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Pitmans Hosting Blast from the Past on New Year's Eve

LACONIA — It has been a tumultuous year for Dick and Connie Mitchell at Pitman's Freight Room, having to deal not once, but twice, with arson fires, but they quickly bounced both times and their burgeoning music scene hasn't missed a beat.

2013 was a mixed bag for sure, but at least it wasn't 1969, the year Richard Nixon became President and Charlie Manson became famous. 1969 wasn't all bad: the first Led Zeppelin album came out, the Grateful Dead released the first 16-track studio LP, "Aoxomoxoa," and the Beatles released their last-recorded album, "Abbey Road." And then of course, there was Woodstock and the First Moonwalk (Neil Armstrong, not Michael Jackson).

Nostalgia frequently collides with amnesia this time of year, so the Mitchells thought that the best way to greet the New Year was by paying homage to times gone by, and so are pleased to present a special New Year's Eve show, A Blast from the Past, a return to 1969 for a fitting tribute to the music and fashion of years gone by. And it is only fitting that the music for the evening will be provided by the Wharf Rats, a sort of retro-jam-folk-rock band, whose material is rooted in the 1960s and -70s.

The Rats will be playing three sets, one acoustic and two electric, as many bands did "back in the day." And there will be food, lots of it, served buffet style by lovely ladies, and the economically minded will note the low ticket price and the fact that Pitman's Freight Room is a BYOB venue.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door, and include a sumptuous five course buffet meal served from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Dress is casual, 60s-themed or "hippie" duds are encouraged but not required.

Advance tickets are available at Greenlaw's Music on Main Street and Pitman's Freight Room, at 94 New Salem Street, both in Downtown Laconia, by visiting the band's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wharfratsNH) and clicking on the Events link, by calling 603-393-7875 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:38

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Abenaki Ski Area opens on December 26

WOLFEBORO — Abenaki Ski Area will be opening for its 78th season on Wednesday, December 26th at 11 a.m.

The mountain will be open to the public five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, throughout our entire season ending in mid-March. Abenaki will be hosting private ski team practices for the Abenaki Ski Team and Brewster Academy Ski Team on days when the mountain is closed to the public.

The mountain will be open with the following hours:Wednesday—Friday: 4-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rates are $5 residents/$17 non-residents; Kiddie Tow-only Passes: $5 resident or non-resident; Youth and Senior Season Passes: $30 resident/$102 non-resident; Adult Season Passes: $45 resident/$153 non-resident; and Family Season Passes: $105 resident/$357 non-resident.

The Abenaki Ski Team returns again with a Youth Alpine Racing division and Freestyle Ski and Snowboard divisions. All three divisions of the Ski Team offer professional coaching and a chance to compete at USSA races and freestyle meets throughout New Hampshire.

For more information see the Parks and Recreation website at www.wolfeboronh.us/abenaki or contact Aynne De Beer (Alpine Racing) at 603-986-4235 or Sarah Hipple (Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding) at 603-738-7701.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:20

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LRCC hosts workshop to help find a job

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) is offering a workshop designed to help individuals who are struggling to find employment. The workshop will be held in four sessions, Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, 2014.

The workshop will focus on the step-by-step process of finding employment, and will also address building self-confidence, career exploration and job search planning, how to write and market your resume, the process of customizing cover letters, mock interviewing and marketing you skills, and understanding the needs of employers to getting the job.

Lori Mahar will be instructing the workshop. Mahar is a new adjunct at LRCC for the Spring 2014 Semester, teaching in the Business Management department. Mahar is also the Program Manager for the National Able Network in Manchester, a senior community service program whose mission is to support individuals 55 years and older that are experiencing barriers in obtaining employment.

To register visit the Lakes Region Community College at 379 Belmont Road in Laconia or by telephone with the Registrar's office at (603) 524-3207. The cost of the workshop is $30.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:50

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Safe Boating classes offered in moultonborough (66)

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Department of Safety, Boating Education is offering the boating education course to the public starting in January.

There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class and because of the limited seating pre-registration is required. Call (603) 267-2037 or (888) 254-2125 to pre-register (Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.)

Seating is still available for one-day courses at the Moultonborough Police Department on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.and May 31 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:40

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