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New markers lead hikers along the ‘Rapid Transit’ line in the Belknap Mountains

GILFORD — New trail markers have been installed to aid hikers making their way along the Belknap Range Trail.

The distinctive markers were installed recently by Belknap Range Trail Tenders -- or BRATTS. The markers read BRT, which stands for Belknap Rapid Transit. The markers have been placed at all the intersections or trail junctions to guide hikers along the way between Gunstock and Mount Major.

The BRT is really an accumulation of many trails, all with different names and blaze colors and the BRATTS found it might be easier to put up these markers than have to repaint the blazes to a uniform color for the entirety of the trail.

Three volunteers, Steve and Beth Zimmer of Meredith and Bob St. Laurent of Laconia, put up the signs over a three-day period.

The BRT trail is approximately 12 miles long. It starts at the parking lot at Gunstock Mountain Resort and travels over Mount Rowe, Gunstock Mountain, Mount Belknap, Mount Klem, Mount Mack, Mount Anna, Straightback Mountain, Mount Major and ending at Mount Major parking lot on Route 11 in Alton.

An excellent guide is the new map of the Belknap Range by Weldon Bosworth of Gilford, available at the Gilford Town Library for a small fee or can be downloaded from the Belknap Range Trails website: www.belknaprangetrails.org


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:16

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'Drop Anchor in Meredith' July 25-27

MEREDITH -- The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee is sponsoring a "Drop Anchor in Meredith" promotion event, with some local businesses offering discounts for the month of July and others giving discounts during the Antique Boat Show weekend of July 25-27.

A Drop Anchor Map and Events Guide is now available at participating businesses and the Meredith Public Library, and offers special discounts during July and into August.

The Greater Meredith Program's Promotions Committee will also hold a "Landlubber's Lot Dance" at the Community Park on Main Street July 26th from 6-9 p.m. with free popcorn and music provided by Joanne Newman of DJ Music Factory.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. . For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 11:01

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Sonata night Wed. at Irwin Hyundai


LACONIA -- Irwin Hyundai will be introducing the all new redesigned seventh-generation 2015 Hyundai Sonata with a model intro night on Wednesday, July 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. at its 446 Union Ave. location.

The event will give those interested a chance inquire about the new Sonata and to see the U.S.-made vehicle's many features.

Those interested in attending this event are asked to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503- 581-2994.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:56

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Volunteer for GOT LUNCH! Laconia


LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia continues to recruit volunteers to help with the healthy summer lunch program that delivers healthy food each of the 10 weeks of the summer months to children living with unstable food conditions.

Last week members of Boy Scout Troup 68, the Congregational Church of Laconia, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Key Club, Mentoring Together, National Honor and Junior Honor Society, New Hampshire Food Bank, South Down/Long Bay Community, St. James Episcopal Church, Temple B'nai Israel, and the United Baptist Church of Lake Port, and employees of Irwin Marine, the Laconia School District, and VISTA Foods turned out to help feed needy children in Laconia.

GOT LUNCH! Laconia attracts volunteers young and old, summer visitors and longtime residence.

Program organizers are encouraging anyone interested to become part of the program by volunteering, making a donation or being a corporate sponsor. Additional information is available at the website: www.gotlunchlaconia.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 10:48

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