Dog Obedience Classes start Sept. 24 in Laconia

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering Beginner and Advanced Dog Obedience classes starting on Wednesday, September 24. The Beginner Class will meet from 6-7 p.m. and the Advanced Class from 7-8 p.m.

Classes be taught by John and Carolyn Bancroft and will meet for eight weeks in the Woodland Heights Elementary School Gym in Laconia. 

No dog is too young, too small nor too old to enter the Beginner Dog Obedience Class. Dogs will learn to walk beside owners on the leash without pulling, come when called, sit, lie down, stand, and stay where you command it to stay. Owners will also learn how to communicate with their pets.

The Advanced Dog Obedience Class is designed for those dogs who are ready to begin training off a leash, learning verbal and hand signals. Dogs will learn to interact with other dogs, but pay attention to their owner's instructions. This class also prepares pet handlers and their dogs to enter the obedience trials and show rings.

All dogs must be current with Rabies and Distempter Shots. Documentation must be provided prior to registration. To register for the Dog Obedience classes call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.  

Corn Maze Pays Tribute to Part of Moulton Farm's 131 Year History

MEREDITH — Moulton Farm's 14th annual corn maze opens on Saturday, September 13 with a theme that celebrates a bit of the farm's past. During its 131 year history the farm was a cattle farm and then a dairy farm before transitioning to growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. It is the farm's dairy past that was the inspiration for a major feature in this year's maze.

Maze designer Wes Thomas, who has worked at the farm since he was in high school, designed the farm's maze for the past seven years. "Wes wanted a farm theme for the design this year," says farm owner John Moulton. "When I shared with him that the maze is located where the cows used to graze when my father ran the farm as a dairy farm, he smiled. You could see an idea forming in his mind." Thomas incorporated barns, a silo and two cows into this year's design.

"You look at the design on paper and think 'that will be good', but the moment of truth comes when you get your first aerial view," explains Moulton. "These two enormous cows were looking out at us and the cow jokes and puns started flying among the farm staff." Moulton says with a laugh. "Currently 'You'll get lost until the cows come home' is the favorite phrase." The farm will be sharing some of the maze related humor on its Facebook page while the maze is open.

Thomas isn't sharing the secret to solving this year's challenging maze with anyone. He says he wants even his co-workers to enjoy getting lost in the maze created by corn that can be 12 to 15 feet tall. That height and complexity of this year's maze led him to also design and plant a maze for young children. "The design is simpler and the corn will be about two to three feet tall, so it's easy for parents or grandparents to watch the little ones as they scamper around the maze," says Thomas. "We'll even have picnic tables in the area, so that the adults can relax while keeping an eye on the children."

Admission to the corn maze is $6 per person with a special $4 rate for each child 6 and under. Included with admission is access to the farm's full size maze and the farm's maze designed for very young children, the maze trivia game, and a treat after completing the trivia game. The last admission is one hour before the farm closes. For more information visit

Woodwind Quintet to perform at Taylor Community

LACONIA — The 2014 Taylor Community Concert Series continues with the Lakes Region Woodwind Quintet on Sunday, September 21 at 3 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave.

 The group features Doris Henney, Flute; Kenda Corcoran, Oboe; Debbi Gibson, Clarinet; Nancy Goldenhar, Bassoon; and Robin Jackman, French Horn. A variety of music from Classical to Blues will be featured. The Quintet last performed at Taylor in November 2013 and drew a large audience. This concert is generously being sponsored by Taylor Community Resident Florence Merrill. 

Laconia Historical hosting Main Street Program

LACONIA — On Monday, September 15 at 7 p.m. the  Laconia Historical and Museum Society will welcome David Stamps and Warren Clement to present their lecture covering the history of the community-wide effort known as The Main Street Program.

On May 6, 2002, Laconia was awarded status as a NH Main Street Community after beginning work on the application and organization less than six months before. That all this happened so quickly was not just a testament to the more than 50 volunteers and hundreds of hours, but really reflected many positive changes that had been occurring in Laconia for the previous decade.

This presentation will trace the story of the founding of Laconia Main Street highlighting this decade with photos and original documents and PowerPoints.

This lecture will be held at The Laconia Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, call The Laconia Historical & Museum Society at 603.527.1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..