Laconia Farmers' Market opens Saturday

LACONIA -- The Laconia Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot on Beacon Street East in front of City Hall.

The market, now in its 42nd year, is the longest running market in New Hampshire.

The market features a rotating lineup of 12 to 15 vendors, offering farm-fresh, local and organically produced food and artisan crafts, including tomatoes, herbs, greens, garlic, squash, , beans, strawberries, meats, eggs, dairy, cheese, breads, pastries, granola, maple syrup, jams, jellies, freshly roasted coffee, hand-spun yarns, body care products, natural candles, and more.

The market offers EBT/SNAP benefits and will match all EBT purchases, with up to $10 free to spend on produce.

Laconia Farmers' Market Director Michelle Descoteaux is encouraging customers to sign up for FarmFan, a new app that alerts customers to product availability, weather alerts, and rewards and prizes. To become a FarmFan, visit and sign up the free app.

"Using FarmFan helps us to better connect with customers and reward them for repeat business. Customers who join the free FarmFan program will get "What's Fresh" alerts by text message right before the market opens, to let them know what's available at the market, including special offers from vendors. We love our market customers and wanted a better way to keep in touch with them about the wonderful products that our vendors sell. We are excited to reward our frequent shoppers and call them FarmFans," said Descoteaux.

Laconia Farmers' Market is grateful to its sponsors: New Hampshire Food Bank, Wholesome Wave, and SNAP, helping make good, fresh food available locally to everyone.

Rockin' Daddios to perform at Taylor Home


LACONIA — Local doo-wop group, the Rockin' Daddios, will perform music of the 1950s and '60s on Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. the Atrium of the Taylor Home.

This free event is open to the public. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 524-5600 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Rockin' Daddios is comprised of Angelo Gentile, Bo Guyer, Jim Rogato and Drew Seneca. The men formed the group after singing together in numerous musical reviews written by famed director and producer Irene Deschenes. When not performing as the Rockin' Daddios, each member performs individually in various theater productions across the state, including "Les Miserables," "Spamalot" and "Little Shop of Horrors.


Belknap Mill Society thanks city for distribution of donated funds

LACONIA — The directors of the Belknap Mill Society have presented the City of Laconia with a token of their appreciation at being chosen as one of the recipients of a donation made to the city by Aavid Thermalloy LLC, and the company's president and CEO, Alan W. Wong.

Aavid and Wong made the donations in honor of the Laconia-based advanced manufacturing company's 50th Anniversary. Mayor Ed Engler was asked to distribute a total of $20,000 in donations to non-profit organizations of his choosing within the Lakes Region and he directed $5,000 to the Mill Society.

The bell given the city is a small replica of the one in the Belknap Mill tower – which was cast by George Holbrook, an apprentice to Paul Revere. The city's name will be listed on a special Bell Ringer plaque with those that have been great supporters of the mill both past and present. When asked to choose a year in which to represent, Engler selected 1855 as it was the year Laconia was officially formed as a township — from pieces of the existing townships of Meredith and Gilford.

Society Managing Director Beth San Soucie told Engler, "On behalf of the directors of the Belknap Mill Society, we would like to extend a thank you for your donation of $5,000. As you may know, the Belknap Mill has faced some financial hardships throughout the years. Your gift will assist the Belknap Mill in continuing to be a presence in the community."

VNA & Hospice Home Tour to feature Greek Revival farmhouse

WOLFEBORO — A Greek Revival-style farmhouse is one of four notable homes on the 28th Annual Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice Home and Garden tour which takes place Wednesday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.'

The house is believed that the home was built in the late 1700s in Tuftonboro and moved to its current location on Nineteen Mile Brook sometime between 1835 and 1840. The home has a beautiful western exposure perfect for watching the sunset and there are gardens, perennial beds and fruit trees throughout the property all put in by the current owner who has also made several changes inside. These changes include the second floor attic which has been converted into two bedrooms and a bath as well as all of the hand hooked rugs on the risers of the stairs leading to the second floor.

The primitive hooked rugs and most of the paintings throughout the home were done by the owner's mother. The painting of the Scottish fishing skiff, which is hung above the living room fireplace, was done by the owner's brother and is a replica of a skiff used by the owner's great-grandfather and uncle to row from the United Kingdom to Ireland and eventually to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Several water colors throughout the home were done by a sister.

A distinctive feature of the home is the display of several pieces of Royce Yoder pottery. Yoder lives in Lederach, Pa., and each piece is handmade by him. Surprisingly he has only done one set of dinner plates ever and they are on display in the kitchen cupboard.

Tickets for the tour are $40 and are available at Black's Paper and Gift Store, 8 South Main St. in Wolfeboro. There is an optional luncheon ticket available for $15. The luncheon will be held at the Pinckney Boathouse on the campus of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Members of the tour committee will also be selling Dine Around raffle tickets at both Harvest Market and Hunter's Shop and Save on weekends leading up to the tour as well as at two of the homes on the day of the tour.

For more information call 603-569-2729.