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Volunteers sought to help build playground at Elm Street School

LACONIA -- Elm Street School VISTESS (Volunteers in Service to Elm Street School) is reaching out to the Lakes Region community to help bring a safe and healthy playground to Elm Street School in Laconia.

VISTESS, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to provide enrichment programs, field trips and family events for Elm Street School students, parents and staff, is in the process of raising $50,000 to replace the elementary school's 20-year-old playground equipment. Work to install the new playground is scheduled for July 26 and 27.

Fundraising so far has included sports ticket raffles, pancake breakfast events, penny/loose change drives, holiday spaghetti dinners and more – and to date has collectively raised nearly two-thirds of the $50,000.00 goal.

Members of VISTESS hope this undertaking will be a community-built project, and so they are seeking community partners at all levels, from private monetary donations to corporate partnerships as well as labor and material donations. Once appropriate funds are secured, actual playground installation will be provided by the company providing the equipment.

Prep work and site work is almost complete and a build date is set for July 26 and 27. Volunteers are needed for both days and child care will be provided. Food and beverage donations are needed as well.

As a non-profit organization, donations of any kind to VISTESS and this playground campaign fund are tax deductible. Receipts for donations will be provided for tax reporting purposes.

Anyone who is looking to become part of the local community and is willing to put playground safety first and foremost, is encouraged to consider becoming a partner of the Elm Street School Playground Project.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Kara Stanley, Playground Fund Coordinator at (603) 520-3233 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or check us out on Go Fund Me at www.gofundme.com/9swa6o and Facebook at Elm Street School Alumni and Friends.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:00

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Coyote expert to speak in Sandwich on Wednesday

SANDWICH — An expert in coyotes will give a talk about the animals on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. in the Benz Center in Center Sandwich.

Chris Schadler, Project Coyote representative for New Hampshire and Vermont, will share her knowledge of the Eastern coyote based on 30 years of research and her experience as a former sheep raiser. She will also share management strategies that will be of particular interest for livestock owners.

This hour-long illustrated program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Samuel Wentworth Library and the Sandwich Agricultural Commission.

For more information about this program, please contact Deb Kissell at 465-6529.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:57

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Comedian Bucky Lewis at Lochmere Country Club on Saturday

TILTON — Lochmere Golf & Country Club is hosting an adult comedy night at the Greenside Restaurant, 360 Laconia Road, Tilton N.H., on Saturday, July 19 for a dinner and comedy show. "Wicked Funny" New Hampshire comedian Bucky Lewis is scheduled to perform his one-man adult comedy show at 8:30 p.m.
"It's always great to come back to my hometown for a show" Bucky Lewis states. "I love to catch up with old and new friends and fans alike. To share laughter in this environment is something special".
Bucky Lewis presents high spirited one-man show with a cast of many dysfunctional characters. "I call my show the 'Bucky Lewis Experience' because it incorporates the whole dynamic of a live one-person show: physical, stand-up, and character comedy, mixed with live music, songs, spontaneous and audience interactivity", Lewis says.
Tickets may be purchased on location at the Lochmere Country ClubTickets are $35.00 per person, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Prime Rib Dinner Buffet is at 7 p.m. and show starts approximately at 8:30 p.m. For more info on the event and tickets, call Linda Nixon at 603-455-6988 or 603-582-7888 ext 4.

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Free Concerts offered at Winnipesaukee Marketplace

LACONIA — The Winnipesaukee Marketplace will hold free concerts, weather permitting , on Wednesdays and Sundays at an outdoor stage on the lawn.

Featured are the Lakes Region Chordsmen Barbershoppers every Wednesday; and the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet every Sunday.

For 60 years (since 1954!), the Lake Region Chordsmen have been singing the old-time Barbershoppers
favorites in Weirs Beach. The group consists of about twenty singers, both old and young, and they sing their
hearts out. Several members of the Chordsmen have formed their own, classic Barbershopper quartets, and the
quartets alternate segments of the concert with the larger group. Occasionally, other large groups of
Barbershoppers make a guest appearance, and then the combined groups sing together for an astounding wall
of song.

This summer's program featuring the Chordsmen will also include some very fine barbershop singing by
several choruses and quartets. Guest performers include on July 23rd, the award-winning quartet "The Average
Joes"; on July 30th, the quartet "The Keene Cheshiremen"; and on August 6th, the grand finale will feature the
"Nashua Granite Statesmen" chorus, and the quartet "On Air".

For over 20 years, the Boardwalk Jazz Quartet has been playing jazz standards from the 1930′s through the
1970′s in Weirs Beach on Sunday nights in July and August. The group also plays arrangements
of contemporary tunes and originals. The bandleader is multi-instrumentalist Rob Ames, who plays saxophone,
clarinet, and vibraphone. The group also features Steve Warnick on keyboards, Al Hospers on bass, and Dave
Ellis on drums.

They will play every Sunday through August 17 from 7-10 p.m.

Call 366-5800 or visit weirsbeach.com for more info.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:51

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