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Belknap Mill reduces hours of operation

LACONIA — A reduction in hours for the Belknap Mill to be open to the general public has been announced by the Board of Trustees for the Belknap Mill Society. The Mill will typically be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, although hours may vary due to events and private functions.

The Belknap Mill will dedicate time to develop its award-winning fourth grade program, My First Day of Work at the Mill, become the sought after space for rentals with its historic charm and renovate its museum space for special events and showings. The Belknap Mill will continue to be open to the general public on Thursdays when Stewart Ramsey holds his sock demonstration, replicating the history of the Mill, as well as continue to work with local artists to showcase their work in the galleries.

Beth San Soucie, the managing director for the Belknap Mill, says, "we are working hard to incorporate STEM education into our mission by putting the 'A' in STEM; moving the Mill – full STEAM ahead. All while doing our best to minimize disruptions to the services we provide to the public/'' San Soucie will be working closely with the Board of Trustees to further refine and expand the offerings of the oldest, unaltered textile mill in the United States and official meetinghouse of New Hampshire.

As the hours of the Belknap Mill will vary, please check the website for a list of events and hours at www.belknapmill.org, call ahead at (603) 524-8813 or email Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Belknap Mill has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:32

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Technology Night Every First Thursday of Every Month At the Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA — Due to the overwhelming response of the Irwin Technology Nights, the Irwin Automotive Group will now be hosting an Irwin Technology Night the first Thursday of every month at 5 pm.

All owners are welcome regardless of where they have purchased from! There will be food and prizes for the event as well. These events have been very popular and due to space there is a limit to the first 50 people.

Those interested in attending the fun and informative event can RSVP to alan.faro@ irwinzone.com (603 581 2935) if you own a Toyota/Scion/Ford/Lincoln or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2994) if you own a Hyundai.

Those unable to attend or who have questions can call/e-mail Erik Faro at 603 581 2970--e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:27

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Saudi film ‘Wadjda’ to be screened at Laconia Public Library on Monday

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Wadjda, Monday, September 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.

Wadjda, a sneaker-wearing 11-year-old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, dreams of owning a green bicycle that she passes by in a store every day on her way to school. She wants to race against her friend Abdullah, a boy from the neighborhood, but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls. Wadjda's mother refuses to buy one for her, as he mother is distracted by trying to convince her husband not to take a second wife. Wadjda tries to find the money herself by making hand-braided bracelets to sell to classmates and through other forbidden activities in the school yard.

After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Wadjda decides to participate in a Qur'an recital competition. The cash prize of about US $270 would allow her to pay for the bike. Her efforts to win the competition bring mixed results. Wadjda and her mother strive to make their dreams come true in their own worlds against cultural imperatives. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a woman Saudi director, Haifaa al-Mansour. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world.

Previous films shown as a part the International Film Series are now displayed on a designated shelf at the Laconia Public Library as a part of their DVD collection. Library patrons are urged to check this collection when in the library. Please note two new films acquired this summer for our international series, Blue Moon from the Philippines, and Of Gods and Men from Algeria. Copyrights prevent us from showing these publicly. The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. For more information, contact Len Campbell at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:22

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Eastern Star Bean Supper on Saturday

CENTER HARBOR — The Ellacoya Chapter's monthly public Bean Supper will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the Squam Valley Masonic Building on Rt 3/25 at the Center Harbor/Holderness town line. Tickets are available at the door at 4:30 p.m. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. or until food runs out.

The building is air conditioned and handicap accessible. Cost of admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children. Meal includes ham, meatballs, baked beans, potato casserole, salads and pies, all prepared by members of the chapter.

The proceeds of our fundraising activities, in addition to helping the chapter meet its necessary expenses, are shared with local, state and national organizations such as area Visiting Nurse Associations, Food Banks, American Cancer Society and scholarships for young people. Ellacoya Chapter, together with the Eastern Star chapter in Bristol, sponsors Plymouth Assembly, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. This year money, from a special fundraising effort by all Eastern Star chapters throughout New Hampshire, recently was donated to the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:06

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