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Public celebration of breastfeeding in Laconia Saturday

LACONIA — A gathering is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, in Laconia to mark the importance and value of breastfeeding.

On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. breastfeeding women and their babies will gather in the garden outside the Laconia Public Library to mark the Big Latch On, a worldwide synchronized breastfeeding event. The Latch On is organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to mark World Breastfeeding Week which runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7.

In case of rainy weather the local Latch On will take place in Rotary Hall on the lower level of the library.

Promoters of the Big Latch On say the event is a way of demonstrating the breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies/children, and babies/children who are not breastfed are at increased risk of infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer (both mom and baby.)

They note that the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby's life to optimize these benefits, continuing to breastfeed for two years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.

Further information about the Latch On is available by emailing Crystal Tusi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Betsy Wilder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:09

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Squam Lakes Association Celebrates All Things Squam with I Love Squam Day

 HOLDERNESS — This Saturday, August 2nd the Squam Lakes Association is celebrating all things Squam with the second annual I Love Squam Day. Starting at noon and running until 3 pm there will be canoe, kayak, and Paddleboard demos, snorkeling excursions, sailboat exhibits, and local hikes exploring bird life, forest ecology, and woodland stewardship.

At 2:30 there's a special event just for the kids. The Squam Olympics is back and better than ever. All kids between 8 and 16 years old are challenged to compete in a variety of watery sports including a big canoe race to field games and of course...the Ultimate Squam Challenge.

Starting at 5 is the big cookout complete with all the classic summer time eats off the grill. Then when the sun goes down it's time for the barn dance. This Contra style dance is complete with that good ol' country sound, caller and a big beautiful barn.  All activities except for dinner and the barn dance are free. Reservations are required for dinner. Go online to squamlakes.org for more information or call 603-968-7336.


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:06

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Vacation Bible school at Heritage Free Will Baptist Church

LACONIA — Heritage Free Will Baptist Church will hold a vacation Bible school for children ages 2 to 17 on Aug. 4-8.

The classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon, free of charge.

Those interested in having their children participate are asked to call the church at 528-8400 or email the church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pre-register their children. Parents can also bring their children to the church at 349 Meredith Center Road, on Monday, Aug. 4, before 9 a.m.


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:04

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Free Program on Septic Systems offered in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — How septic systems work, their limitations and eventual replacement, especially in sensitive waterfront locations, are among the topics to be discussed in a free evening public seminar, "Septic Sense", Tuesday, August 5, 6-8 pm. at the Balmoral Improvement Association's Clubhouse, Paradise Drive, Moultonborough.

"Anyone who owns property with a home on a septic system will not want to miss this important and informative event," said Pat Tarpey, Executive Director of the Winnipesaukee Watershed Association (WWA), which is jointly sponsoring the free evening forum with the Balmoral Improvement Association, and Granite State Designers & Installers.

Attendees can expect to take home useful information on maintenance and extension of system life, signs of system failure, and who to contact for consultation, design and installation when system replacement becomes necessary, Tarpey said. Gary Spaulding, a member of Granite State Designers & Installers, and owner of Advanced Onsite Solutions, LLC will explain how septic systems work, types of systems, the 'Do's and Don'ts', proper maintenance, signs of a failing system, legalities, costs, and much more. His slide presentation will also cover difficult site installations and showcase the many different septic system technologies available to homeowners today.

The forum is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Contact Pat Tarpey, Executive Director of the WWA at 603-581-6632 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:00

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