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4th Annual Ronny Bean Arm Wrestling Championship is Saturday

LACONIA — The Salvation Army will be hosting its 4th annual Ronny Bean Memorial Arm Wrestling Championship on Saturday, October 5 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Paradise Beach Club in the Weirs.

All are welcome to participate in the event. Weigh in will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will be put into various different groups depending on weight classes, levels of experience, and ages of groups for boys and girls. Trophies will be given to the top three winners of each division. 

The competition is put on by Granite Arms, an arm wrestling team run by Badger Drewes from Bedford. Entry fees are $20 per adults and $5 for kids. Proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army. For more information call Harry or Priscilla Bean at 455-6115.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:45

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International Film The Sapphires Monday October 7

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents The Sapphires, Monday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m.

This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.
In 1968 Australia, three sisters from an Aboriginal community head into town to try-out as a pop singing group in a talent contest. A cousin, who is able 'to pass', lives in 'the city'. She is persuaded to join them as a fourth. Because of their youthful age and because one is a mother, leaving is not easy. They have been singing for many years for their own community and now want to see if they can go beyond in wider Australian society. The young women are the only Aboriginal people performing at the contest. Though being by far the best, the prejudice of being Aboriginal means they do not win. However, the attention of an ebullient, Irish talent-scout, who is also a heavy drinker, has been drawn to them. He offers to work with them, molding and broadening them into a popular pop-singing group.
One of the girls finds out that singers are needed to entertain the troops in Vietnam, particularly black G.I.'s who miss their soul music. Their talent scout helps them to audition in Melbourne and subsequently switch to soul. Their tour in Vietnam carries its own adventure as now top-notch performers. Though The Sapphires are a success with the American G.I.'s, they are caught in the cross-fire of war, romantic liaisons, and the day-to-day stresses of working together.
This film is loosely based on the all-female Australian aboriginal singing group named The Sapphires in the 1960s. They performed at hotels, pubs, cabarets, clubs, parties, army barracks and universities around Melbourne. They were invited to Vietnam to perform for the troops in the late 1960's. This 2012 film was released in the U.S. in March of 2013 with limited showings.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. 

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Vintage Base Ball Tournament at the Nick

WOLFEBORO — On Saturday, October 5, the New Hampshire Granite Vintage Base Ball team will play a round robin tournament to benefit the Kingswood Youth Center.

The men of New Hampshire Granite will take on two of Maine's finest vintage teams in this exhibition that will begin at 9 a.m. at the Nicholas J. Pernokas Recreation Park.

The games will feature the home state New Hampshire Granite (www.nhgranite.wordpress.com), and cross state rivals: the Dirigo Vintage Base Ball team (http://www.dirigobaseball.org/), and newly formed Presumpscot Base Ball team.

Admission is $10 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 6 and up. Children under 5 are free. Hamburgers, chips and water will be available for purchase. For more information regarding the teams please contact New Hampshire Granite Brian Donohue at (339)927-7270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Gilfrod Methodist church hosts Blessing of the Animals

GILFORD — All animal lovers and pet owners are invited to the First United Methodist Church of Gilford on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. for a celebration of the Blessing of the Animals.

Churches celebrates the Feast of St. Francis on October 4 of each year, and many local churches have chosen to honor and celebrate Francis' example and influence by conducting Blessing of the Animals events. Pastor Tom Getchell-Lacey will be conducting the service, that while it is not happening on the actual feast day of St. Francis, it will be offered the day after as a tribute to this beloved saint.

Please have your animals on leashes or in carriers for their safety. The outdoor chapel is behind the shed in back of the church.

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