Blessing of the animals at St. Joseph Church


LACONIA — St. Andre Bessette Parish will hold its annual blessing of the animals at St. Joseph Church on Church Street in downtown Laconia on Sunday at noon.

The blessing ceremony for pets will take place near the statue of St. Francis outside the church. The custom of the blessing of animals serves as a remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals and all creation, whose feast day is Oct. 4.

St. Andre Bessette is a Roman Catholic Parish serving Laconia, Lakeport, Gilford and the surrounding communities of the Lakes Region.

For more information, please contact the parish office at 524-9609 or visit

Craft fair to be held at N.H. Marathon on Saturday

BRISTOL — Once again, the Saturday of the New Hampshire Marathon -- this year, October 4 -- offers two kinds of events in Bristol, running, and shopping at the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair.
Held for over 15 years, the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair has filled the gymnasium in Newfound Memorial Middle School with booths displaying a wide assortment of reasonably priced, high quality products. From soy candles to pottery, wood products to hand cranked socks, jewelry, knitted and baby items, and decorative scarves to maple products, fishing flies, and photography, there's something for everyone. This year there are over thirty booths.
Visitors to the NH Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair will see lots of familiar faces. More than half of the artisans and crafters hail from the local area. Many of the participants are returnees from previous years, and a few local newcomers will join the mix.
Funds from booth rentals are donated to help support three local charities: the Circle Program, the Mayhew Program, and Tapply-Thompson Community Center, all of which serve local communities.
The fair begins at 9 a.m. just after the start of the marathon and the 10k run, and it ends at 3 p.m. Parking is available behind Newfound Memorial Middle School, and admission to the event is free of charge.

Belknap GOP to host Rick Perry on Monday, Joe Kenney on Wednesday

SANBORNTON — The Belknap County Republican Committee is hosting a grass-roots "Lakes Region Harvest Festival" to highlight their candidates. The event is scheduled for Monday, October 6, 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of Bill and Faith Tobin, 457 Knox Mountain Rd; Sanbornton, N.H. In addition, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate will be the guest speaker.
For a fee of $10 per person ($25 per family) attendees will be able to have hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, corn chowder, apple and pumpkin pie, and other desserts while at the same time enjoying a chance to meet all the candidates and and hear from Governor Perry.
This event will be under a tent and will be held rain or shine, warm or cool, so please dress appropriately.
Please RSVP to Faith Tobin at 934-5946 by Saturday, Oct. 4 to attend. A limited number of "walk-ins" will be admitted on Monday.

The Belknap County Republican Committee has scheduled their next monthly meeting for Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont.
With the campaign season in full swing, the committee is pleased to announce that Executive Councilor Joe Kenney will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 8 meeting. Kenney won the special election earlier this year to fill the late Ray Burton's seat as the District 1 Executive Councilor, and is now running for a full 2-year term on what is also known as the "Governor's Council". Kenney will share his accomplishments during his abbreviated term, as well as his plans and goals for the next two years.
Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded independents. Per the usual meeting format, those interested in the dinner option and/or wish to socialize before the meeting should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m.
The committee once again reminds everyone planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.
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Annual Baby/Children’s boutique being held on Saturday in Laconia

LACONIA — The LRGH Nursery Guild will be holding their annual Baby/Children's boutique this Saturday, October 4 at the Laconia Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event raises funds for women's and children's services in the Lakes Region.

"If you are looking for quality gently used clothing, toys and children's furniture this is the place to come. We have everything from children's books, games, strollers, high chairs, fall/winter clothing, shoes etc. The most popular items go first, we have people that line up at least a half hour before we open the doors", says Deb Fay, vice president of fundraising for the Nursery Guild.