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Patrick's Pub Mania Shuffle Hits Midseason


GILFORD — Designed as a fundraiser for the Patrick's Pub Mania event, the Pub Mania Shuffle has reached its' halfway point of the Spring Series which is held Wednesday's beginning at 6 p.m. Already raising close to $2,000 for the WLNH Children's Auction, the Shuffle will run through  June 11, and participants who complete the course at least 5 times get a special, limited edition Shuffle embroidered hat.

"The Shuffle is definitely in the spirit of Pub Mania" explains Patrick's co-owner Allan Beetle. "It's a great way to be part of our Pub Mania event while getting outside for some exercise and fun".

Team BPS, the newest of 30 Pub Mania teams, has led the way this spring with over 50 people turning out on behalf of their team. Participants donate $10 to the team of their choice, and receive a complimentary beverage and entry into a post-shuffle raffle. With another 4 Wednesday's to go, BPS has already raised over $500 for their team.

The 2.5 - 3.1 mile course begins at Patrick's parking lot in Gilford and meanders over and through the beautiful Meadowbrook property before looping back to Patrick's. Organizers stress that the Mania Shuffle is not designed to be a competitive event and is open to the public.

100% of the proceeds of the Mania Shuffle will pass through to the WLNH Children's Auction and on to children, families and programs here in the Lakes Region. Last year Pub Mania raised $177,545 for the LNH Children's Auction and has now raised over $562,000 in the first five years of the event.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 10:41

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Humorist Becky Rule at Gilmanton Historical Society May 27

GILMANTON — Humorist Becky Rule returns to Gilmanton to regale the audience with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor and the wisdom of this uniquely New England tradition. The program takes place at Old Town Hall on NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m..

Refreshments and social hour begin at 7 p.m; the program begins promptly at 7:30. The Society's Museum, in the basement of Old Town Hall, is open at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public; donations to support the work of the Society are gratefully received

The Society's summer series is presented on the 4th Tuesday of each month, May through September. Tuesday, June 24 features a program on the Grange Movement, It's Rise, Triumphs and Decline. On July 22 at 6 p.m. the Society offers a walking tour of Smith Meeting House Cemetery narrated by members of the Society's Board. Pat Clarke presents a program on Herman Mudgett, Gilmanton's most notorious resident, on August 26. The final program, September 23, addresses the textile workers of the Amoskeag Company. For details pick up a brochure at the Town Office and review the Society's exhibit on the history of Town Reports in the display cases. Or check the Society's website, www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/gilmanton. There is a link on the Town website.

The Gilmanton Historical Society offers a number of publications on the history of the Town. They are available at all Society programs, at the Town Clerk's Office, and at the Brick House in Gilmanton Corners. The Society's Museum, at Old Town Hall is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon, and at 7 pm before each of the summer programs.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 10:37

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Got Lunch! Laconia raffle tickets for 2014 Sea-Doo Spark 3up and Trailer Now On Sale

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia has announced that raffle tickets for a 2014 Sea-Doo Spark 3up, three seater personal watercraft and trailer donated by Irwin Marine are now on sale throughout the city.

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20, with all proceeds going to GOT LUNCH! Laconia,
Drawing to be held on August 4 at the Congregational Church of Laconia UCC , 18 Veterans Square Laconia. The drawing will take place at 8:30 a.m during one of the weekly distributions of food deliveries. Ticket holder does not need to be present to win.

Tickets are on sale at these local supporting businesses:
All My Life Jewelers - 639 Main St. Laconia
Bank of New Hampshire Thursday night
Farmers Market – Main St Parking Lot Laconia
Congregational Church of Laconia – 18 Veterans Square Laconia
Irwin Marine - 958 Union Ave Laconia
Quick Laundry and Cleaners –401 South Main Street Laconia

Tavern 27 - 2075 Parade Rd, Laconia,
VISTA Foods - 376 South Main St. Laconia

For more information about Got Lunch! Laconia – to register or to donate – visit www.gotlunchlaconia.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 02:45

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Leader in fighting child trafficking speaking in Laconia Sunday

LACONIA — Rob Morris, the president and co-founder of Love146, an international nonprofit organization working to combat child trafficking and exploitation, will be speaking in the Lakes Region on Sunday.

Morris will be speaking at the Lakes Region Vineyard Church – Lakeport, 176 Mechanic Street, on Sunday, May 25, at both the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. Contemporary worship music and a coffee break are part of each meeting. For information, call 527-2662

People wanting to support the work are invited to take part in a "Put Your Foot Down To End Child Trafficking" benefit hike up Mount Major Sunday, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A suggested donation of $25 per family is requested, then participants can take the short hike up Mount Major.

In 2002, Morris was among a group of four young people who traveled to Southeast Asia to learn about child sex trafficking. As part of an undercover operation, investigators took him and some other group members into a brothel where young girls were being sold for sex.

"We found ourselves standing shoulder-to-shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass," Morris recalled. "All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification. They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left... These children... raped each night... seven, 10, 15 times every night... They were so young. Thirteen, eleven years old... It was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness.

"Except one girl. One girl who wouldn't watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl," he explained.

Some time later, the brothel was raided and shut down, and the children rescued.  But #146 was no among them, Morris reported.

"We don't know what happened to her but we will never forget here," he said. "She changed the course of all of our lives... This is the story that sparked our abolition movement."


Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014 10:24

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