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Bayswater Book Co. hosting ‘What’s So Great About NH’ author event on Saturday


CENTER HARBOR -- Bayswater Book Co. will to will host a multi-author event, titled What's So Great About NH, on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fourteen New Hampshire authors will come together to remind readers "What's So Great About NH" as they sign their books and meet readers.

Headlining the event will be author Ruth Doan MacDougall signing her latest edition of "50 More Hikes in the White Mountains," Yankee Magazine writer and editor Edie Clark signing "What There Was Not to Tell," and Ron Guilmette, author of the new coffee table picture book "The Islands of Winnipesaukee." Authors also attending include Jane Rice, Sandwich poet Page Coulter, Marianne O'Connor, Catherine Dougherty, Brendan Smith, Andy Opel, Judie Yuill, Steve Smith, Mark Okrant and Joan Cook.

The idea for What's So Great About NH came last year from Bayswater owner Michelle Taft, who wanted to draw attention to the importance of recognizing and celebrating the beauty of New Hampshire. This year's festivities mark the second annual event.
"I think that it is important to preserve and recognize the unique character that is New Hampshire. We thought that it would be a great opportunity to create an event to host New Hampshire authors and highlight the many aspects of what make this state such a great place to live and visit," said Taft.

Admission to the event is free. Bayswater is located in Center Harbor in Senter's Marketplace between Keepsake Quilting and Heath's Supermarket. Follow Bayswater on facebook and on the web, www.bayswaterbooks.com. Those who cannot attend this event can (603)253-8858 to special order a signed book.



Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:18

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Windy Waters Conservancy annual meeting on Saturday


MEREDITH -- The 25th anniversary annual meeting of the Windy Waters Conservancy, formerly known as the Waukewan Shore Owners Association, will be on Saturday, July 12, at the Meredith Community Center, Conference Room.

The business portion of the meeting will include presentations of conservation efforts recently completed or currently under way.,

The technical session will include presentation by two speakers:

• Don Berry, president of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, will describe the recently acquired Fogg Hill conservation area project.

• Pat Tarpey, executive director of the Lake Winnipesauke Watershed Association, will speak about the ongoing Waukewan and Winona Restoration Plan.

The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for registration, and the meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Further information may be found on the WWC's web site: waukewan.org

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Record Amount Raised for Charity at Peter Makris Memorial Run

 LACONIA — For the first time in several years, Laconia Motorcycle Week began the official riding season in with blue skies and sunshine; over 230 bikers departed the NASWA Resort for the 8th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run
which has become the Official Kickoff of Laconia Motorcycle Week.

State and local police escort riders for a two-hour, "feet up" ride around Lake Winnipesaukee, which offers an enjoyable, traffic-free ride that concludes with a bountiful, gourmet lunch and all-day party with live music and promotions at the NASWA Resort's waterfront NAZBar & Grill.

From the entry fees, sponsorships, raffle tickets, silent auction and additional donations nearly $60,000 was raised from this year's run. An unexpected donation by NASWA customer, Tony Giordano of American Contractors Corporation, at the annual NAZKini Contest later in the week, matched and raised by sponsor G. Smith Motorsports, raised an additional $22,000 in a matter of minutes. G. Smith Motorsports started as a $1,000 sponsor, raised its contribution to $5,000 once they did the ride, then added the "challenge" donation of $12,000, plus an additional $600 to the Bikini Contest--for a total of $27,600. G. Smith was also an active silent auction bidder and left the party with several memorable souvenirs.

The Peter Makris Memorial Run benefits the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund and the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program. This year, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a trained group of volunteers who assist first responders, was also added as a beneficiary.

"We believe in helping those who help our community," says Cynthia Makris, President of the 3rd generation, family-owned and biker-friendly NASWA Resort. Her late father, Peter Makris, in whose memory the charity run is held, was a community leader who helped start the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund, and a US Marine. In his honor, more than 100 members of the US Marine Corps Leatherneck Motorcycle Club road to Laconia from New York, Connecticut and other chapters around the country to participate in the run.

Another community leader and friend of Peter Makris, Paul Blizzard, owner of Lakeport Landing Marina, passed away this Spring and was honored at the event as he worked with Makris to fund the area's first water rescue unit.

Chief Ken Erickson, of the Laconia Fire Department expressed deep gratitude to both for their efforts which resulted in a privately funded rescue boat and team of trained first responders to serve the residents and visitors to the 70-square mile Lake Winnipesaukee.

"Being able to respond to emergencies on this lake is crucial to our tourists and residents who enjoy the recreational amenities that our Lakes Region and its many islands offer," said Erickson, "We are honored by the presence of all the people here whose contributions assist in making our work more efficient and available to everyone, year-around."

Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program is another important non-profit to the Makris family in part because Makris was a veteran but also because the resort has a long history of Easter Seal support, doing several promotions over the course of their season to raise money for the statewide organization. The Veterans Count program provides personal and financial resources and services to veterans, service members and their families.

"Bikers are a very generous and caring group," said Cynthia Makris, who also serves as President for the Laconia Motorcycle Rally Association that organizes and promotes the Laconia Motorcycle Week statewide event, "They open their hearts and their wallets when they ride our beautiful winding and scenic roads and we so appreciate the support that they've pledged over the years in my father's memory that helps so many across the state. We were also overwhelmed by the generosity of G. Smith Motorsports, a new visitor to Laconia who donated over $28,000 to our fund. We are honored to host this kind of guest for our annual event and to keep the giving rolling!"

To date, the Peter Makris Memorial Fund has raised over $300,000 as it builds toward a 10-year anniversary in 2016.

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Coldwell Banker charity poker run on July 27

LACONIA — The New Hampshire offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, along with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, the company's charitable foundation, are hosting the sixth annual Putting Kids and Families First Charity Poker Run on Sunday, July 27.

The ride will starting and end at Laconia Harley-Davidson, 239 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3), in Meredith. Onsite registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Poker Hands need to be turned in at 1:30 p.m.  A cookout and raffle will follow.

Participants will ride through the Lakes Region to raise money for our military troops as well as several local charities that support families in need of housing and other services. Riders will make five stops along the way to collect five cards and end at the Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith. At the end of ride, participants will have a cookout provided by T-Bones and Cactus Jack's, as well as live music.

The highest poker hand will win a cash prize of $500 and participants will have chances to win an assortment of raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares charity poker run will benefit Chaplains Emergency Relief Fund, Building Dreams for Marines, Salvation Army-Carey House, New Beginnings Crisis Center, Laconia Area Community Land Trust, Lakes Region Food Pantry and the WLNH Children's Auction.

Those who want more information or to register can contact Mike Keeler at (603) 581-2895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:05

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