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Program on Wacky Songs for Historical Society

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Historical Society will host a program on "Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh," presented by Calvin Knickerbocker, on Tuesday, October 15 at the Moultonborough Public Library at 7 p.m.

This is a New Hampshire Humanities Council Program co-sponsored by the Library and the Historical Society.

The society, it's members and guests all enjoyed a delightful evening at the fourth annual "Monte Carlo Night" fundraiser, and the proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Grange Hall and other historic buildings in the care of the Society.  Magic Food Productions provided a buffet dinner, and to VTA Entertainment Inc. provided a fun evening of gaming.

Sponsors were Ben Franklin The Punctual Plumber; the Berry Pond Motel; Cross Insurance Agency; Edward Jones Financial Advisor; Electrical Installations, Inc.; Elan Publishing; El Mariachi Restaurant; Fred Fuller Oil and Propane Co.; Good Neighbor Services; Integrated Water Systems; J.E. Thomas & Son Artesian Well; Keepsake Quilting; Lakes Region Realty; Lamprey Real Estate Associates; Larson's Auto Service; Mark Richter Repair; Melcher and Prescott Insurance Agency; Murphy's Village Store; Ossipee Mountain Electronics; Oxton Landscaping; Penta Corporation; R.N. Peaslee & Sons, Inc.; Pine Ridge Lawn and Landscape; Redwood Technologies; Smitty Plumbing and Heating; and Valerie A. Kimball Country Homes.
Other donations for the raffles were received from A.J. Bait and Tackle, Bank of New Hampshire, BAyswater Book Store, Bobhouse Restaurant, Bootlegger's shoe store, Boston Red Sox, Casual Cape, Chickadee Station, DaSilva Motorsports, Designer Goldsmiths, Fratello's Restaurant, George's Diner, Giuseppe's Restaurant; Garden Treasures, Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts, Hair Connection, Hart's Restaurant, Home Comfort, Innisfree Book Shop, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Kevin's Cafe, Lakes Region Computer, Lavinia's Restaurant, Lowe's Home Improvement, Mame's Restaurant, Lively Designs, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Miracle Farms, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Patricia's Specially For You Apparel, Ridgewood Country Club, Shaw's Supermarket, T-Bones Restaurant, The Country Drummer Jewelers, Common Man Restaurant, Country Carriage Gifts, Old Village Store, the Wineing Butcher, Woodshed Restaurant, Village Car Wash, Village Kitchen Restaurant, Waukewan Golf Course, Wild Meadow Canoes, and Yikes American Craft Gallery.

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Plymouth Democrats host health care talk

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Area Democrats will be hosting a discussion by a group of health care and insurance professionals at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 16 , at 7 p.m.

Representatives from Mid-State Health Center, Speare Memorial Hospital, and the New Hampshire Insurance Department will present information concerning various aspects of the health care law as it applies to New Hampshire families, individuals, and small businesses. At the conclusion of their presentations, the panelists will entertain questions from the audience.

The health care law offers a number of new rights and protections that will provide greater choice and control over your health coverage when key parts of the law take effect in 2014. It will be essential to understand those rights and protections in order to make the best decisions concerning health insurance in the coming months.

This is a non-partisan, informational event. The Plymouth Area Democrats welcome the public, regardless of political party. Meetings are held at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on Depot Road in Plymouth. For further information, please call 968-7105.

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Tickets available for Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

MEREDITH — The Meredith Rotary Club has opened the online shopping cart on their website, enabling the public to purchase tickets for the upcoming 2014 Ice Fishing Derby, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday, February 8-9, 2014.

In 2013 the Fishing Derby was enhanced to provide all cash prizes for the winning fishermen, and a totally new prize structure that increases the opportunity for each fisherman to win the top prize with the capture of the largest fish in the seven available categories.

"Everyone who purchases a Derby ticket has a chance to win cash prizes," according to Betsey Donovan, Chairman of the 2014 Derby. "We have 14 drawings on Saturday for $100 each, and 32 drawings on Sunday for $100 each. Additionally, we have a $5,000 cash drawing on both Saturday and Sunday, and you don't even have to fish to be eligible for these prizes, all you need is a valid Derby ticket."

Late breaking Fishing Derby information is always available on the Meredith Rotary Club website and on Facebook. The 2014 Fishing Derby Brochure will be mailed to more than 10,000 fishermen throughout New England in November. The brochure outlines the rules and regulations for the Derby and also includes a Registration Form visit www.meredithrotary.org.

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Author Will Sign Copies of Her Book about Bob Montana

MEREDITH — Gilford author Carol Lee Anderson, will be signing copies her latest book, The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip, at Hawkins Photography and Framing, 73 Main Street in Meredith, on Monday, October 14, from 1–3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Published by The History Press, the book chronicles the life of one of America's greatest cartoonists, Bob Montana, who drew the Archiecomic strip for thirty years at his home in Meredith. Montana's daughter, Lynn Montana, lives and works in Meredith and is a designer/framer at Hawkins Photography and Framing.
Anderson got the idea to write the book when she was conducting research for her first book, The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains, also published by The History Press and winner of the 2011 Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association.
It was a 1947 Archie comic strip featuring the main characters (Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica) skiing at Gunstock that inspired Anderson to investigate if other local scenery was included in Archie. She discovered that Montana often tucked local people, places and events into the comic strip more times than not.
"What surprised me the most," said Anderson, "wasn't the fact that people don't know that local people and places were drawn into the Archie strip, but the fact that they aren't aware that Bob Montana had been a permanent, year-round resident of Meredith for thirty years. He raised his family there and drew the strip at his home on Meredith Neck."
The book describes the development of the Archie comic, but Anderson feels that what will amaze readers the most is learning how much Montana contributed to Meredith, but to the state and the country as well. Surprisingly, little has been written about his life in the Lakes Region.
Anderson met with the cartoonist's daughter, Lynn Montana, before she began writing the book. "Lynn has been extremely helpful and supportive all the way through this project. Through her recollections of her father and her family life in Meredith, I was able to write a far more in-depth story of her father's life," she explained. Many Montana family images are included in the book, as well as the memories of Bob Montana's friends, which were gathered by the author during interviews.
"Bob Montana was non-stop action, and he was constantly involved in his community; he was continually striving to make the world around him a better place despite the relentless deadlines of turning out a daily comic strip – including the more elaborate Sunday strip," Anderson said.
She said that writing a book about such a talented and generous man has been a life-changing experience and hopes that readers of the book will come away with a new outlook on life. "Bob's life story is truly fascinating, and no matter where he was or how tough things got, he'd always find the humor in a situation – and that's something so many of us struggle to do," she added.
Books will be available for purchase during the signing. Light refreshments will be served.

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