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Balladeer Jim Barnes to perform at Laconia's Rotary Park on Wednesday

LACONIA — Balladeer Jim Barnes will perform Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Rotary Park.

Barnes' appearance is part of the Rotary Park summer concerts series which are sponsored by the Belknap Mill Society.

As a guitarist and Irish singer, Barnes traces his roots to the 1970s.

"I got together with a couple of fellas, a father and son, who taught me many of the traditional rebel and drinking songs. We toured around from house party to house party and just enjoyed ourselves," Barnes recalled.

That led to a career that lasted several years before a hiatus of 30 years or so to raise his family.

Now a full-time entertainer Barnes has appeared in a variety of New England settings, as well as private parties in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, restaurants and pubs.

Barnes has a tale to tell with just about every song. Barnes is skilled on both the six- and 12-string acoustic guitar, and he plays banjo and mandolin as well.

An insightful songwriter, Jim began writing his New Hampshire flavored music in 2007 and released his first CD, New Hampshire on My Mind, in 2009, followed quickly by Made in the Granite State in 2010. A third compilation, "You Can't Get There From Here", brings Jim's body of work to over 40 New Hampshire flavored songs. These songs relate the rich story of life in New Hampshire: its history, rural setting, politics, weather and the tourist trade and his music has caught the imagination of all who hear him sing.

Songs such as "The Parable of the Peach" and "Apple Pickin' Time" take the listener right along on a trip around the state, while others, such as "Fees! Fees! Fees!" poke fun at the state legislature. The "Haunting Homecoming" speaks of the dreadful waste of human resources in war, while "Flatlanders and Trouble at the Dump" tickle the ribs of listeners everywhere.

Whatever the occasion, be it a pub setting, a fund-raising concert or a historical society/library gathering, the music of Jim Barnes will entertain you like no other.

For further information on the Belknap Mill Society and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:42

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Greater Meredith Program summer meeting is Saturday


MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program will hold its first summer meeting on Saturday, July 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Moulton Farm.

Members of the GMP Board will be on hand to discuss what the GMP has accomplished, its continuing programs, and future projects that are planned. Walking maps of the newly installed Meredith Sculpture Walk will also be available. The public is invited to attend.

Coffee and the famous Cider Belly Doughnuts will be served.

The organization hope to make the meeting an annual event.

For planning purposes please respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603.279.9015.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:30

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Lakes Region's Local Eatery Scallops Rated the Best in NH

LACONIA — Where can you get the Best Scallops in NH? The Lakes Region's Local Eatery, that's where!

The Lakes Region's exclusive farm-to-table restaurant has been recognized for one of its signature culinary offerings. The New Hampshire Magazine recently awarded Chef Kevin Halligan and Local Eatery the Best of NH 2014 Scallops award.

 According to New Hampshire Magazine, "There's nothing quite as succulent as a fresh scallop with a perfect sear and a slight translucence"..."At Local Eatery in Laconia, Chef Kevin Halligan makes this perfect seafood dish with a savory risotto..."

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:58

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Debt Triage Class – Getting Back on Track

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) is holding a Debt Triage class  on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Community Room at the Laconia Police Department on 126 Salem St. The class is sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

Classes are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. Laconia Police Department is handicap accessible.

Debt Triage classes cover budgeting, cutting waste, changing behaviors, prioritizing debt, repairing credit, 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. Learn to eliminate waste, prioritize expenses, understand your spending habits, stretch your 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 ext. 105 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance registration is required.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:52

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