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Children's Author Tea on April 8

LACONIA — In celebration of "Strengthening Families and Communities Month," the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire has invited 9 local authors and illustrators to attend the annual Children's Authors Tea held on Tuesday, April 8 at Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia from 5-7 p.m.

"The Tea has become a wonderful family tradition and the Family Resource Center is excited to offer this memorable event to families and children of the community," says Shannon Robinson-Beland, Director of the Family Resource Center.

The Children's Authors Tea provides an opportunity for quality family time while also promoting early literacy. Local authors and illustrators of children's books - Warren Bouton, Jennifer Carson, Kathleen Deady, Terry Farish, Marty Kelley, Shawn Middleton, Robby Neylon, Denise Ortakales and Dal Rai will share their love of literacy with the children and families in the Lakes Region. Families attending the tea can meet the local authors and hear them read their stories aloud and purchase signed copies of their books.

Tea and tea snacks are offered to all and children that attend receive a free book while supplies last. Through the generous sponsorship of Curt's Caterers of Gilford, the event is free to families in the Lakes Region. For more information about the Author's Tea contact the Family Resource Center at 581-1558.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:02

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Another Pitmans Comedy Sellout

LACONIA — The combination of an exciting diverse BYOB venue, genial hosts, and great talent have made Pitman's Freight room a destination point for regional comedy fans who once again filled the 94 New Salem St. music and function hall as 210 comedy fans turned out for the March 15 show starring national act Joe Yannetty.

This marked the third time Pitman's has topped the 200 mark for a comedy night including the last two shows in which every available seat was filled. Reservations for the April 19, "New York/Boston Comedy Clash" starring Steve Bjork and Corey Rodriguez as the main headliners, were being taken as people were leaving the March 15 show.

"It's been great," said Connie Mitchell, who along with husband Dick own and operate Pitman's. "All three comedians were great; the shows right along from the first one a year and a half ago up to now have all been great and every show is different. Everyone we talked to said they loved it (the March 15 show)."

As for April 19, both headliners will be making their first trip to Pitman's. Bjork has been entertaining comedy crowds for more than 20 years with his strange view of everyday life and a look at the past that virtually every one of his audience members has experienced.

Bjork reflects on childhood occurrences, being a father, and everyday life that receive the Bjork twist. Bjork has performed in Las Vegas, cruise ships, been seen on Comedy Central, as well as the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Hilarities in Orlando, FL and Cleveland, OH; TSM Comedy Club in Louisville, KY; Crackers in Indianapolis, IN, Penguins in Cedar Rapids, IA, and many, many others as well as being a New England favorite.

Rodrigues will be making his way up from New York City prior to heading out for a week at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno. Rodrigues is a regular at Dangerfields in New York, Catch a Rising Star, Mohegan Sun, and every major club from L.A. to Boston.

Rodrigues is a previous winner of the Catch a Rising Star Comedy Competition, and was a previous winner of the Funniest Comic in New England Contest.

For tickets contact Pitman's at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming music nights at Pitman's include, Thursday March 27, Boo Boo Groove Jazz Band; Friday March 28, Dance night with Brickyard Blues Band; Thursday April 3, Zeke Martin and the Oracle Jazz; Saturday, April 5, Rosemary Casey with Shaun England.

For the complete schedule check www.pitmansfreightroom.com .

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Devin M. Denoncourt, 35

LACONIA — Devin Michael Denoncourt, 35, formerly of Laconia, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 21, 2014 from complications with an undetermined heart condition at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. He had been a resident of Rockville, Md. for the past eighteen months.
Born March 2, 1979 in Newton Massachusetts, son of Dennis and Susan Denoncourt of Laconia, NH. Devin attended Laconia Schools from kindergarten through High School and participated in Lou Athanas Basketball, Pop Warner Football, and Laconia Little League Baseball. In high school, he played football as an offensive and defensive lineman during the Sachems back to back State Championship seasons in 1995 and 1996, was Captain his senior year, and represented Laconia on the NH All Star Shrine Football Team in 1997. Devin graduated from Southern New Hampshire University where he majored in Hospitality Management in 2001.
Devin had worked for Marriott International starting as a front desk manager while in college and working his way to his most recent position as General Manager at the Courtyard Marriott at Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C.
Devin is survived by his fiancé, Sheila Rhilinger, originally from North Attleboro, Mass., and their son Dylan Michael, both of Rockville, Md., his beloved bulldog Moxie, his parents Dennis and Susan Denoncourt, his brother Jason Denoncourt of Lexington, Mass. and wife Rena, their children Mike, Luke, and Amelia, his sister Nicole Sloane of Bedford and her husband Geoffrey and daughter Susan, his grandmother Cleo Spain of Concord, and many, many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sat., March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Joseph Church, 30 Church Street, Laconia, N.H.
Burial to follow at Blossom Hill Cemetery, 207 North State Street in Concord, N.H., with a reception to follow at the Kimball Jenkins Estate, 266 North Main Street, Concord, N.H.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dylan Michael Denoncourt Trust Fund c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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Pitmans Freight Room Hosts Brickyard Blues Band on Friday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will hold Dance Night with The Brickyard Blues Band on Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

Since 1997, Brickyard Blues has been evolving its sound and building a following on stages in New England. They mix influences including Texas & Chicago Blues, Stax-era soul music, old-school R&B, with some roots & rockabilly thrown in. 2006 marked the release of the bands 9 original song CD "Naughty".

In addition to getting airplay on radio stations throughout New England, their original song, Alabama Blues Man, was picked as the Favorite Blues Song at radio stations in Orlando Florida, and Warsaw, Indiana, and has even been featured on a radio station in Belgium that showcases American roots-rock music. It's R&B plus a whole lot more. Brian James on Guitar & vocals, Tom Hoctor on sax, Rachel Green on bass, and Reed Dieffenbach on drums.

Admission $12, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the catered dinner buffet before the show. Call 527-0043 for information and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:02

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