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Laconia Adult Education offering free English classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering Beginning and Intermediate FREE ESOL, English Speakers of Other Languages, Classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Rooms #216 and #217 at Laconia High School.

The ESOL classes will enable new learners of the English language to speak, read, and write English. It is most important for foreigners making their home in the Lakes Region to be able to communicate in emergencies and in everyday living situations such as shopping, making doctor appointments, filling out job applications, relating with their child's school and teachers, and everyday expressions of common courtesy.

There is no charge for the ESOL Classes. For more information or to enroll in the class call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:03

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Three local women receive Altrusa scholarships

LACONIA — Altrusa International of Laconia recently awarded three $1,000 college scholarships to local women.

Stacey Gray of Belmont, NH received a Dr. Alice Normandin scholarship, for a Lakes Region woman pursuing a degree in the health field. Gray will be attending Rivier University in Nashua. A second Dr. Alice Normandin scholarship was awarded to Jenna Sue Pancoast of Laconia. Pancoast will be attending Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. The third scholarship awarded was the Katherine Daigneault scholarship, for a Lakes Region woman pursuing a degree in the business field, which was received by Allison Daigle of Gilford. Daigle will be attending Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

For more information about Altrusa of Laconia visit their website www.altrusalaconia.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 08:56

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3rd Annual Festival of Flight

HOLDERNESS — The Sqaum Lakes Science Center will be holding its third annual Festival of Flight on Saturday, September 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last admission is at 3:30 p.m. 
The schedule of events for the day is as follows:  9:30 to 11:00 a.m. - Hawk Watch,  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Crafts for Kids, 11:00 a.m. - Osprey Program, 12:00 p.m. - Up Close to Animals featuring a peregrine falcon,  1:00 p.m. - Osprey Program, 2:00 p.m. - Up Close to Animals featuring a Broadwing Hawk and Red-Tailed Hawk. The Festival of Flight does not require advanced registration and all activities are part of regular trail admission. 
Hawk Watch will be held on Sunday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program is aimed at families with children ages 10 or older. 

Mid-September marks the usual peak of the fall hawk migration. Start with an orientation to hawk watching at the Science Center, including up close views of live hawks that may be seen in our area. Then travel to the Lakes Region's best hawk watch site at Little Round Top in Bristol. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and appropriate clothes for the weather. Binoculars are available for use. Cost is $7 for members, $9 for non-members, and $10 the day of the event. To register for the event in advance call 603-968-7194. 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 10:05

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Program Saturday about strong-willed Quaker woman

SANDWICH — The North Sandwich Friends Meeting (Quaker) invites the public to join others on Saturday, August 30 at 3 p.m. to learn about the Quakers. This is an opportunity to hear Meredith author Peter Miller, to tour the Quaker Meeting House, the Quaker burial ground, and learn a bit about our community's historical past. The Meeting House is uphill from the Durgin Covered Bridge (354 Quaker Whiteface Road, North Sandwich). Both the Durgin Bridge and the Quaker Meetinghouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dr. Miller will speak about the life of Lakes Region legend Jane Varney Durgin. Jane Durgin (1820 – 1895) was a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who lived in Sandwich most of her adulthood. She was a highly intelligent, dynamic, courageous, and independent-minded person who refused to be boxed in by society's narrow definition of women's place in life or by the Quakers' rules of conduct. From adolescence on, she was a "fearless equestrienne," performing circus-like stunts on horseback. She risked disownment by the Society of Friends for eloping with a non-Quaker and being married by a Baptist minister.

She purchased real estate in her name alone at a time (1851) when married women had scant legal means of doing so. She risked imprisonment by being a "station master" on the Underground Railroad. Though women of her era were strongly discouraged from getting involved with politics, in 1856 she formed the Sandwich "Jessie Circle" in honor of the equally free-spirited Jessie Benton Fremont, wife of Republican Presidential candidate John C. Fremont. Despite her individualism, Jane was a lifelong Quaker and a devout Christian who won people's love, admiration, and respect through her force of mind, character, and vivaciousness.

Personally inscribed copies of Miller's newly-published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.

Following the 3 p.m. presentation and book signing, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a walk through the nearby North Sandwich Friends Burial Grounds with community folks. Community members who wish to share stories about family members, friends, or neighbors who lived and helped make our community what it is today will be encouraged to do so. The Quaker burial grounds have gravestones inscribed back to the 1820's and many earlier stone markers that were not inscribed. Early Quakers adhering to their testimony for simplicity often did not mark stones or marked stones only with initials. There is limited parking and attendees are encouraged to carpool. Should there be rain in the late afternoon the program will go on as planned. The guided walk will be cancelled, however, the stories will be told in the shelter of the Meeting House.

North Sandwich Friends Meeting welcomes visitors to the Meeting for Worship any Sunday at 10:30.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 09:35

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