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20 New England Authors Gather for Bayswater's 4th Annual Author Fair

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will host its 4th Annual New England Author Fair on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This year's family event will be bigger and better than ever, featuring authors Rebecca Rule, Andy Opel, Karel Hayes and Page Coulter, along with 16 more authors from NH, MA, VT and ME.
A humorist and author, Rebecca Rule collects and tells stories of New Hampshire and New England. Rule's collection includes Headin' for the Rhubarb, Live Free and Eat Pie and her newest addition, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever, Rule's first book for children. Any Opel is the author of two popular Lake Winnipesaukee adventure books for children; The Weirs and The Witches, A Winnipesaukee Adventure. Watercolor artist, illustrator and author Karel Hayes is known for her popular picture book series that includes The Summer Visitors and The Winter Visitors. Hayes has authored/illustrated over 10 books. Local author Page Coulter will also introduce her new poetry collection, Squam Fever.

Bayswater will also welcome mystery novelists Chris Casko, KD Mason and Mark Okrant, along with fiction authors Steve Smith and Catherine Dougherty. NH interest authors Ron Guillmette, Jane Rice, Carol Lee Anderson, Marianne O'Connor, Kay Morgan and Brendan Smith will be on hand, along with authors Kurt Springs and Dan Szczesny. Adi Rule, Judie Yuill and Marcia Strykowski will round out the selection of authors with their children's and young adult books.
Bayswater owner Michelle Taft is excited about the growing number of authors attending this year's fair.
"The response over the past years has been so great that we have been able to grow each year. We started with five local children's authors and doubled in size during our second year. The feedback we received from customers and authors was that we should add some adult interest writers and books. With that in mind, a lot of time was spent during the quiet winter months reaching out to the writer and illustrator community to bring what we think will be a great summer event," said Taft.

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Rocking blues and barbecue at Pitman’s

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia is hosting Rosemary and the Snakestretchers on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Rosemary Casey has been consistently rocking the New England Music scene since 2009 with her high energy, rocking R&B Blues.

Carl "Jake The Snake" Jacobsen is no stranger to the New England Blues scene as the long time front man for Jake and the Snakestretchers. A master of the guitar and vocals, Jake joined forces with Casey in 2014 and brings to the band a great energy loved by all. His "laid back" commanding style is ever so entertaining. 

Admission to the show is $12, Pitman's is a BYOB venue. An optional pre-show barbecue is available for $10 and will be served beginning at 6 p.m.

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3 renowned artisans leading classes at Sandwich Home Industries

SANDWICH — The Sandwich Home Industries, (SHI) will feature three renowned artisans from New Hampshire during the first classes of the season starting Thursday, June 26 at 10 a.m. The artisans featured during the summer season are Joy Raskin, Sue Mulvey, and Sara Goodman.

Mulvey will start on June 26 at the Gallery in Sandwich, teaching forged pendants, including bezel making, soldering and cabochon setting skills. The next day, Friday the 27 Raskin will meet students at 10 a.m. instructing them in the art of wire chain jewelry constructing. Using copper, brass, bronze and silverplate, students wrap, bend, knit, hammer, and spiral their way to making chains to be worn or samples.

Finally, starting 7th with additional class dates of July 21, August 4 and 11, Sara Goodman will present a 4 class program on Learning to Weave for new weavers or those seeking a refresher. The instruction will include learning the essential elements of pattern, color and design, project planning, weaving instruction and finishing handwoven cloth: washing and fringe. Each student is assigned a loom, and is encouraged to work in between classes on these looms when the gallery is open. There will also be open studio hours by the instructor for the students to get additional help between classes.

Additional classes scheduled in the next several weeks by the Sandwich Home Industries include: Chair Caning for beginners July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 14, Atmospheric Perspective in Pastel adult class and Kiln-fired glass sun catchers pre-teens class both held on Thursday, July 17. There are also 19 additional classes scheduled between July 18 and August 27 for adults, teens and children.

All of the classes this year have only limited space and students must register for each class. The classes listed are open to all adults and teens. There are a dozen classes for pre-teen and children as well. For more information and or to fill out the mandatory registration forms visit nhcrafts.org/center-sandwich or email the gallery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ., or call 284-6831.

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Moultonborough Police K-9, Rony, Retires After Nearly 9 Years on the Job

MOULTONBOROUGH — It hasn't been a "ruff" life for Moultonborough Police Department K-9 Rony, but even after nearly nine years of service, he was still up-and-ready when his last day on the job came on May 30.

The 11-year-old German Shepard was born in the Czech Republic, flown to the United States and trained by Castle K-9 when he was 1 year old. Rony was then brought to the Moultonborough Police Department and first paired with Officer James O'Brien. When Officer O'Brien left the department, Rony was paired with Detective Stephen Kessler, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Kessler, who has been a member of the department since 1995, really took to his partner, and that is why Rony will be living with Kessler and his family in retirement.

"Rony has served the citizens of Moultonborough well and deserves to spend his remaining years in peace, with his handler and partner, Detective Stephen Kessler and the Kessler family," said Moultonborough Police Chief Leonard J. Wetherbee Jr.

The Moultonborough PD has decided not to train another K-9 at this time, and will retrofit the K-9 cruiser to become a part of the uniform fleet.

Rony was a multi-purpose K-9, able to track and apprehend suspects, detect narcotics, and conduct routine patrol. Kessler recalls many incidents when he and Rony were responsible for tracking down suspects after they had fled their vehicles, as well as a time when they located a suspect barricaded inside the closet of a house, leading to his arrest.

"Rony is very intelligent and he's very social, with both people and other dogs," said Kessler, who yells commands to Rony in the dog's native Czechoslovakian. "He's a very loyal companion. I'd rather work with him than most humans!"

The two officers were even part of two Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams – Belknap County Special Operations SWAT and Central New Hampshire Special Operations SWAT.

Now that Rony is retired, it doesn't mean he's slowed down. According to Kessler, who received official ownership of Rony from the town, Rony still has lots of energy, especially now that he's not using any for work.

"He's 11 years old but you wouldn't know it," said Kessler. "Rony loved coming in to work. Not having him with me 24/7 every day is kind of different. I absolutely miss him when I'm at work, but now that he's retired he's just got to hang out and be a normal dog."


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