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Tommy Turkey Announces New Website for Annual Turkey Plunge

LACONIA — Thomas Turkey, aka "Tommy", is pleased to announce a new website for the annual Turkey Plunge. The site, created just to support the Lakes Region Salvation Army, is www.saturkeyplunge.org.

Individuals can log on at this site and identify a team or individual plunger and then make a pledge using a credit card. "With just a few days to go till the Plunge on Saturday, we need to make this our best year yet for pledging support" said Tommy. Tommy reminds all that this year's Plunge will be at Opechee Cove Beach in Laconia with gates opening at 10 a.m. followed by costume judging, picture taking and warm-up exercises. The first Plunge Team will hit the water at 12 Noon.

Following the Plunge, everyone is invited to attend the luncheon at the nearby Laconia Middle School. Plungers eat for free while the general public is asked to make a $5 donation. Culinary Arts students from LRCC will be serving chili, chowder, soups and stews from some of the area's finest restaurants as well as luscious desserts baked by the college students.

This year the Plunge Committee has received support from newcomers Junior's Crush House and Big Cat Coffees. They join Hart's, Patrick's Pub, Kitchen Cravings, Fratellos, O Steak & Seafood, T-Bones, Lago and Coca Cola of Northern New England as prime sponsors of the Plunge luncheon. An array of gift cards and services will be awarded as door prizes at the luncheon.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:17

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Innisfree Bookshop Hosting Bob Montana Book Author Carol Lee Anderson

MEREDITH — Innisfree Bookshop, in the Mill Falls Marketplace, Meredith is pleased to announce that Lakes Region historian; Carol Lee Anderson will be signing of her latest work The New England Life of Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip, on Saturday, December 7 from 2-4 p.m. All are welcome.
Carol Lee Anderson's latest book focuses on Bob Montana creator of the Archie comic strip and one of America's greatest cartoonists. He always considered himself a true New Englander. Filled with the antics of the rambunctious teenagers of the fictional Riverdale High, Montana's comic strip was based on his high school years in Haverhill Massachusetts.

At the height of his career, he lived as a beloved resident in the quaint picturesque town of Meredith in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For nearly thirty years, he was considered an extraordinarily respected contributor to the community. Drawing from the Yankee humor he saw around him Montana deftly included local scenes, events and characters in the puns and pranks of Archie's comic-strip life. Join historian Carol Lee Anderson as she takes readers beyond the Archie comic strip and tells the story of the remarkable New England of Bob Montana.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:03

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Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities at LRGHealthcare


LACONIA — Does the thought of frigid weather and being cooped up inside on the days and months ahead sound discouraging? Avoid cabin fever this winter and join the great team of volunteers at LRGHealthcare.

The Volunteer Program at LRGHealthcare consists of over 200 community members who serve at Franklin Regional Hospital and Lakes Region General Hospital, as well as Healthlink, Hillside, the Winnipesaukee Wellness Center, and other locations.

Volunteering has many proven benefits. Did you know that people who volunteer on a regular basis live longer and healthier lives? As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to create new, lasting friendships and will also have something very rewarding to do every week.

By volunteering at LRGHealthcare you might be the first face an anxious patient sees as they walk into the hospital -- alleviating some of their stress with your smile and kind words as you escort them to a test or procedure. You may assist a family member with their purchase of an uplifting gift for a loved one. Some volunteers are out in the field installing Lifeline systems in the homes of seniors, providing an important safety measure that allows them to stay in their homes while bringing peace of mind to their loved ones. If you know how to knit or sew join a group of volunteers every Monday who make comfort dolls and stuffed animals for children or seniors who could use a smile.

These are just a few of the opportunities the LRGHealthcare Volunteer Program has to offer. Shifts run as short as 3 hours a week. We will work with you to find the right position and the best hours to fit your schedule.

Call today to set up an appointment to talk with Darcy Peary (737-6720) or Sandy Marshall (527-2895) about the various volunteer positions and this very fulfilling and rewarding opportunity.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:54

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Northfield Historical Society Hosting Program on Grange History

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Historical Society has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to present "New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline". The program will be presented on Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall, 21 Summer Street, Northfield.

Speaker Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for twenty five years as New Hampshire's Commissioner of Agriculture. Taylor was the founding Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.

In the late 19th century, much of rural New Hampshire was in decline due to abandonment of farms, decline in population, and reversion of cleared land to forest. The development of the Grange movement offered social interaction, entertainment and mutual support. As membership surged it became a major force in policymaking in Concord. Many Grange initiatives became law, placing the state at the leading edge in several areas of reform.

Steve Taylor analyzes the rapid social and economic changes that would lead to the steep decline of the once powerful movement. The program is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:45

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