Sanbornton Baptist Church holding benefit dinner & auction on September 20

SANBORNTON — The Second Baptist Church will hold a benefit dinner and auction in Laconia on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. to raise funds for the renovation of the 200-year-old church.

The event, which will feature antiques, gifts and certificates, will be held at the Grace Capitol Church in downtown Laconia. Tickets for this event are $25 per person. This donation will help rebuild an old church that has a heart for serving our communities. Included with this ticket is an opportunity to take home some terrific bargains and enjoy an Italian buffet-style dinner catered by Contigiani's of Laconia.

Auction items include paintings and prints, boating and fishing excursions, restaurant gift cards, pottery and baskets, furniture and tools, amusement tickets, and crafts.

Donations are greatly appreciated, say event organizers.

The Silent Auction starts at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m., with the Live Auction scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

Early ticket purchase recommended as seating is limited. Information about tickets is available by contacting Sandy Leighton at 524-5992.


Reach Out and Read program receives donation

LACONIA — Moultonborough resident Gloria Briggs recently made a very generous donation to the Reach Out and Read program. The goal of this program is to encourage literacy from a very early age and to promote reading as a part of everyday life for all children.

Now in its 25th year nationally, the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program has seen a revival over the past five years here in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions of New Hampshire. LRGHealthcare employees and ROR program co-directors Mary Bidgood-Wilson, FNP, CNM and Karen Davis, RN work with publishers and organizations such as the United Way to purchase books at a reduced cost. Personal donations are also appreciated to ensure the continued success of the program.

Every patient, ages six months through five years, receives a brand new age-appropriate book at each Well Child visit. There are a total of seven participating practices/clinics in the area.

"I am pleased to support the Reach Out and Read program, which promotes literacy and a love of books from a very early age," explains Ms. Briggs. "This gift is a tribute to the late Bob Lappin. Bob and I have supported this program over the years and have always felt that as grandparents and members of this community the health, growth, and well-being of children in particular is so important."

More than 2,000 ROR books are distributed to LRGHealthcare pediatric patients annually. The donation from Ms. Briggs will buy 1 ½ years' worth of books for the Reach Out and Read program, and will undoubtedly motivate hundreds of children and parents to make reading an everyday practice.

For more information or to learn how you can make a donation to this program or to LRGHealthcare, contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare at 737-1042 or visit our website:

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

Belknap Sheriff to speak at GOP meeting

BELMONT — Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin will address the serious drug problem at the next meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road.

Wiggin will explain how serious the drug problem is in the county and describe the steps which are being taken to address it.

Because the committee's monthly meeting will be taking place the day after the Primary Election the initial topics will be election results, party unity, and preparation for the November election.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded independents. As usual, those interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m.

The committee again is reminding those planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to one of the local food pantries.

For more information, please check our website at, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St. Baldrick’s wins best overall for Gilford Old Home Day parade

GILFORD — The annual Gilford Old Home Day celebration was held Saturday, August 23 and the weather was beautiful. Annual activities included the parade, entertainers, woodsman competition, pie-eating contest, egg toss, band concert, community dance and fireworks! The parade award winners were as follows:

Grand Prize, Best Overall – St. Baldrick's
Neighborhood Floats – 1st Place to Gilford Public Library, 2nd Place to Street Car Company and 3rd Place to Lake Shore Park
Commercial Floats – 1st Place to Bank of NH, 2nd Place to Franklin Savings Bank and 3rd Place to Belknap County Snowmobilers
Mini Floats – 1st Place to Gilford Robotics, 2nd Place to Lakes Region Chordsmen and 3rd Place to The Thurston's
Neighborhood Marchers – 1st Place to Up With People
Antique Vehicles – 1st Place to Hayden McLaughlin, 2nd Place to Kelly White and 3rd Place to Knights of Columbus
Other Vehicles – 1st Place to Piches, 2nd Place to Laconia Ice Arena
Oxen – 1st Place to Ron Salanitro and 2nd Place to Kathy Salanitro

The Parks and Recreation Department would  like to offer a special thanks to all the people who have worked so hard to make Gilford Old Home Day a success. A special thank you to the Old Home Day Committee for their tireless effort and time, the Gunstock Nordic Association for their assistance with the day before prep and the morning after clean-up, the Bank of New Hampshire for their sponsorship of Paul Warnick and Friends, Franklin Savings Bank for their the King Chrome Band, Shaw's Supermarket for their sponsorship of our annual Pie-Eating Contest and all the Town Departments for their assistance throughout the event.