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8 Year old wins a lifetime public skating pass to Laconia Ice Arena

LACONIA — Belmont's Adam Ribeiro brought home more than he expected last week at the Laconia Ice Arena's Saturday Night Meltdown.

The meltdown is a public skating session, with the arena darkened, and a disco laser light show, dj and games. The highlight of the night concludes with a game of "chuck-a-puck", where every participant is provided 2 foam pucks to "chuck" at a target at center ice. The contestant must stand behind a designated area, and try their luck at hitting the target. Not only did Adam come closest to the target (a Christmas Wreath), he bounced the puck into the center of the wreath, taking home a lifetime public skating pass to the arena and the wreath.

Arena manager Will Fay commented "what a thrill for Adam and his family, who have all been very supportive of the arena. I can't think of a better prize". Fay added, "The Meltdown is quickly becoming a great community event, and the turnout has been terrific"

When asked about the prize, Adam said "I knew it was going to go in as soon as I threw the puck. I love this place!"

The Laconia Ice Arena is a non-profit facility located on Rt. 107 in Laconia. For more information on Saturday Night meltdown, and other public skating events, visit www.laconiaicearena.com or call 528-0789. This Saturday Dec. 21, families can skate with Santa at the Meltdown from 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $10, rentals skates are $5.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:49

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MVSB again partners with Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Meredith Village Savings Bank is again partnering with Waterville Valley Ski Resort for discounted lift ticket opportunities for the 2013-2014 ski season.

Skiers and snowboarders can purchase lift tickets at any of MVSB's 11 convenient offices throughout the Lakes Region at prices significantly less than at the resort – with no restrictions or black-out dates. Adult tickets for skiers and riders (age 18 and older) are $54 and teens (age 13-17) are $44 with the discount. All tickets may be used for midweek or weekend/holiday skiing, but must be used during the 2013-2014 ski season.

In addition, the resort is offering half-price lift tickets on MVSB Customer Appreciation days to Bank customers who use their MVSB debit cards at the Waterville Valley ticket window on the following dates: January 16, 2014, February 6, 2014 and March 6, 2014.

MVSB debit card holders and their family of up to 4 people are eligible for the discount. Half-price customer appreciation day tickets are $32.50 for adults (18 and over), $27.50 for teens (age 13-17), and $22.50 for youth (age 6-12). Children 5 and under ski or ride free at Waterville Valley.

For current conditions and more information, visit www.waterville.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:44

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Pitmans Hosting Blast from the Past on New Year's Eve

LACONIA — It has been a tumultuous year for Dick and Connie Mitchell at Pitman's Freight Room, having to deal not once, but twice, with arson fires, but they quickly bounced both times and their burgeoning music scene hasn't missed a beat.

2013 was a mixed bag for sure, but at least it wasn't 1969, the year Richard Nixon became President and Charlie Manson became famous. 1969 wasn't all bad: the first Led Zeppelin album came out, the Grateful Dead released the first 16-track studio LP, "Aoxomoxoa," and the Beatles released their last-recorded album, "Abbey Road." And then of course, there was Woodstock and the First Moonwalk (Neil Armstrong, not Michael Jackson).

Nostalgia frequently collides with amnesia this time of year, so the Mitchells thought that the best way to greet the New Year was by paying homage to times gone by, and so are pleased to present a special New Year's Eve show, A Blast from the Past, a return to 1969 for a fitting tribute to the music and fashion of years gone by. And it is only fitting that the music for the evening will be provided by the Wharf Rats, a sort of retro-jam-folk-rock band, whose material is rooted in the 1960s and -70s.

The Rats will be playing three sets, one acoustic and two electric, as many bands did "back in the day." And there will be food, lots of it, served buffet style by lovely ladies, and the economically minded will note the low ticket price and the fact that Pitman's Freight Room is a BYOB venue.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door, and include a sumptuous five course buffet meal served from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Dress is casual, 60s-themed or "hippie" duds are encouraged but not required.

Advance tickets are available at Greenlaw's Music on Main Street and Pitman's Freight Room, at 94 New Salem Street, both in Downtown Laconia, by visiting the band's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wharfratsNH) and clicking on the Events link, by calling 603-393-7875 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:38

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Abenaki Ski Area opens on December 26

WOLFEBORO — Abenaki Ski Area will be opening for its 78th season on Wednesday, December 26th at 11 a.m.

The mountain will be open to the public five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, throughout our entire season ending in mid-March. Abenaki will be hosting private ski team practices for the Abenaki Ski Team and Brewster Academy Ski Team on days when the mountain is closed to the public.

The mountain will be open with the following hours:Wednesday—Friday: 4-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rates are $5 residents/$17 non-residents; Kiddie Tow-only Passes: $5 resident or non-resident; Youth and Senior Season Passes: $30 resident/$102 non-resident; Adult Season Passes: $45 resident/$153 non-resident; and Family Season Passes: $105 resident/$357 non-resident.

The Abenaki Ski Team returns again with a Youth Alpine Racing division and Freestyle Ski and Snowboard divisions. All three divisions of the Ski Team offer professional coaching and a chance to compete at USSA races and freestyle meets throughout New Hampshire.

For more information see the Parks and Recreation website at www.wolfeboronh.us/abenaki or contact Aynne De Beer (Alpine Racing) at 603-986-4235 or Sarah Hipple (Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding) at 603-738-7701.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:20

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