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'The Greatest Show on Snow': History of the Laconia Sled Dog Derby

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host its monthly lecture program ''The Greatest Show on Snow'', on Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. Raymond H. Simoneau, LuAnn Walsh, Jennifer Lyman, Libby Lyman Winn and Keith Bryar Jr. will share the history of the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby.

It will also host a reception at the library for an opening of an exhibition on the Sled Dog Derby's history on Tuesday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

In 1927, Laconia became one of the first places in the nation to ever host a sled-dog race. The Laconia Sled Dog Club was formed in 1936 and the World Championships were held here from 1935 through 1939 at which time many of the racers went into the service. After the war, the club was reorganized into the present Lakes Region Sled Dog Club.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, contact LHMS at (603) 527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:58

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New chair appointed to the Museum of White Mountains council

PLYMOUTH — Civic leader, volunteer, artist, and philanthropist Woolsey S. Conover has been named chair of the advisory council for the Museum of the White Mountains by Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen.

"Woolsey has graciously agreed to lead the Museum's key volunteer group toward the realization of the Museum's mission to preserve and promote the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the White Mountains region. PSU is fortunate to have a leader so well-respected throughout New England as its advocate and advisor," President Steen said.

"This is quite an honor for me," said Conover. "The Museum encapsulates many of my primary interests, the making of art, the scope and beauty of the White Mountains, the importance of museums in our society, which capture the past and celebrate the future. Further, I am highly impressed with the outreach efforts Plymouth State is making under Sara Jayne Steen's inestimable leadership to include residents of our region in its work and outcomes."

Conover is a trustee of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and former trustee of New Hampshire Public Radio, an advisor to The Northern Forest Center and several other New Hampshire non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Bea, are also involved with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Prior to retirement, Conover was founder and principal of Consolidated Group Trust, an 800-employee business in Framingham, Massachusetts. He served as a director of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, president of the Board of Governors for the Copley (Art) Society of Boston, a director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and a trustee for the Danforth Museum of Art and the Rivers School. In 1993 he convened a group that led to the formation of the Foundation for Metrowest, a community foundation serving 30 cities and towns west of Boston.

"Woolsey has deep devotion to the White Mountain region and experience in the non-profit sector that includes both museums and higher education," according to the Museum's founding director, Catherine Amidon. "He understands the strategic importance of building the Museum's reputation and audience in these early years," she added.

A graduate of Princeton University, Conover is also an artist, a painter whose oil works featuring landscapes of the Lakes Region have been exhibited throughout New England.


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Tri-County CAP negoitating with providers on transportation plans

OSSIPEE — The changes in the state Medicaid providers have affected many people. Tri-County CAP passengers in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties have been informed that the agency is currently in negotiations with the provider for NH Healthy Families and Meridian Health Plan to continue to provide Tri-County CAP passengers with Medicaid with the ability to continue to ride with them.

Tri-County CAP is also in the process of beginning negotiations with the provider of the Well Sense Health Plan. The new process for obtaining transportation services is to call your plan provider to set up the provider for all your transportation needs. If Tri-County Cap (North Country Transit, Blue Loon Transit) has been your provider, you can request through your health plan provider for Tri-County Cap transportation services to continue to provide for your transportation needs. Passengers who have opted out for a year, or who have a regular spend down, and are still on the Regular Medicaid transportation, can continue to follow their normal process of scheduling a trip directly with Tri-County Cap Transit.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:24

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Moultonboro Self Storage is Toys for Tots Dropoff Spot

MOULTONBOROUGH — Toys for Tots collection is now underway at Moultonboro Self Storage, a participant in the program once again this year.

Toys for Tots is a national campaign to collect new unwrapped toys that will be given to less fortunate children in time for Christmas Day. This program is coordinated throughout the country by the United States Marine Corps (USMC). A collection box is in place at Moultonboro Self Storage, located at 1060 Whittier Highway (Route 25) in Moultonboro (between the Moultonboro Public Safety Building and the Airport).

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 10:49

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