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Exhibitors Sought For History Fair at Belknap Mill

LACONIA —  Lakes Region residents are encouraged to bring items and artifacts that tell stories about the history of their families and communities as part of the "Share Fair" co-sponsored by the Belknap Mill and the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia. Event activities include visiting the numerous exhibits of family and community artifacts, opportunities for exhibitors to describe and talk about their displays, and a general discussion about what we can learn from these items of material culture and what themes emerge for future family and community history initiatives in the Lakes Region.
Some examples of items appropriate for this Share Fair include family journals, letters, photos, handiwork, clothing, postcards, jewelry, trade cards, pottery, maps, deeds, movies, art work and more.
Exhibitors will have access to table space and electrical outlets.
"We're not selling anything...or appraising anything...just sharing with others some of the tangible treasures we have from our past," says Judy Buswell, a member of the Share Fare Planning Group.
"Most every one of us has 'stuff' that's been handed down through the years but we aren't quite sure what they mean or what we should do with them," Buswell explains. "I'm planning to bring some colorful advertising trade cards from the late 19th and early 20th century. Perhaps I can talk with someone else who has similar items. We're just hoping to get people excited about history!"
Warren Clement, local business man and facilitator for this event adds, "In addition to what individuals bring, we'll have local businesses like Irwin's and OShea's sharing items from the early years of commerce in the Lakes Region.
According to Clement, "Space is limited, so we encourage all interested to register now." To register as an individual or business exhibitor, one may contact Warren at 520-7650 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
"Bottom line," says Clement "is that any physical object that was made and used by those who lived before us is just what we hope to have on display for this Share Fair."
Brenda Kean, Executive Director with the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, explains that this collaborative venture of the Mill and the Historical Society follows the NH Humanities Council fall series on writing and sharing family histories. "Our goal is to work together to help you retrieve, preserve, and share your family and community history."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 08:55

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Town of Tilton Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting Friday

TILTON — The Tilton Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will have its next meeting on January 17, at the Tilton Town Hall, 250 Main Street starting at 10 a.m. Residents of Tilton and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and manmade hazards that put Tilton at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

For more information call Chief Robert Cormier, Tilton Police Chief and Emergency Management Director at 286-8207 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:15

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LHS production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ begins Thursday

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts is proud to present the classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace" Thursday-Saturday, January 16-18 at 7 p.m.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a classic comedic romp, and a perennial favorite of high schools and community theatre groups due to its popularity with audiences. The story focuses on the spinster Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, who live in their family's home in Brooklyn, with their nephew, Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. They live a quiet, dignified life full of charity and generosity. But they have a secret, and when their other nephew, Mortimer, drops in for a visit, and accidentally stumbles across their secret, things start to go haywire. Later, a third nephew Johnathon, reappears in Brooklyn, and that's when things really go crazy.

Senior Kaela Sweetland and junior Emily Paronto are featured as Martha and Abby Brewster, respectively, with junior Reese Miles as their nephew Mortimer. Teddy is played by senior Quinn Davis, and junior Mitchell Bailey plays Johnathon. Senior Jasmyn Murgatroy plays Elaine, Mortimer's girlfriend. Rounding out the main cast is junior Andrew Emannuel as Dr. Herman Einstein. Iisa Humphreys, Carly DeNauw, Marisa McDermott, John Hammond, Taylor Gagne, Denis Zecevic, and Tim Mackzo appear as well.

"You're in for a great show," says Director Bernie Campbell. "It's a rollicking good time."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. For more information call 603-524-3350, ext 4616.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:06

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Hospital Volunteers Needed for an Exciting New Program

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare has introduced the Hospital Sitter Volunteer program. The Hospital Sitter Program is about improving the care, health and wellbeing of patients. Hospital sitters will provide one-on-one companionship to patients. As a volunteer Hospital sitter people may read, talk, play games, or just provide companionship to a patient.

Hospital sitters will be a valuable resource to many families that are unable to take time off to be in the hospital with family members who are patients. Sitters will provide these families with peace of mind knowing that a caring person is with their sick loved one. Sitters will operate under the direct supervision of the patient's nurse.

LRGHealthcare volunteer services is searching for compassionate, caring, personable and reliable volunteers to become Hospital Sitters. Are you thinking of switching to a healthcare career? Are you in a healthcare program and are looking for hospital experience?  Volunteer applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Volunteer shifts are available 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 12p.m.-4:00 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. or for those night owls 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Those interested in this volunteer opportunity, can contact LRGHealthcare Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Peary at 737-6720 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:29

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