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Pitman’s to host comics Artie Januario & Paul Keenan

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host live comedy featuring Artie Januario and Paul Keenan on Saturday April 18 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Artie Januario is one of Boston's premier comedians. He's a pharmacist by day and a comedian by night. Artie's relatable and hilarious act has brought him all around the country. This has included headlining stints in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In 2013, Artie was a featured act at Denis Leary's Comics Come Home fundraiser. He has become one of the most well-known and respected comedians in the country.

Paul Keenan Paul is best described a twelve year old boy trapped in an 6'4" adult body. He has become a regular performer in the talent-rich Boston comedy scene. Crowds can't help but be drawn in by his All-American looks and childlike charm as he shares his bizarre and sometimes twisted thoughts.
You may also recognize Paul as the crazy shirtless fan in a NESN.com/mobile commercial, or as the "X guy" and a softball player in Olympia Sports commercials on NESN. You may have also seen him in the Showtime series Brotherhood and in the Academy Award winning film Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Extra for this film.

For reservations call 527-0043.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:11

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Hermit woods winery goes high tech

MEREDITH — If you think Hermit Woods Winery's wine is good now, it's likely to get a lot better very soon. Thanks to an equipment loan from Meredith Village Savings Bank, Hermit Woods has upgraded its entire production line.

"We are always striving to make the best wine we can possibly produce, this new equipment will go a long way towards making that happen" says Ken Hardcastle, wine maker at Hermit Woods. "We will be able to handle our fruit and wine more gently during production, have a cleaner, sterilized work environment, greater filtering capabilities, and an improved bottling line." Says Ken, " and this is just the beginning."

Talking with Hardcastle about all the possibilities now available to him, it is clear how excited and passionate he is about putting his new tools to work. According to him, some of this new technology will put Hermit Woods on the cutting edge of wine making in New Hampshire. One example of this is their new McClain Ozone Generator, an organic solution to optimal sterilization of the winery and winemaking equipment.

It's not just about making better wine either, some of the new equipment will allow Hermit Woods to produce sparkling wine and cider for the first time. They hope to have these new products available by this fall.

The owners of Hermit Woods took the acquisition of this new equipment very seriously, spending over six months researching industry standards. Their research brought them to California and the country's largest wine conference, Unified. "Attending Unified provided us the perfect opportunity to meet manufacturers first hand and choose the best equipment," said Bob Manley. While in California, the partners also took the opportunity to meet with wine makers from Napa and surrounding wine regions to learn from the best.

More recently, the Hermit Woods team attended the Eastern Winery Exposition in Syracuse, NY, where they again met with manufacturers and visited local wineries that have been making wine a lot longer than they have. "It is so exciting seeing what others are doing and aspiring to bring what we have learned to bear on our own wine" says Hardcastle.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:02

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Newfound area crop walk planned May 3

BRISTOL — On Sunday, May 3, the Annual Crop Walk, sponsored by the Newfound Area Churches (NAC) and Church World Services (CWS) will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bristol Bike Path.

In their efforts to fight hunger, 25% of all donations will benefit the local Community Services. Individual walkers can accept donations on line as well as in person. For more information, call 744-3885 or 744-2751.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:06

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Penny pitou travel hosts blood and bone marrow drive

LACONIA — At just 12-years-old, Hayley Desjardins of Saco, Maine, has faced some challenges that most will not face in their lifetime. Young Hayley – a bubbly, fun-loving resident of Saco, Maine – was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2008 at the age of six.

After hospitalization and numerous blood and platelet transfusions, the Desjardins family thought she had finally won the battle. This past October, however, they received the unfortunate news that the disease had returned. The time that she would much rather be spending with her friends or playing the many sports that she loves is now spent amongst doctors and specialists. Due to the severe nature of her disease, her best treatment option at this time involves a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, doctors have been unable to locate a suitable donor for her on the National Bone Marrow Register – her "perfect match" has yet to be found.

In hopes of finding that "perfect match" for Hayley and other patients in need, the community of Saco and surrounding areas will be working with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS to register new potential bone marrow donors. "It makes me proud to have such a sense of community," Hayley's father Michael Desjardins said, "when people are in need, they come together to give." A registration event will be taking place on: Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at Penny Pitou Travel on 55 Canal Street in Laconia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:59

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