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Laconia historical & museum society awarded conservation project grant


LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society has received notification that it has had been awarded a Cultural Conservation Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to support the conservation of the Moulton Opera House grand drape theater curtain.

The Laconia Historical and Museum Society, The City of Laconia and The Laconia Public Library will work together to complete this project. Under the guidance of "Curtains without Borders", an organization dedicated to documenting and preserving historic painted stage scenery, conservation work is scheduled to begin the week of October 20. The public is encouraged to stop by to view the work in progress during normal library hours that week. Those interested in assisting with the conservation work are asked to call Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278. There are limited positions available on a first come, first serve basis.

"This is a very exciting time for us " says LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean "The fact that the drape survived Urban Renewal and will once again be on display for Laconia citizens to view is monumental. The drape is simply beautiful and I cannot wait for the public to view it. I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing event. The process is a wonderful collaboration."

A Community Reception is being planned for the "Unveiling" of the Moulton Opera House Theater Drape in early November.

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Annalee Dolls celebrating 80th anniversary over Columbus Day Weekend


MEREDITH — Annalee Dolls is excited to announce that this year marks its 80th year of creating their timeless wire-framed felt dolls that have brought smiles to young and old since 1934. Their 80th Anniversary Celebration will be taking place Columbus Day weekend, October 11th through October 13th at the Annalee Gift Shop in Meredith. Hours will be 10am to 5 pm each day.

Annalee Dolls has been a New Hampshire tradition since 1934 when Annalee decided to turn her childhood hobby into a business to support her family. It's a true, once-upon-a-time, story of a doll making cottage industry making it big. Today, the magic and whimsy of Annalee continues to be a brand that people recognize worldwide. They bring New England charm and Yankee ingenuity to the world of holiday gift-giving and seasonal decorating. The same techniques in the artwork, wire-frames and felt used by the founder are still used to this day. Annalee's famous motto, "If you smile, someone else has got to smile back!" is infused into each design along with her thoughtful method of positioning each doll so that it tells a story.

Annalee Dolls will be hosting a celebration of their 80 years over the long Columbus Day weekend. It will involve in-store specials, door prizes worth $80, sales on over 80 styles, and an amazing display of 80 elves. Visitors will be able to watch dolls being made in the design workshop. Enjoy refreshments while learning about Annalee's 80-year history and have your portrait drawn in the Annalee style.

Make a day of it by taking the short drive up I-93 to the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln to see the colorful Cornstalk Critters display that Annalee Dolls created! This year's theme, "Scarecrows of the Silver Screen", features life-sized Cornstalk Critters, complete with Annalee faces and wire-framed bodies, depicting classic moments in American cinema. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm daily until October 19th.

The Annalee Gift Shop is located in scenic Meredith, across from the Winnipesaukee Railroad. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. For additional information about Annalee's 80th Anniversary Celebration and for directions visit www.annalee.com or call (603) 707-5377. Annalee Dolls, Inc 8 Maple Street, Meredith, NH 03253

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 10:04

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Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation Spelling Bee to be held on October 30

LACONIA — On Thursday evening, October 30th at 6:30 pm, the Laconia High School Auditorium will be filled with numerous teams from various area businesses, service organizations and schools taking part in the 14th Annual Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation.

Lat year 27 teams took part with the winners being the LHS Pica Print Proofreaders, Ashlee Neylon, Marian Federspiel, and Chris Ray.
This competition is not for the faint hearted. Teams should not only look good, but be ready to spell such words as "lugubrious" and "tintinnabulation." The prior winning teams include the Weldon-Francke family, the LHS Terrific Teachers, the Lakes Region Community College Faculty, the Sant Bani Orthographic Swans, the Holy Trinity School Faculty, the BHS Faculty, the Laconia District SAU 30, LHS Faculty and Village Bank and Trust. There is even a team from the LHS Class of 1977 who have won twice and have been in pursuit of their third win for a few years. In 2012, the GHS Ugly Sweaters, earned the distinction of being the first student team to win the Bee.
Will the young people be able to regain their momentum? Will the class of '77 make it a "hat trick?" All are welcome to come and see the finale. Admission to the LRSF Spelling Bee is open to the public at no charge, with free door prizes after every round. Proceeds from the event are used to raise much-needed revenue to cover the foundation's operating costs. For more information, call 527-3533 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Irwin Auto hosting AARP Drivers Course on Thurs.

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group will host an AARP Smart Drivers Course on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The six-hour course will take place in the conference room of the Irwin Ford Toyota Store on Bisson Avenue.

Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. The class size is limited. Those interested in attending are called to call Betty Ballantyne at 581-2968 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .'; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text48984); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The classroom fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

The Irwin Automotive Group likes to think of the AARP Smart Driver Course as a fun "driver's ed for grown-ups," said Chris Irwin. "Keeping people safe and informed at any age about their vehicle and the roads they travel is a responsibility we take very seriously at the Irwin Automotive Group."

By taking a driver safety course participants will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate a vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. They will also learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.



Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 09:40

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