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All female blues showcase at Pitman's Friday night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will be hosting an exciting all-female blues showcase on Friday August 22nd at 8 pm. Boston's Diane Blue and Lydia Warren will be rocking the house, as well as Portland, Oregon's Lisa Mann

When Boston's Diane Blue competed in the 2011 International Blues Challenge at BB King's club in Memphis, she was competing on the same stage against Lisa Mann and her "Really Good Band" from Portland, Oregon. The two front-women admired each others work, and decided to start an East-West collaboration.

Diane Blue toured the Pacific NW with Lisa Mann and her crew in February of 2013, and Lisa headed east to tour the Northeastern states in June with Diane's talented circle of musical friends, including Eddie Scheer, Travis Colby, and other Love Dogs and Roomful of Blues alumni.

Tickets available at http://www.pitmansfreightroom.com.



Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 07:14

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Vogel to give loon update at group’s annual meeting set for Aug. 21

MOULTONBOROUGH — Loon Preservation Committee Senior Biologist and Director Harry Vogel will present trends in New Hampshire's loon population and preliminary
statistics on how loons fared in the state over the last year on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Loon Center on Lee's Mills Road.

The program will also feature a slide show by nature photographer John Rockwood, showcasing the loons on Lake Massabesic.

The Loon Preservation Committee Annual Meeting will precede these talks.

Vogel's presentation will be the last in the series of Summer Nature Talks at the Loon Center.

Those who want more information may call the Loon Center at (603) 476-5666.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:29

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Bereavement support groups being offered in 2 locations in Sept.

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering seven-week bereavement support groups in two locations beginning in September. One group will meet in Laconia on Tuesdays and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Thursdays. Each group consists of a series of 1 1/2 hour meetings.

These session are designed to give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads we all share when going through grief.

Pre-registration is required. The support group is offered free of charge. To register for the group or for more information, call or email James Miller, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 603-524-8444 x 2390 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:23

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Appraisal event to benefit Year-Round Library


GILMANTON -- Two antiques appraisers will be giving verbal appraisals on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. in a fund-raiser to benefit the Gilmanton Year-Round Library.

Library doors will open at 12:15 p.m. for this event. The Year-Round Library is located on Route 140 across from the Gilmanton School.

Caroline French, an appraiser for more than 40 years, is generously donating her expertise and time. French is a member of the NH Antiques Dealers Association, NE Appraisers Association, Made in New Hampshire, Strawbery Banke, Currier Museum and a life member of the NH Historical Society. For 12 years French was owner of the Parker-French Antique Center in Northwood, one of the oldest group shops in New Hampshire.

French has donated her time and talent to support many libraries in New England. When asked about her generosity, she said: "I love libraries. My mother was a Librarian at Phillips Exeter and I have a Masters in Library Science that I used as a school librarian for several years in Durham. I volunteer on Monday mornings in Rollingsford Public Library."

The second appraiser for this Appraisal Day is Devin Moisan, a local auctioneer. Moisan has had extensive experience in appraising antiques and personal estates.

Both French and Moisan have complementary knowledge in the field of antiques.

Participants will be given a numbered ticket to sort out the order of appraisals. There's a limit of three items ($5 per item) for the first round of appraisals. But people may bring more items to be appraised after everyone else has had their three items evaluated. Photos of items too large to be brought can be used.

Appraisal Day hours may extend beyond 3 p.m. depending on the number of items presented. A silent auction is also planned during this event.

For more information contact Carolyn Dickey, 267-6098 or Linda Clarke, 267-8428.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:18

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