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Moutaineer to talk about climbing Mount Everest — the hard way

LACONIA — American mountaineer Ed Webster will narrate a PowerPoint lecture on climbing the world's tallest peak — the hard way — on Wednesday, May 15 at the Laconia Public Library at 7 p.m. (Rotary Hall).

In 1988, Webster and three partners ascended a never-before-attempted route up Mt. Everett's most dangerous side — from Tibet — without the assistance of oxygen bottles, radios or a Sherpa team to carry the usual food and equipment.

"My Storm Years on Everest" details this audacious climb. Webster personally reached the south summit of the mountain — at 28,700 feet, just 300 feet shy of the main summit — then led his partners down a storm-bound, avalanche-plagued, four-day descent off the mountain — without food, badly frostbitten and very near death. Each climber lost toes, and, because of extensive photography on summit day, Webster also lost eight fingertips.

Webster, 57, lives in Harpswell, Maine. His articles and photographs have been published in dozens of magazines and by Sierra Club Books and National Geographic. He has lectured worldwide.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:03

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Meredith Baptist Church Hosting workshop on forgiveness

MEREDITH — The First Baptist Church will hold a workshop on forgiveness with featured speaker Leslie Leyland Fields on Sunday, May 18 from 6-8 p,m.

Fields is a writer, editor and national speaker who lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska,who has written eight non-fiction books and is on the editorial board of Christianity Today magazine.

Admission is free to the workshop. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:59

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Belknap GOP group to hear 2 candidates

BELMONT — Republican candidates for governor and the 1st Congressional District are scheduled to speak at the meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30 p..m at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road.

Andrew Hemingway of Bristol, is a candidate for governor, who hopes to be able to challenge Gov. Maggie Hassan in November. And, Dan Innis of Portsmouth, is a candidate for Congress in the 1st District, who hopes to challenge U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in November.

They will discuss their reasons for deciding to run for public office, and will share with the Committee their philosophies and their positions on the issues affecting the state of New Hampshire. They are both facing primaries, so their appearance at this month's meeting will offer committee members the opportunity to ask questions to help them decide who to vote for on Sept. 9.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded independents. As usual, those interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m.

The committee again is reminding everyone planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, please check the committee's website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to committee chairman, Alan Glassman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:03

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Rubens to speak at Barnstead GOP gathering

BARNSTEAD — Republican U.S. candidate Jim Rubens will be the guest speaker at the Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) meeting to be held today at 6:30 p.m. at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Route 28), in Center Barnstead.

Rubens is hoping to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen November's election. However, to do so, he will have to prevail in a primary against a number of other Republican candidates. Rubens will share his reasons for choosing to run, discuss where he stands on the issues, and explain why he feels he's the candidate who can best represent New Hampshire in Washington, D.C.

BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire. The meetings offer an opportunity to renew old friendships with those who have been away for the winter, to meet new people, and to question the candidates, all in an atmosphere of grass roots politicking at its best!

As usual, those interested in having dinner or who wish to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m.

The committee requests those planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email committee chairman Alan Glassman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:01

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