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Thompson Ames Historical Society hosts Open House and collectibles sale

GILFORD — The public will have an opportunity to experience Gilford's farming and cultural heritage when the Thompson Ames Historical Society opens the Grange and Benjamin Rowe House to the public on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Docents will be on hand to share information and answer questions about these historic treasurers, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The 1857 Grange was home to one of two Village Stores in the mid 1800s and later became home to the Grange, a national farmers' association organized in 1867.

Tour the Grange kitchen where many a meal was prepared and served to members of the community, providing a much needed social outlet from the solitude of farm life. The Grange also houses a re-creation of the one-room Homestead that was typical of early settlers.

The 1838 Benjamin Rowe House is recognized for its unique architectural style and bricks hand crafted by Benjamin Rowe from a clay source located behind what is now the Gilford Elementary School. The house is filled with artifacts representing a typical 1800s farmhouse and includes a newly refurbished Crawford wood cook stove.

A collectible and aged item sale will be open to the public during the hours of the open house. The proceeds of the sale will benefit a phased restoration project that will ultimately allow the entire building to be viewed by the public. Those who have items they would like to donate, may contact Thompson Ames at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 527-9009.

The Grange and Rowe House are located at 8 and 88 Belknap Mountain Road.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:09

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Michael Nix performing twice in Laconia this week

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill welcomes Michael Nix to Rotary Park on Wednesday, July 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and again on Friday, August 1 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Free. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Michael Nix performs on the 7 string Banjar, an instrument he has designed, which combines elements 7 tension nylon strings sound somewhat like a cross between the banjo and guitar or lute. Nix combines lyrical expression with an insatiable musical curiosity to forge an intriguing performance style incorporating various styles and texture drawn from classical guitar and banjo, jazz, and folk. His repertoire includes original compositions, jazz, ragtime, Irish, and folk tunes, Renaissance and Baroque lute dances, and pieces from the classical banjo and classical guitar canon.

Nix has performed on guitar, lute, banjo, and mandolin, throughout the United States and Asia. He has composed solo music, songs, chamber music, symphonic works, electronic music, and opera. His work uses traditional classical techniques, with influences from electronic music, folk, jazz, and world music, and has been heard on NPRs “Weekend Edition”, and on WGBH’s “Morning Pro Musical.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:06

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Pike Industries sets the pace for United Way campaign


LACONIA -- Pike Industries is this year serving as a Pacesetter campaign, one of Granite United Way's campaigns that kick off during the spring and summer months to give the annual campaign a jump start.

The Pike Industry team gave it more than a jump start – they catapulted the campaign this year, say Granite United Way officials. The team at Pike Industries increased their United Way campaign by 20 percent this year – donating in excess of $80,000 to their local communities.

"Our employees are comprised of some of the hardest working individuals in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. I am proud to lead this team that has demonstrated such a strong commitment to their communities," said Christian Zimmermann, CEO of Pike Industries. "I am so impressed that our employees reached into their pockets and gave 20 percent more this year to help solve real issues in our communities. Over the past decade we've seen so many of our own employees dig deep and find ways to help others."

Zimmermann is a long time supporter and works alongside Deb Keith, their Employee Campaign Coordinator, to ensure the campaign's success. Keith is a member of Granite United Way's campaign cabinet. Zimmermann has been very hands-on with the campaign, starting with an endorsement at Pike's annual spring start-up meetings. He even writes thank you notes to donors who make gifts of $250 or more. The company also hosts raffles to generate excitement throughout the campaign.

Pike Industries has been partnering with United Way for decades and its efforts have improved the lives of thousands during that time. During Granite United Way's 2013 Central Region Celebration Pike was given an award for a 1,000 percent increase in 10 years and the company has also been a recipient of the Nightswander-Chertok Award for its campaign success.

"Pike Industries has shown consistent growth in each of the last 10 years of employee campaigns, and over a ten year time has increased their giving by 1,000 percent," said Scoop Welch, Director of Major Gifts for Granite United Way. "Pike Industries has been a valued partner of United Way for decades, but each year they strive to increase the impact they are making. We are honored to have a partner like them in this community."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:04

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Bank of New Hampshire Supports NH Humane Society's 'Paws for a Cause'


LACONIA  — Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a "Silver Paw" sponsor for the NH Humane Society's "Paws for a Cause" Comedy Night & Auction event which will be held on Thursday, August 7th from 6 pm – 9 pm at Church Landing in Meredith.

The animal welfare agency based in Laconia will host their annual auction to benefit the cats and dogs at the shelter. New this year will be Paul Gilligan and Cristine Hurley, two comedians who will keep you laughing long after the live auction. There are many wonderful items up for auction including sports memorabilia, lawn sculptures, a golf getaway for four, a trip to Ireland, and jewelry just to name a few.

"Community support helps us complete our mission each and every day, finding forever homes," stated Marylee Gorham NHHS Managing Director. "Pledged to provide medical, behavioral, spiritual and emotion rehabilitation for all the Lakes Region's lost, abandoned, abused and simply unwanted creatures requires immense resources, both monetary but also human capital. With an active board of directors, staff and countless volunteers, we can affect a positive outcome for so many who arrive at our doors – but only with the support of our friends."

Tickets to the event can be purchased by calling 603-524-3252 x 309, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Passed hors de' oeuvres are included in the ticket price of $65 per person.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:56

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