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Craft fair to be held at N.H. Marathon on Saturday

BRISTOL — Once again, the Saturday of the New Hampshire Marathon -- this year, October 4 -- offers two kinds of events in Bristol, running, and shopping at the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair.
Held for over 15 years, the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair has filled the gymnasium in Newfound Memorial Middle School with booths displaying a wide assortment of reasonably priced, high quality products. From soy candles to pottery, wood products to hand cranked socks, jewelry, knitted and baby items, and decorative scarves to maple products, fishing flies, and photography, there's something for everyone. This year there are over thirty booths.
Visitors to the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair will see lots of familiar faces. More than half of the artisans and crafters hail from the local area. Many of the participants are returnees from previous years, and a few local newcomers will join the mix.
Funds from booth rentals are donated to help support three local charities: the Circle Program, the Mayhew Program, and Tapply-Thompson Community Center, all of which serve local communities.
The fair begins at 9 a.m. just after the start of the marathon and the 10k run, and it ends at 3 p.m. Parking is available behind Newfound Memorial Middle School, and admission to the event is free of charge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:14

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Belknap GOP to host Rick Perry on Monday, Joe Kenney on Wednesday

SANBORNTON — The Belknap County Republican Committee is hosting a grass-roots "Lakes Region Harvest Festival" to highlight their candidates. The event is scheduled for Monday, October 6, 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of Bill and Faith Tobin, 457 Knox Mountain Rd; Sanbornton, N.H. In addition, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate will be the guest speaker.
For a fee of $10 per person ($25 per family) attendees will be able to have hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, corn chowder, apple and pumpkin pie, and other desserts while at the same time enjoying a chance to meet all the candidates and and hear from Governor Perry.
This event will be under a tent and will be held rain or shine, warm or cool, so please dress appropriately.
Please RSVP to Faith Tobin at 934-5946 by Saturday, Oct. 4 to attend. A limited number of "walk-ins" will be admitted on Monday.

The Belknap County Republican Committee has scheduled their next monthly meeting for Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont.
With the campaign season in full swing, the committee is pleased to announce that Executive Councilor Joe Kenney will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 8 meeting. Kenney won the special election earlier this year to fill the late Ray Burton's seat as the District 1 Executive Councilor, and is now running for a full 2-year term on what is also known as the "Governor's Council". Kenney will share his accomplishments during his abbreviated term, as well as his plans and goals for the next two years.
Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded independents. Per the usual meeting format, those interested in the dinner option and/or wish to socialize before the meeting should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m.
The committee once again reminds everyone planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.
For more information, please check www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:09

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Annual Baby/Children’s boutique being held on Saturday in Laconia

LACONIA — The LRGH Nursery Guild will be holding their annual Baby/Children's boutique this Saturday, October 4 at the Laconia Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event raises funds for women's and children's services in the Lakes Region.

"If you are looking for quality gently used clothing, toys and children's furniture this is the place to come. We have everything from children's books, games, strollers, high chairs, fall/winter clothing, shoes etc. The most popular items go first, we have people that line up at least a half hour before we open the doors", says Deb Fay, vice president of fundraising for the Nursery Guild.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:00

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Lakes Region Parade of Homes Tour to be held October 11 through 13

LACONIA — Columbus Day Weekend marks the beginning of the Lakes Region Parade of Homes Tour which runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 11th, 12th and 13th. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are just $10 per person (12 and under free) with this year's charity donations going to the WLNH Children's Auction.

Lakes Region Builders president, Ray Boelig, said many of the builders have worked all year to showcase their work and though most of this years entry homes are already sold, visitors will gain valuable insight on design ideas, modern technologies and green materials available. Now in its eighth season, organizers expect the parade to be well attended this year with about 200-300 visitors at each of the nine properties, from potential home buyers and those considering renovation projects to those who simply admire the craftsmanship that goes into well-built homes.

Builder Julie Hayward of Hayward & Company says, "This is our 5th consecutive year participating in the Lakes Region Parade of Homes! We love opening up our houses for all to tour. Each year our house is unique and special so tour attendees will be sure to see something new. Attendees will get to view a spectacular home in an amazing setting but what I feel sets us apart in the industry is our employees and trade contractors. Our team works extremely hard to bring the best to each project thus will be on-site during the Parade to answer questions and, most importantly, make it fun."

A little preparation will go a long way toward a productive parade-of-homes visit. Here are a few tips:

• Go to the website to view maps, addresses, home descriptions and driving directions:


• Plan your route in advance for the weekend. Visit a few each day or make a fun day of it and visit all 9 homes on the tour.

• Be prepared for any kind of weather, and wear comfortable shoes — you'll be walking a lot. Often "booties" are provided at the front doors of each home for visitors to slip over their shoes as a courtesy.

• Give yourself enough time at each home to take notes or jot down a few memory points about the homes you like best.

• When you are done with your last home on your customized tour, be sure to vote — and look for the results. Your vote will reflect your favorite home overall and represent "The 2014 "Peoples Choice Award."

Purchase your ticket at your first home on the tour and pick up our new 24-page color parade guidebook featuring all of the homes on the tour with photos and descriptions and map, as well as sponsors representing many of the products that you will see first hand in the homes.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:43

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