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Weekly Laker Publication Sold to Maine Company

WOLFEBORO FALLS — The sale of The Panoramic Publishing Group, publisher of the weekly Laker newspaper and 10 other ancillary
publications, to Daniel L. Smiley, general manager of Turner Publishing in Turner, Maine, has been completed. Terms of the sale were not announced.
Brad Lipe had been only the second owner in the 30-year history of the publishing company located in the heart of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's most famous lake and summer home to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Lipe has launched a variety of publications to complement the Laker which is published weekly 24 times a year from Mother's Day to Columbus Day, including year-round dining guides in New Hampshire and Maine, Boating on the Lakes of New Hampshire and Laker at Home Magazine to name a few.
John Szefc of W.B Grimes & Company represented Lipe in the sale. Smiley has also acquired the newspaper's office building at 83 Center St. in
Wolfeboro Falls. Lipe said that Smiley, who has over 30 years of experience in newspaper, printing,
publishing, advertising and direct-mail, is the perfect candidate to succeed him and the newspaper's founders, Kathy and Dick Eaton, from whom Lipe acquired the Laker in 2001.

Smiley has spent the last 16 years working with Turner Publishing where the team has created Maine's largest direct-mail newspaper company
reaching over half a million Maine residents with their seventeen community publications.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:15

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Sunflower Natural Foods Offers Spring Classes (259)

LACONIA — Sunflower Natural Foods will offer a series of free community classes and events starting this Saturday. Anyone interested in attending a class or the movie screening should sign up by calling 524-6334 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, number, and the class they want to attend.

Heart Health Class: Saturday, Feb. 15 10 am – Noon

Vegetarian Sushi for Beginners Class: Saturday, March 1 10 am – 11:30

"Our Common Roots" Film Screening: Saturday, March 15 4 pm – 6 pm

The Great Change (Menopause Class): Saturday, March 29 10 am – Noon

Powered by Produce Class: Saturday, April 12 10 am – 11:30

Lyme Disease Class: Saturday, April 26 10 am – Noon

Herban Safari (Finding food & medicine in an Urban setting): Saturday, May 3 10 am – Noon

Annual Plant Sale: Saturday May 10 and Saturday May 17 9 am – 3 pm..


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:14

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Altrusa of Laconia Assists Belknap County Jail with book donations

LACONIA — When Altrusa International of Laconia learned that the Belknap County Jail needed books, they jumped at the opportunity to help. Altrusa's primary focus is promoting lteracy.

Three dozen children's books, some which included activities, were given to the Dads that are incarcerated. The men will record themselves reading the book, then the book and recording will go home with the children so they will hear Dad reading them to sleep. It's a wonderful way for the fathers and children to bond and remain close. Altrusa has participated in this worthwhile program in the past and hopes to continue in the future.

Over one dozen books were also given to the incarcerated females, who wanted to begin a book club. The women will read the books then meet to discuss them. Altrusa hopes to also continue this program with more books for the future.

Altrusa International of Laconia is a group of volunteers with a variety of strengths who work to improve their communities. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:07

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Pitman's Hosting Night of comedy with Tony V

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce that it will host a night of live comedy on Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m.
Tony V started his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after attending several shows at Boston's prestigious Comedy Connection. He wandered in one night, quite by accident, looking for a little stress relief from a high pressure job as a case worker at the Somerville Mental Health Center. Tony was working his way toward a Masters degree in social work having graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B. S. in Psychology. It was not long after that he took to the stage himself.

Tony's street wise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit. In 1986 Tony V was named "Funniest Person in Massachusetts" by Showtime television. He followed this achievement with several performances on HBO, the Arts and Entertainment Network, Comedy Central and MTV.
Network Television was next for Tony with appearances on Late Night w/ Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn and several sit-coms including Seinfeld, Boston Common, The Single Guy and Dr. Katz Professional Therapist.
Admission $15, doors open at 7 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue. For reservations call 527-0043 or 494-3334. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:00

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