LACONIA — WOW Fest '13 is coming on Saturday, September 14 and features 5K and 10K road races, 15-mile and 67-mile bicycle challenges and a 3-mile fun walk. All events begin and end at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club followed by a BBQ luncheon, live music and a multitude of family-friendly events.
"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to support the WOW Trail and the 2013 WOW Fest Event," explains Mark Primeau, President and CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. "This is an exciting event that encourages all of us to get out and get active while supporting this worthy project. We believe the WOW Trail contributes to the health and economic vitality of our community and we support its' continued growth".
WOW Fest is another important fundraiser for the WOW Trail, which has completed the first 1.3 mile segment of the trail connecting Lakeport to downtown Laconia. Fundraising for Phase II of the trail is in process, which will double the length of the trail from downtown Laconia to the planned Belmont trail. In addition to raising funds for construction of Phase II, the WOW Trail group has established a maintenance fund to assist the city of Laconia with trail upkeep and maintenance.
The festival following the race will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those not participating in one of the events, festival admission is $10 ($5 for children 12 years and under) and includes the BBQ luncheon, live music and lots of family fun.
Festival Sponsors include Fratello's Italian Grille, T-Bones Great American Restaurant, The Common Man Restaurants, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Melcher & Prescott Insurance, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Taylor Rental, Tritanium Sports, Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Rowell Sewer & Drain and Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.
"This is a really great event that will appeal to the entire community," said Jennifer Beetle, Event Director of WOW Fest. "We've got five great events for people to get out and get some exercise and have some fun while supporting the continued expansion of the WOW Trail. It's a very fun time."
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 10:29
MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes Class of 2014 will be holding a craft fair on Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main Inter-Lakes High School parking lot off of NH-25. The high school gym will provide an indoor location if necessary.
Twenty-five crafters have registered, and they will be selling a variety of handmade goods. The senior class will also be selling food and drinks throughout the day. Shoppers will find an array of jewelry, quilts, greeting cards, birdhouses, totes, dolls, and more.
Senior Maeghan Warburton decided to initiate this unusual fundraiser for her class last December. Warburton hosted a festive pre-holiday fair in the Inter-Lakes High School gym, providing a place of sale for 25 artisans. "Knowing that I was able to collect a group of artists together and provide them with an opportunity to make their love a source of income is something I am exceedingly proud of," reflects Warburton.
Warburton emphasized the value of the craft-fair shopping experience, “The prices are going to be higher, but when a person buys from these artists they are paying for so much more. The item you receive from a craft fair is hand-made, one of a kind. The money spent goes right to the artist. By supporting local artists we are fostering a creative community.”
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 10:21
HOLDERNESS — Get set for the fall grouse and woodcock season at a free workshop on Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Hunting on Saturday, August 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 603-536-3954.
The workshop covers the basic skills needed for the pursuit of these challenging birds. Participants also will learn about grouse behavior, hunting safety issues, hunting with or without dogs, gaining permission to hunt/landowner relations, clothing choices, shotgun and ammunition options, creature comforts for an enjoyable hunt and recipes for grouse.
The session will be led by grouse hunting enthusiasts/Hunter Education instructors Sean Williamson and Dan Keleher. In addition, Andrew Weik, the Northeast biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, will give a presentation on ruffed grouse and woodcock and their habitat needs.
Grouse hunting season in New Hampshire opens October 1 and runs through December 31, with a daily bag limit of four birds. Woodcock season opens October 1 and runs through November 14.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 10:18
FRANKLIN — This year marks the 20th annual double-elimination tournament to begin on Wednesday, September 18 at Odell Park in Franklin. With over $49,000 raised for local charities in the prior 19 years, plans for the 20th Annual Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament are now underway. Team registration deadline is Friday, August 16.
Last year, the 2012 tournament hosted a record number of co-ed teams where Sisti Law Offices was crowned the tournament champions after defeating second place winners, Franklin Savings Bank. Succah Punch took home third place honors. Others that put up a good fight for the good cause were: Byron's Septic, Beauchine's, Bickford's Landscape & Design, Chrissy's Paw Spa, Delta Dental, Dirty Dogz, Elektrisola, Harbour Enterprises, Merrimack County Department of Corrections, PatrAngie Mold, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Park 'N Go Swingers and Watts Water Technologies.
Voting for the charity of choice to receive proceeds from this special 20th tournament year took place at Franklin Savings Bank and on the bank's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. The votes have been counted and this year's tournament proceeds will benefit Central NH Chem-Free after prom and after graduation celebrations.
Organizations receiving donations from the Tournament in years prior include: local walking trails (the Northern Rail Trail, WOW - Winnisquam, Opechee & Winnipesaukee -Trail, Winnipesaukee River Trail, and the Odell Park River Trail); local homeless shelters; local food pantries; the American Cancer Society; American Red Cross; local DARE programs; Franklin VNA & NANA; local Hospice programs; Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity; Make-A-Wish NH; the NH Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse; the Relay for Life; the American Diabetes Association; the Aaron Robert Risley Memorial Scholarship Fund; Mix 94.1 FM Cash-N-Cans; local animal shelters; the MacDonald Family Scholarship Fund; and the Odell Park concession stand rebuilding effort.
All proceeds are earned through the $150 team entry fee, concession stand profits, and donations. Additionally, a significant amount of the charity donation comes from the annual raffle. Donations of items and gift certificates from community individuals and businesses are more than welcome and are currently being collected. In exchange for the donation, FSB will gratefully acknowledge all donations with public recognition.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 10:11
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