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‘Driving Backwards’ author Jessica Landers at the Gilmanton Year Round Library on July 29

GILMANTON — Jessica Landers, 20-year summer resident of the Town, brings her book Driving Backwards, an exploration of Gilmanton's todays and yesterdays, to the Year-Round Library on Tuesday evening, July 29 at 6 pm.

Gilmanton was briefly the most famous town in America. Today the town, nestled amongst the hills of central New Hampshire and along the curve of the Suncook River, is a microcosm of the changing ways and enduring values of rural life in the twenty-first century.

Driving Backwards is a poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday. Across twenty years of summers, Jessica Lander has come to know Gilmanton and its residents. Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese. Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long-eared rabbits, all on two tiny acres. Duncan, a third generation farmer, who harvests thousands of pounds of wild blueberries every summer. Chuck, who runs a six-generation dairy farm.

Lander's guide is David Bickford – a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one-hundred-year-old storyteller. Through richly observed portraits and elegant prose, Lander elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us.

The public is invited to join Jessica at the Library, on NH Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:09

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Correction: Cemetery tour is in Gilmanton

GILMANTON — The headline that appeared over an article in yesterday's paper listed an incorrect town as the location of a cemetery tour. The tour of the historic Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery will be held in Gilmanton on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 6 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:05

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Lakeport Freighthouse Tour offered Monday

LAKEPORT – Laconia Historical and Museum Society announces a Walking Tour through the Lakeport Freighthouse Museum on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. hosted by the Lakeport Community Association.  The Freighthouse Museum is located at the junction of Elm Street and Union Avenue in Lakeport Square.

Established in 1997, the activities of the Lakeport Community Association are devoted to community involvement, improvement and preservation.  Their efforts to preserve the Circa 1899 Lakeport Freighthouse are deserving of loud applause.  Countless hours of dedicated volunteer effort made the restoration and museum possible. 

“This tour provides the opportunity to take a walk through the history of Lakeport and to peek inside their pride and joy, The Lakeport Freighthouse Museum to view all of the treasures on display there.  I think people will be amazed and thrilled with the collection of artifacts in the museum.” says Brenda Kean, Executive Director of Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

This tour is free and open to the public.  For more information about this event contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at // This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:42

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Free health fair for children to be held at Belknap Mill


LACONIA — A free health fair for youngsters will be held Wednesday, July 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Belknap Mill.

The Belknap County Early Childhood Council which is hosting this event says its second Health Fair for Kids will be a fun and educational event for families with young children. There will be face painting, interactive fun activities, food and many giveaways including door prizes with gift cards to local stores. The event helps to support families as they build a healthy foundation for their child(ren).

Families are also invited to attend a free concert by popular Music for Kids entertainer Wayne from Maine at 6:30 p.m. in Rotary Park.

The Health Fair for Kids is sponsored by the Belknap County Early Childhood Council, a workgroup of the Financial Stability Partnership (FSP) of Granite United Way. The mission of the Belknap County Early Childhood Council is to establish and promote the optimal development of children and families living in Belknap County with a vision that all Belknap County children are healthy, learning and thriving now and in the future and to produce the greatest impact on poverty reduction in Belknap County by 2020.

For more information on the event call 524-8813.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:35

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