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Laconia Historical society and library cooperating on Genealogy Seminars

LACONIA — As part of the on-going Family Initiative Program which this past fall included classes pertaining to sharing family stores as well as the recent "Share Fare" where exhibitors shared family histories the Laconia Historical and Museum Society and Laconia Public Library will sponsor their second three part seminar series on family history and genealogy.

The series will provide the basics of how to go about starting a family research project ... forms to use and general record keeping guidelines, gathering information from public records and tips on using internet resources.

The series is to be led by Richard and Cindi Cote and Don and Nancy Stephenson, experienced genealogists and will begin on Monday, September 8, 10 am – 12 pm at the Laconia Public Library. Continuing sessions will occur on October 6 and November 3.

This series is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information about this event, call Laconia Library at 603.524.4775 or The Laconia Historical & Museum Society at 603.527.1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:04

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2nd Annual Marshmallow Man Triathlon raised $4,000 for Child Advocacy Center

LACONIA — The 2nd Annual Marshmallow Man Triathlon was held on August 2 at Opechee Park in Laconia. Racers competed in a .3 mile swim, 14 mile bike ride and a 5k run.

Taking top honors for the second year in a row was Bruce Butterworth of Seabrook with a time of 1:12:09 and top honors for the females was Deidre Cullen of Laconia 1:15:10. Participants and spectators enjoyed a BBQ courtesy of the Gilford and Laconia Police Relief Associations; face painting by Jean Charette; and games hosted by the Gilford High School Intereact Club.

The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy thanks the following sponsors and supporters for their support: the Belmont Police Department and Explorers, the Gilford Police Department and Explorers, the Laconia Police Department and Relief Association, the Tilton Police Explorers, MC Cycle, Don Kimtis, the Meredith Police Department, Bank of NH, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Hart’s Slush, MetroCast Cablevision, the Laconia Altrusa Club, the Lakes Region Tri Club, Awakening Chiropractic, Laconia Fire Department, Laconia Middle School, Jean Charette, T&A Gunnery, the Fox Family, the Kelley Family, the Lundh Family, the Schott family, the Swett Family, the Simmons Family, the Laconia Daily Sun, the Citizen, the Chance Family, Gilford High School Intereact Club, Fiddlehead Farms, Vista Foods, Body Covers, Granite State Race Services, Crystal Geyser and the many volunteers.

Over $4,000 dollars were raised to benefit the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center (GLCAC) of Belknap County. The GLCAC coordinates child abuse investigations with a multi-disciplinary team approach. Professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocacy, the child advocacy, prosecutor’s offices, and medical/mental health professionals come together at the Child Advocacy Center to investigate child abuse. Children are interviewed one time, by one person in a child-friendly, neutral environment by trained Child Advocacy Center staff. The child and family receive on-site support services and referrals to appropriate community resources. All services are free. 

For more information visit www.cac-nh.org or call 524-5497. 


Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 10:49

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Gordon-Nash Library presenting ‘Shadowlands’ exhibit


NEW HAMPTON — The Gordon-Nash Library will present Chuck Rounds, and the show of his work "Shadowlands" in the Nash Gallery, in the lower level of the library in September.

An opening reception for will be held for Rounds on September 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and for a gallery talk on his shamanic art process, on September 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. as well.

Rounds says "The Shadowlands portfolio is a continuation of a digital project that I have been working on for the past five years. This work is an attempt to visualize the territory I traverse during my shamanic journeys; it is created largely in a meditative state, induced by the work itself. It is part of my larger overall project to represent my understanding of the holiness of all landscapes.''

He says the current work was also inspired by the drawings and printmaking of artists who accompanied explorers prior to the invention of photography. ''The Shadowlands portfolio is meant to document the places I travelled to during my vision quest preparation last year; attempting to re-incorporate, to embrace the shadow aspects (in the Jungian sense) of myself and to retrieve parts of my soul that were torn from me during traumatic experiences, or willingly left behind at various points in my life.''

He says that he works in Photoshop distorting the original photographs, manipulating the variables in the program's algorithms, applying filters, and using various drawing and painting tools in the program. It is a very time intensive and layered process and it is all done digitally.

"The seed idea for this work was born from a trip to Khajuraho,India during my first semester of graduate school at Goddard in 2004. I was stunned by the friezes and statuary decorating the facades of towering 10th century C.E. temples (some of which are still active today). The artists depicted all aspects of their daily lives, culture, mythology and history, including a very complete kama sutra suite."

​Rounds is a technician of Ecstatic Arts, and creative director of Ground Rounds Shamanic Process-based Art-making and Textile Design Gallery, an Arts-based, Spirit-infused, and Eco-Driven human potential and community development organization.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 10:39

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2nd Annual Squam Ridge Race on Sept. 14

HOLDERNESS — Registration is currently open for the SLA's 2nd Annual Squam Ridge Race being held on Sunday, September 14. The race begins at 7:45 a.m. and leaves from Burleigh Farm Road, Holderness. 

The event features a 12.2 mile race that traverses the Squam Ridgeline, and a 5 mile race that has competitors climbing to the top of Mount Livermore and back. This race features Aid Stations positioned along the route where competitors will find water, snacks and encouragement. All participants will be entered into the prize drawings to be held at the end of the event, and will have access to food and beverages donated by local restaurants and businesses at the starting-finish area. Participants registered before Sunday, September 5 are guaranteed a technical T-shirt. 

This race is an important fund raising effort that supports the Squam Lakes Association with maintaining over 50 miles of area hiking trails. To register online visit www.squamlakes.org or give the Squam Lakes Association a call at 968-7336.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 10:34

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