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Winnipesaukee Scenic, Hobo RRs open for season

LINCOLN — Officials at the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads are advising the public that the rail line between Lincoln and Tilton is once again active for the 2014 season. Various train operations will continue through December, including excursion trains, special tourist trains and other equipment moves.

The railroad is reminding the public that precaution should be exercised around moving trains and to always expect a train. Other safety considerations to keep in mind include grade crossing signals, which should always be obeyed. Drivers should stop when they hear whistle signals at grade crossings and never try to beat a train at a crossing.

In an effort to promote the message of railroad safety, the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads have joined forces with Operation Lifesaver, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works to improve railroad safety through engineering, education and enforcement. "People need to be aware of the potential danger around moving rail equipment, even when rail cars and locomotives are moving at slow speeds." said Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Railroad. "Safety is our first priority."

For the Hobo Railroad, scenic tourist excursion trains will depart from Hobo Junction in Lincoln on weekends in May and early June before switching to daily operations June 28 for the summer and into the fall. The one hour and twenty minute round trip train excursions travel along the Pemigewasset River and cross several roadways. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad will also open for weekend operations in May and early June and change to daily operations June 28 from Meredith and Weirs Beach for one and two hour excursions along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:10

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LA Comedy coming to Pitman’s Freight Room Sat.

LACONIA — The monthly stand up comedy series at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia resumes May 17 with the West Coast Connection Comedy Night and a 9 p.m. start time to accommodate for daylight saving time.

The May 17 show stars Louis Ramey who has spent the last ten years in Los Angeles, and Boston favorite Joey Carroll as the main performers. Both comedians are making their first appearance at Pitman's.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. For reservations email Pitman's comedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or call Pitman's at 603-527-0043.

Ramey's credentials are extensive and impressive. As well as being a regular in Las Vegas he has appeared on The Tonight Show and he has multiple appearances on Comedy Central including his own half hour special "Comedy Central Presents Lou Ramey," "Premium Blend," "Comedy Central's World Comedy Tour," "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," and the "USO Comedy Central Tour."

Carroll is a Boston favorite who has been described as a cross between George Carlin and Dennis Miller. His no holds barred style has earned him a spot at the Montreal Comedy Festival and on Comedy Central's Pulp Comics.

For the past five years, Carroll has toured the Middle East war zones entertaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries where US servicemen and women are serving.

As for the 9 p.m. start time, it is a first for Pitman's which stayed with an 8 p.m. start last summer, but many patrons suggested they would prefer a later time to accommodate longer daylight hours from May through August.

"Some people did like the 8 p.m. start," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell, "but even more indicated they would like to be able to take advantage of the extended daylight, especially after coming out of a winter and spring like the one we just had. People are ready to be outside.

Pitman's has become the Mecca for Lakes Region comedy as the monthly shows have exceeded expectations including three shows which have drawn more than 200.

"Even we didn't know what to expect when we started comedy," said Mitchell who works in conjunction with Laugh Riot Productions which books comedy and fundraisers throughout New England. "The quality of the shows has been better than anyone has anticipated which is why people keep coming back and why we keep adding new patrons."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:05

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Luncheon planned for Thurs. to honor retiring town clerk

SANBORNTON — A "goodbye luncheon" is being held for Jane Goss, who is retiring, at the Sanbornton firehouse from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

The public is invited to stop by and wish her well in retirement.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:57

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Hazard Mitigation Plan panel to meet Friday in New Hampton

Town of New Hampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will meet on Friday, May 16, at the New Hampton Public Safety Building, 26 Intervale Drive, starting at 10 a.m. Residents and business owners of New Hampton and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and offer comment and ideas.

The Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating is 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, has reviewed the natural and man-made hazards that put New Hampton at risk, evaluating its capabilities, and is developing recommendations to protect the safety and well

being of town residents.
Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for New Hampton are being determined through this process. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring New Hampton one step closer to that goal.

For more information please call Chief Michael Drake, New Hampton Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-2735 or David Jeffers, regional planner for the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:43

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