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Town Manager’s Weekly Message Keeping you informed about what’s happening in the Town of Meredith This message is updated each Friday to keep residents informed about town issues and activities. March 19, 2010 ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN MEREDITH:

NEXT BOARD OF SELECTMEN MEETING: 3/22/2010 Workshop 4:15pm and Meeting 5:30pm at the Meredith Community Center and Board of Selectmen Meeting on 3/26/2010 3pm at the Meredith Community Center.

FIRE DEPARTMENT BURN PERMITS Due to the current conditions, effective March 15th all outside burning will require a Burning Permit. Permits available at the following locations;  Downtown Central Fire Station (Oak St. Entrance) - Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Town Office Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Meredith Center Store – Mon. – Sat., 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. & Sun. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Y’s Landing Any questions call the Fire Station 279-6061.

PUBLIC WORKS POSTED ROADS-LOAD LIMITS In accordance with the Town of Meredith Load Limit Ordinance, Section II and III, the town roads are POSTED with a load limit of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds gross vehicle weight. This posting shall be in effect starting March 2, 2010 at 7 AM and will remain in effect until further notice. Any requests for temporary permits for permission to use any of the posted town roads during this time should be applied for at the Public Works Office at 347 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith and directed to the Public Works Director, Michael Faller at 279-6352. Failure to comply with the provisions of this ordinance shall result in a fine of $250.00 for first offense and $500.00 for each subsequent offense. Each load that is hauled over said road shall be a separate offense. Signed permit must be in hand when traveling over said posted road. PAVEMENT CUTS Effective from November 1, 2009 until April 1, 2010, NO Pavement Cuts will be allowed on public streets or roads, due to impending inclement weather and the inability to restore the pavement to its original condition during the winter months. WINTER STREET PARKING Effective November 1st, 2009 until April 1st, 2010, NO VEHICLE shall be parked on any town street or road from 12:00 Midnight to 6:00 AM, except in case of emergency. Any vehicles parked on any town streets or roadways during those times, will, at the discretion of the Meredith Police Department, be towed at the expense of the owner of said vehicle. BOB HOUSES REMOVED BY APRIL 7th

In accordance with Article IV Section 10-129 of the Town of Meredith Municipal Code, no bob houses shall be placed on any town property except in the area so designated at Leavitt Park Beach.

1. All bob houses shall be removed from said designated area at Leavitt Park Beach by APRIL 7 th of each year. Any person violating this section shall be subject to a fine of up to $500.00 and the bob house and any related ice fishing equipment shall be removed by direction of any police officer. 2. After April 15th, 2010 the Town of Meredith shall remove, at the owner’s expense, all bob houses and/or ice fishing equipment and accessories left on any town property. 3. Failure of the owner to claim said property within 30 days of violation shall cause the property to be sold in accordance with the laws of the State of New Hampshire. Questions: Call the Town of Meredith Public Works Office 603-279-6352.

PARKS & RECREATION GREETINGS FROM THE EASTER BUNNY If you would like to receive a letter from the Easter Bunny simply fill out a registration form and return it to the Community Center. You will receive a letter, and invitation to our annual Easter Egg Hunt, along with a few surprises. Deadline Noon on March 22. Pre-school to grade 3

THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AND COMMUNITY CENTER BIRTHDAY BASH Join us the morning of Saturday March 27th for the Easter egg hunt. Registration begins at 9:30am; hunt will begin at 10:00am. Search for eggs, have you picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and enter our drawing to win Prizes. Community Center Birthday Bash begins after the egg hunt at 11:00-2:00. This is a free event. Come for the climbing wall, bouncy house, lunch, arts & crafts and games. Hope to see you there! RED SOX TICKETS Tickets are now available to buy for Residents/Taxpayers only. Tickets are $65; this includes ticket and coach bus. Choice of Wednesday June 30th game against Tampa Bay or Tuesday August 24th game against the Seattle Mariners, both 7:10pm start times. Fill out a registration form, payment must be received in order to register. Tickets available until sold out. COED T-BALL REGISTRATION OPEN- SIGN UP YOUR CHILD TODAY Grade K: Mondays and Wednesdays May 3rd -May 26th Resident/Taxpayer $20 Non Resident $40 Grades 1-2 Tuesdays and Thursdays May 4th- May 27th Resident/Taxpayer $20 Non Resident $40

Information/registration forms for all of our events can be found on our website Parks and Recreation Forms

LIBRARY The Meredith Public Library is now offering the award-winning Mango Languages online language learning system free to its patrons. The system focuses on teaching actual conversation skills for six languages through interactive audio and video including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with an easy-to-follow interface and simple, clear instructions. Because it's completely Web-based, library patrons can learn anywhere they have an Internet connection -- at the library, a coffee shop, or even at home in bed. By listening to, and repeating after, native speakers' voices, a user will not only learn individual words and phrases, but also know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. A Virtual Tutor guides the user through each lesson. Hovering the mouse over a foreign word reveals a convenient phonetic spelling and pronunciation is enhanced by audio recordings of native speakers. Quizzes are strategically placed throughout each lesson to ensure maximum retention and recall of the material. So what are you waiting for? Visit us at Meredith Public Library, Meredith, NH and use your library card to start learning a new language today!

The Meredith Public Library is proud to offer the Books for Babies program sponsored by the Friends of the Meredith Library. Do you have a newborn less than a year old? Please stop by the children's room for your free child-size canvas book tote designed by our young adult librarian Karen Henchey. The tote is filled with a new board book, pamphlets on reading to your newborn, reading lists and library pamphlets! Reading to baby is highly beneficial for both parent and child. It teaches a baby about communication, introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way, builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills and gives babies information about the world around them. For parents, it develops a ritual of reading to your child which will last for years. Please pick up your free kit and start your ritual today!

Tuesday March 23, 2010 Meredith Library Trustees

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday March 24, 2010 Preschool Story Time 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Enjoy stories, songs, a special project and snack! For ages with 3-5, sign up is helpful.

Ages 3-5

Thursday March 25, 2010 Knotty Knitters 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Join a group of fun-loving knitters Thursday mornings at the library. All levels of experience are welcome. Preschool Story Time 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Enjoy stories, songs, a special project and snack! For ages with 3-5, sign up is helpful.

Ages 3-5

To Kill a Mockingbird Book Discussion 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM This month we celebrate New Hampshire's Big Read. Libraries across the state are all reading the same book and talking about it. Please join us in a discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee lead by library trustee, retired English teacher and Harper Lee enthusiast Rhetta Colon. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. Friday March 26, 2010 Tot time 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Ages 1-3 Stories, songs, crafts and fun for toddlers ages 1-3. Join in every week. Sign-up is helpful. To Kill a Mockingbird Movie 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Please join us in viewing To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck. If you wish, join us after the film for a discussion. Popcorn and soda will be served