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MacRae's 'Faces of Laconia' at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Those who have not yet seen the photo project "Faces of Laconia" will have the opportunity to learn all about it when photographer Alan MacRae gives a slide presentation the Belknap Mill on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The ongoing project so far includes the portraits of 19 people and MacRae hopes to pull the photos together into a published volume when has 25.

"I thought of people who have made a significant contribution to Laconia," said MacRae, "but the project grew a little bit to include people outside Laconia — some of the unsung heroes."

The idea of making a photographic record of local people of significance grew out of MacRae's exposure to the work of Maryland photographer David Hobby.

"There are a handful of photographers whose work I have a great deal of respect for," MacRae said, explaining that he had attended a seminar in Rhode Island in which Hobby described his web-based photography project, HoCo360, "a visual journal of Howard County, Maryland".

"Seeing some of his work, I thought it would be fun for the Lakes Region," said MacRae. However, the idea would incubate for several years before he discussed it with Brenda Kean of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, who thought it was a great concept and offered her assistance in reaching out to people and setting up appointments.

Kean and MacRae went together to interview the subjects, MacRae taking photos as they talked. "The interviews brought depth and a whole new dimension to the project," he said. "After the first photo session, I really realized how powerful and engaging that was. Catching the essence of the person was what I set out to do, and the conversation produced the rapport to do that."

As much as possible, MacRae and Kean interviewed people at their own homes or place of work, where they would be most comfortable, allowing MacRae to get more telling shots. He says that, when he is taking a photo, he wants people to think about the subject in the image, not the photographer behind the lens.

"I attended a seminar in New York where Gregory Heisler spoke," MacRae recalled, "and he talked about just that."

Explaining that the choice of people to include in the project tends to be a subjective decision, MacRae said, "Every conversation I had validated the reason I chose them to be included."

Nevertheless, MacRae was apprehensive about the project, wondering if the public would agree with his choices and "have the same warm and fuzzy feeling I have." However, when he gave a presentation at the Laconia Public Library, he was pleased by the response.
The "Faces of Laconia" portraits, which will be on display at the Belknap Mill through January, include Esther Peters, Paul Normandin, Betty Trask, Warren Bailey, Chris Adams, Gary Bloom, Mary Orton, Warren Huse, Bob Fortier, Sam Aldridge, Doug Whittum, John Bancroft, Merrill Fay, Penny Pitou, Warren Clement, Ann Dearborn Kaligian, Bud Martin, Larry Frates, and Peter Karagianis.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:55

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Irwin Automotive Supports Local Community during Holiday Season

LACONIA — With the holidays comes the spirit of giving and helping others and Irwin Automotive has supported the local community through the Fill Up the Pick-Up Event, Toys for Tots and a Glove, Mitten, and Hat Drive.

With the Fill Up the Pick-Up event Irwin teamed up with the Citizen newspaper to help the local food pantry and collected over 140 non-perishable food items.
As a Toys for Tots drop off center, Irwin collected over 100 toys for children in need. The glove, mitten, and hat drive benefited the Salvation Army and in turn over 350 children in need of these items.

Irwin Automotive realizes the importance of food, warmth, and giving during this holiday season. It is extremely important for a child to be able to play outside in the snow, enjoy a warm meal and unwrap a present on Christmas morning.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive said, "The holidays are about giving and helping children and families. As a company, we wanted to take part in every event possible to support the area." 

Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership. He added the Ford franchise in 1955. Peter, second generation, added Toyota in 1979, and then added Scion in 2002.

Irwin's Used Car Center was built in 1994 and was located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. In 2009 the Irwin's completed a 12,000 square foot expansion of their Bisson Avenue location, which now totals 72,000 square feet on more than 15 acres and 600 vehicles. Laconia Quicklane Tire and Auto Center was started in the late fall of 2010, and in 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai. The Used Car Center was converted into a brand new state of the art Hyundai facility during the winter of 2012. In the spring of 2013 NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's, was founded.

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Knit Purple Crying Caps to Raise Awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome

GILMANTON — "Purple Caps" is a campaign to raise awareness about the fact that many infants are injured by being shaken. It educates people about how to deal with normal infant crying in a safe and appropriate way. When infants are very young they go through a period as purple crying and their crying ramps up in frequency and intensity. This can be hugely frustrating for parents and is the time during which parents are most likely to shake a baby out of frustration. That's why purple has been chosen as the cap color for this project.

The Gilmanton Corner Library would like to invite all knitters and crocheters to the Corner Library every Saturday 10 a.m.-12 to knit caps for these babies. On Saturday, January 18, the first session will explain "Shaking Baby Syndrome". June Garen will be giving the instructions for knitting the caps. Free pattern and donated purple wool will be provided.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:19

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Adult Snowshoeing Program Scheduled for Tuesday Mornings

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a series of snowshoe hikes for any adults looking for fresh air, fun and exercise on Tuesday mornings this winter.

Participants will meet in the Gilford Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. prior to each hike. The first three hikes are scheduled for January 7 at Weeks Woods in Gilford, January 14 at Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford and January 21 at the Winnipesaukee River Trail in Tilton.

For those in need of snowshoes, a limited supply is available for each hike at a nominal fee. They may be reserved one hike in advance on a first come basis by calling the Parks and Rec office. All interested participants must RSVP at least one day prior to each hike. The cost of the hikes is $1 per person, per hike and snowshoe rentals are $4 per hike.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

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