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World Championship Sled Dog Derby festivities begin Thursday evening, first race is Friday morning

LACONIA —Festivities for the 2014 World Championship Sled Dog Derby begin on Thursday evening and will continue with races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Races will begin and end near the intersection of North Main Street and Parade Road, near the former state correctional facility. The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the races to cheer on the teams, or to attend the social gatherings in the evenings.

Mushers participating in the championship will gather at Patrick's Pub and Eatery in Gilford at 7 p.m. on Thursday for the unveiling of the 2014 button and the draw for the starting order.

Races will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday with the six-dog classic race, followed by the open class race at 1 p.m. A community social hour celebration will be held at Patrick's Pub at 7 p.m.

Saturday's competition will start with the six-dog classic at 9:30 a.m. The three-dog junior race will be held at noon and the open class will race at 1:30 p.m. The social gathering at Patrick's Pub will begin at 7 p.m.

Sunday will feature the final races of the championship, with the six-dog classic at 9:30 a.m., three-dog junior at noon, and at 1:30 p.m., the open class.

A food vendor will be on site at the start/finish line, and Laconia Country Club on Elm Street will be serving food from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Country Club will also be a great place for spectators to watch the teams of dogs as they race through the club's grounds. The awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Laconia Country Club.

Organizers expect a number of dignitaries to visit the championship. Governor Maggie Hassan will be in attendance on Saturday February 15, as will City of Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, and Mark Primeau, the president of Bank of NH, a prime sponsor of the derby. Miss Lakes Region Kendall Wipff will be singing the Canadian and American National Anthems on Friday an Sunday and Kayla Frank will be singing the National Anthems for Saturday's ceremony of events.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:34

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Diane Kline Scholarship deadline April 11

CENTER HARBOR — The Diane K. Kline Memorial Scholarship Fund announces that it will be awarding scholarships to qualified applicants and that applications for scholarship assistance are now available.

This private fund was established in 2011 in order to award scholarships to educational experiences for students within school districts SAU 2 and SAU 45 (Center Harbor, Meredith, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Ashland) so that they may educate and better themselves in order to build a stronger community.

Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and reside in New Hampshire and are attending or have attended schools in SAU 2 or SAU 45, and must demonstrate academic merit and/or other non-academic factors, such as community service, school activities or work experience. Examples of scholarship assistance include, but are not limited to, individuals who may be upgrading job skills or developing skills for job entry, enrolling in college or graduate school, registering for camp programs or any program leading to becoming a better educated person.

Applications are available from school counselors at all Inter-Lakes and Moultonborough schools, Sandwich Central School and Ashland Elementary School. They can also be downloaded by visiting the Diane K. Kline Memorial Scholarship Fund website at www.dkkmsf.org or writing to the Diane K. Kline Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 526, Center Harbor, NH 03226. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 11, 2014.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 11:14

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Tilton Family Dental offers free dental care on Feb 13

TILTON — The family dental practices of Dr.Nanaro Krothapalli will offer dental care free of care to patients as part of "Doctors with a Heart" on Thursday, February 13.

"We are pleased to provide dental care for individuals and families in need," said Dr. Nanaro Krothapalli. "Too many people put off important dental care because they are uninsured, underinsured, or simply do not have the money to pay. Doctors with a Heart is one small step to help people get the care they need."

Dr. Krothapalli's family of dental practices are conveniently located in Londonderry, Nashua, Allenstown, Raymond, Weare, and Tilton, NH, and Fitchburg, MA. All of the practices will be offering dental services without charge, including urgent dental care, filling, oral cancer screenings, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and homecare insurance.

This is the second year Dr. Krothapalli has participated in the Doctors with a Heart program at his family dental practices.

Individuals in need are requested to contact the dental offices in advance to schedule their appointments, as walk-in patients will no be accommodated on that day. On contacting the office, they will be receive a brief health screening, in order to determine the appropriateness of dental care. The offices will do all they can do offer as many appointment opportunities as possible, however availability will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. 

To schedule an appointment at Tilton Family Dental, located at 468 West Main Street in Tilton, call 286-8618.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 11:05

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Lakes Gallery Calligraphy ongoing classes

MEREDITH — The Art of Writing Italic Calligraphy Workshops are currently being conducted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning at the chi lin art gallery.

Beginning Italic Calligraphy teaches the fundamentals of beautiful Italic writing and allows each student to gain confidence using a fountain pen in a relaxed atmosphere, at their own pace. Lower case, numbers and punctuation are studied and incorporated into finished, simple layout projects. All materials are included. The current rate for six two hour sessions is $150.

Italic Calligraphy Capital Workshop follows with the study of flourished uppercase letters using fountain pens. Students taking this course will be encouraged to complete a more finished individual project. Rates for this course are $110 for six two hour sessions.

Open Calligraphy Studio works with more advanced layout, interpretation, and the dip pens and other media to accommodate individual interests. Six two hour sessions for this workshop are $95.

Classes are ongoing and can be started at anytime. All students are encouraged to exhibit in the annual spring Winnipesaukee Writers Show. For more information please call 279-8663, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 11:00

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