Franconia Notch Chamber to Hold Grand Annual Dinner Meeting Event

Franconia Notch Chamber of commerce will hold its 65th Annual Dinner Meeting at the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa Friday on Jan. 11. The evening will be held in the Crystal Ballroom beginning with a cash bar Social Hour, hors d'oeuvres and silent and raffle auctions. Auction items include many offerings of activities, recreation, local services, and delightful items from retailers and hospitality venues provided by members of the chamber.

Members in attendance will be voting to revise and update its Bylaws to better serve the organization and install a new slate of officers and directors in this landmark year.

Following dinner, entertainment will be provided by New Hampshire native Roderick Russell, renowned artist and clinical hypnotherapist will demonstrate the power of the mind in an interactive show (only willing volunteers are used, and nothing of a sensitive nature will be revealed.)

Member, guests and all interested in a grand evening are invited to attend. Reservations are required by calling 603-823-5661 or e-mailing info@franconianotch.org.

For more information, or to receive a reservation form, contact executive director Barbara Ashley at 603-823-5661 or email executivedirector@franconianotch.org.

Goodrich Memorial Library

Goodrich Memorial Library kicks off 2013 with a program from the Vermont Humanities Council entitled "Horses Like Lightning."

Dartmouth anthropologist Sienna Craig will recount her years spent living in the Himalayan kingdom of Mustang, Nepal in a talk at Newport's Goodrich Memorial Library on Jan. 2. Her talk, "Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalayas," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Mustang, Nepal is one of the world's most remote regions. Craig will tell her story of living there, which begins as a study-abroad adventure for a horse girl from California and evolves into an evocative portrait of one of the world's most remote locales.

Dr. Craig is a medical and cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on non-western medical systems, social studies of science, international development studies, and global health. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and teaches at Dartmouth College. She is the author of "Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalayas" and "Clear Sky, Red Earth."

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Newport are held at Goodrich Memorial Library. Talks in St. Johnsbury are held at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Newport include "Newport: The Evolution of a Lakeside Community" with editor and publisher Scott Wheeler on February 6; "The History of Herbal Medicine in America" with expert herbalist Rosemary Gladstar on March 6; and "The Decline of American Power in the Middle East" with UVM political science professor Greg Gause on April 3.

For more information, contact Goodrich Memorial Library at 334-7902, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

Weeks Memorial Library

Every Monday night at 7 p.m. is dedicated to tweens and teens at the Weeks Memorial Library. The Weeks Memorial Library also has a new look at its website, www.weekslib.org, and a Facebook page.

On Monday, Jan. 7, the library is looking for tweens and teens who are interested in graphic novels, comic books, or just like reading. Graphic Novel Club will meet for the first time and participants will discuss graphic novels they enjoyed or didn't enjoy, comics that are worth reading or not worth your time, and then try to select something all would enjoy. Pre-registration is required.

Littleton Public Library

Saturday, Jan. 5, the library will open at 2 p.m. and close at 4 p.m. The library will be closed part of one Saturday a month for the library staff to work on cataloging backlogs and other tasks.

The 2013 session of the Polar Pals reading program for beginner readers will be held on Jan. 15 through Feb. 22, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Supervised student mentors tutor young readers, and snacks and reading incentives are provided. To register your first, second, or third-grade reader for the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions contact Steffaney Smith, Children's Librarian at 444-5741, or littlibyouth@gmail.com. Polar Pals also provides a community service mentoring opportunity for students in grades six through twelve. Interested students should contact Steffaney Smith for a description of mentoring responsibilities and to sign up for one of the two orientation sessions.

Happiness Project in Craftsbury

One day author Gretchen Rubin decided that her life was good and she'd like to be happier about it! She dedicated a year of her life putting energy and organization into creating more happiness for herself and others. Her book "The Happiness Project" is a fun and thought provoking chronicle of her year-long project..

The Craftsbury Public Library will use this book as a springboard for a year-long "Happiness Project" book group, exploring putting our own energy and fun into creating happiness through reading, talking and more. In addition to Rubin's book, we will explore other works including non-fiction and fiction.

The inaugural meeting of the Happiness Project Book Discussion Group will take place at the Craftsbury Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 4 p.m. and copies of the book can be picked up at the library now. The group will meet monthly through the year. For more information contact the library at 586-9683 or craftsburylibrary@gmail.com.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Starting Jan. 5, Littleton Fire Rescue will be holding free blood pressure clinics every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the fire station. These are walk-in clinics and no appointments are necessary.

North Country Hospital Oncology Fund

Over the last several years North Country Hospital's oncology fund has been replenished through a number of different fundraisers at the hospital and in the community. Providers and clinicians identify cancer patients in need and work with the development office to provide assistance with items or services not necessarily covered by insurance. They periodically help patients out with gas cards to travel for treatment, costly co-pays on pharmaceuticals, wigs, amenities in the oncology clinic for patients and a number of other things.

During the month of January, Parker Pie in West Glover will donate $1.00 to the oncology fund for every large pizza sold (dine-in or take-out) and this year's goal is 1,000 pizzas. For info on restaurant hours visit http://parkerpie.com.

In addition, a handmade quilt, made by Linda Quarmby, Gabrielle Renault and Sharron Greenwood, will be raffled off Valentine's Day to benefit the oncology fund. Linda and Gabrielle hosted the 3rd annual bake and yard sale this past summer, raising nearly $4,000 for oncology. Raffle tickets are available in the hospital's WindowBox Gift Shop.

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