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Pitmans Hosting Michael Vincent Friday, NH Blues Challenge Winners Sunday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room has booked the Michael Vincent Band, which has Lakes Region roots,  to perform on Friday, January 3 at 8 p.m.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Michael Vincent discovered Blues and Soul music as a child. While still in grammar school, he formed a trio called Michael Vincent and Doubleshot with two of his classmates. The band performed frequent local gigs and house parties, quickly becoming a local favorite. Now traveling the country, he employs a reminiscent blues guitar style and an inspiring voice.
Danny Mack on bass has developed his own unique thumping style in his music. His main influences include Jack Bruce, Donald Dunn, Barry Oakely, Leon Wilkeson, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, and Billy Cox.
Dan Hewitt started playing drums in the summer of 2006. He moved to New Hampshire and met Michael Vincent in grammar school and they soon collaborated with Dan Mack to form the trio. Now an experienced percussionist, he has returned as the backbone. His main influences include Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, and Steve Gadd.
On Sunday, January 5 at 6 p.m. Pitman's Freight Room will host the Road to Memphis Blues Bands.

Winners of the NH Blues Challenge will be performing to raise money to support their trip to represent New Hampshire at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Blues Tonight band represents the Band category, Erik "Fingers" Ray won the Singles category and Riddle-N-Blues placed first in the youth category. Come listen to some great blues and help these talented musicians defray some of the cost of their trip to Memphis,

Suggested donation is $12.

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Dog obedience class starts January 8

LACONIA — The next dog obedience class will begin Wednesday, January 8 at the Laconia Community Center. Beginner class runs from 6-7 p.m. and the advanced from 7-8 p.m. Classes run every Wednesday.

The cost is $54 for the 4 week session. Dogs must have all of their shots before joining the class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

For questions and registration, go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department’s office at the Community Center at 306 Union Avenue or call 524-5046.

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Winter Safety Tips from the Laconia Fire Department

LACONIA — The Laconia Fire Department has issued the following Winter safety tips.

As you all know the winter heating season is now upon us. Home fires and home fire deaths peak during the cold weather months. There are many factors that cause this increase. Here are a few tips to make this season a safe one:

• Do not wear loose fitting clothing when working near the stove or fireplace
• Check all electric cords and plugs on your appliances. If they are worn or broken throw them away and buy new ones.
• Do not use candles near drapes or curtains. If you use candles be sure they are in a stable, non-tip container and are kept away from combustibles.
• Be careful of candles around children and pets – they can very easily knock the candle over or burn themselves. Be sure all candles are out and decorations are off when you go to bed.
• Do not overload electrical outlets. If you must use extension cords make sure the cord is in good condition and is adequate to handle the load. Do not run cords under carpet or furniture. This can cause overheating.
• You should have your chimney cleaned and inspected at least once a year, preferably before the start of the heating season.
• Always use a fire screen in front of your fireplace. Never burn trash or rubbish in the fireplace. Be careful when adding wood to the fireplace – place the wood gently into the firebox.
• When cleaning the wood stove or fireplace always place the ashes in a metal container and place the container outside and away from the home. The coals can retain heat for many days.
• Have your heating appliances cleaned on an annual basis.
• Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from combustibles, especially curtains, bedding, and clothing. Keep combustibles at least 18" away from a wood stove or fireplace.
• Test your smoke detector monthly. At a minimum install smoke detectors outside of the bedrooms and at the bottom of the stairs.
• Review your Home Escape Plan with your family. Have a plan on how to get out of the house, in the event of a fire. Have a meeting place outside. Never go back into a burning home – wait for the fire department. Have two ways out from every room and floor level. If you cannot get out of a room, close the door, go to a window, and signal for help.
• Keep a flashlight in every bedroom. Check to make sure it works.
• We recommend that every home have at least one carbon monoxide detector. It should be located near the bedrooms.
• Never leave your car running in the garage; let the engine warm up outside.

In a fire or medical emergency seconds do count. A fire will double in intensity every minute. If you suspect a fire or have any other emergency call the fire department immediately. We are here to help you in any way possible. The number to call in Laconia is 9 1 1.

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April Verch to perform at Franklin Opera House

FRANKLIN — Franklin Opera House, Center for Arts and Entertainment is pleased to announce a very special evening with Canadian Fiddler and step dancer April Verch, along with band mates, Hayes Griffin and Cody Walters, on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.

April Verch is in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer songwriter. Bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters, and guitarist Hayes Griffin make up the rest of the band. The range of material Verch, Walters, and Griffin provide makes for an energetic, tradition-celebrating night.

Practically from birth Verch was immersed in folk music and dance from her native Ottawa Valley. The impressive and thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing- and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns- at once. To learn more about April Verch and her music visit Aprilverch.com

Tickets for the concert are available at the Franklin Opera House box office, by phone at (603) 934-1901 and online at www.franklinoperahouse.org. Concert tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children. It is reserved seating.


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