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EKAL to host Fusion event

LACONIA — Fusion is inviting the public to its next social event at EKAL Activity Center in Meredith on Tuesday, July 22. Those attending will be able to choose a paddleboard or kayak and spend an hour on the lake. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the tour promptly kicks off at 6 p.m.
This event is open to beginners and lake veterans. The event is a great way to meet and interact with Fusion and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that may get wet and jump into Fusion-style networking. The cost for the EKAL activities is $15 per person and reservations and payment are requested in advance as space is limited. Please visit Facebook.com/NHFusion for more details and the link to reserve your space on the lake or to RSVP for the free land-based networking.

After the lakeside tour of Meredith Bay, the group will gather at the Town Docks. Those not looking to participate in the water activity are welcome to head straight to the restaurant as early as 6 p.m.

The purpose of Fusion NH is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities we serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). Those who would like more information about the Fusion organization or how to get involved, can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.


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Savor the Season with Fresh Herbs on Thursday, July 10

LACONIA — The summer market season is going full blast now, thanks to some nice hot days and much needed rain. If you're looking for some new ideas on how to add more pizzazz to your summer cooking, Savor the Season is here to help. On Thursday, July 10, from 3:30-4:30, Ana Gourlay from Sunflower Natural Foods, will be in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Main Street Marketplace, sharing ideas and recipes for using the wonderful fresh herbs that are so abundant this time of year. Visitors can taste and smell different fresh herbs, and sample some simple drinks and dishes that highlight the different herbs.

"We invited Ana to be one of our guest chefs because she is so knowledgeable and has been a staunch supporter of the market and local farmers. She has some great suggestions for simple ways to incorporate fresh herbs into your diet," says Karen Barker, Coordinator of the Lakes Region Food Network.

This is the second of four scheduled Savor the Season presentations, with Leslie Judice from Tavern 27 slated to appear in August. There is also the possibility of a surprise fifth event at the last market of the season! Savor the Season was made possible by a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, with support from the Laconia Main Street Marketplace.

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‘Driving Backwards’ author to speak at Laconia Public Library at 7 p.m. tonight

LACONIA — Author Jessica Landry will be reading from her book ''Driving Backwards: A Luminous Portrait of Small-Town New  Hampshire'' tonight at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Library.

For a moment, Gilmanton, New Hampshire, was the most notorious place in America. In 1956, it was the inspiration for Peyton Place, the blockbuster novel about an archetypical New England town ripped open by scandal and hypocrisy.

Today, Gilmanton is a microcosm of rural revival, filled with profiles of remarkable everyday farmers, and energized with the grit and history that is at the core of New England towns. Driving Backwards elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us. In Driving Backwards, readers meet vibrant men and women who live in this bedrock central New Hampshire town: David Bickford -- a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one hundred year old storyteller; 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.

Jack Beatty, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, author and NPR News Analyst wrote of Driving Backwards, "I didn't want it to end.''

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Lander is a freelance journalist living in Cambridge, MA. As a child she spent her summers in Gilmanton.


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Newfound Football Golf Tournament set for July 15

BRISTOL — The Fourth Annual Friends of Newfound Football Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Owl's Nest Golf Course in Campton on Tuesday, July 15 featuring a shotgun start at 10 a.m..

Fee for the 18-hole tournament is $90 per player or $360 per foursome and there will be prizes for closesr to the hole, longest drive as well as a 50-50 raffle and a barbecue and awards ceremony will be held following the completion of play.

The tournament was established in memory of Mark Richardson and Scott Russell, who were teammates on the original Newfound Regional High School football team.

Contact Andrew Szendre, head football coach at Newfound at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



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