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Local Firefighters will pay tribute to firefighters who lost lives in Arizona

LACONIA — Laconia Fire Department Lieutenant Chad Vaillancourt is a big fan of the WOW Trail and last year rallied a team to walk the WOW Trail in full bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, over 60 pounds, as part of the WOW Trail's fundraising event called WOW Fest.

This year, Vaillancourt and team will again be participating at WOW Fest by honoring the memory of the 19 Prescott Valley Arizona Firefighters who died battling the Yarn Hill wildfire on June 30th of this year.

"The Laconia Professional Firefighters, Local 1153, is excited to participate again this year at WOW Fest '13 while honoring our fellow firefighters from Arizona" explains Lt. Vaillancourt. "We're planning on having a team of 19 firefighters doing the 3-mile walk in forest fire protective clothing while carrying an assortment of the tools and equipment used in battling forest fires".

"We are also challenging other businesses and organizations to get their teams together and come out, get active and support the WOW Trail" said Lt.Vaillancourt. "We are going to use this as an opportunity for training, conditioning and teamwork all while raising money for the trail".

WOW Fest '13, presented by Bank of New Hampshire, will take place on Saturday, September 14 and features a 3 mile fun walk, 5K and 10K road races and 15 mile and 67 mile bicycle challenges. All events start and finish at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club on North Main Street followed by a festival with BBQ luncheon, live music and many fun-filled kids and family activities. Luncheon provided this year by Fratello's, T-Bones, The Common Man and Patrick's with music from Paul Warnick.

The WOW Trail is a multi-use trail connecting Lakeport and downtown Laconia. Currently a 1.3 mile trail, the WOW Trail committee is working on plans to build Phase 2 of the trail, which will continue the trail from downtown Laconia to the Belmont town line, effectively doubling the length of the trail.


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Laconia Firefighters will be honoring the memory of 19 Prescott Valley Arizona Firefighters who died June 30 battling the Yarn Hill wildfire at WOW Fest '13, a fundraiser for the WOW Trail, which takes place on Saturday, September 14th at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. Left to right (kneeling) Lieutenant Chad Vaillancourt and Firefighter Nate Mills, (standing) Firefighters Chuck Campbell, Jason Griffin, Steve Hanser, Chris Beaudoin and Dennis Comeau. (Courtesy photo)

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Pitmans Hosting the Buskers Thursday Night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia, will host The Buskers Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

"Folk impurists" with a smart, distinct voice and a kitchen sink repertoire of influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, "The Buskers" tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go much farther, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn." (Weirs Times) Their sound is defined by deep respect for the craft of songwriting and a shared love for the inventive possibilities of improvisation.

Washington, D.C. native Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, vocals) has played professionally since age 15. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he moved to New Hampshire, where he has played jazz with Delfeayo Marsalis, Tiger Okoshi and Big Joe Burrell and opened for The Yellowjackets, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, and the late great Ray Charles.

Kathy (KZ) Sommer (violin, mandolin, vocals) has studied and performed with latin jazz maestro Eddie Palmieri, the Turtle Island string Quartet and master fiddlers Matt Glaser, Jay Unger and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko.

Paul Hubert (guitar, vocals) has performed extensively as a solo artist on classical guitar and played with various bands including the rock group White Light. Jared Steer on drums plays with a vast number of projects and has played with the likes of Randy Roos (guitar great), Philip Hamilton and James Montgomery.

Admission is $12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue. For more information check our website www.pitmansfreightroom.com or call 603-527-0043.



The Buskers (Courtesy photo)

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9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Town of Moultonborough will be having a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Moultonborough Life Safety Building 1035 Whittier Highway Route 25 in Moultonborough from 8:30-9 a.m.

The National Anthem will be performed by the Moultonborough Academy Chorus. All are welcome to attend. For additional details please contact Gary Torressen 253-7044.

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Irwin Automotive hosting two September events

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive Group of 59 Bisson Avenue has scheduled two September events to  highlight the dealership's automotive lineup.

On Wednesday, September 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. it will be hosting a new owner event. All Toyota Scion and Ford Lincoln owners are invited to attend an is evening of fun, prizes, and food, whether they bought from Irwin or not.

RSVP to Ed Kelley by calling 603-581-2953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .'; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text25202); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Irwin Automotive Group is scheduled to showcase the brand new, completely redesigned Toyota Corolla. Product specialists will be at the event to answer any questions and explain the new features of the vehicle and there will be food, drinks and free giveaways. RSVP to this special event by emailing Alan Faro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603-581-2935.

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