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Downtown Laconia Hosting Coffee Fest September 14

LACONIA — The smell of roasting coffee is in the air . . . and how sweet it is after a challenging summer of extremes. Time to wind down and enjoy what is Mother Nature's loveliest show.

Dedicated members of the Main Street Initiative have put on their thinking caps and come up with a creative option for a relaxing afternoon of music and community cheer. Saturday, September 14, from 1-5 p.m. in Laconia's downtown center there will be multiple coffee-related vendors from throughout the state.

The Jonathan Lorentz Trio, a smooth jazz ensemble, will be the featured entertainer. Amusing contests for both adults and children will be on site. Admission is free.
Following WOW Trail's annual WOW Fest, which focuses on a multiple level of sports, it will be the perfect way to complete a day in the City on the Lakes.

Call John at the Main Street office, 455-2084, for added details.



Pictured from left to right, back row: Brad Fitzgerald of Woodshed Roasting Company, first vendor; Randy Bullerwell of All My Life Jewelers, co-chair of Coffee Fest; John Moriarty of Main Street Initiative. Front Row: Holly Marston and Claire Hebert, representing first sponsor, Melcher & Prescott Insurance. Not pictured: Lori Chandler of Hair Affair, co-chair of Coffee Fest.  (Courtesy photo)

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Elaine Morrison art, Dick Smith photography at VynnArt Gallery

MEREDITH — Artwork by Elaine Morrison and Photography by Dick Smith will displayed at the VynnArt Gallery located at 30 Main Street in Meredith, on Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

Elaine Morrison will be exhibiting a variety of art using various media including acrylics, water color, and collages. Subject material is drawn from past travel experiences in Haiti. Included also are military paintings borrowed from her current exhibit at National Guard Headquarters in Concord.

Dick Smith will present an array of photographs that highlight the contrast between the differences in socio economic status in today's world. Pictures include those from Haiti from a trip 3 years ago, homeless in this country and people in poverty as well as the wealthy. Black and white photography is used for those in poverty contrasted with color for those living in luxury.


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LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society anounces the opening of its exhibit ''Shall We Have a Hospital?'' on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. The movement for a hospital began on November 21, 1891 with an editori

LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and  Museum Society anounces the opening of its exhibit ''Shall We Have a Hospital?'' on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.

The movement for a hospital began on November 21, 1891 with an editorial in the Laconia Democrat outlining the need for a local hospital. A tragic accident in 1897 demonstrated that need and through innovative fundraising, bequests and donations it became a reality.

Laconia is proud of their "local" hospital and the road it traveled on its way to greatness. Join the society for a walk through the history of the Laconia Hospital and meet those that helped make the hospital a reality at the exhibit which is on display from September to November at the library.

The society extends a special thanks to Patricia Rice, manager, Communications and Program Development at  LRGHealthcare, for her assistance.


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Laconia temple & Plymouth church join state-wide effort to remember famous Dr. King speech

CONCORD — On August 28, 1963 at 3 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, "I have a dream." In the spirit of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now," the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change invites people across the country to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's vision by ringing bells at 3 p.m. on August 28, the 50th anniversary of his speech.
In collaboration with the King Center, the New Hampshire Humanities Council has solicited and collected information on events around the state and is publicizing a list of planned observances in the Granite State.

Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America's entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring "....from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire." His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation.

Events in New Hampshire include showings of Dr. King's speech, discussions of the impact of Dr. King's legacy, musical performances, and the ringing of bells at 3 p.m. to mark the moment Dr. King gave his immortal speech, including a bell ringing ceremony on the summit of Mount Washington. Several communities plan live readings of the speech by a wide array of New Hampshire citizens from Gov. Maggie Hassan to author Ernest Hebert to new residents who have come to New Hampshire as refugees. For more information visit the New Hampshire Humanities Council's website.

Local events include:

LACONIA: Temple B'nai Israel will host a ceremony at 3 p.m. at 210 Court St. Many Jews attended the March on Washington and heard Dr. Martin Luther King's speech 50 years ago and walked with him to support the civil rights movement. Mark Small will blow his shofar and invites anyone else who has a shofar and wishes to take part to join in.

For more information, contact Joyce Selig at 524-5792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

PLYMOUTH: Plymouth Congregational UCC will host a bell ringing at 3 p.m. Participants are invited to take part in a reading of Dr. King's speech immediately after. For more information, contact Eileen Torrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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