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Gilman Library offers program on Comet ISON

ALTON —  A program on the Comet ISON will be offered at the Gilman Library on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON), should be clearly naked eye visible in New Hampshire by early November. Since mid-September amateur astronomers worldwide have been eagerly studying it with medium-power telescopes. Based on what they are seeing, this comet, hailed as being 'special' when discovered in 2012, should definitely be conspicuous in the night sky during November.

It is likely to be the most memorable comet seen in New Hampshire since Hale Bopp in 1997. Towards Thanksgiving, ISON, which will 'graze' the surface of the Sun, might even be daylight visible. There are five different scenarios to what can then happen as the Comet rounds the Sun. If it survives even partly intact it could be a tantalizing sight around Christmas. A Holiday Comet. It will be the 'Comet of 2013', possibly the 'Great Comet of 2013'. It has the potential to be the 'Comet of the Century'.

The presenter, Alton-resident Anura Guruge,  whose books on popes gained considerable attention during the papal transition earlier this year, has written and published three books on Comet ISON, in print and in 99 cent eBook form, in addition to another book on comets: 'Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia'. His main ISON book, already, at various times, has reached Amazon's #1 spot for books on 'Comets, Meteors & Asteroids'.

This interactive, one-hour, slide-based presentation will cover all aspects of Comet ISON, including its discovery, name, origins, characteristics, orbital path and Sun-encounter scenarios. Background information on comets in general, with references to past 'greats', will also be included to provide context and perspective. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:45

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Chamber Seeks Nominations for Economic Improvement Awards

LACONIA — Each year,the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses for their economic development, construction or improvements in the Lakes Region or Twin Rivers regions at their Annual Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting.

This year's 95th annual meeting, being presented by Bank of New Hampshire, will be held on January, 16 2014 at Mill Falls at the Lake in the Winnipesaukee Room at Church Landing in Meredith.
The Chamber is seeking nominations for this year's outstanding organizations that have remodeled, renovated or rebuilt in the 2013 calendar. Categories for eligible businesses are: retail (large or small); commercial; municipal; industrial; and non-profit.
There are 3 prestigious awards being presented at the event. The Golden Trowel Award is presented to a business to recognize their accomplishments for rehabilitation, addition, new landscaping, maintenance or other visible improvement. The Golden Hammer Award will be given to an organization for any noticeable construction completed in 2013. The third award is the Environmental Award, presented to a business that has made efforts and investments to being environmentally friendly, sustainable or green.
To nominate a business, go to the Chamber website at LakesRegionChamber.org. Completed forms including a minimum of one photograph may be submitted electronically or mailed to the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, 383 SouthMain St, Laconia, NH 03246. Deadline for submissions is December 6.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:56

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Laconia Harley-Davidson Launches Statewide Effort to Raise Funds and Awareness for Prostate Cancer Research

MEREDITH —  Laconia Harley-Davidson announced a month-long collaborative effort to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research and men's mental health challenges.

Laconia Harley is participating in the Movember Foundation's month-long mustache-growing campaign and partnering with the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC) to raise critical funds to support prostate cancer research and education. Prostate Cancer affects one in six men and approximately one man in thirty-six will die of this disease.

The campaign will formally begin at a "Shave the Date" event on November 2 from 12-2 p.m. at Laconia Harley-Davidson.  Participants will learn about men's health issues from NHPCC and can make a donation to the organization and receive free shaves so they can start the month with a clean face for the Movember Foundation campaign.

Throughout the 30 days of November, men will grow their moustaches (no other facial hair) to show their support of men's health awareness and prompt conversations on these issues wherever they go. Laconia Harley has established a team page at https://www.movember.com/us/register/?teamid=1050569 where the public can sign up to join the effort and solicit support from family members and friends.

Laconia Harley will match funds raised through the Movember effort (up to $2,000) and make a donation to the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition, a statewide organization that seeks to significantly reduce the number of prostate cancer deaths, improve the quality of life of men living with this disease and to provide Prostate Cancer diagnosis and treatment education.

Raising awareness for these men's health issues is especially important to Laconia Harley owner Anne Deli, who lost her father to prostate cancer over a decade ago. "I watched my father die from complications of prostate cancer because he simply didn't go to the doctor until it was too late," said Deli. "It is my goal to encourage men to take control of their health so that we can reduce the preventative deaths from prostate cancer."

Riders and their families can come to the Meredith store for a fresh shave donated by professional barbers from Polished & Proper Barbershop & Shave Parlor in Laconia, a free lunch provided by Hart's Turkey Farm, live music, and drinks.


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Debt Triage Workshop Nov. 7 in Laconia

LACONIA  — On Thursday, November 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. a Debt Triage Workshop will be offered by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT). The workshop takes place at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia – Woodside Building, Birch Room. Light refreshments will be available.

The Debt Triage Workshop is free and is sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

The class will cover budgeting, cutting waste, changing behaviors, prioritizing debt, credit repair, improving and understanding credit reporting, and more. Designed for those on a tight budget, the class will also focus on financial preparation to achieve specific goals, such as reducing debt, reestablishing credit or preparing to own a home.

Participants will learn to eliminate waste, prioritize expenses, understand spending habits, stretch dollars, and get on the path to healthy spending habits. Learn tips and strategies for saving. All class participants are eligible for individual budget/credit counseling.

Register today by calling Debra Drake, Homeownership Director of LACLT at 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance registration is required.

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