Author to read at Meredith Library

MEREDITH — Rosamond van der Linde will be reading excerpts of her new book “A Piano In Every Room” on Tuesday, October 7 at 4 p.m. at the Meredith Public Library. The Genealogy Club is sponsoring the event.
Rosamond van der Linde co-founded a music school unlike any other, blending love of music, love of people and a passionate commitment to education, and community service. “A Piano In Every Room” tells the astonishing tale of a family living in 42-room house with 34 pianos. The story includes Rosamond’s victory over childhood polio, while her husband, Rein van der Linde, survived the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Their sheer courage created their destiny. Later, raising a remarkable musical family of seven pianists the parents shaped their own children’s lives, embraced their community, and grew into a cultural treasure for America, and friends around the world.
For close to forty years the entire family has been involved in teaching piano, building the music school, summer and adult camps all of which have been written up in books, magazines, The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, and profiled on PBS, New England Channel News, and CNN News. This has generated hundreds of questions as to how it all came about and how the van der Lindes did it. This book provides the answers by the founder herself. The story is about a dynamic family that created a music enterprise and thrived within it. The tale reveals a passion for piano, a delightful family story, and a unique learning experience.
The event is free and open to the public. For further details contact Erin Apostolos, Director at the Meredith Public Library, Telephone 603.279.4303 or email or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comedian Bucky Lewis adds auctioneering to his repertoire, first auction is Sun.

LACONIA — Local funny man and now auctioneer Bucky Lewis kicks off his inaugural Funny Farm Auction Company's auction this Sunday October 5, at 10:30 am in the pavilion at the Margate Resort.

Preview for this general merchandise consignment, estate, and gun auction will be from 8 am to 10:30.
There will be food and drinks to go with hundreds of items to be sold that day
Laconia native and longtime comedian and musician Bucky Lewis has found a new way to spread his brand of wit and humor: auctioneering. He, together with his wife Tyra have formed the Funny Farm Auctions Company, based out of their farm in Antrim.
"It really is a great fit for me" Lewis says, "my wife's family owned a string of drug stores in Connecticut, so she knows about retail, and I am a 4th generation New Hampshire boy, used to bartering as well as going to the dump to get stuff". "Not to mention I love having fun with people!"
Lewis graduated from the New England School of Auctioneering in May, and obtained his license in June. The auction listing for this auction is quite comprehensive Lewis says, as there will be "from oil paintings, tools, signed figurines and collectibles to welders, compressors, snowmobiles, wood stove, chain saws, old comic books, furniture, as well as lots of great guns, and much more. There are even two rare pieces of Sports memorabilia: a signed 2004 Red Sox World Series jersey – worn by Curt Schilling and signed by the team, and a 2004 Super Bowl football signed by the Patriots". 

Boothby Therapy Services tax credit purchase supports WOW Trail

LACONIA — Boothby Therapy Services is supporting the WOW Trail with the purchase of $25,000 worth of tax credits. The Laconia based company, owned by Maren & Christopher Boothby, is the largest provider of speech and occupational therapy services to schools in New Hampshire.

"As long time residents and business owners, Maren and I recognize the critical impact a completed WOW Trail will have on the entire Lakes Region," said Christopher Boothby. "This project promotes physical health, enhances the quality of life for residents, and provides economic benefits to our travel/tourism economy that will increase with its continued development. On behalf of our nearly 50 employees across New Hampshire, we are proud to support the expansion of this important community resource."
The sale of the tax credits is made possible by the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) award of $125,000 in credits to the WOW Trail. The CDFA is attracted to projects that show a high degree of community support, build partnerships, contribute to the economic well-being of an area, and leverage other funds.
Currently 1.3 miles in length, the WOW Trail is a planned 9 mile recreation path to be built alongside the active railroad corridor through the City of Laconia. When completed, it will showcase the three Lakes for which it is named: Winnisquam, Opechee & Winnipesaukee, as a part of the regional trail network that will connect Meredith to Franklin and the Northern Rail Trail.
"We're thrilled with the Boothby's support," said Allan Beetle, WOW Trail President, "As a former elected official and successful New Hampshire business owners, Christopher and Maren understand the economic impact a completed trail will have on our region. Their significant investment is a testament to their commitment to making the Lakes Region an even better place to live, work and play."
The WOW Trail is one of 14 projects awarded credits to sell by the NH CDFA, which was created by legislation in 1983, as a nonprofit public instrument of the State of NH. CDFA supports the development of vibrant and resilient communities by providing resources for community development efforts
To learn more about the WOW Trail's fundraising efforts, contact Gretchen Gandini at 520-8952.

3 Meredith churches sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday afternoon

MEREDITH — Three Meredith churches are sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Garden at Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 25.

All creatures great and small (and their owners) are invited to the ecumenical service to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals. The event will be held rain or shine.

Those attending the service and blessing are being encouraged to bring pet food, cat litter, etc., which then will be donated to the Humane Society.

The service will last less than a half hour, and will include Bible readings, prayers, and a blessing for pets.

Organizers are reminding those planning to bring pets that the animals must either be leashed, caged, carried, or otherwise under their owner's control.