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Belknap Mill to host Holiday Bazaar on December 13

LACONIA — The 6th Annual Belknap Mill Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy a wide selection of unique gifts from dozens of New Hampshire craftspeople. Stroll through the Bazaar for handmade crafts, stylish jewelry and clothes, children's toys, specialty food items and other unique gift ideas. Vendors include, Peg's Creations, Tiffman Handbags, Meredith's Marketplace, Smittens, No Weare Else, Corky Totes, Jodi's Bouild a Hat, DeNutte's Delights and Bark to Your Lichen to name a few. Items from a variety of participating craftspeople have also been donated to the LNH Children's Auction in carrying with giving this holiday season.

Holiday Bazaar Coordinator, Judi Taggart, has attracted skillful crafters from around New Hampshire offering a distinctive shopping experience not to be missed. Taggart shared, "I've enjoyed participating in craft fairs and selling my jewelry for over 25 years. I believe it's important to shop local. The Holiday Bazaar is the perfect opportunity to finish your holiday shopping while supporting experienced crafters and businesses."

There will be fresh-baked goods available for sale as well as raffle items from participating vendors. Proceeds from the bake sale and the raffles items will be to benefit the Belknap Mill. The Mill's knitting room and Powerhouse museums will be open making for a family friendly event. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, email Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 524-8813.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:29

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Bristol Rotary Club announces winning entries for pet photo calendar

BRISTOL — The Bristol Rotary Club is announcing the winners of their 2015 Pet Photo Calendar. There were 80 entries for the 12 coveted spots and the judging was no easy task. The winners are...
1st Place Action: Tammy McKay & 'Sabie'
2nd Place Action: Ryan & Quincy Gunn & 'Trixie'
1st Place Adorable & Grand Prize Winner: Lindsay Karsten & 'Benson'
2nd Place Adorable: JoAnn Chevrette & 'Scooter'
Honorable Mention Adorable: Cindy Hilson & 'Jackson'
1st Place Holiday: Jeanne Duchesneau & 'Blossom'
2nd Place Holiday: Suzanne Pfister & 'Bogie'
1st Place Humor: Maureen Whittemore & 'Cruzer, Mia & Koko'
2nd Place Humor: Amy Miller & 'Calie Cat'
1st Place In Memory: Lisa White & 'Shadow'
2nd Place In Memory: Steve & Nancy Yannuzzi & 'Hat Trick'
1st Place Unique: Andrea Silva & 'Piggy Iggy'

The Pet Photo Calendars include all photos submitted. They will be on sale at Bristol Shop n Save and the Tapply-Thompson Community Center beginning December 10th. Calendars are $10 each and the funds raised support local Rotary projects.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:25

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Laconia Christian Academy Gala was most suffessful yet

LACONIA — On Friday, November 21, Laconia Christian Academy held its Annual Holiday Gala at Church Landing in Meredith. Attended by over 215 guests, this was by far the most successful fundraising banquet event for the group of the past decade.

The Gala included both silent and live auctions in support of LCA's Tuition Grant Fund and an opportunity to support the school's Annual Fund. Over the past three years the keynote address focused on three of the four pillars of LCA: Faith, Service, and Community. This year's focus was on the fourth pillar - Intellect. The theme verse was taken from Mark 12:29-30, where Jesus answered the question as to which is the most important commandment. "Jesus answered, 'The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'"

The highlight of the evening was the perspective on intellectual development at LCA shared by various members of the LCA community. Mrs. Lewis, a 17 year veteran teacher at LCA, shared from the perspective of a teacher as she helped middle school students begin to "connect the dots." Sylvia McCarthy spoke of the advantages her 5th grade son, Morgan, is experiencing as he develops into a lively and engaged student. Finally, Keran "Chris" Li ('13), a sophomore at New York University, related the importance of the academic discipline instilled at LCA.

