committee for reminding us that we all have a stake in a healthy lake and the Laconia Boys and Girls Club whose mission it is to inspire and enable all young people in the Lakes Region.


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Little Free Library opens in Meredith's Leavitt Park

MEREDITH — Leavitt Park in Meredith has a newly installed Little Free Library. Stocked with books for all ages, people can feel free to take a book to read. Those who have recently finished a book they'd like to share can feel free to add it to the collection.

The concept of Little Free Libraries started in 2009 by Richard Bol, who built the first little free library in the shape of a one-room school house to honor his mother who had been a book lover and a school teacher. By January of 2015 the number of little free libraries in the world was conservatively estimated at 25,000. They are in all fifty states and over forty countries.

Meredith happily added to that number in July. The library was built by Ed and Micci Freyenhagen, the library's historic façade was painted on it by library staff member Kay Stuart, the MPL's Teen Advisory Board added illustrations and quotes from their favorite books and it was installed by Jamie Apostolos. The library will be available from Memorial Day to Columbus Day every year.


A Little Free Library is now available at Leavitt Park in Meredith. (Courtesy photo)

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Senators Forrester & Boutin briefed on new LRCC building

Senator David Boutin (R-Hooksett) and Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) recently visited the Lakes Region Community College Campus in Laconia to learn more about the construction of the new automotive technology facility. Both Senators strongly advocated for funding of this project in the FY16-17 Capital Budget. Shown left-to-right are Michael Parker/Director of the Automotive and Marine Department, LRCC;  Scott Kalicki/President, LRCC;  Senator Forrester, Senator Boutin, Tom Goulette/Vice President of Academic Affairs, LRCC. (Courtesy photo)

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Laconia Elks Lodge hosts Youth Bike Fest

On July 26, Laconia Elks #876 held its 3rd annual youth bike fest giving 55 bikes and helmets to the youth of the Lakes Region. Pictured are a few of the receipt and Elks members who made the event happen Front Row: Brandon Faulkner, Marshall Braase, Makayla Faulkner; back row, Buzzie Lessard, Joanie Lessard, Deirdre Tibbetts. (Courtesy photo)

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