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Alton Community Church welcomes new minister

ALTON — The Alton Community Church is currently undergoing repairs, therefore the services will be moved to Church Street beginning on Sunday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The new interim Reverend Samuel J. Hollo is a graduate of Boston University, M. Divinity, Gordon Conwell Seminary, Profess of Ministry,and  Denver Seminary. He was the Senior Pastor at the Westgate church in Weston, MA from 1982-2008 and Seminary Professor since 1999 at East Bethel College. Presently, he is the Director of Carpenter's Workshop and a much sought after speaker. 

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Pinwheels for Peace will be part of Multicultural Festival closing ceremony

LACONIA — Food, music, dragons dancing – it's all happening on Saturday at the Laconia Multicultural Festival from 10 am to 4 p.m.

Bigger and better than ever, the festival will still be going strong until the end, with an uplifting closing ceremony at 3:30 dedicating the day and the community to peace. Taking off on the worldwide Pinwheels for Peace concept, the closing will feature a human peace sign, energized by the spinning of pinwheels which will have been created throughout the day at various locations on the festival grounds. The Kids' Korner, located at the HealthLink parking lot, will be "pinwheel central" until the moment arrives to unleash the collective energy of hundreds of colorful spinning pinwheels at the closing.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers in Coconut Creek, Florida, to allow students to express their feelings about world events and how these events impact their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning half a million pinwheels on September 21st. Last year (year 9) over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. The Laconia Multicultural Festival is jump-starting the project on September 6 in anticipation of the global celebration of Pinwheels for Peace on September 21.

Pinwheels for Peace is a non-political event, recognizing that peace can mean something different to each of us. Peace can be defined as the opposite of violence or intolerance in our daily lives, or as simply peace of mind. On September 6 kids of all ages will have the opportunity to inscribe their pinwheels with their thoughts about peace, tolerance, and/or living in harmony with others. The pinwheels will be "planted" in Rotary Park during the day, and released to honor peace and cultural diversity in our region.

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Meredith Chamber soliciting local events listings

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce is asking civic and community organizations and area businesses to submit listings of their upcoming events to the Chamber for inclusion on the Chamber's website.

The Chamber Calendar of Events serves as a master calendar for the area and clearing house for events in that organizations or businesses are able to contact the Chamber when scheduling an event so as to avoid duplication. Those who want to submit an event are asked to include the name of the event, the sponsoring organization, the date, time, and place and mail to the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at Box 732, Meredith, NH 03253 or e-mail the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chamber Executive Director Susan Cerutti reports that the Chamber is looking for events taking place in the towns in the Winnipesaukee, Squam, and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire. The Chamber's website, www.meredithareachamber.com, receives more than 350 unique visitors a day and the calendar of events is one of the most visited pages.


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6th Annual Gunstock 5K Walk/Run Road Race on Oct. 4 to benefit Lakes Region Disabled Sports

GILFORD — On Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m. Lakes Region Disabled Sports will host the 6th Annual Gunstock 5K Walk or Run Road Race. This dog friendly race will take runners and walkers on a scenic course from the base area at Gunstock, through some of the Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails and back to the base area.

The course includes paved and gravel roads and trails with a limited number of hills. The first 150 participants will receive a free race shirt and bag giveaways. Added this year is a catered lunch and beer garden. There are prizes for the top finishers and many great raffle prizes for participants.

All proceeds will go to Lakes Region Disabled Sports. Lakes Region Disabled Sports (LRDS) is a special part of the Gunstock Ski Area and surrounding Lakes Region of New Hampshire where people with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges team up with trained volunteers and learn to ski and snowboard.

The dog friendly portion of the run/walk is sponsored by Blue Buffalo Dog Food. Virtual runners and walkers are welcome too. Other corporate sponsors include: Walgreens, Graystone Builders, Quality Insulation and Coca-Cola Bottlers. For more information or to register visit active.com/Gunstock5K. 

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