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Meredith Library to host talk on WWII women

MEREDITH - The Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St., welcomes Linda Shenton Matchett as she gives a presentation on World War II Women and the Home Front: Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business on Tuesday, June 6, at 4 p.m. During WWII, women of all ages volunteered or held paid positions that were never before available to them. Matchett will share stories of ordinary women who performed extraordinary jobs while their husbands, brothers, and fathers were away fighting the Axis Powers.

Matchett is a freelance writer and volunteers as a docent at the Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Light refreshments served.


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Linda Shenton Matchett

Sandwich author writes book 'Thank God for Atheists'

SANDWICH — Dr. Marshall Davis has written a new book, "Thank God for Atheists: What Christians Can Learn from the New Atheism." It explores Christianity through the insights of the New Atheism, a 21st century resurgence of atheism. Davis is a retired Baptist minister living in Sandwich, and most recently, the pastor of the Community Church of Sandwich, where he served for 18 years.

He examines the most controversial issues raised by atheists, who question the existence of the Christian God. He explores issues like hell, creationism, contradictions in the Bible, killings committed (and commanded) by God in the Old Testament, prayer, miracles and the age-old problem of evil and suffering. Why does an all-powerful, good and loving God allow evil and suffering?

Davis says that atheists are on the right side of most of these issues. Furthermore he suggests that the New Atheists are God's prophets, speaking "hard truths" to the Church. Readers who want their understanding of Christianity to be intellectually challenged will enjoy reading this book. It is published by Amazon and available in paperback and Kindle editions.

New exhibits at the New Hampshire Boat Museum as it opens for season

WOLFEBORO  — The 2017 season at the New Hampshire Boat Museum will be filled with plenty of new and exciting exhibits and activities. Here are some of the highlights of the exhibits that will be on display through Oct. 9.

The museum has organized a number of exhibits that explore the world of boating and life on New Hampshire's lakes. The featured exhibit, "Big Dreams, Little Boats Mid-Century Model Toy Boats," looks back to a time when young boys collected and played with model toy boats and dreamed of growing up to own a full-size boat.

The exhibit features model boats from the collection of Fred Clausen. The boats range in date from the mid-1950s through the 1970s, the heyday of toy boat production. Popular brands such as Fleetline, ITO and Lionel Train produced miniature replicas of the popular boats and motors of the day whether it be runabouts, cabin cruisers or race boats.

This season's big event is the biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta held Sept. 15-16 on Wolfeboro Bay. To honor this event, the museum has organized an exhibit "Racing on the Bay: The Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta." Featured will be four race boats dating from the 1920s-1950s as well as vintage race boat photographs.

The Boat Museum's newest donations of late 19th - early 20th century half hull models will be featured in a third exhibit. The working half hull models came from an unknown marina on Lake Winnipesaukee. The exhibit will look at how half hulls were instrumental in the design and building of large scale boats.

2016 saw many new boat donations to the Museum. These will be featured on the main exhibit floor including a very rare 1929 Chris Craft Limousine Sedan, one of only five remaining in the country. Other donations on display will be a 1935 25' Chris Craft custom triple cockpit runabout, a 1939 Lyman, a 1939 galvanized steel Starcraft, and a 1951 Penn Yan CZT Swift race boat. The final donation on display will be the Museum's first car - a 1922 Maxwell Touring Car which was used by Jack Benny while he made personal appearances in Phoenix, Arizona.

One thing the New Hampshire Boat Museum is known for is the educational programs that get you outside, actively learning boat-related skills through hands-on activities. If you are interested in learning to sail, the museum offers youth and adult sailing lessons in conjunction with the town of Wolfeboro. Or you can rent a share in their J-24 sailboat if you want to sail this summer but don't want the expense of owning your own sailboat. And if you'd like to race your sailboat, you can enter the Lake Wentworth Sailing Regatta in early August. The regatta is a joint program between the Boat Museum, the Town of Wolfeboro, and the Lake Wentworth Association.

Do you want to build your own boat? You can do that in our boat building programs. The museum offers two sessions. The first is for adults and families in July and the other for youth over 12 in early August. Maybe you'd like to race radio-controlled model yachts? The Back Bay Skippers meet each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon on Back Bay.

And for your kids or grandkids, don't forget the Museum's fun and active Lake Discovery Camp in late July. Kids will learn about boat safety, play plenty of fun boat and water-related games, become Watershed Warriors, and ride the Millie B. All these activities are part of the Museum's mission to teach young people about boating, water safety and to help them become good stewards of the environment.

The museum's annual vintage boat auction on July 15. The auction features a wide range of boats from beautifully restored vintage wooden boats to used fiberglass boats. Also up for bid will be canoes, sailboats, kayaks, row boats, and motors, as well as, maritime and camp antiques for your home. This year, the auction will also include vintage cars. The Museum is always seeking donations and consignments for the auction. The deadline is July 7 or until the auction categories are filled.

The 10th Biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta will be a spectacle you won't want to miss. It will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16 at the Wolfeboro Town Docks. This unique Regatta features over 60 vintage race boats from throughout the Northeast and Canada. The boats and drivers put on amazing performances around a 1-mile oval track throughout the day.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open to the public for the 2017 season from Saturday, May 27 and will remain open daily through Monday, October 9, 10 a.m.-4p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12 noon-4 p.m. The Museum is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire's boating and fresh water heritage. It is located at 399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen "A" Resort dance hall/theater building. For further information, contact the Museum at 569-4554, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via Facebook.  

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The New Hampshire Boat Museum's newly acquired rare 1929 Chris Craft Limousine Sedan will be on exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Moultonborough Lions Club members support Up Syndrome Fund

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Lions Club opened their Den for the members of the Annie Forts "UP" Syndrome Fund to hold their Annual Meeting on Monday night. After the meeting they joined the lions for a delicious meal prepared by Donna Grow.MOULT

During the dinner they watched a beautiful slide show of "Annie's life." It was the same slide show shown at "Remembering Annie," her 50th birthday celebration at Church Landing in March that brought tears to so many in attendance. Such wonderful memories of a truly remarkable young lady.

In 1997, it was the Moultonborough Lions Club who started the "UP" Fund to honor Lion Ann Forts. The "UP" Fund is dedicated to help enrich the lives of people with Down Syndrome and to assist those entering the field of special education. President Lynn Leighton had a few words to say to the group and acknowledged Lion members who have been involved with the "UP" Fund over the years. Treasurer Lion Mike Lancor then gave members an overview of where the fund stands today. Over $325,000 has been raised over the years and only the interest earned is used for awards.

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The Moultonborough Lions Club welcomed members from the Annie Forts "UP" Syndrome Fund at their dinner meeting. From left are VP Jim MacMillan, Director Lion Don Trudeau, President Lynn Leighton, Secretary Robin Rist, and Treasurer Lion Mike Lancor. (Courtesy photo)