Laconia Christian Academy Gala was most suffessful yet

LACONIA — On Friday, November 21, Laconia Christian Academy held its Annual Holiday Gala at Church Landing in Meredith. Attended by over 215 guests, this was by far the most successful fundraising banquet event for the group of the past decade.

The Gala included both silent and live auctions in support of LCA's Tuition Grant Fund and an opportunity to support the school's Annual Fund. Over the past three years the keynote address focused on three of the four pillars of LCA: Faith, Service, and Community. This year's focus was on the fourth pillar - Intellect. The theme verse was taken from Mark 12:29-30, where Jesus answered the question as to which is the most important commandment. "Jesus answered, 'The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'"

The highlight of the evening was the perspective on intellectual development at LCA shared by various members of the LCA community. Mrs. Lewis, a 17 year veteran teacher at LCA, shared from the perspective of a teacher as she helped middle school students begin to "connect the dots." Sylvia McCarthy spoke of the advantages her 5th grade son, Morgan, is experiencing as he develops into a lively and engaged student. Finally, Keran "Chris" Li ('13), a sophomore at New York University, related the importance of the academic discipline instilled at LCA.

The auctions raised over $24,000 for the Tuition Grant Fund. Underwriting and donations to the Annual Fund totaled over $36,000. LCA would like to thank the many friends and families of LCA who contributed items to the auctions and who donated to the Annual Fund. Additionally, the families of LCA would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their help in making the 2014 Holiday Gala the success that it was: All My Life Jewelers, Animal Adventures, Annie's Book Stop, Arbonne – Ashley Luscher, Aubuchon Hardware, Awakening Chiropractic, Belknap Tire, Beyond the Belt, Black Moose Chimney & Stove, LLC, Burrito Me, Cardigan Country Store, Cardigan Mountain Orchard, Chiropractic Health Innovation, Clark's Trading Post, Clipture Hair Salon, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Decorative Interiors, E.M. Health, Inc. Supermarket, Donohoe Family, Dr. Stephen Guild, Duane Cross Pics, Family Affair, Fitness Edge, Granite State Glass, Greenlaw's Music, Hannaford Supermarket - Bristol, Heidi Swartzwelder Engar, Home Depot – Tilton, Independence Financial Advisors, Jon's Roast Beef & Deli, Inn at Mills Falls, Kramer & Hall Goldsmith's, Krazy Kids, Laconia Car Wash, Laconia Muskrats, Laconia Pet Center, Laconia Pleasant Street Association, Lakes Region Landmark Properties, Lands' End, Larry Frates, Lovering Volvo, Lowe's - Gilford, MC Cycle & Sport, Michelle Goodearl Photography, Misty Harbor Resort, Moulton Farm, My Coffee House, Owl's Nest Resort, Parkhurst & Co., Patrick's Pub, Pats Peak, Piche's Ski Shop, Pirate's Cove - Lakes Region, Plimoth Plantation, Primerica - Cassandra & Jason Sweatt, R.P. Williams & Sons, Inc., Santa's Village, Scott's Integrity Automotive, Skip's Sports Shop, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Starbuck's - Tilton, Storyland, Suddha Studio, Tanger Outlet, The Arts Collaborative, The Common Man Restaurants, The Cutting Garden, The Home Beautiful, The Mitten Mill, The Soda Shoppe, Trustworthy Hardware, Usher's Machine, Inc., Vista Foods, Wesley Woods, Westport Educational Consulting, Whittemore's Florist, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Winnisquam Country Gifts, and York's Wild Kingdom.

International Nativity display at Meredith Bay Colony Club December 12-14

MEREDITH — The 4th annual International Nativity Display at Meredith Bay Colony Club will be held Friday through Sunday, December 12-14. The display will be open Friday noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For those who choose to donate, non-perishable food will be accepted to benefit Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.

The exhibit is the collection of MBCC member Reverand John Eaton. He purchased his first creche at Woolworth's as a child because he thought his family should have one to express the true spirit of Christmas. He got his second while in the Air Force since by then a home creche had become an important part of Christmas for him. Today he has a few more than 100. "I've probably had as many as 150, maybe 175. Some are keepers. Others I display and after a few years give them away so others can enjoy them in their homes. I'm a collector, not a hoarder, " said Rev. Eaton.

Rev. Eaton has acquired many of his creches in his travels. Others have been gifts while still others come through fair trade organizations that help natives in developing countries market their crafts. His collection represents the artistry of over 35 nations on five continents. Each is identified with its country of origin and material from which it is made. Materials range from paper to glass, stone, ceramics, wood, cloth and even postage stamps. One is made of the ash from the 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens.

