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City’s Multicultural Festival to feature wide variety of entertainment

LACONIA — The 13th Annual Multicultural Day Festival will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Laconia. This all-day signature event showcases international and ethnic music, food, arts, and crafts. The goal of the LMF Committee

is to increase cultural awareness and foster an inclusive community for all – from first Americans to our most recent immigrants and refugees.

Lindsay and Her Puppets will be a part of the Children's Corner this year. Lindsay and the puppets bring much laughter to kids and parents, along with stories to be thoughtful about. Activities and entertainment in the Children's Corner are much enlarged and diverse this year. Other performances include: The Concord School of Music, Larry Frates' Magic Show and Cartoon Story-time, and Artsfest Hoop Dance & Circus Demos. Wildlife Encounters will be present, and much more to hold the attention of the youngest. Juliean Hartley, a certified music therapist of the Concord School of Music, specializes in early childhood development goals. In its 12th year with the Festival, Wildlife Encounters brings awareness concerning issues affecting Animals – People – Earth, while providing a personal connection with exotic animals.

Among the many LMF entertainers will be the Jack Zarzatian Ensemble. Jack and his fellow musicians' repertoire include Armenian, Turkish, Greek, and Arabic classical, folk, and contemporary music. They offer a diverse experience in musical instruments and styles, including the dumbek, a Middle Eastern drum, and the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Jack has performed at major festivals and musical events all over the U.S. and Canada.

Those who still wish to register as social service, craft, or food vendors can go on-line at the Laconia Multicultural Festival Website to do so. The Laconia Human Relations Committee is joined by the Historic Belknap Mill and Laconia Main Street in sponsoring the Laconia Multicultural Festival. For more information contact Becky Guyer, Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:58

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Laconia Adult Ed offering electrical, plumbing apprenticeship classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship Classes starting on Monday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 10. The classes will meet on two nights per week from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for a total of six classroom hours of instruction per week, explained Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director. All classes are held at Laconia High School. This is a four year program and years I - IV are offered in the Electrical and Plumbing trades.

The Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship classes are the pre-requisites required for anyone desiring to become a licensed electrician or plumber in the State of New Hampshire. In order to become eligible to take the Journeymen's Exam, an apprentice must have completed 8,000 hours of "on-the-job" training and 600 hours of related classroom instruction over a four year period in a State approved program. There is a charge for these classes of $975 per year and the books are included in this fee.

The Electrician's "on-the-job" training involves planning layouts, installing and repairing wiring and electrical fixtures, apparatus and control equipment. The apprentice measures, cuts, bends, threads, assembles, and installs electrical conduit using tools, splicing wires by stripping insulation from terminal leads, soldering wires, connecting power cables to equipment, testing continuity of circuit to ensure electrical capability and safety, and learning the electrical codes.

The Plumber's "on-the-job" training covers but is not limited to assembling, installing, and repairing pipes, fittings and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems according to specifications and plumbing codes. Learning how to read blueprints and plans to determine work required and sequence of installations. Pipe bending and fittings, valve installations, working with glass, plastic, steel, brass and welding, in addition to installing and repairing plumbing fixtures, replacing washers in leaky faucets, fixing burst pipes and opening clogged drains.

For more information call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:52

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Moutonborough wrapping up broadband test

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Town's effort to get its many residents, taxpayers, and seasonal residents to take a speed test on their internet connection is entering its last days in the run-up to Labor Day. First kicked-off earlier this summer, the effort yielded speed data from some 415 distinctive locations in Town to date. In addition numerous persons without any internet access have sent in their "I Want BroadBand" form. That data is now being mapped by the group working on how to best meet the SelectBoard goal of addressing the areas of Town which do not have any access to the internet or where the speeds are not high enough to meet today's needs. 

Jonathan W. Tolman, Chairman of the SelectBoard, said, "We truly appreciate all those who have participated so far. Now we ask those who have yet to take the speed test to do in these next two weeks. This no cost to you speed test provides critical information upon which to develop the most cost effective plan to serve the needs of the community."

All persons with internet access are being asked to take a speed test on their computer located in Moultonborough. The site to be used is www.iwantbroadbandnh.org/speed_test. While there are many speed tests out there, only this speed test site established by the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program will update the needed maps. 

For those without internet access there are several ways for residents to help out. One way, is to fill out an "I Want BroadBand" form available at the Town Hall or Public Safety Building. A second way is to have a friend who does have internet access send an email, with your name, address and phone number, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A third way is to fill out the "I Want BroadBand" survey at www.moultonboroughnh.gov. This site also contains meeting minutes and other information on the effort.

To hear more about this effort people may contact the Town Administrator, Mr. Carter Terenzini, in person at Town Hall, by mail at PO Box 139, Moultonborough, NH 03254, by phone at 603.476.2347 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:45

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082314 NH Humane Sunday Hours (260)Humane Society adds Sunday adoption hours

LACONIA — New Hampshire Humane Society has changed the summer opening hours for the remainder of August and September, to include adoption hours on Sundays from 10 a.m to 2p.m.

Having already revamped the adoption process to streamline application and finalizing the addition of a new four legged family member, NH Humane Society Managing Director, Marylee Gorham states "recognizing that some of what are probably the best homes for our homeless pets, may only be able to get to see us on the weekend. If you took the time to plan the trip, drive to our shelter on Meredith Center Road, and spend time with the creatures who eagerly await selection, then we identify a need for Sunday opening hours- at least through the end of September".

Considering the fact that 20% of prospective adopters get their pet from an animal shelter, New Hampshire Humane Society wants to raise awareness that shelter dogs and cats should be the first option when adding a pet to the family. Rather than buying a dog, for example, over the internet, sight unseen, with what often times proves to be a murky behavioral or medical history, shelter animals have been fully vetted, assessed for personality issues, have undergone retraining, or are in the middle of rehabilitation, and are enjoying socialization with humans adequately trained to handle them correctly. Further, shelter adoption counsellors, and volunteers, will spend time with customers to match up the right home for the right animal.

For information about dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, currently available for adoption, call 524-3252 or check nhhumane.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:38

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