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Exercise group forming at Ashland Baptist Church

ASHLAND — The Ashland Baptist Church is inviting people to join a kettlebell exercise group.

To accommodate people's different schedules, sessions are being planned for 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., and will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Debbie Madden will lead the morning group, and Ernie Madden, the church's pastor, will lead the 5:15 group.

There is no charge to join the group, but organizers are hoping that participants will be able to pay for their own kettlebells and exercise mats, with costs running from $20 to $30.

Kettlebell exercises incorporate the use of 15-, 20-, or 25-pound weights in a series of exercises designed to build strength and endurance.

The exercise sessions are part of a faith-based program -- called the Daniel Plan -- designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Those who want more information about the exercises sessions can contact the church at 603-968-7770 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:40

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Professor Harp playing at Pitman’s on Friday

LACONIA — Professor Harp Blues will be playing at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m.

Although born and raised as Hugh Holmes of Boston, MA, the emanations from his harmonica and vocals make it clear that Professor Harp has the blues of Texas and the whole wide Delta coursing through his veins. Primarily playing a sparse, yet full-sounding brand of no-nonsense, no-frills Texas style blues, Professor Harp specializes in what he calls, 'roots music'. "It's whatever makes me feel good and moves me, so to speak." Indeed it has evolved while continuing to move audiences for decades.
Under the influence of many diverse blues greats, Professor Harp has developed a robust playing style. He often utilizes the Leslie rotating-speaker sound system to give his harp a Hammond organ timbre, while he alternately and simultaneously employs the standard or traditional 'electrified' blues harp. The Professor tops this off by singing the blues with an infectious fervor, supported at his strictest insistence by only top-flight musicians on guitar, bass, and drums.
Professor Harp performed with various bands throughout the Northeast including legends Solomon Burke and Luther 'Guitar Jr.' Johnson and played live on NBC's Today Show. Among the legions of hot performances at rocking blues clubs, the memories that often stand out for The Professor are the nights his harp helped to swell the room, in a spontaneous jam with his old mentor, the inimitable bluesman Muddy Waters. Professor Harp will perform with Howard Randall and his band.

Admission is $15 per person. Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations. For more information visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:25

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Winter Carnival events in Wolfeboro run from Feb. 21 through March 1

WOLFEBORO — Winter Carnival returns to Wolfeboro with events for young and old alike from Feb. 21 through March 1. With events based at Abenaki Ski Area, Pop Whalen Ice Arena and throughout greater Wolfeboro, there is literally something for everyone.

Abenaki Winter Triathlon, will be held at  9 am, Saturday, February 21. It starts with a 1/2 mile snowshoe at Abenaki Ski Area. Participants then cross-country ski for 2.78 miles through the snowy woods, then run into the ice arena to finish off with a 1 mile lap skate. .
The Annual Progressive XC Ski Dinner will be held at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 21 on the Abenaki XC Ski Loop Trail. Participants will strap on skis, snowshoes or good winter boots and progress out on to the candle-lit 4 Kilometer XC Ski Loop starting at Abenaki Ski Area. Skiers and hikers will stop at warm bonfires along the 4K trail and be treated to a multi-course Italian dinner served at various stations along the way. Appetizers and a small warming fire will greet participants at the first table, followed by a s Italian main course at the second station a kilometer or two down the trail, followed by the dessert station in Pikes Pasture, complete with s'mores, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, cocoa and coffe. In between stations, participants ski or hike through the tranquil woods of the Abenaki Loop Trail, lit by hundreds of candle-lit luminariestars. Hikers must have a ticket that is available to purchase for $15 for adults, $10 for youth.
Limited to 125 participants, this event is currently sold out, but you can be added to the wait list by registering at wolfeboronh.us/Abenaki or by visiting our offices at Pop Whalen Ice Arena.
Other events include "All. I. Can." Ski Movie at Pinckney Boat House, Brewster Academy, Wednesday, February 25, at 7 pm
Doors open for "All. I. Can." at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets for the film are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (under 18) at the door. 
Abenaki Ski Area will be hosting an open Slopestyle Competition at 4 pm, on Thursday, February 26th. The slopestyle competition consists of taking a complete run through the terrain park, doing a combination of tricks and jumps on the various elements to earn the highest possible score. Skiers and Boarders are judged on style, amplitude and difficulty. Medals for top three scores in youth through adult age divisions.
There will be a free Skating Party at Pop Whalen Arena, 6:30pm, Thursday, February 26.

On Friday, February 27 at 5 pm, Abenaki Ski Area will be hosting Ski and Snowboard Races that are open to the public. The Ski Races consist of taking runs through our slalom race course and competing for the best time out of 2 runs with medals for the top three times in youth through adult age divisions. Registration available online at www.wolfeboronh.us/abenaki or pick one up at Abenaki Ski Area.
A wide variety of Winter Carnival festivities throughout Wolfeboro are planned for Saturday, February 28 from 7 am—9 pm. Check out the town website for details.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:03

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Tea Party meeting Feb. 18

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Tea Party will meet Wednesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library.

There will be a discussion regarding Article V in the Constitution about a Convention of States for amending the Constitution and whether New Hampshire should back such a convention or not.

The party will also  be hearing from some local representatives, including Glenn Cordelli and anyone else who may have connections in the State House. There will also be another showing of the video on the Constitution. For more information, contact Peggy or Hal Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:32

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