Newfound Area Churches to hold Christian Unity services week of Jan. 19-23

BRISTOL -- The Newfound Area Churches will be holding Christian Unity services at noon daily the week of Jan. 19-23, to mark the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

There will be a light luncheon following each service.

The churches which will serve as venues for this series of services are:

Monday, Jan. 19, Union Congregational Church of Hebron.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, New Hampton Community Church.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, Bristol United Church of Christ.

Thursday, Jan. 22, Our Lady of Grace Chapel, Bristol.

Friday, Jan. 23, Bristol Baptist Church.

Further information can be obtained by calling 744-3885.

Holiday Customer Appreciation Party at Irwin Automotive on Wednesday

LACONIA —  The Irwin Automotive Group is inviting all of our customers in on Wednesday, December 17th for a Holiday Customer Appreciation Party. There will be food, beverages, and door prizes. Irwin will also be giving away free oil changes and state inspections and raffling off a set of snow tires (must be present to win).

Join Irwin at 5pm for the festivities and RSVP by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2968) for Irwin Toyota-Scion Ford-Lincoln and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2994).

Several New Year’s Eve celebrations planned around the Lakes Region

LAKES REGION — This New Year's Eve make it one to remember, by staying at the Lakes Region of New Hampshire you will experience a new way to bring in the upcoming year. The Lakes Region offers New Year's Eve events that fun for the whole family, or just a romantic getaway for you and a loved one.

Ring in the New Year at the New Year's Eve Gala in Meredith. This gala event is a formal event that offers dining, dancing with live music from Annie and the Orphans and a champagne toast at midnight. This event will be hosted at the Mill Falls at the Lake on December 31st.

Indian Head Resort offers an event called Rockin' New Year's Eve with the Flashback Band, a midnight breakfast buffet and champagne toast. This event will also have a firework display at midnight and a kid's party on the greenery.

First Night at Wolfeboro is an annual family event hosted by the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to everyone with a full line-up of entertainment, people's procession and a giant firework display.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations. For more information or visitors guides, visit, or follow on Twitter. The LRTA office is at Exit 20 on Route 3 in Tilton, and it can be reached by calling (800) 60-LAKES.

Student wins local art competition sponsored by Franklin Lions Club

FRANKLIN — Jaimie Moseley, a student at Spaulding Youth Center, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Franklin Area Lions Club.
Moseley's poster was among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
"To me, peace means getting along with each other. It also means understanding other peoples' perspectives and ideas, and accepting others for who they are," the twelve-year-old said. The poster was selected by local judges Julie Swain, and Bonita and George Favorite for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme,
"Peace, Love and Understanding." The judging was held on November 5 at the Soda Shoppe in Franklin.
Franklin Area Lions Club President Heather Makechnie said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Spaulding Youth Center, and by the vision of their Arts Director, Andrew Raeside. "It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions."

Second place winner was Timothy Casey, and third place winner was Anthony Wharton.
One International Grand Prize winner and 23 Merit Award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of US $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to a special award ceremony at the United Nations in NYC, where she/he will have the opportunity to address the whole assembly. The 23 Merit Award winners
will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US $500.