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Lakes Region Singers begin rehearsals for spring concerts

GILFORD — Lakes Region Singers, a community choral group, will launch its spring concert season with a first rehearsal today, Tuesday, Feb. 3.

According to the group's director, Karen Jordan, "We are hoping to expand with new singers in all sections, but we especially need more men's voices. There is no audition, and you don't have to read music – the most important requirement is wanting to have fun."

The Adult Chorus will rehearse every Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church on Route 11A. Those unable to make the Feb. 3 rehearsal can still start the following week on Feb. 10.

There is also a Youth Chorus for youngsters in grades 2 through 8, which rehearses every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

"We welcome more young voices, but we also want to reach out to high school singers in our community and encourage them to consider joining the adult chorus," said Jordan. "It's a great opportunity to start singing with a large group, and an easy way to make some new friends. Whatever your age, come on out and give us a try."

This year the spring concert program will feature popular songs from musicals and some lively big band music, accompanied by piano, bass, drums, and guitars. The big band music will showcase such swing favorites as "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Blue Skies," "All the Things You Are," "Isn't It Romantic," and "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." The selections from Broadway musicals will include "Ragtime," "Sound of Music," and "West Side Story." Many of the songs will feature solo opportunities for members of the chorus.

Those who wish to get more information can call Jordan at 998-8545, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Meadowbrook now selling tickets for Lady Antebellum

GILFORD — Tickets for this summer's appearance of country music group Lady Antebellum at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook will go on sale Friday, Feb. 6, starting at 11 a.m.

The group's Meadowbrook concert, scheduled for Aug. 16, will be part of Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour.

Tickets for the Lady Antebellum concert can be purchased by calling the Meadowbrook Box Office at 603-293-4700 or logging on to www.BankNHpavilion.com.

Lady Antebellum, comprised of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, are seven-time Grammy Award winners, and were also honored in 2008 with the Best New Artist Award by the Country Music Association.


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Ralph D. Spencer, 79

BELMONT — Ralph D. Spencer, 79, of Belmont passed away at his home on Thursday January 29 surrounded by his family. Ralph was born in the spring of 1935 to Ralph N. Spencer and Lena M. (Grenier) Spencer. He was raised in Penacook and attended the Immaculate Conception School.

After he finished school Ralph joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. Upon return to the Concord area Ralph went to work for Sprague Electric and worked his way up to General Manager before his retirement in 1990 after 36 years of dedicated employment. Ralph was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church and was a member of St. Josephs Parish in Laconia. He was one of the founding members of the Canterbury Snowshakers Snowmobile Club. Ralph loved to travel and play golf and was a very talented wood crafter. His many friends and family will cherish the beautiful gifts that he made for them. Ralph's biggest joy in life was his music, he was gifted with the talent of being able to play multiple instruments. At the age of 16 he had a regular weekly morning show playing on WKXL Radio. He has been involved with music for over 65 years and enjoyed years of traveling around the state as well as New England to play his music live with the different bands he was involved with over the years.

Ralph was predeceased by his son David Spencer; and sister Margaret Hinkel.

He is survived by his beloved wife Gail (Coulombe) Spencer of Belmont; his son Michael Spencer and his wife Reshea of Goffstown; a step-son Jeff Skoglund and his wife Carol of Bedford; his grandchildren Justin Spencer and his wife Quinn of Las Vegas, Nevada; Elisha Millen and her husband Tim of Laconia; Adam Spencer of Laconia; his great-granddaughter Blake Spencer; as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday February 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. and then from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home 42 Washington Street Penacook, NH 03303.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church 9 Bonney Street Penacook, NH 03303. Reverend Raymond Potvin will be the celebrant, internment will immediately follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Penacook.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Central NH VNA & Hospice 780 North Main Street Laconia, NH 03246. In memo; " Hospice Care"

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WWII ‘trunk’ in Laconia

LACONIA — Dan Schroeder, a volunteer at Wolfeboro's Wright Museum, discusses the history behind the contents of the World War II Traveling Trunk Show on Monday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Since 2009, the traveling trunk program has brought noteworthy World War II memorabilia from both home and war fronts to schools and civic organizations through New Hampshire and beyond.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat call 524-5600.

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