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All Things Coffee at Festival in Downtown Laconia Saturday

LACONIA — The Main Street Initiative aims to wake up downtown by staging the first ever New Hampshire Coffee Festival sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire this Saturday, September 14, from 1 - 5 p.m.

John Moriarty, president of the organization, said that as home to three coffee roasting enterprises, Laconia was the ideal venue to celebrate one of the most popular beverages in the world. Altogether nine coffee roasters will be among the more than two dozen vendors at the event offering coffee in all its many guises as well as "everything coffee," including popcorn, cup cakes, ice cream and even soap.

Entertainment will feature the music of the Jonathan Lorentz Trio playing their own brand of what Moriarty called "coffee house jazz." The Grace Capital Church will stage the "Java Games," a series of coffee sack races, coffee bean bag tossing and coffee tic-tac-toe capped by a coloring contest. "There is something for all ages," Moriarty said.

A symposium, headed by Claudia Barrett of CQ Coffee Roasters of Bedford, a licensed Q grader accredited by the Coffee Quality Institute, who will explain the chemistry and alchemy of coffee while offering advice on how to brew the perfect pot. D Squared Java of Exeter will present an exhibition and host a competition of "latte arts," or carving decorations to embellish a cup of latte.

Moriartiy said that "building community before commerce is the mantra of the Main Street Initiative and a festival celebrating the most social and convivial of drinks provides an occasion for people to come together and share a common experience. At the same time, he said that the festival is part of the Main Street Initiative's fundraising campaign, which aims to enhance the holiday lighting downtown as well as provide a scholarship to a start-up business.



Nate, 13, and Derek, 11, who work with their Dad, Jim Daubenspeck, at his Main Street shop, LaBelle's Shoe Repair, sneak in some intense training for the coffee bean sack race. The race will be one of the premier contests of the Java Games, a family-friendly component of the inaugural, statewide, N. H. Coffee Festival to be held Saturday, September 14 in Downtown Laconia. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:33

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Mid-State Coordinating Council meeting tonight

LACONIA — The Mid-State Coordinating Council (RCC) will hold its next meeting this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library in the auditorium.

The RCC is focused on increasing transportation options for the region's residents and visitors and enhancing coordination of those services. The Mid-State region consists of Belknap County, Merrimack County (excluding Hooksett) and the towns of Deering and Hillsborough from Hillsborough County.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information please call David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

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Whimsical Art Combines with Nature Photography at One Mill Plaza

LACONIA — Art lovers are in for a double treat in September as artist Ruth Lukasiewicz shares the spotlight with nature photographer Becca Bacon at the Busiel  Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza.

Ruth Lukasiewicz creates whimsical works to capture the fun side of art. Ms. Lukasiewicz's work comes from the heart using oil, chalk, acrylic and watercolor.

Becca Bacon is a young nature photographer from Lakeport who is known for her use of zero photo editing. She has donated her work to several charities including the Children's Auction. Her work can be seen around Laconia at many local businesses

There will be a reception on September 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit will be open to the public in the Community Room and Gallery of the historic Busiel Mill at One Mill Plaza on the river level overlooking the falls at Avery Dam during the entire month of September. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions about this event or the Gallery at One Mill Plaza, contact Joe Adrignola at 496-3839.



Nature photographer Becca Bacon's works are bein g exhibited at the Busiel  Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza. (Courtesy photo)


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Local Firefighters will pay tribute to firefighters who lost lives in Arizona

LACONIA — Laconia Fire Department Lieutenant Chad Vaillancourt is a big fan of the WOW Trail and last year rallied a team to walk the WOW Trail in full bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, over 60 pounds, as part of the WOW Trail's fundraising event called WOW Fest.

This year, Vaillancourt and team will again be participating at WOW Fest by honoring the memory of the 19 Prescott Valley Arizona Firefighters who died battling the Yarn Hill wildfire on June 30th of this year.

"The Laconia Professional Firefighters, Local 1153, is excited to participate again this year at WOW Fest '13 while honoring our fellow firefighters from Arizona" explains Lt. Vaillancourt. "We're planning on having a team of 19 firefighters doing the 3-mile walk in forest fire protective clothing while carrying an assortment of the tools and equipment used in battling forest fires".

"We are also challenging other businesses and organizations to get their teams together and come out, get active and support the WOW Trail" said Lt.Vaillancourt. "We are going to use this as an opportunity for training, conditioning and teamwork all while raising money for the trail".

WOW Fest '13, presented by Bank of New Hampshire, will take place on Saturday, September 14 and features a 3 mile fun walk, 5K and 10K road races and 15 mile and 67 mile bicycle challenges. All events start and finish at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club on North Main Street followed by a festival with BBQ luncheon, live music and many fun-filled kids and family activities. Luncheon provided this year by Fratello's, T-Bones, The Common Man and Patrick's with music from Paul Warnick.

The WOW Trail is a multi-use trail connecting Lakeport and downtown Laconia. Currently a 1.3 mile trail, the WOW Trail committee is working on plans to build Phase 2 of the trail, which will continue the trail from downtown Laconia to the Belmont town line, effectively doubling the length of the trail.


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Laconia Firefighters will be honoring the memory of 19 Prescott Valley Arizona Firefighters who died June 30 battling the Yarn Hill wildfire at WOW Fest '13, a fundraiser for the WOW Trail, which takes place on Saturday, September 14th at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. Left to right (kneeling) Lieutenant Chad Vaillancourt and Firefighter Nate Mills, (standing) Firefighters Chuck Campbell, Jason Griffin, Steve Hanser, Chris Beaudoin and Dennis Comeau. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 09:52

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