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Food preservation workshop on Aug. 4

LACONIA — A program how to freeze, dry or can produce and other foods will take place on Monday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the offices of the Cooperative Extension Service, on the third floor of 635 Main St. in downtown Laconia.

Canning, freezing and drying are the main methods of preserving homegrown, or locally grown, food. The method(s) one chooses depends on finding safe preservation guidelines for the foods to be preserved, having the proper equipment and space, and the cost involved.

Ann Hamilton, a field specialist with the Extension Service, will cover the latest research-based methods and recipes, answer questions, and share experiences about these topics. She will also give an overview of preserving food safely at home, jams and jellies, picking, canning fruits and vegetables, and freezing and drying food.

To pre-register for this program, contact Betty Lou Canty at 603-447-3834 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The $5 registration fee can be paid at the door.


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Annie and the Orphans Marking 50th anniversary at Pitman's Friday Night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia is pleased to announce that on Friday July 25 at 8 p.m. Lakes Region favorites "Annie and the Orphans will celebrate their 50th anniversary
As a sophomore in high school at the age of 15, Anatole "Annie" Paquette skipped school with a friend and drove to a Manchester music store and with money saved for his class ring, purchased his first set of drums.
Determined to form his own band and teach himself how to play with no lessons, he convinced a few of his guitar playing classmates to join him. Rehearsing after school while listening to 45rpm records and performing at school dances, soon established the group to be known as "Annie and The Orphans".
The group advanced to playing street dances, college fraternity parties, Battle of the Bands competitions, anywhere where people loved to hear the music of the British Invasion of the 60's.
Over the years they have appeared at a variety of venues such as Gillette Stadium, Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center, Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Stark & Veteran's Parks in Manchester, the Hampton Beach Seashell stage, Flyin' Monkey Theater and on the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship. They have also performed at the Sandwich Fair, the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, VT, the Ossipee Mountain Fair in Hiram, ME and at many town gazebo summer concerts throughout the state of New Hampshire.
Now approaching five decades, the band still continues to amaze fans with its unique blend of musical talent and showmanship, which includes their patriotic gesture of handing out US flags while singing God Bless America with its audience.
Admission, $12, show starts at 8 p.m. and Pitman's is an air-conditioned BYOB Venue.

A catered dinner buffet will be available before the show for $10. Call 527-0043 or 494-3334 for details and reservations.

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Sanbornton Democratic Committee to host ‘Meet the Candidates Night’ on Wednesday

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Democratic Committee will host Belknap County Democrats for a "Meet the Candidates Night" and potluck supper on July 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Lane Tavern, Route 132, Sanbornton Square in Sanbornton.

We will share a meal and meet with our various town committees during the evening. We will hear from candidates for state and county office such as Mike Cryans, candidate for Executive Council District 1; Carolyn Mello, candidate for Senate District 2;

Dave Pollak, candidate for County Commissioner and Belknap County candidates for state Representative. All Belknap County Democrats are invited and are asked to bring a favorite summer dish to share. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for set up. For further information, contact Gail Morrison, Sanbornton Democratic Committee Chair, 286-4596.

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Poetry reading in Wolfeboro Thursday

WOLFEBORO – The monthly reading of the Poets in the Attic will be en pleine aire this month.

Their July open mike reading will be held in front of The Country Bookseller in the Durgin Stables courtyard Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m.
"Last summer we took our show on the road, heading to local art galleries," said PITA host Gordon Lang. "We may do that again in August, but I love doing at least one reading outside."
This event marks the 10th birthday of the Poets in the Attic, which began in July 2004 in the office space above Made on Earth. "If it hadn't been for Marybeth Bryant's 'attic,' we might never have gotten off the ground," Lang said.
"Karen Baker of The Bookseller has been hosting us for the last nine years, but in the summertime, she has an evening business to run. And we're always looking for ways to add fresh air to our readings, whether that means new readers or taking it to the streets," he said.
Several stores in the Durgin complex remain open late during the summer months. The Bookseller remains open to cater to the poets and any customers who stop in
Aside from the surroundings, this month's fourth-Thursday reading will be much like those of other months. There are no featured performers. Local poets and musicians gather to perform their work or the work of others. And Wolfeboro Community Television records the first hour for broadcast later on.
"It's wide open. Anybody can come and perform," Lang said. "But this month, remember to bring a lawn chair and maybe a jacket.
The Poets in the Attic invites all visitors to join the reading on Thursday, July 24, from 7 to 9 in front of The Country Bookseller.
The Country Bookseller is on North Main Street in the Durgin Stables complex of shops. Free off-street parking right next to the store is available via Mill Street.
For more information about joining the Poets in the Attic, contact Gordon or Cheryl Lang by phone at 539-4472 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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