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Bayswater Book Co. to Host Author Edie Clark on Friday November 1

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will welcome New Hampshire writer and editor, Edie Clark on Friday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to noon as she introduces her newest book, "What There Was Not To Tell."

When asked to describe her newest work, she writes: "This is a book about war, what war does to anyone it touches, how the loss of one man (the man my mother hoped to marry) affected not only my mother, his family, and her own family, but also my sister and myself as we grew up, aware of the loss of Tom but unable to understand it. Based on more than 2,000 letters left to me after my parents died, What There Was Not To Tell tells the specific story of our family's loss which could be the story of any family who has lost a soldier in war, any war. The book took me 15 years to put together, starting with the massive task of reading through the letters and transcribing them into my computer and ending with an odyssey that took me to Camp Lejeune where my mother trained to be a Marine in an effort to look for Tom, to San Diego to see where she worked during the war and ultimately to Hawaii in search of Tom's grave. The journey to find Tom took me many places, physical and emotional and was ultimately redemptive."

Edie Clark has been writing and editing from her home in New Hampshire for the past thirty years. She has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine, where she served as Senior Editor for ten years and then Senior Writer and Fiction Editor for another fourteen years. Her multiple part series on topics such as land development, water pollution, the Christian Science church, the Connecticut River, and the politics of Lyme Disease have gained widespread attention. Her monthly column, Mary's Farm, is beloved by many. In her hundreds of articles published by Yankee, she has established her reputation as one who writes about ordinary lives changed by one extraordinary act or circumstance.


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Opechee Garden Club hosts Florist Voted #1 in the Lakes Region

LACONIA — Elaine Hinchey, guest speaker for the Opechee Garden Club's meeting on Monday, November 4, 1 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church on Potter Hill Road has had over 28 years of experience in floral design.

This award-winning floral designer, noted for her unique styles, and husband, Stephen, have been owners and operators of the Heaven Scent Design Flower and Gift Shop on Union Avenue in Laconia since 1993. Hinchey will demonstrate creating an organic tablescape using gourds, natural grasses and flora which will be gifted to some lucky member.

Chairs Jessie Lacombe and Brenda O'Brien and their committee of Christina Halstead, Ann Woglom, Gladys McCaughey, Sally Doten, Fran Donahue, Trudy Hastings, Pati Litchfield, Miriam Smith, Helen Denley, Sandy Morey and Eileen Russilillo will serve light refreshments.

The club will repeat a very successful "Little Black Dress" presentation to be chaired by Judy Robertson and Cynthia McNutt featuring Bill Graham's return with his "Blueprints for the Holidays". Graham will be offering ideas for holiday decorating from the front door to the dining room table and how to add some bling into fashion. Graham will create eight floral arrangements to be auctioned at the Gilford Community Church, Thursday, November 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program, open to the public for a $5 donation, begins at 7 p.m.

OGC members are busy working with Chair Doreen Worthley on the club's holiday Greens and Gifts Boutique at the Belknap Mill on December 6 and 7. Barb Sargent has organized several mini workshops in preparation for the sale, and Sandy Gove will take final reservations from members for wreaths and other greens and provide information on the club's traditional greens workshop.

The Opechee Garden Club, which meets at 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Rd., Gilford. New members are welcomed. Please write P.O. Box 6025, Laconia, NH 03247, call Judy Robertson at 527-0493, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.opecheegardenclub.com.

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Altrusa of Laconia celebrates Make A Difference Day at Hands Across the Table

LACONIA — Altrusa International of Laconia celebrated Make a Difference Day a few days early at the October 22 Hands Across the Table community meal.

The enthusiastic Laconia Altrusa club members assembled together earlier in October to paint pumpkins purchased at a discounted rate from Appletree Nursery in order to distribute them to the children attending the dinner that evening. The club members also used apples donated by Smith Orchard to make some delicious apple crisp for that meal's dessert.

Make a Difference Day this year was Saturday, October 26, known as the largest national day of community service. Every year millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others and participate to help change the lives of a million others.

As a 501(C) 3 non-profit entity, all Altrusa of Laconia monies are raised through various fundraising activities and donations, and then redistributed back into the community in the form of scholarships, contributions, and projects that meet the mission of Altrusa.

For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, including information on membership or to make an online tax-deductable donation through PayPal, visit: www.altrusalaconia.com.

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‘Called to Africa’ film to be shown in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library will be showing the film "Schweitzer: Called to Africa" as the tenth movie as part of the Film Series. The film will be shown on Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30-8: p.m. and will be held on the second floor of the library.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer is remembered around the world as one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in healing the sick and injured in Africa. This towering figure - jungle doctor, pastor, philosopher, and celebrated musician - was revered by royalty and the famous of his day. Yet the price of his fame was paid for in part by his wife and daughter, left behind in Europe while he pursued his African dream.

"Called to Africa" tells his remarkable story through the eyes of his wife, Helene, a nurse who shared her husband's dream of carving a hospital out of the rugged African jungle. The movie is filmed on location in Strasbourg, France, where the young Schweitzer gave organ recitals and preached, and in Gabon, West Africa, where the hospital he founded continues to treat people today.

A discussion is to follow the film, which will run for approximately 52 minutes. For further information call the library at 286-8288 or visit the church's web site at uccsanbornton.org

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