The nativities are in most any style one can imagine. One of his favorites is carved from marble and stands only an inch high with quarter inch figures. It is from Proctor, Vermont, the marble center near Rutland where he grew up. Another favorite he purchased in Bethlehem and is detailed carving in olivewood, while still another is low relief carving from Assisi, Italy, where the tradition of creches began. New this year are creches from Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic.

The nearly limitless number of creches available means Rev. Eaton has set some criteria for new acquisitions. He favors those from countries and in styles and materials he doesn't have represented.  Finding creches that meet all the criteria is becoming increasingly difficult.  "Even cottage industries in developing countries are becoming commercialized in today's worldwide economy," Rev. Eaton said.
Cultural differences do occur in these creches however, as a creche from Vietnam clearly has east Asian facial features and those from Chile and Peru reflect their South American origin. One from Kyrgastan has a yurt in place of the traditional stable while one from Canada features Eskimos and arctic animals. These cultural interpretations are not intended to distort history, but to make it relevant to the people for whom the creches were created.

Rev. Eaton graduated from Castleton State College in Vermont and entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as an air traffic control officer in Utah, Florida and Vietnam. He was a U.S. Customs officer on the Canadian border in Vermont before entering Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine in his early thirties. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1982 and pastored churches in East Greenbush, NY, and Greenfield and Center Harbor, NH, before becoming an interim ministry specialist. He served Hampstead, Canterbury and Bristol, NH, UCC churches in that capacity before retiring seven years ago.

New imaging tool for Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists

GILFORD — Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists (AOS) announced that they are now using the VisionScope Imaging (VSI) System to assess a variety of joint pathologies. For the first time, Dr. Alexander Hennig and team can gain immediate insight to a joint's spaces and surfaces, informing a definitive diagnosis in just a matter of minutes, without leaving the office exam room.

Of making the decision to offer VSI as an option to patients, Dr. Hennig said, "VSI gives us real-time information that can be used to formulate a clear diagnosis and treatment plan recommendation, all while the patient is present and participating in the discussion. VSI helps us achieve our clinical goals and meet our patient's needs, all in one visit."

The VisionScope Imaging System is a non-surgical diagnostic tool that uses a tiny needle scope to view the inside of both large and small joints. The VSI exam takes less than 10 minutes and allows patients to resume normal activities, with physician direction, immediately following their appointment. No general anesthesia, no stitches, no recovery time. And the path to diagnosis can potentially be collapsed from weeks – even months – to one VSI appointment.

"MRI's have long been the go-to non-surgical option, but they can be expensive and are at times inconclusive. For patients with pacemakers or implants or those with claustrophobia, MRI is not even an option. In both of these situations, a surgical diagnostic procedure is the only alternative for a definitive diagnosis. I'm thrilled that VSI allows me to offer a non-surgical approach that is high in both diagnostic accuracy and patient satisfaction. My patients love VSI. It's easy, it's fast, it doesn't disrupt their daily routines and activities and they get what they came in for – an answer," shared Dr. Hennig when explaining how VSI has impacted AOS.

LRGHealthcare is the premier provider of orthopaedic services in the Lakes Region – focused on offering state-of-the-art technologies and services, across the spectrum of orthopaedic care, that help transform the standard of care and elevate patient satisfaction.

For more information about this topic or to schedule an appointment, please call Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists at 603-528-9100 or online at

Alexis Suter Blues Band playing in Laconia on Saturday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia  will host The Alexis Suter Blues Band on Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m.

Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

International Recording Artist's The Alexis P Suter Band is a powerful and unique 5 piece ensemble fronted by a vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked: "It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady."

Alexis was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards held in Memphis, Tennessee! The Alexis P. Suter Band have contributed a song to the Songs After Sandy ( project and Restore Red Hook. This is a 3 CD compilation of some of the biggest artists in music today. APSB are proud and honored to be on the Second Volume along with Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) with their song "In The City".

Along with Suter's extraordinary bass/baritone voice and amazing and powerful stage presence, her real secret weapon is The Alexis P. Suter Band! At every show audiences show their whistling, clapping and cheering appreciation for the APSB with drummer Ray Grappone's dynamic beats, guitarist Jimmy Bennett's searing leads, Peter Bennett on down home solid bass and the very talented backing vocalist Vicki Bell. T

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations.