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Opechee Garden Club hosts Florist Voted #1 in the Lakes Region

LACONIA — Elaine Hinchey, guest speaker for the Opechee Garden Club's meeting on Monday, November 4, 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road has had over 28 years of experience in floral design.

This award-winning floral designer, noted for her unique styles, and husband, Stephen, have been owners and operators of the Heaven Scent Design Flower and Gift Shop on Union Avenue in Laconia since 1993. Hinchey will demonstrate creating an organic tablescape using gourds, natural grasses and flora which will be gifted to some lucky member.

Chairs Jessie Lacombe and Brenda O'Brien and their committee of Christina Halstead, Ann Woglom, Gladys McCaughey, Sally Doten, Fran Donahue, Trudy Hastings, Pati Litchfield, Miriam Smith, Helen Denley, Sandy Morey and Eileen Russilillo will serve light refreshments.

The club will repeat a very successful "Little Black Dress" presentation to be chaired by Judy Robertson and Cynthia McNutt featuring Bill Graham's return with his "Blueprints for the Holidays". Graham will be offering ideas for holiday decorating from the front door to the dining room table and how to add some bling into fashion. Graham will create eight floral arrangements to be auctioned at the Gilford Community Church, Thursday, November 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program, open to the public for a $5 donation, begins at 7 p.m.

OGC members are busy working with Chair Doreen Worthley on the club's holiday Greens and Gifts Boutique at the Belknap Mill on December 6 and 7. Barb Sargent has organized several mini workshops in preparation for the sale, and Sandy Gove will take final reservations from members for wreaths and other greens and provide information on the club's traditional greens workshop.

The Opechee Garden Club, which meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Rd., Gilford. New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call Judy Robertson at 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:06

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Altrusa of Laconia celebrates Make A Difference Day at Hands Across the Table

LACONIA — Altrusa International of Laconia celebrated Make a Difference Day a few days early at the October 22 Hands Across the Table community meal.

The enthusiastic Laconia Altrusa club members assembled together earlier in October to paint pumpkins purchased at a discounted rate from Appletree Nursery in order to distribute them to the children attending the dinner that evening. The club members also used apples donated by Smith Orchard to make some delicious apple crisp for that meal's dessert.

Make a Difference Day this year was Saturday, October 26, known as the largest national day of community service. Every year millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others and participate to help change the lives of a million others.

As a 501(C) 3 non-profit entity, all Altrusa of Laconia monies are raised through various fundraising activities and donations, and then redistributed back into the community in the form of scholarships, contributions, and projects that meet the mission of Altrusa.

For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, including information on membership or to make an online tax-deductable donation through PayPal, visit: www.altrusalaconia.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:59

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‘Called to Africa’ film to be shown in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library will be showing the film "Schweitzer: Called to Africa" as the tenth movie as part of the Film Series. The film will be shown on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8: p.m. and will be held on the second floor of the library.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer is remembered around the world as one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in healing the sick and injured in Africa. This towering figure - jungle doctor, pastor, philosopher, and celebrated musician - was revered by royalty and the famous of his day. Yet the price of his fame was paid for in part by his wife and daughter, left behind in Europe while he pursued his African dream.

"Called to Africa" tells his remarkable story through the eyes of his wife, Helene, a nurse who shared her husband's dream of carving a hospital out of the rugged African jungle. The movie is filmed on location in Strasbourg, France, where the young Schweitzer gave organ recitals and preached, and in Gabon, West Africa, where the hospital he founded continues to treat people today.

A discussion is to follow the film, which will run for approximately 52 minutes. For further information call the library at 286-8288 or visit the church's web site at uccsanbornton.org

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Author reveals the cartoonist behind 'Archie'

LACONIA — Bob Montana, creator of "Archie" comics, was much more than a cartoonist, and the author of a new biography of the man focused on those other aspects of his life during a presentation and book-signing at the Belknap Mill on Oct. 23.

Carol Lee Anderson's book, published by the History Press, is entitled The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana and she said she purposely avoided using original cartoons, although his family made some available.

Anderson told her audience that she wanted to present the story as a sort of history of the area, pointing out that the comic strip he created and continued drawing until his death in 1975 was filled with references to people and businesses in the Lakes Region, and the clothing reflected the styles of the time.

Drawing upon family interviews and private photographs, Anderson presented a portrait of the artist as a man who volunteered his time and talents to many causes, including the saving of the Belknap Mill where her program was taking place. She showed an unfinished cartoon he had created to support the Save the Mill project, initiated when the historic textile mill was in danger of being demolished to make way for newer buildings. There was no historic preservation agency at the time and Montana was among those at the forefront of the movement to preserve historic landmarks.

Anderson credited Montana's daughter, Lynn, and her siblings with providing access to the materials that showed who Bob Montana really was. Prior to her book, information on Bob Montana was limited to his having been a resident of Haverhill, Mass. Anderson noted that he lived in Haverhill for only three years and, while Archie's high school experiences were based on his own days as a student in Haverhill, many of the references in the comics were to people and places in the Meredith area, where he lived and raised his family.

Bob Montana was active in the community, starting a theatre group and filming a movie there, and he loved to share his talents with children. People in the audience agreed, many of them having met him as children and some had postcards and drawings he had given them.

Copies of Anderson's book are available at the Belknap Mill and from the History Press.

 

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