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Get Booked with Authors Marshall Adair and Carole Rogers at Gilford Library

GILFORD — This coming week, the Gilford Public Library will host two authors on separate visits to discuss their latest books. On Tuesday, July 15th at 6:30 pm, author and diplomat Marshall Adair will discuss his book, Lessons from a Diplomatic Life: Watching Flowers from Horseback. Drawing on his 35 year career as a third-generation diplomat and experiences with the American Foreign Service, Marshall Adair's book provides readers with a unique combination of autobiography, travelogue, and exposé on the history and politics of US Foreign Affairs.
The second presentation of the week, Get Booked with Author Carole Rodgers, will be on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 pm. Carole will discuss her book Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers. Hidden Lives covers the compelling true stories of three New York City immigrant families – one Jewish, one German, and one Italian – set in three tenement neighborhoods – the lower east side, the south Bronx and hell's kitchen – during the first decades of the twentieth century. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 09:20

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Belmont Man Wins Laconia Rotary Club Raffle

LACONIA — Laconia Rotary is pleased to announce that Joseph (Joey) Hayes of Belmont is the winner of its annual charity raffle. Hayes selected the cash option of $20,000 for his prize.

When presented with his check, Hayes remarked "After I got the phone call on June 22nd to let me know I had won, I was so excited I was hyper-ventilating. This is the first time that I have won anything. My wife works in the Weirs, and she bought the ticket the first part of Bike Week. We have some uses in mind for the money, and what is left will be used to buy a motorcycle."

The check was presented to Hayes by Jon Nivus, chairperson of the charity raffle for 2013-14. Mr. Nivus said "I was glad to present the cash to someone who can use it. It was a pleasure to meet this couple and share their joy."

"Laconia Rotary thanks all of the individuals who purchased tickets and supported the charitable work that Rotary does in our community," stated Nivus, "Laconia Rotary disbursed over $21,000 to various charities throughout the year. Our club worked as a team and put in countless hours of work to ensure a successful event. We hope our community will continue to support this fundraiser and help us make a difference to local charities."

Laconia Rotary is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization that is open for membership to all individuals. Its objectives are to encourage and foster opportunities for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, and advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. The club meets at 12 noon on Thursday at the Belknap Mill. For further information about Rotary, call Jon F. Nivus 528-4959.

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17th Annual Jewish Food Festival at Temple B'Nai Israel Sunday

LACONIA — People will be coming together from all over New Hampshire and beyond to enjoy the memories of the tastes and smells from the kitchens of Jewish mothers at the 17th Annual Jewish Food Festival at Temple B'nai Israel on Sunday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a huge array of textures and tastes including cheese blintzes, stuffed cabbage, matzo ball soup, chopped herring, chopped liver, kugels, knishes, latkes, and sandwiches filled with your choice of brisket, corned beef, pastrami or tongue, finishing off with delectable strudels, rugelach and more.

Members from Temple B'Nai Israel work together in the temple kitchen to cook these traditional foods while sharing family history and stories.

Here is a sampling of last year's Food Festival attendees had to say about the food:
• Best food I've had in a while.
• Reminds me of family gatherings in my youth in New York and New Jersey.
• The best – we come every year – way too good. I like to blame it for at least a 20 pound gain. Amazing! Tradition, scrumptious and addictive. A great balance of meat, grains, vegetables and hot and cold items.
• Stuffed cabbage – best ever
• Thanks for the hard work – service was outstanding
• Spiritual soul food.
• Corned beef and tongue combo – heaven
• It was my first experience eating traditional Jewish food. I need to learn the recipes. If you have never been, I highly recommend it...look forward to taking my boys next year.

This Festival is about more than food. Visitors will find treasures at the Nearly New Boutique on the front lawn as well as new Judaica items inside, many for use for the High Holidays in late September.

The Temple driveway, at 210 Court Street in Laconia will be tented for your dining comfort and credit cards are accepted.

More information can be found at www.tbinh.org and questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Balladeer Jim Barnes to perform at Laconia's Rotary Park on Wednesday

LACONIA — Balladeer Jim Barnes will perform Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Rotary Park.

Barnes' appearance is part of the Rotary Park summer concerts series which are sponsored by the Belknap Mill Society.

As a guitarist and Irish singer, Barnes traces his roots to the 1970s.

"I got together with a couple of fellas, a father and son, who taught me many of the traditional rebel and drinking songs. We toured around from house party to house party and just enjoyed ourselves," Barnes recalled.

That led to a career that lasted several years before a hiatus of 30 years or so to raise his family.

Now a full-time entertainer Barnes has appeared in a variety of New England settings, as well as private parties in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, restaurants and pubs.

Barnes has a tale to tell with just about every song. Barnes is skilled on both the six- and 12-string acoustic guitar, and he plays banjo and mandolin as well.

An insightful songwriter, Jim began writing his New Hampshire flavored music in 2007 and released his first CD, New Hampshire on My Mind, in 2009, followed quickly by Made in the Granite State in 2010. A third compilation, "You Can't Get There From Here", brings Jim's body of work to over 40 New Hampshire flavored songs. These songs relate the rich story of life in New Hampshire: its history, rural setting, politics, weather and the tourist trade and his music has caught the imagination of all who hear him sing.

Songs such as "The Parable of the Peach" and "Apple Pickin' Time" take the listener right along on a trip around the state, while others, such as "Fees! Fees! Fees!" poke fun at the state legislature. The "Haunting Homecoming" speaks of the dreadful waste of human resources in war, while "Flatlanders and Trouble at the Dump" tickle the ribs of listeners everywhere.

Whatever the occasion, be it a pub setting, a fund-raising concert or a historical society/library gathering, the music of Jim Barnes will entertain you like no other.

For further information on the Belknap Mill Society and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

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