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American Legion Post’s ‘Pitching for a Cure’ to benefit Making Strides

LACONIA — Wilkins-Smith Post #1 American Legion will host a Pitching for a Cure horseshoe tournament at the post home on Sunday, August 24 to help raise money for the 14 Years and Counting team which will be donated at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event which will be held this Fall.

Sheila LaBrie captain of 14 Years and Counting, encourages people to take part in the tournament. She is the coach of the Laconia High School bowling team which rolls its home matches at Funspot.

Sign up will start at 9 am and the round robin tournament starts at 10 am. It's $15 per person and partners will be drawn. Concessions will be available and all money raised (outside of the prize fund) goes straight to Making Strides.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:29

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Medieval knights program at Gilford Library Thurs.

GILFORD — On Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gilford Library, long-time Gilford summer resident Leo J. Rogers will give an entertaining, light-hearted slide presentation about the lives and times of medieval knights, a look at Rogers’ extraordinary collection, and an anecdotal travelogue of his and his family’s pursuit of knights around the world for more than thirty years.

The presentation, entitled “A New Look at Knights of Old – and How They Besieged a Modern American Family, will be based on Rogers’ recently-published book, Lives and Times of Medieval Knights – Chronicles of a Motley Collection, and will include illustrations of “knightly attire” and knights’ “tools of the trade.”

The presentation will appeal to non-historians who are curious about the fascinating medieval period, and how some medieval customs persist even today. It will also appeal to anyone whose hobby is collecting, and whose families have learned to live with collectors’ idiosyncrasies. The presentation is free of charge. 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:25

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Poets in the Attic meeting at Azure Rising on Thursday

WOLFEBORO — The Poets in the Attic are returning to Azure Rising, the site that sparked their ekphrastic project last summer. Barbara Bradley has graciously opened her gallery again this year, inviting the poets to stage their open mike reading surrounded by the works of her own stable of artists this Thursday, August 28 at 7-9 p.m. 

"It was such an inspiration to so many of us last year," said PITA host Gordon Lang. "Even later, when I wasn't formally responding to a particular painting, I found my work was being influenced by some of the images I had seen."

The Poets in the Attic, now beginning their eleventh year, haven't always met at The Country Bookseller, on the other end of Main Street. "Sometimes in the summer we meet outside, like last month," Lang said, "but August sometimes gets a little cool, and Azure Rising was such a comfortable space." 

When I asked, Barbara instantly agreed stating, "We both like to see what happens when artists start exploring other media, other forms of art. I like to get these poets in front of paintings and drawings and sculptures they had no idea were in their own back yard. It's liberating," he said.

Lang encourages all interested poets and musicians to bring a folding chair, and maybe a snack to pass around. Coffee and hot water will be provided. Aside from the surroundings, this month's fourth-Thursday reading will be much like those of other months. There are not featured performers. Local poets and musicians gather to perform their work or the work of others. The first hour will be recorded for broadcast on Wolfeboro Community Television.\

For more information about joining the Poets in the Attic, contact Gordon or Cheryl Lang by phone at 539-4472 or by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:18

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Garden club to discuss importance of bees on Sept. 8

LACONIA — While recent headlines read, "Obama launches efforts to save honey bees" and "New Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing," naturalist Michelle Mensinger has been fully aware of endangered species and the importance of being a bee.

Mensinger, the president of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, will speak to the Opechee Garden Club on Monday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road.

Mensinger has had years in important roles as a naturalist and gardener, author and lecturer. She takes the role of bees so seriously that she sometimes appears in a bee costume when she lectures on "Mason Bees." The industrious mason bee is solitary, docile and hard to spot. It likes to nest in narrow holes or tubular cavities which it constructs of cells of sand and other particles glued together with saliva until March when it leaves to mate and start its important role pollinating.

Her message, "Bee aware, bee concerned and bee a friend to pollinators," encourages a positive awareness of ways to assist improving the environment or to raise this important pollinator, the mason bee. Providing man-made tubular nests may be one of the ways.

Hospitality Chairs Barb Sargent and Ginger Jones, along with committee members Eleanor Brouillard, Debbie Cotton, Cindy Beebe, Jo Connelly, Sally Doten, Edie Adams, Judith Reilly, Bunny Clark, and Sharon Tyler will provide refreshments and table décor.

Opechee Garden Club will join its sister clubs in District II on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to host the NH Federation's 81st Fall Conference on "Growing for Pollinators" at D.S. Cole Grower's Greenhouses, one of the area's largest, at 251 North Village Road in Loudon for a day of fun, learning and light luncheon. Registration forms are due Sept. 8.

The annual "Pajama Program," started by a teacher concerned about her students and spread across the country, strives to provide all students with warm sleepwear and a book of their own. OGC would appreciate receiving warm pajamas for infant to teens, along with a new gardening or nature-related book. Club members can bring these items to either meeting. Donations will be sorted by members of New Hampton Junior Garden Club and are distributed to New Hampshire students.

The Opechee Garden Club, a member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Garden Club, Inc., meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford.

New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:14

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