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Altrusa International of Laconia has been involved in many literacy initiatives. Among these initiatives is their partnership with LRGH to provide large print books, books on tape or CD, and large print copies of Readers Digest to the Eldercare unit. Altrusa of Laconia has also provided over 200 books for pediatric-aged children for the REACH OUT AND READ program, which is coordinated by Karen Davis RN, at seven LRGH offices. Pictured are some members of the Laconia Altrusa Literacy Committee recently preparing packages for the LRGH newborns: Tracie Grant, Diane Gaynor and Maureen Sanborn. Other Literacy Committee members not pictured: Deanne Murphy, Sue Clauson, Barbara DeAngelis. (Courtesy photo)


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GILFORD — Towns and cities all over the Lakes Region will peal bells and ring handbells on Wednesday, August 28 at 3 p.m. to remember Dr. King's message proclaimed on August 28, 1963, during his his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. To many the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement, and in it he proclaimed, "From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, Let Freedom Ring." This act of bell ringing is done to remind people of Dr.Kings mission for equality and freedom for all people in America.

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CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech with a special "Shakers & Equality: Let Freedom Ring" tour on Wednesday, August 28 at 2 p.m. The tour, which is free with museum admission, will connect visitors with the Shaker ideals of gender and racial equality. The tour will culminate in the ringing of the 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop the Dwelling House at 3 p.m.

On August 28, 1963 at 3 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, "I have a dream." Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America's entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring "....from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire." His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation.

In the spirit of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now," the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has invited people across the country to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's vision by ringing bells. New Hampshire, led by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is the first state to announce its participation in this national commemoration.

For more information on museum admission and events, visit www.shakers.org.


CAPTION — 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House which will be rung at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech. (Courtesy photo)

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TAMWORTH — The 17th annual New England Homebrewer's Jamboree will once again be held the weekend after Labor Day on September 6-7. The event will be held at the Tamworth Family Camping Area and the gates will open at 3 p.m. on Friday. All Proceeds from the event go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH.

Day tickets to the event are $10. Overnight tickets which include camping are also available for $25-$35 and can be purchased at the gate or by visiting www.homebrewersjamboree.com. The Jamboree is put on by the Winnipesaukee Area Brew Crew, the Concord Area Homebrewers & the Southern Maine Homebrewers.

With attendance of over 600 people last year and 250 competition entries the New England Homebrewers Jamboree is quickly becoming New England's premier gathering of homebrewers. A veritable beervana for homebrewers and enthusiasts, the two day event includes a Friday night Brewers BBQ and Club Reception. Saturday's events include an onsite homebrew competition, a "Homebrewers Alley" featuring homebrew clubs from throughout New England, raffles, brewing demonstrations, a tie dye tent, live music and awards.

Homebrewers may enter the competition for a fee of $3 per entry (2 12oz. or 1 22 oz. bottles). Judging is held on Saturday from 12-5, categories will include several categories of beer, wine, meads and ciders. Those lucky enough to be of legal age may sign up to judge the morning of the Jamboree. ID's will be checked.

Entertainment will include children's games and activities. Live music throughout the day is provided by Go-Local Music and will feature many great New England artists. There will be a food vendor on site for Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.


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