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Belknap Mill historian to speak at Laconia Public Library on Tuesday (330)

LACONIA – Laconia Public Library will host a presentation on the history of Laconia's Belknap Mill with author and historian Carol Lee Anderson on Tuesday, Sept. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anderson is the author of the recently released book titled, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage."

The publication follows the release of Anderson's second book, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip," which came out last fall. She is also the author of the award-winning, "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," published by The History Press in 2011.

Also on hand to speak during the presentation will be Manchester businessman J. Paul Morin, who wrote the foreword to the book. Morin's great-grandfather, J.P. Morin, bought the Belknap Mill in 1913, and the Morin family subsequently owned and operated a hosiery business at the mill for three generations. J. Paul is the last of his generation to have first-hand experience with the family's complex enterprise.

"A History of the Belknap Mill" took Anderson nearly a year to write. It encompasses not only the mill's history but also the industrial history of Laconia. The tale of this history includes the stories of many of the French-Canadian immigrants who worked as mill operatives, and it further chronicles the story of women mill workers, who were known as "mill girls." The women far out-numbered their male counterparts and performed far more complicated tasks.

The intense battle for the mill's preservation and restoration is described throughout several chapters of the book, which features an interview with Save the Mills and Belknap Mill Society founder, Peter Karagianis. Anderson conducted additional interviews with Dr. Richard Candee, an architectural historian who helped those who saved the mill from demolition during urban renewal and helped guide the Belknap Mill Society through the mill's complex restoration process.

Following the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.


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"Bowls of Care" September 25th Celebrates and Supports Family Caregivers

CONCORD — On the evening of September 25th, the art world will meet the family caregiving world when 100 bowls hand-crafted by NH potters will be on display for selection by the evening's attendees.

Over a dozen potters and the Alton Central School students have donated their time and creative energy to help support ServiceLink, and the Elder Services' Department of the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc.'s "Bowls of Care... a gathering to support community and family caregivers." The event will be held at NH Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord NH, from 5-8 and will feature a soup buffet dinner, live music by Jazz/Americana singer Cat Faulkner and Singer/Songwriter John Schindler, and keynote presentation by Family Caregiving Life Coach, A. Michael Bloom, author of The Accidental Caregiver, who espouses meaningful and uplifting messages for caregivers such as "Keep chocolate in your pillbox!" and "Self-care isn't selfish." Four beautiful themed baskets will also be available for raffle, including "The Spa Basket," "The Wine Basket," "The Caregiver Basket" and "The Pottery Basket."

The evening will benefit Elder Services' and ServiceLink's family caregiver services and the clients who need care, as well as raise awareness of this growing issue. Tickets are $30 and include a beautiful artisan bowl; buffet dinner of soups, wraps, salads and desserts donated by local restaurants, live music, and the tactical soul-saving strategies provided by Keynote Speaker, A. Michael Bloom, which will inspire and recharge the energy of family and professional caregivers. Tickets and raffle information are available by calling 225-3295 or contacting Nicole Finitisis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Meredith Congregational Church hosting brunch on Sunday

MEREDITH — Meredith's First Congregational Church hosts a brunch on Sunday, September 21 at 11 a.m.

A portion is donated to the Pastor’s discretionary fund which serves all of the Meredith community. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-10 and free for those ages 6 and under. All are welcome. The church is located at 4 Highland Street in Meredith. 

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Laconia adult ed offers computer classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four week Microsoft Word & Windows: Introduction To computer class beginning on Tuesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 25. The class will meet from 6:30-8:30 PM at Laconia High School noted Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

This hands-on class is for the beginner who has little or no experience using a computer. It will introduce people to the basics of computer terminology and the popular word processing program Microsoft Word.

This orientation to computers is ideal for those who have had little or no exposure to computers. There will be an overview of parts of the computer and terminology including: desktop, menus, mouse instruction, scrolling, clicking, keying (typing), saving, and basic Internet skills.

Learn how to search the Internet more effectively in this hands-on introductory class. Basic search techniques and tools will be demonstrated. Learn how to create, format, save/open and cut/copy and paste documents.

To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

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