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Local Peace Light ceremonies to be held on December 14, 20 and 22

LACONIA — For the fourth year in a row, Boy Scouts of Troop 68 will be offering the Peace Light flame to the public in brief ceremonies at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph churches in Laconia.

The Peace Light from Bethlehem is a continuously-burning flame, originating from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. Each December Scouts around the world are challenged to help the flame reach as many people as possible.

Distribution ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 14, at 11:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., and Saturday, Dec. 20 at 4:45 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave.

In early December, each year, a child from Austria travels to Bethlehem. During a solemn ceremony a candle is lit at the eternal flame and placed in a special lantern and flown to Austria. For the last 25 years, representatives of Scout and Guide associations from Europe and beyond have been gathering in Vienna, Austria, to light their own candles from the Peace Light Lantern and carry it back to their local communities.

Austrian Airlines flies the Peace Light to New York City. Representatives of New Hampshire Boy Scouts travel to New York to accept the Peace Light and bring it back to help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree, rooted in New York City and spreading across the United States.

Ceremonies are non-denominational and all are welcome. For more information about the Peace Light or Scouting in our community, please contact Tara Shore at 524-1367.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:06

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Christmas Angel Program taking applications through Dec. 16

LACONIA — The Children's Foundation Christmas Angel Program is taking applications and handing out packages at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, located at 1269 Union Avenue, in Laconia, from Tuesday, December 9th through  Tuesday, December 16th. Sign up times are Tuesday - December 9th and December 16th from 4:30 pm to 7 pm, and Saturday - December 13th from 11 am to 2 pm.

This program is available to families with children ages birth to 18 years old. An outfit of clothing, socks, and underwear/diapers will be given for each child. Any additional items in the package are through the generosity of anonymous donors. The Children's Foundation concentrates on providing children with necessities – clothing, socks, underwear, diapers and personal hygiene items. Tags, with clothing sizes, are hung on Christmas trees in local churches, stores & restaurants and are available for anyone wanting to donate an outfit of clothing for a child in need.

Anyone wishing to make a donation of cash or clothing, can stop by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, at 1269 Union Avenue, Laconia (next to McDonald's) or by mail to SVDP Children's Foundation, PO Box 6123, Laconia, NH 03247.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 11:11

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Lavinia's Launches Feed A Charity Thursdays

CENTER  HARBOR — "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business." The ghost of Jacob Marley spoke these words in the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Now, at this time of year when we are both mindful of our many blessings yet still keenly aware of those around us in need, one of Center Harbor's premier restaurants has taken Dickens' words to heart and made charity their business too.

Every Thursday at Lavinia's Restaurant & Tavern is now designated as Feed A Charity Thursday, or F.A.C.T. Each F.A.C.T. features a different Lakes Region non-profit, with Lavinia's donating 10% of their sales for the evening to that cause. Some of the charities that Lavinia's has supported since F.A.C.T. was introduced on October 30 include: the Interlakes Christmas Fund, Lakes Region Food Pantry, Wright Museum of World War II, and the 98.3 LNH Children's Auction.

"As a relative newcomer to Center Harbor, I have experienced first-hand the warmth of this community in the way they have welcomed me and my restaurant," said local owner/chef Brendan McGuff. "I am so appreciative of how people have embraced my dream of bringing classic comfort food to an historic New England setting. When you participate in one of our Feed A Charity Thursdays you are doing more than just supporting a local non-profit and the good works that they do; you are also supporting a local small business. Ultimately, when people support F.A.C.T. they are supporting their town and the local area and enjoying a great meal."

Area non-profit groups slated to be featured on F.A.C.T.s in December and January include: the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association (December 11), the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (December 18), the Meredith Lions Club (January 8), the NH Humane Society (January 15), the Interlakes Community Caregivers (January 22), and the Altrusa International of Meredith (January 29). If your non-profit group is interested in booking a F.A.C.T. event, call 603-253-8617 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lavinia's, open Tuesday-Sunday, 4:30 p.m. till closing, located in the heart of the Lakes Region in the historic Coe house at 18 Main Street, Center Harbor, is a restaurant that brings a fresh take to some of New England's classic comfort dishes. For more information or to make a reservation call 603-253-8617.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 11:02

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Gilford Community Band to perform Christmas in the Village Concert on December 21

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Band will be having rehearsals on December 9 and 16 at the Gilford Performing Arts Center. This is in preparation for the "Christmas in the Village" Concert to be held on Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

The GCB consists of the full range of Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion instruments. Musicians of all ages, middle School to retired, from throughout the Lakes Region participate to produce what professionals and educators in New Hampshire have declared to be one of the finest community bands in the state. Musicians of all ages are welcome to participate and become part the organization organization.

Lyvie Beyrent, Gilford High School Director of Instrumental Music, will once again be the conductor. For more information, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:53

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