Laconia Hospital painting from 1971 donated to LRGH

LACONIA — When Laconia native Patty Paquette recently cleaned out her attic, she came across an important part of local history—an oil painting of the former Laconia Hospital, now Lakes Region General Hospital.

The painting was created by Paquette's mother in 1971, while studying under accomplished Gilford artist Loran Percy. Percy passed away in 2002, but his reputation as an artist lives on with many of his murals in the Laconia Post Office, Gunstock, Piche's and homes throughout New England.

Paquette graduated from the Laconia School of Nursing in 1955, and celebrated a forty year career in nursing; most of it spent working at Lakes Region General Hospital. "I felt the painting needed to be somewhere where it could be seen and appreciated," Paquette said. "It is my great pleasure to share this small part of Laconia's history with the entire community."

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

Community Coffee House at Pitman's Freight Room tonight

LACONIA — The monthly Community Coffee House at Pitman's Freight Room will be held Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Freight Room in Laconia. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The event is an open mic concept where individuals from the community are welcome to perform live musical pieces, songs, poems, comedy skits, short stories, and more. In the past few months, the event has attracted live folk musicians, authors, singers from around the state, All-State musicians from local high schools, students from the University of New Hampshire, and many others. There is no sign-up sheet prior to the event, rather people are asked to share their interest in performing to the event's MC when they arrive.

Admission cost is $7 per person. All proceeds from this event will go toward local Laconia High School senior, Alana Persson, to help offset the cost of her tuition to travel with the international non-profit organization Up With People (UWP). Persson has been raising funds since the Fall of 2014 and although close to her goal she is still shy of the $15,000 that needs to be raised. She will be departing on June 28 for Denver, Colorado to begin her year of international travel, service, and performance with a cast of 100 other young individuals.

"I am so thankful I have been given the opportunity to see the world, while helping others and sharing my gift of music and dance to others," says Persson. "I want to thank the community so much for your continual support the past few months, as without you this amazing opportunity would not be possible."

Free tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and desserts will be provided throughout the event. For more information call 581-5517 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuftonboro to hold a town wide yard sale (86 WORDS)

TUFTONBOROUGH — The Tuftonboro Agricultural Commission is sponsoring a Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote recycling and environmental awareness.

There are individual sites and 2 community sites; the Tuftonboro Town Offices at 240 Middle Road and Tuftonboro Historical Society on Route 109/ Governor Wentworth Highway in Melvin Village. Maps will be available at all sites for hand out and ahead of time at the Town Office. There will be a broad spectrum of items including, furniture, jewelry, linens, glassware, copper, silver, tools, and more.

Lions club holding electronic waste collection day Saturday

GILFORD — Got an old computer collecting dust in your closet, or a broken refrigerator sitting on the back porch? What do you do with such items when you replace them? Everything from laptops, phones and radios to home appliances or TV's cost a fortune to haul away.

Turn all that junk over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 18 in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a small disposal fee, not only will we take your old electronic items off your hands, we will recycle them. The disposal charge is almost always less than the prices at local transfer stations. Cash or checks will be accepted but not debit or credit cards.

Here is a list of items you may want to drop off: computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer accessories.

In addition, we will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted.

You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs or thermometers, capacitors, ballasts, or any other hazardous waste.

Disposal fees frange from $1 to $30 per item depending on size (almost always less than the cost at local transfer stations).



The Laconia-Gilford Lions Club will hold an Electronic Waste Collection Day Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lowe's parking lot in Gilford. (Courtesy photo)