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POPS Selling Bouquets to raise scholarship funds

GILFORD — The Parents of Performing Students (POPS) of Gilford High School will be selling bouquets of flowers at the graduation ceremony at Meadowbrook Saturday ,June 14.

Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Scholarships for Gilford High School students.

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Irwin Automotive Group Donates Teddy Bears to Youngest Patients at LRGHealthcare


LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group recently hosted its fifth Ladies & Wheels event -- a fun and educational evening welcoming community members free of charge.

Ladies & Wheels featured three educational sessions: 'Spring Cleaning Your Car' presented by the Irwin Automotive Detail Team; 'Identity Theft' presented by Captain Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police Department; and 'Sharing the Road' presented by Rayette Hudon of AAA.

Attendees were treated to valet parking, delicious food and drink, and a Ladies Gift Bag. New this year guests were encouraged to bring along a new teddy bear, to be donated to the Emergency Departments at LRGH and Franklin Regional Hospital.

"The Ladies and Wheels event has grown with leaps and bounds over the past few years. We always welcome such a dynamic group of women who really seem to appreciate this educational and social evening," explains Irwin Automotive Group Used Sales Manager Betty Ballantyne. "This year we decided to add an element of giving back through the "Donate a Bear Because You Care" drive. Attendees certainly embraced the opportunity as we are now making a donation of nearly three dozen bears to LRGH," adds Ballantyne.

"The Irwin Automotive Group has been a great friend to LRGHealthcare over the years," states LRGHealthcare Philanthropy Office Operations Manager Maureen Wilkins. "We appreciate this thoughtful donation of teddy bears, knowing they will bring a bit of comfort and a smile to children who come in to our Emergency Room."

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Gerry Boudoin Trio playing Pitman’s on Thursday

LACONIA — The Gerry Beaudoin Trio featuring sax player Harry Allen will perform Thursday at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room.

Meeting at a concert in 2009 Beaudoin and Allen found an instant musical camaraderie and respect for each other's music. That turned into a recording session months later. The Gerry Beaudoin Trio: The Return with Harry Allen was the result of a that chance meeting in 2009. Gerry comments, "Harry is the perfect foil for me and my music," says Beaudoin. "Songs from the Return" were placed on the Grammy Awards ballot in three different categories.

Beaudoin has carved out a career as a guitarist, arranger, composer, educator and recording artist. He was the founder of the Boston Jazz Ensemble and The New Guitar Summit which featured Gerry "Jay" Geils of J.Geils Band fame and blues icon Duke Robillard.

Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed or recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jeff Hamilton, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, JamesTaylor and Cheryl Crow.

The current Gerry Beaudoin Trio features two long time players in Gerry's musical orbit, acoustic bassist Brad Hallen and young vibraphone phenomena Gerard V. Beaudoin III.

Pitman's will offer its catered dinner buffet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for $10. For information and reservations, call 527-0043 or 494-3334. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

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Gilford author pens history of Belknap Mill

GILFORD – Later this month, Gilford author and historian Carol Lee Anderson will have her third book published with The History Press. The book, entitled A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage, will be released on June 24. The Belknap Mill Society will be hosting the official book launch on July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the historic Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. The event is free and open to the public.
The publication follows the release of Anderson's second book, The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip, which hit the shelves last fall. A History of the Belknap Mill took Anderson nearly a year to write and encompasses not only the mill's history but also the industrial history of Laconia.
Manchester businessman J. Paul Morin, whose great-grandfather J.P. Morin bought the Belknap Mill in 1913, penned the foreword to the book. Morin's family owned and operated a hosiery business there for three generations, and he is the last of his generation to have first-hand experience with the family's complex enterprise. Anderson worked closely with him as she conducted her research on the mill's history.
J.P. Morin was also highly involved in the establishment of Sacred Heart Parish and the construction of Laconia's Sacred Heart Church. Being a Franco-American, he constantly searched for ways to ease his fellow immigrants' assimilation into American society. Due to the extent of J. P. Morin's contributions to life in Laconia, Anderson dedicated an entire chapter to the French-Canadian entrepreneur.
The tale of this history includes the stories of many of the French-Canadian immigrants who worked as mill operatives, and it chronicles the story of women mill workers, who were known as "mill girls". The women far out-numbered their male counterparts and performed far more complicated tasks.
The intense battle for the mill's preservation and restoration is told throughout several chapters, featuring an interview with Save the Mills and Belknap Mill Society founder, Peter Karagianis. Anderson conducted additional interviews with Dr. Richard Candee, an architectural historian who helped those who saved the mill from demolition during urban renewal.
One of the things that most surprised Anderson was that the Belknap Mill's history did not include the same type of stories that are associated with mills in larger cities - tales that describe challenging working conditions and the poor treatment of operatives. Presented in an easy-to-read style, the book encourages readers to enjoy discovering the unique history of the Belknap Mill and the little-known facts about Laconia's industrial history.
Anderson is also the author of the award-winning, The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains, published by The History Press in 2011. For more information, visit CarolLeeAnderson.com.

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