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Oddfellows holding open house saturday

LACONIA — The Independent Order of Oddfellows of Chocorua Lodge #51 invite interested men and women to their open house Saturday October 25th 10:30 am to 12 noon. Coffee and doughnuts will be served and there will be a short presentation of what membership involves.
The Oddfellows and Rebekahs meet at the Masonic lodge located at 63 Court St., Laconia (located directly across from the Belknap County courthouse).
The Oddfellows are a non-profit social and charitable organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and pursuing projects of all mankind.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:15

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N.H. State Dog presentation at Wolfeboro Library

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library will host Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, presented by Bob Cottrell on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

The Chinook breed of dogs was established in New Hampshire and became the state dog a relatively short time ago. Historian and dog lover Bob Cottrell will explain who these dogs are and why they are famous.

The breed is named after the original Great Chinook, the first of his breed. The breed was developed in the 1920s by a rough and ready adventurer named Arthur Walden, who spend a significant amount of time as a "dog puncher" in the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush days. Walden later returned to Wonalancet, a small village that is part of the town of Tamworth where he succeeded in his goal of creating a new sled dog with power, endurance, speed and a friendly nature. Cottrell will explain how man and his relationship with the sled dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions.

Chinooks are one of a handful of dog breeds created in America, and they are becoming rare, with only about 1,000 Chinooks living today. Cottrell will likely bring his own pet Chinook and some handcrafted sledding equipment to the presentation.

Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

The event will be in the library's meeting room, which is handicapped accessible, and refreshments will be served. For more information call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:12

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‘Shakespearian Idol’ talent show on stage Saturday

TAMWORTH — Advice To The Players' talent competition when Shakespearian Idol returns for a third year on Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at The Barnstormers Theatre. The event is a fundraiser for the award-winning Shakespeare troupe.

How great would it be if Lady Macbeth channeled Beyoncé in a rendition of "Run the World (Girls)"? Ever think Romeo and Juliet should breakdance to "Bad Romance"? Did you know that Mercutio tripped out to "A Whiter Shade of Pale"? Who knows what creative combinations you'll see at this special one-night benefit gala! For this season on Shakespearian Idol contestants of all ages will ham it up for the judges and audience hoping for the chance to be the next Shakespeare Idol. Buy your votes, cheer for your favorite, and make sure not to miss this raucous, laugh-out-loud competition.

Veteran Master of Ceremonies George Cleveland bravely returns to the stage to join our live panel of hard-as-nails judges –Caroline Nesbitt, Christine Penney, and Mark Woollett, all-stars of the NH Theater scene. Audience members will have the chance to cast your vote for the night's best act of Shakespeare-sing-along.

Suggested ticket price: $10 at the door. For more information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:10

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Hosmer, DiMartino to attend forum Wed. in Gilford

GILFORD  — Local community members  will have a chance to meet with some of the local and state representatives to discuss issues concerning New Hampshire's 55+ population on Wednesday, October 29 at 3 p.m. in the Wesley Woods Community Room, behind the First United Methodist Church.

Two of the representatives that have confirmed their participation are State Senator, Andrew Hosmer and State Representative, Lisa Di'Martino. For more information or to participate Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:05

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