Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad to begin operations for 2015 season

MEREDITH — The Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is advising the public that the rail line between Lincoln and Tilton is now active for the 2015 season. Various train operations will take place from now through late December, including excursion trains, special tourist trains and other equipment moves.

As a result, the railroad would like to remind the public that caution should be exercised at all times around moving trains and to always expect a train. Other safety considerations to keep in mind include grade crossing signals, which should always be obeyed. Drivers should stop when they hear whistle signals at grade crossings and never try to beat a train at a crossing or park on or near a railroad crossing.

In an effort to promote the message of railroad safety, the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads works closely with Operation Lifesaver, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works diligently to improve railroad safety through engineering, education and enforcement.

"People need to be aware of the potential danger around moving rail equipment, even when rail cars and locomotives are moving at slow speeds," stated Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Railroad. "Safety is always our first priority."

For the Hobo Railroad, scenic tourist excursion trains will depart from Hobo Junction in Lincoln on weekends starting Saturday, May 23 before switching to daily operations on Thursday, June 25 for the summer and into the fall. The one hour and twenty minute round-trip excursions travel along the Pemigewasset River between Lincoln, North Woodstock and Woodstock, and cross several roadways and bridges along the way.

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, which is based in Meredith and Weirs Beach will also open for weekend operations on Saturday, May 23. Daily operations will get underway on Thursday, June 25 for one and two hour round-trip excursions along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay.

For more information including departure times, tickets and special events, visit or call the main office at (603) 745-2135.

M/S Mount Washington cleared to start season

LACONIA — With the successful completion of its annual inspection by the New Hampshire Departments of Safety, Marine and Fire Safety Divisions, the venerable M/S Mount Washington returned to its summer port of Weirs Beach Wednesday and is ready to kick off its 2015 cruising season.

The New Hampshire Department of Safety annually inspects the vessels before issuing the cruise line its license to operate. "Safety is the number one priority with our vessels and our relationship with the Marine and Fire Safety Divisions is very important to us," says Captain Paul Smith. "We are in contact with them throughout the year and open to their suggestions in how to improve our operation in terms of safety. In addition we're always making improvements and updating older systems with the newer technology available."

Upholding a longstanding tradition, Mother's Day Brunch Cruise, on Sunday, May 10 will be the first cruise available to the public, which will feature two brunches at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. The two and a half hour scenic cruises of Lake Winnipesaukee feature a champagne brunch and entertainment for all ages. Tickets are available for both.

The official 2015 daily cruising season for the M/S Mount Washington, and her sister vessels, runs from Saturday,  May 16 until Sunday, October 18 offering daily cruises from its summer port of Weirs Beach and servicing the other ports of Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Cruising times and options vary depending on the season with July and August having the most cruises available. Options include daily scenic, evening dinner dance and island mail delivery cruises. To learn more about the various vessels and to view a more complete schedule with times and ticket prices, visit or call 603-366-5531.

Gilmanton Women’s Club meeting on Monday

GILMANTON — The next meeting of the Gilmanton Women's Club will be held at the home of Cynthia Wahlstrom, 80 North Road Gilmanton Iron Works, on Monday May 4 at 1:30 p.m.

The Gilmanton Women's Club was formed in 1971 with a mission to raise funds for the benefit of Gilmanton's townspeople, and local organizations.

To learn more about the organization contact Judy Bakos, President at 267-5056, or Bernadette Gallant, Vice-President at 364-7709, also visit the web site at: then go to community - Gilmanton Women's Club.

Free Hepatitis C testing at Family Planning Center

LACONIA — The Laconia Family Planning Program at the Lakes Region Family Center in conjunction with the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties will be holding a Hepatitis C Testing Clinic at Laconia Family Planning on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and again on  Tuesday, May 19 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Hepatitis C is often hidden and is often the cause of liver cancer. CDC recommends that everyone born from 1945-1965 be tested for Hepatitis C. Free walk in testing is encouraged. For more information call 524-5453 or visit The Lakes Region Family Center is located at 121 Belmont Road in Laconia.