The auctions raised over $24,000 for the Tuition Grant Fund. Underwriting and donations to the Annual Fund totaled over $36,000. LCA would like to thank the many friends and families of LCA who contributed items to the auctions and who donated to the Annual Fund. Additionally, the families of LCA would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their help in making the 2014 Holiday Gala the success that it was: All My Life Jewelers, Animal Adventures, Annie's Book Stop, Arbonne – Ashley Luscher, Aubuchon Hardware, Awakening Chiropractic, Belknap Tire, Beyond the Belt, Black Moose Chimney & Stove, LLC, Burrito Me, Cardigan Country Store, Cardigan Mountain Orchard, Chiropractic Health Innovation, Clark's Trading Post, Clipture Hair Salon, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Decorative Interiors, E.M. Health, Inc. Supermarket, Donohoe Family, Dr. Stephen Guild, Duane Cross Pics, Family Affair, Fitness Edge, Granite State Glass, Greenlaw's Music, Hannaford Supermarket - Bristol, Heidi Swartzwelder Engar, Home Depot – Tilton, Independence Financial Advisors, Jon's Roast Beef & Deli, Inn at Mills Falls, Kramer & Hall Goldsmith's, Krazy Kids, Laconia Car Wash, Laconia Muskrats, Laconia Pet Center, Laconia Pleasant Street Association, Lakes Region Landmark Properties, Lands' End, Larry Frates, Lovering Volvo, Lowe's - Gilford, MC Cycle & Sport, Michelle Goodearl Photography, Misty Harbor Resort, Moulton Farm, My Coffee House, Owl's Nest Resort, Parkhurst & Co., Patrick's Pub, Pats Peak, Piche's Ski Shop, Pirate's Cove - Lakes Region, Plimoth Plantation, Primerica - Cassandra & Jason Sweatt, R.P. Williams & Sons, Inc., Santa's Village, Scott's Integrity Automotive, Skip's Sports Shop, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Starbuck's - Tilton, Storyland, Suddha Studio, Tanger Outlet, The Arts Collaborative, The Common Man Restaurants, The Cutting Garden, The Home Beautiful, The Mitten Mill, The Soda Shoppe, Trustworthy Hardware, Usher's Machine, Inc., Vista Foods, Wesley Woods, Westport Educational Consulting, Whittemore's Florist, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Winnisquam Country Gifts, and York's Wild Kingdom.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:18

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International Nativity display at Meredith Bay Colony Club December 12-14

MEREDITH — The 4th annual International Nativity Display at Meredith Bay Colony Club will be held Friday through Sunday, December 12-14. The display will be open Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For those who choose to donate, non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.

The exhibit is the collection of MBCC member Reverand John Eaton. He purchased his first creche at Woolworth's as a child because he thought his family should have one to express the true spirit of Christmas. He got his second while in the Air Force since by then a home creche had become an important part of Christmas for him. Today he has a few more than 100. "I've probably had as many as 150, maybe 175. Some are keepers. Others I display and after a few years give them away so others can enjoy them in their homes. I'm a collector, not a hoarder, " said Rev. Eaton.

Rev. Eaton has acquired many of his creches in his travels. Others have been gifts while still others come through fair trade organizations that help natives in developing countries market their crafts. His collection represents the artistry of over 35 nations on five continents. Each is identified with its country of origin and material from which it is made. Materials range from paper to glass, stone, ceramics, wood, cloth and even postage stamps. One is made of the ash from the 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens.

The nativities are in most any style one can imagine. One of his favorites is carved from marble and stands only an inch high with quarter inch figures. It is from Proctor, Vermont, the marble center near Rutland where he grew up. Another favorite he purchased in Bethlehem and is detailed carving in olivewood, while still another is low relief carving from Assisi, Italy, where the tradition of creches began. New this year are creches from Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic.

The nearly limitless number of creches available means Rev. Eaton has set some criteria for new acquisitions. He favors those from countries and in styles and materials he doesn't have represented.  Finding creches that meet all the criteria is becoming increasingly difficult.  "Even cottage industries in developing countries are becoming commercialized in today's worldwide economy," Rev. Eaton said.
Cultural differences do occur in these creches however, as a creche from Vietnam clearly has east Asian facial features and those from Chile and Peru reflect their South American origin. One from Kyrgastan has a yurt in place of the traditional stable while one from Canada features Eskimos and arctic animals. These cultural interpretations are not intended to distort history, but to make it relevant to the people for whom the creches were created.

Rev. Eaton graduated from Castleton State College in Vermont and entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as an air traffic control officer in Utah, Florida and Vietnam. He was a U.S. Customs officer on the Canadian border in Vermont before entering Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine in his early thirties. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1982 and pastored churches in East Greenbush, NY, and Greenfield and Center Harbor, NH, before becoming an interim ministry specialist. He served Hampstead, Canterbury and Bristol, NH, UCC churches in that capacity before retiring seven years ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:04

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