Meat raffle at American Legion Post in Laconia on Saturday will help local family

LACONIA — Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1 will hold a benefit meat raffle on Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 1 p.m. at the Post Home, 849 North Main St., opposite the Central Fire Station.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Dan Dignan and his family. Dignan has undergone periodic hospitalization at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in recent months and is unable to work.

The raffle will offer something for everyone and there will be plenty of Thanksgiving meat packages, say organizers. This event will be open to members and guests.


Fred Moyer’s Jazz Trio playing at Brewster Academy on Saturday

WOLFEBORO — The Fred Moyer's Jazz Trio featuring Fred Moyer on piano, Peter Tillotson on bass, and Bob Savine on drums, will perform at Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall on Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Points North Financial, our 2014-2015 Season Sponsor.

In the three decades of Moyer's career he is best known as a dynamic classical pianist, playing Brahms and Rachmaninoff alongside some of the greatest orchestras in the world and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Windsor Castle, England. An Iraklion, Greece, review said of him, "It is easy to call him a 'phenomenon,' - a 'naturally talented genius.'"

Since his pre-teen days Fred has also been a passionate jazzer and in 2007 created his critically acclaimed Fred Moyer Jazz Arts Trio. In the press release for the trio's debut Fred wrote, "The Jazz Arts Trio can safely be called the only jazz trio of its kind, a unique synthesis of classical and jazz traditions that is certain to confound the genre police. They have transcribed note-for-note, recorded transcriptions of such jazz giants as Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans...they will bring to life these works that would otherwise only live on in recordings."

While Moyer was the catalyst for the Jazz Arts Trio, his two buddies of thirty years, Tillotson and Savine, have been intimately involved in the Trio's evolution, bringing their own impressive resumes to the ensemble's performances. Bassist Peter Tillotson's journey has taken him everywhere from garage bands to Lincoln Center and from Be-bop to Bluegrass. He has performed with members of the Boston Symphony, and entertainers such as Don Rickles, Steve Allen, and Suzanne Somers. His expertise in acoustic amplification has kept him busy as a technical consultant to a who's who of artists including Sheryl Crow, Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Mathews, and Paul Simon.

Drummer Bob Savine began his formal musical training at Penn State University, from where he received a B.S. in Music Education. Further studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston led him to his current position as a freelance musician in the Boston area. Savine has performed with a diverse group of singers and instrumentalists including The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Keely Smith, Sheila Jordan, Mike Metheny, David Kikoski, Herb Pomeroy, Jerry Bergonzi and many others.

Tickets are available for $20 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: Please note WFOM's special policy: High school students with ID will be admitted free of charge. A child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.

Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner at Laconia Congregational Church

LACONIA — As the holidays approach, the Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC has much to celebrate in their continued mission to give back the greater community. This year, the annual tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner will be prepared in a totally renovated church kitchen. The renovation is a part of multi-phased project funded by donations from a capital campaign to make church programs more accessible. The first phase kitchen improvements were completed earlier this year, in time for the 46th Annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a beloved Laconia elementary school teacher, Hazel Duke believed all people who might otherwise be alone should have a place to share fellowship and a meal on Thanksgiving Day. Join us at the church at 69 Pleasant Street at 11:30 a.m. November 27. Those planning on attending should call the church office at 524-0668 and put their name on the list so we have an idea of many we will be serving.

Start and Grow Your Business workshop on Dec. 4

PLYMOUTH — Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), will offer methods and tools to help build and grow a small business as he presents Start and Grow Your Small Business on Thursday, December 4, from 8-10 a.m., at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of a simplified business plan, pricing strategies, and cash flow as Michael teaches simple, cost-effective tips to help move a business forward while sharing his insights and knowledge from 20 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs. Discover why you are the right person for the venture and what it takes to be successful.

This seminar is part of the educational programming for small business owners and entrepreneurs presented by the Enterprise Center at Plymouth and sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank. This event is offered at no cost to attendees.

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a seat today by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website,, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..