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Lakes Region Singers Plan exciting new season

GILFORD — Lakes Region Singers, the well-known community choral group that performs at First United Methodist Church on Route 11-A in Gilford, will kick off their fall concert season with a meeting of the advisory board on Monday, September 9.

This planning group – which consists of LRS director Karen Jordan and LRS members Mary Albert, Kelly Cleveland, Charlotte Cox, Lorraine Gebhardt, Paul Stickney, Betty Welch, and Rachel Young – will meet to discuss ways to expand their impact on the community and their outreach to music lovers in the Lakes Region.

Jordan said, "Not only our membership but also our audience attendance have been booming during the past couple of years. And with the creation of our Youth Chorus, we have been broadening the age range of our musical appeal. Our advisory board continues to be helpful in offering new ideas and new interests from the community."

Rehearsals for the fall concert season will begin on Tuesday, September 17, a week earlier than in previous years, to accommodate the varied and challenging new musical program. The Youth Chorus (for young singers aged 6 to 13) will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church, and the Adult Chorus will meet at 7:30 p.m. "We welcome anyone interested in performing good music, and we don't require auditions," said Jordan, "so if you know anyone who might like to join our groups, encourage them to come, or better yet, bring them along!"

There will again be two performances of the Christmas Concert, one on Friday, December 20, and another on Sunday, December 22. This year's dynamic program includes traditional pieces like "Carol of the Magi," and "I Wonder As I Wander," as well as fun arrangements of "Jingle Bells" and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." The inspiring melody "Believe" from the recent movie Polar Express will be performed by both Youth and Adult Choruses together. Vocal soloists will be featured, along with cello, flute, and oboe accompaniments.

According to Jordan, "We are all excited to get singing again. If you plan to sing but can't make the first rehearsal, just let me know so we can save a folder for you. This season could well result in our best concert ever." For more information call the director at 524-0835 or 998-8545, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:24

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Summer Reading Program Wraps Up at Hall Library

NORTHFIELD — Wednesday, August 14 marked the end of this year's Children's Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading" at Hall Memorial Library.

Of the 91 kids who participated in the program throughout the summer, thirty-three attended the final party where parents and kids snacked on muffins, grapes and punch. The kids then picked their final treasures from the prize bin, choosing one item for every five books read.

A total of 1532 books were devoured by our budding bibliophiles and special recognition and awards went out to the top five readers: Bruce Archibald, brother and sister Becca and Ethan Turgeon, and sisters Harper and Nora Hartshorn. All the children received certificates from Pizza Hut for a personal pan pizza, and all children who pick up their list of books read and present it to Dipsy-Doodle will receive a free ice-cream.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:19

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Bank of NH continues support of LFD's Life Saving Fund

LACONIA — The Bank of New Hampshire recently gave the Laconia Fire Department a donation of $500 towards the Life Saving Fund.

The Life Saving Fund was created in 2003 by the Laconia Fire Department to help fund the then newly formed water rescue team. After losing Mark Miller, a fellow fire fighter, during a practice drill in 2004 it was decided to complete his dream of obtaining a rescue boat, an endeavor funded entirely with donations.

"Bank of New Hampshire was one of the original businesses to help get the fund started and has been an annual supporter ever since," stated Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson. "As a result, we have the best equipped and trained water rescue team in the Lakes Region."

Three years ago the Laconia Fire Department underwent extensive swift water rescue training. River rescues are almost as common as lake rescues; however they require very different skills and equipment. Twenty-two of Laconia's firefighters are now certified to the Technician Level for swift water rescue and conducts refresher training every year. The team now has two rescue boats in Lake Winnipesaukee – one at the Weirs dock and one in Paugus Bay adjacent to Irwin Marine.

The response to a water rescue emergency whether in deep open water, swift moving water, or an ice covered lake, presents a situation that is very dangerous and of a highly technical nature. Continual training to maintain efficiency and safety for both the responders and victims is crucial, as is having adequate and proper equipment to do the job quickly and successfully. Thanks to corporate sponsors and local donations, the Laconia Fire Department has been able to build an effective and safe Water Rescue Team without any substantial cost to the taxpayers of Laconia. Through these donations the Laconia Fire Department will be able to continue to offer this vital, specialized service to the residents and visitors of the Lakes Region.

For more information on the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund or how to make a donation, visit www.laconiafire.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:16

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Jazz Bar Swings into the fall; Boston Supergroup "Horizons Quartet" Plays Thursday

LACONIA —  The Jazz Bar at Weir Beach will present the Horizons Quartet Thursday September 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Full bar, dinner, coffee, and desserts are available.

The Horizons Quartet is a collaborative 'super-group' project of acclaimed Boston jazz artists. Guitarist and co-leader Steve Kirby is best known for lyricism as a soloist, a dark sound, and for dynamic ensemble playing. As described by the Boston Globe "Kirby plays and writes from inside the music, putting melody and feeling first."

Kirby is a Berklee College of Music professor, contributor to Guitar Player Magazine, and has two critically acclaimed CDs on the Challenge Record label.

Kirby finds a musical foil in Ed Lucie, an electric bassist whose axe-wielding has drawn the praise of "creative grooves and unique compositional ideas" (Bass Player Magazine) while also earning him gigs with Buddy Rich, Warren Haynes and Stevie Wonder.

Saxophonist Tucker Antell fills out the front line with a sound that is reminiscent of the great swing saxophonists, while modern in trajectory. A favorite soloist with the Beantown Jazz Orchestra, and renowned club performer,  Antell grew up in Sarasota FL, where he made his professional debut at age 13.

Drummer "Amazing" Mike Connors is best known to NH audiences for his contributions to Jerry Sabatini's Sonic Explorers, the John Funkhouser Trio, and to the Boston-based show band "Lowman."  Connors is a revered educator at Berklee, and a tireless recording artist with two forthcoming releases next month.

The Jazz Bar is located in the Tower Hill entertainment complex at 290 Lakeside Ave at Weirs Beach.
Info: www.NHJazz.com (603) 366-9100.

 

CAPTION: Steve Kirby (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 08:10

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