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Meet the Author: Mark Okrant at Belknap Mill Tonight

LACONIA —  Meet author Mark Okrant on tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Belknap Mill. The evening will include a presentation by the author for three of his books; two murder mysteries in the Kary Turnell series, A Last Resort and Murder at the Grands; as well as No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America's Motels. The author will be available to sign copies of his books following a question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public.

Murder is afoot at three grand hotels in New Hampshire – The Balsams, Mount Washington Resort and the Mountain Grand View Resort – and Mark Okrant's sleuth is on the chase. Solving the crimes is Kary Turnell, professor at a small New Hampshire University who has a knack for finding trouble and solving murders at historic resort hotels. Last year Okrant published another book, No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America's Motels, a non-fiction work originally published as an e-book, which looks at the motel era through the eyes of one of New England's senior tourism investigators.

Mark Okrant is a longtime tourism professor and researcher, and is the author of five works of fiction and three of non-fiction. As director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University, he has coordinated tourism research for the State of New Hampshire since 1990, and has presented tourism marketing and planning workshops in Alaska, Canada, Romania, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He has been an active tourism researcher since the 1970s, and is past president of the Travel and Tourism Research Association.

The Meet the Author series put on by the Belknap Mill, is a new monthly event in which New Hampshire authors can connect with their local audience. The participating authors will have the opportunity to answer questions and sign copies of their books.

The second installment of the series, on Friday, July 11 will feature Carol Lee Anderson and her latest book, A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage. The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

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White water slalom returns to Winnipesaukee River in Northfield/Tilton

NORTHFIELD — Friends of the Winnipesaukee River is pleased to announce White Water Slalom Racing will be held on the Winnipesaukee River on June 14-15. The event is made possible through a collaborative effort involving the NH Department of Environmental Services, the towns and Conservation Commissions of Northfield and Tilton, Friends of the Winnipesaukee River and private land owners who are allowing access to their land.

The race will be hosted by Sonny Hunt and his daughter Amy who have run the slalom race on the Blackwater River in Webster for over 30 years. Sonny Hunt stated, "We had as very successful inaugural event last year and based on the enthusiastic response from racers, this year's event will be part of the New England Whitewater Slalom Point series. " White water slalom racing combines precise boat handling skills with speed. Paddlers are timed racing through a series of gates (poles dangling from wires across the river which include both downstream (with the current) and upstream (against the current) gates. Penalties (seconds) are added for every pole touched or gate missed with the fastest times winning the race. There are a variety of categories for canoes and kayaks including men and women, combined and solo and tandem boats. Novices are encouraged to come out and give it a try.

The race course will provide high visibility for spectators with the course located in the rapids across from the Tilton Police Station where the river runs close to East Main St/Route 3/11. Race headquarters will offer great views and it will be located on the Northfield side of the river on the conservation land at the end of Granite Street, good viewing can also be had on conservation land on the Tilton side of the river. Saturday the 14th will offer paddlers the opportunity to practice the course and the actual race will begin Sunday the 15th at 9 a.m.. Race registration information can be found at: NESSRACE.COM Volunteers who would like to help with the race on Sunday will be required to have about 20 minutes of training and should arrive by 8:15 on Sunday. For more information contact Amy Hunt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401-338-5669

The race will highlight efforts of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association and Towns of Northfield and Tilton to close the gap between the two existing sections of the Winnipesaukee River trail and to complete soil remediation at the former Ernies Garage site which is currently being cleaned up under a Federal Brownfields grant and to provide trail head parking. Donations toward the matching funds for the project can be made to the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association PO Box 464 Franklin, NH 03235 or www.winnitrail.org or find us on Facebook.

Franklin will also see white water boaters over the weekend with downriver play boaters paddling the class III and IV rapids from Cross Mill Road to Trestle View Park in Franklin. Best viewing there will be at Trestle View Park and along the Winnipesaukee River Trail.

Ken Norton from Friends of the Winnipesaukee River stated "The communities of Franklin, Tilton and Northfield and groups like Choose Franklin have promoted conservation and recreation efforts on the Winnipesaukee River as a vehicle for economic development by attracting people to the downtown areas of our communities. Last year's slalom race and down river boating brought paddlers from across New England as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as a strong contingent of New Hampshire paddlers and many spectators" Norton also offered special thanks to Commissioner Tom Burack and his staff at the NH Department of Environmental Services for their efforts to work closely with community leaders on this event as well as their assistance with the Brownfield clean-up at the Ernie's site.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:12

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POPS Selling Bouquets to raise scholarship funds

GILFORD — The Parents of Performing Students (POPS) of Gilford High School will be selling bouquets of flowers at the graduation ceremony at Meadowbrook Saturday ,June 14.

Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Scholarships for Gilford High School students.

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Irwin Automotive Group Donates Teddy Bears to Youngest Patients at LRGHealthcare


LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group recently hosted its fifth Ladies & Wheels event -- a fun and educational evening welcoming community members free of charge.

Ladies & Wheels featured three educational sessions: 'Spring Cleaning Your Car' presented by the Irwin Automotive Detail Team; 'Identity Theft' presented by Captain Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police Department; and 'Sharing the Road' presented by Rayette Hudon of AAA.

Attendees were treated to valet parking, delicious food and drink, and a Ladies Gift Bag. New this year guests were encouraged to bring along a new teddy bear, to be donated to the Emergency Departments at LRGH and Franklin Regional Hospital.

"The Ladies and Wheels event has grown with leaps and bounds over the past few years. We always welcome such a dynamic group of women who really seem to appreciate this educational and social evening," explains Irwin Automotive Group Used Sales Manager Betty Ballantyne. "This year we decided to add an element of giving back through the "Donate a Bear Because You Care" drive. Attendees certainly embraced the opportunity as we are now making a donation of nearly three dozen bears to LRGH," adds Ballantyne.

"The Irwin Automotive Group has been a great friend to LRGHealthcare over the years," states LRGHealthcare Philanthropy Office Operations Manager Maureen Wilkins. "We appreciate this thoughtful donation of teddy bears, knowing they will bring a bit of comfort and a smile to children who come in to our Emergency Room."

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:00

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