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Author Douglas Whynott at Gilford Library on Tuesday

GILFORD -- Author Douglas Whynott will give a presentation on his latest book, "The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest," at the Gilford Public Library on Tuesday, July 8, at 6:39 p.m.

"The Sugar Season" follows a New Hampshire family through a year in the maple sugar industry and sheds light on everything from the unique biology of maple trees, to the long days and nights of the farmers themselves, and the multimillion-dollar syrup industry that relies on a careful balance of warm days and cold nights in early spring.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:38

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Laconia Fourth of July events remain scheduled for today

LACONIA — The City of Laconia Fourth of July Celebration is still expected to be held at its original time on July 4th at Opechee Park. The parade is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., with entertainment starting at 5:30 p.m. at Opechee Park. Fireworks are scheduled to be set off at Opechee Park at 10 p.m. 

Changes to the event schedule may be made due to weather. To find up-to-date information on the Laconia Fourth of July Celebration, please refer to the following:

Laconia Parks and Recreation Facebook Page

City of Laconia website: http://www.city.laconia.nh.us/

Laconia Parks and Recreation Office: 603-524-5046

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:35

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Republican group meeting in Barnstead on Tuesday


BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Route 28), in Center Barnstead.

The committee will focus its attention on the local Republican candidates who are vying for the party's nomination in the Sept. 9 Primary. State Rep. District 5 (Alton and Gilmanton) has five candidates -- Joel D. Lambert Sr., Mike Metcalfe, David H. Russell, Gerald P. Theodora, and Peter Varney -- vying for two seats, while State Representative District 8 (Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton) has two people - Raymond Howard Jr., and Elaine Swinford - vying for one seat. In addition, County Commissioner District 2 (Barnstead, Belmont, Gilmanton, Tilton) has two people – incumbent John H. Thomas, and challenger Richard B. Burchell -- running for the seat.

It's expected that all or most of these candidates as well as numerous other "non-primaried" candidates will attend the July and/or August meetings so those attending the meetings will have the opportunity to hear from them and to ask questions about their stance on various issues affecting the three-town area and the state.

BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire. There has been an influx of new members, as well as many "charter" members attending the meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of each month. This continues to help the committee focus on grassroots politics and party unity.

Per the usual meeting format, those interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m.

The committee requests those who can to bring a non-perishable food item (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:16

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Meredith fireworks post-poned to Saturday

MEREDITH — Due to the threat of impending inclement weather, fireworks in Meredith will be postponed to Saturday July 5 at 9:30 pm. The fireworks will be preceded by a band concert at 7 p.m.

The Greater Meredith Program wants everyone to enjoy the fireworks display and safety is the first concern. The Fire Marshall for the State of New Hampshire requires 300 feet to be isolated around the area of the fireworks, no vehicles or spectators are permitted. To comply with safety regulations, the Meredith Boat Ramp and Town Docks will be closed from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. In addition, Rt.3 from Lake Street to Rt. 25 will be closed at 8:30 p.m. and re-opened at approximately 10:30 p.m. Traffic will be diverted from Rt.3 onto Lake St. and then to Main St. to avoid the closed section of Rt. 3.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:09

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