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‘Bess the Book Bus’ in town on Sept. 13

LACONIA — Bess the Book Bus will join the festivities at Prescott Farm's 5th annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday September 13. Brought to the event by Altrusa of Laconia, free books will be handed out to all children who attend.

Altrusa of Laconia supports literacy and is excited to have Bess the Book Bus come to Laconia for the first time. Bess the Book Bus is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to extending literacy across the country. Run by Jennifer Frances of Tampa, Florida, the organization visits local communities across the country in a specially designed “book bus,” coordinating reading events and providing children with a free, new book for them to keep. 

Since starting Bess the Book Bus in 2002, the program has grown into one of the nation’s most innovative mobile literacy initiatives. Thanks to a network of volunteers and support from CITGO, Transitions Optical, Townsend Press, annual Success is in, 2014. The 2014 Success is in Sight tour will serve Mercedes-Benz USA and other corporate sponsors, Bess the Book Bus has visited 48 states, supported more than 60,000 children, and donated more than 450,000 books.

For more information, visit www.bessthebookbus.org.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:24

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Greater Meredith Program planning ‘Spooktacular Series of Events’ for October

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee has begun organizing for "2014 October in Meredith- A Spooktacular Series of Events".

Businesses, clubs, and individuals are invited to create some real community spirit by hosting a fall event and listing it in the GMP October Events Guide and/or participating in the Scarecrow Contest.

Members of the business community are invited to get involved in a variety of ways by hosting an event and listing it in the events guide or by entering the business scarecrow contest and automatically be entered in the town wide Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt. Families will visit all the scarecrows at businesses in town and get a chance to vote on the best and win prizes. The scarecrows will also be judged by a panel of judges.

To participate and for more information call the Greater Meredith Program at 279-9015 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:21

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Food for Friends meal returning with new location

BRISTOL —  This Food for Friends free monthly community meal will be returning beginning Thursday, October 2. It is now held in a new location at the Bristol United Church of Christ and the time is still 5 – 6 pm.

The program moved from the Tapply-Thompson Community Center last winter. The BUCC was gracious enough to offer their location which has handicap accessibility, a state of the art kitchen and improved parking.

The Food for Friends program began 20+ years ago with a small group of people that were interested in offering families and adults the opportunity to get out of the house for a nice evening meal in a restaurant atmosphere without breaking the budget. Our first location was the Sidewalk Café (now Gina's Restaurant). The Cloutiers that owned the business offered their space and a different community group would volunteer to cook weekly. After a number of years this space became unavailable and we discontinued the meal for a number of years.

The program was returned to the community a few years ago and held at the TTCC. It became a monthly meal with organizations such as the Bristol Rotary Club, Project Promise, NRHS Student Council, Bristol Community Services, Bristol United Church of Christ, and TTCC taking turns to cook and serve.

The dates for the 2014-15 season are: October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th, January 8th, February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd & May 7th from 5 – 6 pm. We are looking for additional organizations to host the meals. For more info or to learn how to make a donation or volunteer, contact the TTCC at 744-2713.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:16

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Patrick’s again offers ‘Take me to Ireland’ sweepstakes

GILFORD — Patrick's Pub & Eatery of Gilford has announced their second "Take Me to Ireland" Sweepstakes where two  lucky people will win a week in Ireland featuring a visit to Bunratty Castle on St. Patrick's Day 2015 in Ireland. The trip, with a send-off party from Patrick's on March 12th 2015, includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging and more and features 3 nights in Dublin, 2 nights in Kilarney and 1 night in Bunratty.

The trip, presented by C-I-E Tours International and Penny Pitou Travel, has a very limited number of seats and is also on sale now to the general public. Trip details are available at www.pennypitoutravel.com.

"We're excited to be offering our customers a chance to join with us on what will surely be an unforgettable adventure in Ireland" said Patrick's co-owner Jeff Beetle that Penny Pitou Travel has put together. "We're looking forward to doing some first-hand research on the pubs, the food and the lore of Ireland and bringing back some new ideas for our restaurant."

Patrick's "Take Me to Ireland" Sweepstakes runs from September 8th through November 19th with the grand prize awarded on Saturday, November 22nd at Patrick's. Free entry forms are available at Patrick's. All contest details can be found at www.patrickspub.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 09:13

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