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Lakes Region Parade of Homes Tour to be held October 11 through 13

LACONIA — Columbus Day Weekend marks the beginning of the Lakes Region Parade of Homes Tour which runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 11th, 12th and 13th. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are just $10 per person (12 and under free) with this year's charity donations going to the WLNH Children's Auction.

Lakes Region Builders president, Ray Boelig, said many of the builders have worked all year to showcase their work and though most of this years entry homes are already sold, visitors will gain valuable insight on design ideas, modern technologies and green materials available. Now in its eighth season, organizers expect the parade to be well attended this year with about 200-300 visitors at each of the nine properties, from potential home buyers and those considering renovation projects to those who simply admire the craftsmanship that goes into well-built homes.

Builder Julie Hayward of Hayward & Company says, "This is our 5th consecutive year participating in the Lakes Region Parade of Homes! We love opening up our houses for all to tour. Each year our house is unique and special so tour attendees will be sure to see something new. Attendees will get to view a spectacular home in an amazing setting but what I feel sets us apart in the industry is our employees and trade contractors. Our team works extremely hard to bring the best to each project thus will be on-site during the Parade to answer questions and, most importantly, make it fun."

A little preparation will go a long way toward a productive parade-of-homes visit. Here are a few tips:

• Go to the website to view maps, addresses, home descriptions and driving directions:


• Plan your route in advance for the weekend. Visit a few each day or make a fun day of it and visit all 9 homes on the tour.

• Be prepared for any kind of weather, and wear comfortable shoes — you'll be walking a lot. Often "booties" are provided at the front doors of each home for visitors to slip over their shoes as a courtesy.

• Give yourself enough time at each home to take notes or jot down a few memory points about the homes you like best.

• When you are done with your last home on your customized tour, be sure to vote — and look for the results. Your vote will reflect your favorite home overall and represent "The 2014 "Peoples Choice Award."

Purchase your ticket at your first home on the tour and pick up our new 24-page color parade guidebook featuring all of the homes on the tour with photos and descriptions and map, as well as sponsors representing many of the products that you will see first hand in the homes.


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Franklin VNA spaghetti dinner on Oct. 8

FRANKLIN – Franklin VNA & Hospice will be having a spaghetti dinner at the Tilt'n Diner on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

For each plate of spaghetti sold, the VNA will get $5 to support its Hospice program.

The Hospice program is a special concept of care provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals and volunteers. The primary goal of Hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity in the familiar surroundings of the patient's home and family. The VNA of Franklin's Hospice program covers residents of the local area and benefits many families.

The Hospice program is self-funded, with fund-raising being one of its major sources of revenue.

For further information on the dinner or about the Hospice program itself, please call Franklin VNA at (603)934-3454.

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Summit Health hosting art exhibit

BELMONT — The artwork of a physically disabled man currently receiving rehabilitation therapy will be on display during a special exhibit at a local rehabilitation facility.

The paintings of Tim "Zeke" Marcoux will be on display Sunday, Oct. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Summit Health, 8 Corporate Drive, off Route 106.

Marcoux is a special education teacher, who lost the use of his left side -- arms and legs -- due to a heart attack and stroke. He is now in rehabilitation, improving, and working hard to recover and teach again. The stroke has affected how he sees colors, which he describes as vivid. For this reason exhibit organizers have titled the event Vivid Afternoon Gallery.



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Gilford Historical Society buildings will be open for tours on Saturday

GILFORD — Open houses at two of Gilford's historical buildings will take place Saturday, Oct. 4.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the 1857 Grange Building at 8 Belknap Mountain Road (opposite the Village Store) and the 1838 Rowe House at 24 Belknap Mountain Road (beside the elementary school) will be open for tours. This will be the last open house until the Candlelight Stroll on Dec. 13.

Officials with the Gilford Historical Society report that during the past three open houses (the first Saturdays in July-September) and during Old Home Day increasing numbers of parents have been bringing their children and sharing a learning experience, what life would have been like for them in the 1800s and early 1900s, before there was electricity. A "sneak preview" at what our building exhibits look like is available by going online to gilfordhistoricalsociety.org.

At the Grange, visitors see the Homestead Home where they can imagine what it was like living in a one-room homestead when Gilford was first settled. In another part of the building is the Store laid out much as village store might have looked in 1857.

The Rowe House started out as a simple homestead for the Rowe family has been improved and is now a brick cape. Some of the items on display in the house show how adult and children amused themselves, long before there was electricity or video games. For example, visitors can look through a stereoscope and learn how it worked.

There are also a few collectible items, mainly dishes, for sale in the Rowe house ell. Proceeds from the sale of these items helps support the Rowe House Restoration Project.


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