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Documentary producer to present program about World War II in N.H.

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach is presenting "World War Two New Hampshire," featuring John Gfroerer on Wednesday 14 at 7 p.m.

This documentary tells the story of life in New Hampshire during the Second World War. Through interviews, historic news film, photos, and radio reports from the battlefields, this documentary and discussion facilitated by Gfroerer chronicles how a nation, a state and the citizens of New Hampshire mobilized for war.

Gfroerer is a documentary producer and owner of Accompany, a video production company based at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. He has produced more than 40 documentaries, ranging from profiles of towns along the Maine Coast to a history of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Gfroerer's work has been aired on public television stations, The History Channel, and many other venues.

This event is free to the public thanks to a donation from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 07:54

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Jazz ang blues this week at Pitman's Freight Room

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem St. in downtown Laconia is featuring jazz and blues this week.

On Thursday Kid Jazz, featuring Kenny Wieland, will perform.

Kid Jazz is a five-piece swing band and they keep it all in the family. Together with Dad Tom Lemieux on guitar, and mom Mary on vocals,, their four sons rip it up with familiar tunes from the 1930s and '40s. Michael, age 19, on clarinet, Jacob, age 11, on drums, and Adam, age 14, on bass. The Lemieux family will be joined by special guest Kenny Wieland.

Kenny's solo career spans nearly 30 years, performing throughout the mid-Atlantic states and eastern seaboard. His music is jazz and swing oriented, covering old standards from the 30's and 40's, but is equally comfortable playing blues, folk rock, and contemporary songs by Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, The Beatles, John Prine, and more.
A New Hampshire resident since 1997, Kenny is a popular performer throughout the greater Concord area working as a soloist and with other talented musicians.

Admission is $12, doors open at 7:30 p.m  and Pitman's is an air conditioned BYOB.

On Friday at 8 p.m. Jeff Dearborn and the Contoocook Blues Society featuring Rosemary Casey will perform.

This is the blues, the way it's meant to be done — gritty and soulful, Texas blues, Chicago blues, and Delta blues with a boogie back-beat that keeps you grooving all night, delivered by a front man who knows the meaning of hard work.  Jeff Dearborn plays a mean harmonica — but he also is well versed in logging, tree removal, animal husbandry and farming.

Special guest Rosemary Casey will join the band and bring her saxophone, her high energy and her love of all things Blues.
Admission is $12 and doors open at 7:30 p.m.



Rosemary Casey, left, of the Contoocook Blues Society and Jeff Dearborn will perform Friday at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 07:45

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081413LoonCenterBaldEagles (115)

MOULTONBOROUGH — Wildlife biologist for NH Audubon, Chris Martin, will lead the presentation "Bald Eagles: The Story of Their Recovery in N.H." on Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loon Center.
Martin monitors and manages the state's endangered and threatened birds of prey, such as bald eagles. During the talk, Martin will discuss the eagle recovery successes and failures in the Lakes Region and beyond, describe key management efforts and partnerships to help eagles, and tell audience members how they can get involved.

This presentation is being held as part of Loon Preservation Committee's Summer Nature Talks. The program is open to the public and free of admission. For more information, call the Loon Center at 476-5666.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 09:29

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081513 23rd Annual Project Pencil underway at St. Vincent de Paul locations (250)

LACONIA — The Children's Foundation of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is pleased to announce its' 23nd Annual Project Pencil Program.

Sue Page, a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation stated, "The need this year is greater than ever before. I have received requests from School Nurses, Guidance Counselors and Case Managers for approximately 600 backpacks, filled with school supplies. They are also asking for personal hygiene items and under garments for the families struggling to make ends meet and are trying to provide these children with the basic necessities."

Beginning in 1990, Project Pencil worked with local case workers who knew of a few area families that needed help with back to school supplies for their children. Project Pencil will now assist 600 school age children this September. This program was designed to assist area school children by providing them with backpacks, lunchboxes, and other back-to-school supplies. Because of the many families needing a helping hand, they are also helping with personal hygiene items. Project Pencil benefits students in public, private and parochial schools, child care centers, nursery schools, elementary, middle and high schools, in Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Gilmanton and Tilton.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation or school supplies to Project Pencil can stop by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 1269 Union Avenue in Lakeport (next to McDonald's), or by mail to P.O. Box 6123, Laconia, NH. The Citizen, a community partner, has offered to collect donations at their office on Fair Street in Laconia. The SVDP Thrift Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Backpacks will be delivered to the neighborhood schools one week before the start of school. Those families needing help may contact their child's school or child care center for information. All names are kept confidential.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 09:27

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