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Historical & Museum Society Announces Search For Eldest Laconia Resident

LACONIA — In its efforts to carry on a tradition introduced by Ann and Robert Dearborn in July of 1993 as part of the Centennial Celebration the Laconia Historical and Museum Society announces their search to identify the eldest Laconia Resident.

In 1993, the Dearborn's presented what came to be known as "The Centennial Cane" to Ms. Madeline Whelan, who was at that time the eldest Laconia resident .

On an annual basis, the Society's Centennial Cane Committee conducts a search to identify the eldest member of our community so that they can present the cane during the month of July,  the month the city was incorporated. Although the Centennial Cane will be part of the presentation ceremony, the cane will actually be kept on display at the Laconia Public Library where the Laconia Historical and Museum Society's office is located.

Last year's recipient was Rachel Gilbert, born on April 28, 1911

Those eligible to receive the Centennial Cane must be a resident of the City of Laconia and must be able to verify their date of birth.

If you would like to suggest a potential recipient call the Laconia Historical and Museum Office at (603) 527-1278 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:11

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Registration underway for 7th annual Circle Triathlon

ASHLAND — The Circle Program would like to announce open registration for the 7th Annual Circle Triathlon. This popular event is set for Sunday, August 31 (Labor Day Weekend) at the Founding Sponsor site of Sippican Partners at Riveredge Marina, in Ashland.

Three separate races are offered to athletes in individual or team relay style. The Circle Triathlon is proud to be an all-inclusive event encouraging families, friends, young, mature, veterans, rookies and adaptive to compete together. Sign up as an individual, or form a team with each member completing a different leg of the race (biking, swimming, or running). Enjoy event race perks such as a free t-shirt, swim cap, water bottle, finisher's medal, food by the Common Man himself and more. Sign up before July 8 to get the early bird rate. Go to www.circletriathlon.org to register.

The Circle Triathlon relies on the athletes to raise awareness and funds for the Circle Program. Proceeds from the race will provide financial support and scholarships for the girls participating in the Circle Program. The Circle Program is a non-profit organization (www.circleprogram.org) which provides new opportunities for New Hampshire girls from low-income families to develop the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives.

The Circle Program offers a unique combination of adult and peer support imparted through a residential summer camp experience and a year-round mentoring program. Circle girls learn to develop their potential and character by learning leadership skills, team-building and communication skills as they build positive relationships with peers and adults. Not unlike the goals of any athlete, Circle girls join the Circle Program to find their personal best.

For more information, sponsor opportunities and to register go to www.circletriathlon.org. Or, call the Circle Program office at (603) 536-4244 or e-mail Circle's Special Events & Marketing Coordinator, Brooke Wakefield at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:09

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Pitmans Hosting Brickyard Blues Saturday Night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will feature Dance Night with the Brickyard Blues Band on Saturday June 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Since 1997, Brickyard Blues has been evolving its sound and building a following on stages in New England. The band mixes influences including Texas & Chicago Blues, Stax-era soul music, old-school R&B, with some roots & rockabilly thrown in. 2006 marked the release of the bands 9 original song CD "Naughty". In addition to getting airplay on radio stations throughout New England, their original song, Alabama Blues Man, was picked as the Favorite Blues Song at radio stations in Orlando Florida, and Warsaw, Indiana, and has even been featured on a radio station in Belgium that showcases American roots-rock music. It's R&B plus a whole lot more. Brian James on Guitar & vocals, Tom Hoctor on sax, Rachel Green on bass, and Reed Dieffenbach on drums.

Catered dinner buffet available from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for $10. For reservations call 527-0043 or 494-3334.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:03

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Odds Bodkin at Taylor Home on July 4

LACONIA —  Odds Bodkin, the Consummate Storyteller, brings his high-spirited tales from around the world to Taylor Community's Woodside Building, Friday, July 4 at 3 p.m.

Bodkin's original musical accompaniments on 12-string and electric guitar, Celtic harp, African thumb piano and other instruments flavor his performance tales with movie-like scores creating a cinematic experience for the imagining listener.

The performance is free and open to the public. To ensure seating, RSVP by calling 524-5600 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Since 1982, Bodkin has made a living as a master storyteller, author, creative musician and educator. Renowned for his renditions of epic tales – The Iliad and The Odyssey – he recently published his own epic, The Water Image's Daughter: A Novel of Love, Magic and War in Verse.

He carries a large repertoire of folk tales from cultures around the world, an extensive collection of Greek Myths, American and New England folklore, ghost stories and teaching fables, all performed with live original music, character voices, vocal effects and narration.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:58

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