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Stand Up Laconia benefit at Muskrats game on Thursday

LACONIA – Stand Up Laconia will be holding an upcoming fundraiser at the Muskrats baseball game on Thursday, June 12 in Laconia. Adult tickets are $5 and a portion of proceeds will directly benefit Stand Up Laconia.

Stand Up Laconia (SUL) is a growing coalition of youth and adults who live, work, and/or go to school in Laconia. SUL's vision for the community is a decrease in youth alcohol and drug use and an increase in positive, healthy peer and family relationships. To succeed in this mission multiple community sectors have come together to tackle this growing issue.

Under the able leadership of current chairperson, Clare Persson, and in collaboration with key partners such as Laconia HS, Laconia PD and local substance abuse prevention agency, Partners in Prevention (www.pipnh.org), Stand Up Laconia has accomplished various initiatives in a short amount of time. These initiatives include: Displays at the LHS Homecoming, participation in Red Ribbon Week activities, feature presenter at the annual Better Together celebration dinner, collaboration with Huot Tech business students on a community Craft Fair, variety of community educational opportunities that occurred through presentations and radio spots, and most recently, taking the lead to coordinate sponsors for a week-long global education, service and performing arts program Up With People that's scheduled to come to Laconia in September.

One of Stand Up Laconia's (SUL) final school-year activities was the 2nd Annual Chem Free After Prom Party with much help from the administration at Laconia HS and the members of the Laconia PD as well as many chaperones and sponsors. This event provides a safe and fun "substance free" all-night party for students who have attended prom. It's a practice that many surrounding communities have adopted during prom season, and SUL is proud have brought it to Laconia.

Stand Up Laconia (SUL) is actively seeking new members and invites anyone who is interested to attend the coalition meeting at the next Better Together gathering at the LMS Library on Thursday, June 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information about SUL, and for tips for parents and teens about substance abuse prevention, visit: www.standuplaconia.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:26

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Meet the Author: Mark Okrant at Belknap Mill Tonight

LACONIA —  Meet author Mark Okrant on tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Belknap Mill. The evening will include a presentation by the author for three of his books; two murder mysteries in the Kary Turnell series, A Last Resort and Murder at the Grands; as well as No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America's Motels. The author will be available to sign copies of his books following a question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public.

Murder is afoot at three grand hotels in New Hampshire – The Balsams, Mount Washington Resort and the Mountain Grand View Resort – and Mark Okrant's sleuth is on the chase. Solving the crimes is Kary Turnell, professor at a small New Hampshire University who has a knack for finding trouble and solving murders at historic resort hotels. Last year Okrant published another book, No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America's Motels, a non-fiction work originally published as an e-book, which looks at the motel era through the eyes of one of New England's senior tourism investigators.

Mark Okrant is a longtime tourism professor and researcher, and is the author of five works of fiction and three of non-fiction. As director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies at Plymouth State University, he has coordinated tourism research for the State of New Hampshire since 1990, and has presented tourism marketing and planning workshops in Alaska, Canada, Romania, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He has been an active tourism researcher since the 1970s, and is past president of the Travel and Tourism Research Association.

The Meet the Author series put on by the Belknap Mill, is a new monthly event in which New Hampshire authors can connect with their local audience. The participating authors will have the opportunity to answer questions and sign copies of their books.

The second installment of the series, on Friday, July 11 will feature Carol Lee Anderson and her latest book, A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage. The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:15

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White water slalom returns to Winnipesaukee River in Northfield/Tilton

NORTHFIELD — Friends of the Winnipesaukee River is pleased to announce White Water Slalom Racing will be held on the Winnipesaukee River on June 14-15. The event is made possible through a collaborative effort involving the NH Department of Environmental Services, the towns and Conservation Commissions of Northfield and Tilton, Friends of the Winnipesaukee River and private land owners who are allowing access to their land.

The race will be hosted by Sonny Hunt and his daughter Amy who have run the slalom race on the Blackwater River in Webster for over 30 years. Sonny Hunt stated, "We had as very successful inaugural event last year and based on the enthusiastic response from racers, this year's event will be part of the New England Whitewater Slalom Point series. " White water slalom racing combines precise boat handling skills with speed. Paddlers are timed racing through a series of gates (poles dangling from wires across the river which include both downstream (with the current) and upstream (against the current) gates. Penalties (seconds) are added for every pole touched or gate missed with the fastest times winning the race. There are a variety of categories for canoes and kayaks including men and women, combined and solo and tandem boats. Novices are encouraged to come out and give it a try.

The race course will provide high visibility for spectators with the course located in the rapids across from the Tilton Police Station where the river runs close to East Main St/Route 3/11. Race headquarters will offer great views and it will be located on the Northfield side of the river on the conservation land at the end of Granite Street, good viewing can also be had on conservation land on the Tilton side of the river. Saturday the 14th will offer paddlers the opportunity to practice the course and the actual race will begin Sunday the 15th at 9 a.m.. Race registration information can be found at: NESSRACE.COM Volunteers who would like to help with the race on Sunday will be required to have about 20 minutes of training and should arrive by 8:15 on Sunday. For more information contact Amy Hunt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401-338-5669

The race will highlight efforts of the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association and Towns of Northfield and Tilton to close the gap between the two existing sections of the Winnipesaukee River trail and to complete soil remediation at the former Ernies Garage site which is currently being cleaned up under a Federal Brownfields grant and to provide trail head parking. Donations toward the matching funds for the project can be made to the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association PO Box 464 Franklin, NH 03235 or www.winnitrail.org or find us on Facebook.

Franklin will also see white water boaters over the weekend with downriver play boaters paddling the class III and IV rapids from Cross Mill Road to Trestle View Park in Franklin. Best viewing there will be at Trestle View Park and along the Winnipesaukee River Trail.

Ken Norton from Friends of the Winnipesaukee River stated "The communities of Franklin, Tilton and Northfield and groups like Choose Franklin have promoted conservation and recreation efforts on the Winnipesaukee River as a vehicle for economic development by attracting people to the downtown areas of our communities. Last year's slalom race and down river boating brought paddlers from across New England as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as a strong contingent of New Hampshire paddlers and many spectators" Norton also offered special thanks to Commissioner Tom Burack and his staff at the NH Department of Environmental Services for their efforts to work closely with community leaders on this event as well as their assistance with the Brownfield clean-up at the Ernie's site.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:12

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POPS Selling Bouquets to raise scholarship funds

GILFORD — The Parents of Performing Students (POPS) of Gilford High School will be selling bouquets of flowers at the graduation ceremony at Meadowbrook Saturday ,June 14.

Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Scholarships for Gilford High School students.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 June 2014 11:08

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