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Clean-up event on Winni River Trail to take place Sat.

TILTON — Volunteers are welcome to join members of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association with their annual clean up and trail maintenance day which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

People are needed to help pick up trash and provide some light trail maintenance. Those who want to participate are asked to meet at the Tilton section of the trail near Route 140 between McDonalds and Burger King. Participants are encouraged to bring work gloves, and hand tools including rakes, brush cutters, shovels, wheel barrows, etc. The association will provide garbage bags for trash pick-up.

The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a multi-use pedestrian trail that follows the abandoned railroad and connects the downtown areas of Franklin and Tilton/Northfield with Rt. 140/Exit 20 on I-93. A regional trail system — The Winnipesaukee River Trail — will eventually connect with trails in Laconia and Belmont to the east and the Northern Line to the west/north.

The Trail Association has its monthly meetings the second Tuesdays of the month 6:30 p.m. at Health First in Franklin.

For more information about the clean-up contact Ken Norton at 286-3890.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:38

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Winni Playhouse Family Funraiser held on May 18

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes Elementary School is approaching the half-way point in its goal of raising $65,000 to build a Living Classroom greenhouse on the school grounds. The school has found some creative and fun ways to raise funds while exciting the community about this project including a Family "Fun"raiser hosted by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Sunday, May 18 from from 1-4 p.m. 

At The Winnipesaukee Playhouse nature-based poetry written by the school’s students will be displayed along the nature trail and the outdoor stage will host entertainment including the school’s jazz band, various dance companies and a performance by The Educators– the school’s staff rock band. Other activities include a worm-farming demonstration, plant your own seedling, face painting, theatre games with the Playhouse’s education staff, a dress-up photo booth and a bake sale hosted by the PTO.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Marketing Director, Lesley Pankhurst, says, “this summer our theater and arts summer camp program will be held at Inter-Lakes Elementary School. We are so grateful for the opportunity to use the school’s wonderful facilities that we wanted to give back to the school community. The Living Classroom is an incredible project and we’re delighted to support it."

Dr. Steve Kelley, PK-4 principal expressed his gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the Living Classroom. “We live in an incredibly generous community and it has been humbling to see the support this project has received. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has now stepped up and is offering to support this project in a very fun and family-centered way. I am excited about this event and extremely appreciative for their enthusiastic involvement”.

The event is open to the general public and, while there is no admission charge, donations will be gratefully accepted. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the Playhouse’s theatre which will be soon be celebrating its first birthday.

For more information, visit http://www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org/special-events.html. To learn more about the Living Classroom Greenhouse project visit www.interlakes.org/iles and click on “Greenhouse Project” under Quick Picks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:17

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Winnipesaukee Scenic, Hobo RRs open for season

LINCOLN — Officials at the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads are advising the public that the rail line between Lincoln and Tilton is once again active for the 2014 season. Various train operations will continue through December, including excursion trains, special tourist trains and other equipment moves.

The railroad is reminding the public that precaution should be exercised around moving trains and to always expect a train. Other safety considerations to keep in mind include grade crossing signals, which should always be obeyed. Drivers should stop when they hear whistle signals at grade crossings and never try to beat a train at a crossing.

In an effort to promote the message of railroad safety, the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads have joined forces with Operation Lifesaver, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works to improve railroad safety through engineering, education and enforcement. "People need to be aware of the potential danger around moving rail equipment, even when rail cars and locomotives are moving at slow speeds." said Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Railroad. "Safety is our first priority."

For the Hobo Railroad, scenic tourist excursion trains will depart from Hobo Junction in Lincoln on weekends in May and early June before switching to daily operations June 28 for the summer and into the fall. The one hour and twenty minute round trip train excursions travel along the Pemigewasset River and cross several roadways. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad will also open for weekend operations in May and early June and change to daily operations June 28 from Meredith and Weirs Beach for one and two hour excursions along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:10

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LA Comedy coming to Pitman’s Freight Room Sat.

LACONIA — The monthly stand up comedy series at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia resumes May 17 with the West Coast Connection Comedy Night and a 9 p.m. start time to accommodate for daylight saving time.

The May 17 show stars Louis Ramey who has spent the last ten years in Los Angeles, and Boston favorite Joey Carroll as the main performers. Both comedians are making their first appearance at Pitman's.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. For reservations email Pitman's comedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or call Pitman's at 603-527-0043.

Ramey's credentials are extensive and impressive. As well as being a regular in Las Vegas he has appeared on The Tonight Show and he has multiple appearances on Comedy Central including his own half hour special "Comedy Central Presents Lou Ramey," "Premium Blend," "Comedy Central's World Comedy Tour," "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," and the "USO Comedy Central Tour."

Carroll is a Boston favorite who has been described as a cross between George Carlin and Dennis Miller. His no holds barred style has earned him a spot at the Montreal Comedy Festival and on Comedy Central's Pulp Comics.

For the past five years, Carroll has toured the Middle East war zones entertaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries where US servicemen and women are serving.

As for the 9 p.m. start time, it is a first for Pitman's which stayed with an 8 p.m. start last summer, but many patrons suggested they would prefer a later time to accommodate longer daylight hours from May through August.

"Some people did like the 8 p.m. start," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell, "but even more indicated they would like to be able to take advantage of the extended daylight, especially after coming out of a winter and spring like the one we just had. People are ready to be outside.

Pitman's has become the Mecca for Lakes Region comedy as the monthly shows have exceeded expectations including three shows which have drawn more than 200.

"Even we didn't know what to expect when we started comedy," said Mitchell who works in conjunction with Laugh Riot Productions which books comedy and fundraisers throughout New England. "The quality of the shows has been better than anyone has anticipated which is why people keep coming back and why we keep adding new patrons."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:05

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