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Laconia residents packing joy into shoeboxes for needy children overseas

LACONIA — With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Laconia individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Laconia residents prepare to collect 6,200 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 18–25).

At the local collection site, Laconia Christian Fellowship School at 1386 Meredith Center Road, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary, trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants, the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.

Operating hours are Mon. Nov. 18: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. Nov. 19: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wed. Nov. 20: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 21 - Fri. Nov. 22: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sat. Nov. 23: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sun. Nov. 24: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Mon. Nov. 25: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:45

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Mayor Seymour to Discuss State of Laconia at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Mayor Michael J. Seymour will present a program on the State of the City, Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. Attendees are welcome to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Mayor Seymour has served Laconia – a city of more than 17,000 residents – for the past four years. As Mayor, his duties include serving as Chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority and Chairman of the Lakes Business Park Commission, among several others.

Currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Retail Services for Franklin Savings Bank, he has 28 years of experience with the financial services industry. The Mayor is also a board member of Independence Trust Company and Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the WLNH Children's Auction. He lives in Laconia with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Samantha, a junior at the University of New Hampshire.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:39

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Annual Holly Fair on November 23 in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Congregational Church, UCC will be holding its Annual Holly Fair on Saturday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is an old fashioned Christmas bazaar with free admission for all ages where shoppers can find special Christmas gifts, home made jams and jellies, hand knit items, home made candy, baked goods, gift baskets, and Christmas crafts. Most items have been handcrafted by the members of the church over the last year.

Morning coffee will be served and visitors may enjoy lunch in the café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Trifles and Treasures" will be here again with a wide assortment of antique items, sold on consignment by the church members. "Trifles and Treasures" features one-of-a-kind items: china, glassware, beaded purses, linens, photos, and small pieces of furniture.


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Pitmans Hosting Roberto Morbioli Blues Band

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia has recovered from another arson fire and will host the Roberto Morbioli Blues Band on Thursday Nov 14 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Roberto Morbioli was born in Verona and started playing the guitar at an early age. At the age of 15 he discovered his greatest passion to be the blues. After several years of activity in the Italian music scene, he was asked to play in the 'Tao Ravao Blues Band' in 1987, with whom he recorded his first album: "From Madagascar To Chicago". In 1991 he finally set up his own band MORBLUS which has brought him much recognition and many awards, playing in all the biggest national and international blues festivals and events. Roberto's personality and unique playing style are evident in all his interpretations while at the same time recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker, Steve Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton.

"The blues flow so naturally for Roberto Morbioli, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, he sounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy." Boston Herald.
For more information, check www.pitmansfreightroom.com Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:28

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