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3 Meredith churches sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday afternoon

MEREDITH — Three Meredith churches are sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Garden at Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 25.

All creatures great and small (and their owners) are invited to the ecumenical service to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals. The event will be held rain or shine.

Those attending the service and blessing are being encouraged to bring pet food, cat litter, etc., which then will be donated to the Humane Society.

The service will last less than a half hour, and will include Bible readings, prayers, and a blessing for pets.

Organizers are reminding those planning to bring pets that the animals must either be leashed, caged, carried, or otherwise under their owner's control.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:30

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Join LRCT for a Fall Hike along the Historic and Scenic Brook Walk

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Tuesday, October 7, join the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) for a fall hike along the Brook Walk, a historic and scenic trail within LRCT's Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust has conserved over 23,000 acres in the Lakes Region since its founding in 1979. The Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in Moultonborough and Tuftonboro, totaling over 5,000 conserved acres, is the largest property owned by LRCT. The 30 miles of trails spread throughout this conservation area are maintained by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of LRCT volunteers.

During this guided excursion, participants will hike beside impressive gorges, following the course of Shannon Brook as it flows over rapids and seven spectacular cascades. LRCT's knowledgeable guides will share some of the interesting history of the Brook Walk, including when and why it was first established by B.F. Shaw long ago and some of the poems of the great poets who were inspired by it. Historic photos and postcard images will also be shared with participants along the way.

This easy-moderate 2 mile hike will follow the Shannon Brook Trail to the Brook Walk, looping back to Shannon Pond. The total elevation change during the hike will be 300 feet. Participants will be asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m. with a 9 a.m. hike start time. The trip will return at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Participation will be limited and preregistration is required ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 603-253-3301). Additional details about the hike will be sent out to those who preregister.

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Blues legend Larry Garner performing at Pitman’s Freight Room


LACONIA — Blues Legend Larry Garner will perform at Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia on Saturday October 4 at 8 pm.

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Garner, who is perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today, one of the top five bluesmen on the planet.

"I started playing guitar because I had an uncle, George, who taught me. He was a paraplegic, and he played like Jimmy Reed. I learned through him, and started playing at the church and behind a gospel group that played on the radio.''

Garner continued playing music during his military service, and playing in army bands while stationed in Korea steeled him for the life of a full-time musician. "I'm on tour all the time," he says. "I go to Europe and England a few times a year. Over there they really like my original stuff. They hear guys playing the blues, but when I come in, they come right up and say, 'Thank God — a real blues band."

Catered dinner available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations.

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PSU hosting counter-terrorism conference


PLYMOUTH – A major conference zeroing in on topics related to security measures and terrorist activity -- both here and abroad -- will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Plymouth State University Welcome Center and Ice Arena.

Several of the nation's top federal, state and local experts will present a wide range of current topics during this Northeast Summit on Cyber Security, Critical Infrastructure and Counter-Terrorism. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will feature speakers, including Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen, New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer, New Hampshire Fusion Center Director and State Police Sgt. Chris Scott and several other law enforcement, cyber security and terrorism experts.

Global-threat Research LLC is presenting the summit at which law enforcement, emergency management, first responders, infrastructure companies and utilities will hear and speak with top counter-terrorism authorities.

Speakers headlining the summit include an FBI special agent who will speak on critical infrastructure protection, and PSU Assistant Vice President and Information Officer Richard Grossman who will speak on cyber crime prevention and strategies. Also an FBI supervisory special agent will speak on critical infrastructure protection.

PSU Special Investigator Jennifer Frank will speak on social media problems, and a U.S. Secret Service special agent will be speaking about counter-terrorism.

Several displays of materials featuring many important programs will be featured, including a CD, "The Grand Deception," recently produced by Steven Emerson, executive director of The Investigative Project. Authorities will also speak on networking, crypto, cyber and banking security.

The summit is being produced by the Global-threat Research LLC team led by Managing Director Richard Dion, Ph.D.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 07:58

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