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Altrusa of Laconia donates to Adult Education program

LACONIA —The primary focus of Altrusa International is promoting literacy in local communities. Altrusa of Laconia has carried out that mission once again with donations to the Laconia Library, Gilford Library, Belmont Library, and Laconia Adult Education. Altrusa of Laconia has donated to these institutions annually for many, many years.

Altrusa of Laconia is pleased to announce they are now accepting donations online using PayPal and/or credit cards. For more information, visit their website at www.altrusalaconia.com. All monies raised through fundraising efforts are returned back to the community in the form of scholarships and donations to other non-profit organizations and local libraries. Altrusa International is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:16

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Alton Historical to hear about chinooks

ALTON —The Alton Historical Society program for Tuesday, September 17 will feature Bob Cottrell, Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library and Board member of the Conway Historical Society. The program will start at 7 p.m. on the lower level of the Gilman Library.

Cottrell's program, Harnessing History: On The Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook, will include how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and the role that the Chinook played. Bob will explain how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several polar expeditions and he will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:09

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Learn How to Write Your Family History

LACONIA — Have you ever wondered what you should do with your family photos, journals, stories and the like?

The Laconia Historical and Museum Society in conjunction with The Belknap Mill Society have coordinated a series of three awareness sessions to help people gather and share their family stories.

Tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. Joe Radner will be at the Belknap Mill presenting ''Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them.''

This free series is being presented jointly by The Belknap Mill Society and The Laconia Historial and Museum Society with funding by the NH Humanities Council. For more information call the Belknap Mill at 524-8813.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:06

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Tokle, Trudgeon inducted into Ski Jump Hall of Fame

GILFORD — Two men with local ties were inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame during the organization's induction ceremonies held at Iron Mountain, MI. The late William Trudgeon, formerly of Laconia, and Kenneth Tokle of New York, were both honored as Hall of Fame inductees on August 17, 2013.

Trudgeon moved to the Lakes Region from Vermont during the 1947 ski season and never left. Members of the Winnipesaukee Ski Club quickly realized his many talents and invited him to become head coach of their organization. In that role, he quietly brought about numerous advancements at Gunstock, particularly in the area of ski jumping and coached many ski jumpers that would eventually become Olympians. Local Olympic Medalist Penny Pitou and Olympian Marty Hall give Trudgeon credit for teaching them how to be highly successful skiers and for always being there for the young skiers at Gunstock.

Trudgeon became one of the founders of the Gunstock Nordic Association in 1972, and along with fellow founder, T. Gary Allen, and a crew of volunteers, created one of the most successful Nordic organizations in the East and in the country. He organized and ran numerous national and international ski jumping meets at Gunstock; the most impressive being the Olympic trials held prior to the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. After nearly fifty years of competing in and contributing to the sport of ski jumping, he decided to officially retire from the sport following his participation in the 1980 Olympics as a ski jumping official.

Kenneth Tokle is a member of one of the most famous ski jumping families in the world. He is the nephew of ski jumping legend, Torger Tokle. During the late 1930s and early 40's, Torger jumped numerous times from the then 60-meter ski jump at Gunstock. In 1946, the largest jump at the recreation area was named in his honor after he was killed in battle during World War II. His nephew, Kenneth, began his ski jumping career at the age of 12 when he became a competitor in the sport. His focus became coaching and judging. He eventually rose to the level of FIS ski jumping official, and judged jumping competitions throughout the world.

In 2011, he was honored with the USSA Mittelstadt Ski Jumping Award for his dedication and contributions to ski jumping officiating in the United States. His career in the sport lasted well over four decades.

The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of ski jumping in the United States. More information about the organization can be found at: www.americanskijumping.com. 


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:02

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