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Local Children's Author visits Laconia Head Start

LACONIA — Karel Hayes, author/illustrator of 12 children's books, visited with the four preschool classes at Laconia Head Start and Community Childcare on Wednesday, December 11.

She arrived at 9:15 and went to each classroom, where the children had made multicolored garlands and gold stars to decorate their classrooms. This idea was inspired by Ms. Hayes' book Winter Visitors , which the children had read with their teachers. Ms. Hayes set up in one classroom and the children came in one class at a time - where she read Snowflake Comes to Stay, which she wrote and illustrated, and Who's Been Here? written by Fran Hogkins and illustrated by Ms. Hayes. She also talked to them about the book they had read, Winter Visitors, and demonstrated how she begins her illustrations.

When their time with Ms. Hayes was over, and the next class arrived, the children moved to the adjacent classroom for hot chocolate and cookies, which was almost as much fun as visiting with a real author. Ms. Hayes joined the last group of children for a snack, before heading on her way.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:03

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Olympian Kris Freeman Hosts Clinic at Waterville Valley Resort Jan. 18-19

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Three-time Olympian and Waterville Valley Resort Nordic instructor Kris Freeman is hosting a pair of events on January 18-19 as he continues to prepare for his 4th Olympic appearance at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

In addition to receiving instruction from one of the most successful Nordic skiers in US history, guests can learn from Kris about his life in and outside of the sport.

From 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, Freeman will hold a Skate Clinic for intermediate and advanced Nordic skiers at the Waterville Valley Resort Nordic Center. The clinic is $35 per person and is open to the first 25 guests. From 10-11 a.m. on Sunday, January 19, he will be in the Meeting Room at Town Square speaking about his life and career. It is open to all guests and free of charge.

As a competitor on the world stage for more than a decade, Freeman excels in long distances, winning a World Championship in the 30km and is the reigning National Champion in the 50km, which he has won three straight years.

"I began skiing at Waterville Valley when I was four years old. When I grew up, I moved as close to the mountain as I could because it is still my favorite place in the world to ski. I am grateful to Waterville Valley for running such an awesome facility and for all of their support." says Freeman.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. In winter, Waterville Valley Resort features world-class alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, an indoor ice rink, and activities and events for the whole family. Lodging options include country inns, condominiums and all-suite hotels. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:55

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Lakes Region Flag Football League Spring Registration Now Open

MEREDITH — Registration for the Spring 2014 Season of the Lakes Region Flag Football League has begun.

For the month of January the LRFFL will be offering a "January Special" discounted sign-up fee of $60 per player. Beginning February 1 the registration fee will be $65. Credit card payments are accepted online, and checks are also accepted.

The LRFFL is open to all boys and girls in the Lakes Region area between the ages of 4-17, with 5 age divisions: ages 4-6; ages 6-8; ages 9-11; ages 12-14 and ages 15-17. All divisions are co-ed.

The Spring 2014 Season will begin in early April with player evaluations and end with Super Bowl Saturday on June 14. The entire season schedule is posted on the LRFFL website: lrffl.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:49

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Roche Realty Group Reports Sales in Excess of $103 Million for 2013

MEREDITH — Roche Realty Group, Inc. with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has reported sales volume in excess of $103 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2013.

The firm enjoyed an increase of 30% in sales volume and unit sales compared to the previous 12 months. The company had a total of 395 transaction sides, making this one of the strongest years on record since 2004.
Frank Roche, president, commented, "I attribute this exceptional year to our professional realtors and our dedicated support staff. Their commitment to superior service and their hard work day-in and day-out certainly made things happen." The company averaged over $1.98 million in sales volume per week over the 12 month period.
He continued, "We spent a significant amount of our budget promoting our listings on a regional basis, and we completely revised and upgraded our website RocheRealty.com, our internet optimization, and our marketing presence on over 32 national and international real estate websites. Through our worldwide connections with LuxuryRealEstate.com and other national portals we increased our market reach immensely."

The company produced a very strong showing in waterfront sales where it was ranked one of the top firms in the state in unit sales. The semi-retirement and second home markets produced strong results with a large number of cash transactions fueled by a slowly recovering economy.

Communities such as South Down Shores, Long Bay, Nature's View, Willow Pond, and other water access communities throughout the Lakes Region showed exceptional activity. Roche Realty Group, Inc. specializes in residential, waterfront sales, vacation properties, condominiums, single-family subdivisions and PUD's, as well as new construction, commercial sales, and investment properties.

Roche Realty Group, Inc. is one of the largest independent family owned real estate companies in New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:35

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