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Learn How to Write Your Family History

LACONIA — Have you ever wondered what you should do with your family photos, journals, stories and the like?

The Laconia Historical and Museum Society in conjunction with The Belknap Mill Society have coordinated a series of three awareness sessions to help people gather and share their family stories.

Tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. Joe Radner will be at the Belknap Mill presenting ''Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them.''

This free series is being presented jointly by The Belknap Mill Society and The Laconia Historial and Museum Society with funding by the NH Humanities Council. For more information call the Belknap Mill at 524-8813.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:06

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Tokle, Trudgeon inducted into Ski Jump Hall of Fame

GILFORD — Two men with local ties were inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame during the organization's induction ceremonies held at Iron Mountain, MI. The late William Trudgeon, formerly of Laconia, and Kenneth Tokle of New York, were both honored as Hall of Fame inductees on August 17, 2013.

Trudgeon moved to the Lakes Region from Vermont during the 1947 ski season and never left. Members of the Winnipesaukee Ski Club quickly realized his many talents and invited him to become head coach of their organization. In that role, he quietly brought about numerous advancements at Gunstock, particularly in the area of ski jumping and coached many ski jumpers that would eventually become Olympians. Local Olympic Medalist Penny Pitou and Olympian Marty Hall give Trudgeon credit for teaching them how to be highly successful skiers and for always being there for the young skiers at Gunstock.

Trudgeon became one of the founders of the Gunstock Nordic Association in 1972, and along with fellow founder, T. Gary Allen, and a crew of volunteers, created one of the most successful Nordic organizations in the East and in the country. He organized and ran numerous national and international ski jumping meets at Gunstock; the most impressive being the Olympic trials held prior to the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. After nearly fifty years of competing in and contributing to the sport of ski jumping, he decided to officially retire from the sport following his participation in the 1980 Olympics as a ski jumping official.

Kenneth Tokle is a member of one of the most famous ski jumping families in the world. He is the nephew of ski jumping legend, Torger Tokle. During the late 1930s and early 40's, Torger jumped numerous times from the then 60-meter ski jump at Gunstock. In 1946, the largest jump at the recreation area was named in his honor after he was killed in battle during World War II. His nephew, Kenneth, began his ski jumping career at the age of 12 when he became a competitor in the sport. His focus became coaching and judging. He eventually rose to the level of FIS ski jumping official, and judged jumping competitions throughout the world.

In 2011, he was honored with the USSA Mittelstadt Ski Jumping Award for his dedication and contributions to ski jumping officiating in the United States. His career in the sport lasted well over four decades.

The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of ski jumping in the United States. More information about the organization can be found at: www.americanskijumping.com. 


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:02

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Lake Winnipesaukee Museum hosting talk on Tappan Chairs on Wednesday evening

LACONIA  — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting "Tappan Chairs", featuring Adam Nudd-Homeyer on Wednesday, September 18 at  7 p.m..

Tappan Chairs are handmade in a small shop in the foothills of the White Mountains in Sandwich. Starting with white ash and rock maple selected for grain and moisture content, the parts are worked by hand and on antique machines to produce a chair that is both durable and light in weight.

This presentation is free for members and for non members there will be a $5 fee. Call 366-5950 to RSVP.  The museum is located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 09:58

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Program at Meredith Library answers questions about health care law

MEREDITH — Starting January 1, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires just about everyone to have health insurance. And just about everyone has questions about how the law will affect them personally, such as: If I don't have coverage, where do I buy it? What happens if I can't afford it? If I already have insurance through my employer or Medicare is anything going to change for me?

Get the answers to these and other questions at "Find Your Way Around the New Health Care Law" at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is presented by Sarah Kelsea of AARP.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. AARP offers more information on the Affordable Care Act at http://healthlawanswers.aarp.org

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:23

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