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Secrets of Cellar Holes topic of talk at Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — Join us at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street on Tuesday, July 1 at  p.m. for a Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes.

Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places?

Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Sponsored by a grant through the NH Humanities Council, The Meredith Historical Society and the Friends of the Meredith Library. This will also be the regular monthly meeting of the Meredith Historical Society and the Meredith Library Genealogy Club.

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Fusion Bowl-a-Thon at Funspot benefits Lakes Region Santa Fund


LACONIA — Fusion hosted its third Annual Bowl-a-Thon at Funspot last month. Event sponsors and the 60 participants helped raise funds to benefit The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region and future Fusion programs.

The Santa Fund provides year-round financial assistance to support children's activities as well as provide personal care items and warm gear for the winter months. Santa Fund Co-Chairs Kim Lacasse and Janet Brough were present to explain the Fund's mission and partake in the ceremonial opening bowl.

Eleven Lakes Region businesses sponsored teams, each competing for the Bowl-a-Thon trophy. Those teams include: Kingpin Sponsor – The Insurance Outlet, Strike Sponsor – Metrocast Business Services, and Lane Sponsors – Bank of New Hampshire, the Belknap Mill, Crossfit Juggernaut, Faith Hope & Love Foundation, Fratello's, Go Wireless, Jack is Back Pro Shop, MC Cycle and Meredith Village Savings Bank. Metrocast Business Services was looking to defend its title, but the bowlers from Jack is Back Pro Shop took top prize.

Throughout the evening of fun, including an After Hours event at Cactus Jack's of Laconia, bowlers never lost focus of the goal; to benefit two non-profit organizations and assist children within the Lakes Region. With the help of the sponsors, participants, and generous raffle item donations from area businesses, Fusion raised $1,500 in donations for the Santa Fund.

"This donation will be used to fund enrichment activities for Lakes Region youth who would otherwise not be able to participate in summer activities," said Janet Brough. "Inclusion in these activities will enhance their quality of life and offer the proper development for children who might not otherwise be able to be involved in programs during the break from school."

Fusion President, Jaimie Sousa, says "The Bowl-A-Thon is a great event where everyone comes together to have a good time and they end up making new connections and supporting an excellent local non-profit. I am so excited that we were able to increase our donation this year to $1,500. We look forward to further increased participation next year providing the ability to give back even more."

Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). For more information about what Fusion can do to support your business or organization, and how to get involved, contact them via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region is also located in Laconia. For more information, contact Kim Lacasse or Janet Brough at 603-524--3111 or visit www.santafund.weebly.com/ .



Chris McCarthy, The Insurance Outlet; Kim Lacasse, Santa Fund Co-Chair; Janet Brough, Santa Fund Co-Chair; Tania Baert, Fusion Treasurer; Jaimie Sousa, Fusion President; Beth San Soucie, Fusion Vice President; Kara LaSalle, Fusion Marketing Committee member. (Courtesy photo)

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Early registration for Raft-a-Palooza encouraged

LACONIA — On Sunday, August 3, NH LAKES' LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, will take over Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia in the hunt for Guinness gold.

Raft-a-Palooza is an attempt to capture the Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks; organizers have their sights set on more than 2,100 boats. Through July 4, Raft-a-Palooza registration is just $10 per boat; online registration is simple and fast at www.nhlakefest.org. All boaters registered by July 4 will get a free event t-shirt and be entered to win a kayak package generously donated by Irwin Marine and Old Town Canoes & Kayaks.

Raft-a-Palooza attracts paddlers of all ages and levels of experience. Reasonably priced boat rentals are available during online registration: single kayak ($30), canoe ($40), tandem (2-person) kayak ($45). Reserved rental boats will be available for on-the-beach pick up.

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Winni Museum features talk about the Shaker legacy

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting "The Shaker Legacy" featuring Darryl Thompson on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m.

In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
Daryl Thompson has an M.A., American History, University of New Hampshire and was tour guide at Canterbury Shaker Village for over 30 years. Thompson studied historic plant varieties that were developed by Shakers in various villages throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. His father, Charles Thompson, co-founded Canterbury Shaker Village Museum with three Shaker sisters. Darryl lived among the Shakers for many years and served as a consultant to Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work. Hearts to God.

This event is free and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The museum is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot. RSVP to 366-5950.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:25

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