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Author to discuss life of Bob Montana at Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Saturday

LACONIA – Author and historian, Carol Lee Anderson, will return to the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. to give a presentation on the life of Meredith cartoonist Bob Montana.

The museum is located at 503 Endicott Street North (Route 3) in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot.

Anderson will talk about Montana's life beyond Archie, including his road to success and the Lakes Region connection to the Montana's famous comic strip.
Anderson, who authored the book titled, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip," conducted extensive research on Montana's life. The book chronicles the cartoonist's life, from his boyhood days spent in vaudeville, his creation of the characters in the comic Archie, to his many contributions to the town of Meredith, as well as many organizations throughout the state.

Montana became one of America's greatest and most beloved cartoonists. The antics of the rambunctious teenagers of the fictional Riverdale High that fill Montana's Archie comic strip are reportedly based on his high school years in Haverhill, Massachusetts. However, Montana spent his senior year at Manchester High School and became a resident of Meredith in 1946. He lived there all of his adult life, creating the comic strip from his home on Meredith Neck.

Anderson will have books available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Anderson's first book, "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," was published in 2011 and won the prestigious Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association. After publishing the book about Bob Montana, she recently published, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage," which will now available.
The presentation is free to members of The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society and $5 for non-members with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations.


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Weirs Jazz Bar Presents Two Shows this Weekend

LACONIA —  The Jazz Bar at Weirs Beach will present two shows this Friday and Saturday night. Seating begins at 6 pm, with music sets at 6:30 pm and 8 pm. There is a $5 cover charge, and no minimum purchase required. Full bar and menu available.

Friday July 11: Jonathan Lorentz
Saturday July 12: Phil Sargent

The Jazz Bar presents jazz acts from around the Northeast in a cabaret/concert environment. The club is open to all ages, with an adult guardian present. Recognized as the "Best of NH" during its inaugural season in 2013, the Jazz Bar is located at the Tower Hill Tavern building at 290 Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach.

Reservations recommended: call (603) 952-4980 or online Jazz.WeirsNH.com

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Peter Miller to Discuss Life and Times of Jane Varney Durgin at Sandwich Historical Society on July 12

SANDWICH — Meredith author Peter Miller will speak about the life of Lakes Region legend Jane Varney Durgin on Saturday, July 12th, 10:30 a.m. at the Sandwich Grange, 36 Maple Street, Center Sandwich. This event is sponsored by the Sandwich Historical Society.

Jane Durgin (1820 – 1895) was a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who lived in Sandwich most of her adulthood. She was a highly intelligent, dynamic, courageous, and independent-minded person who refused to be boxed in by society's narrow definition of women's place in life or by the Quakers' rules of conduct. From adolescence on, she was a "fearless equestrienne," performing circus-like stunts on horseback. She risked disownment by the Society of Friends for eloping with a non-Quaker and being married by a Baptist minister.

She purchased real estate in her name alone at a time (1851) when married women had scant legal means of doing so. She risked imprisonment by being a "station master" on the Underground Railroad. Though women of her era were strongly discouraged from getting involved with politics, in 1856 she formed the Sandwich "Jessie Circle" in honor of the equally free-spirited Jessie Benton Fremont, wife of Republican Presidential candidate John C. Fremont. Despite her individualism, Jane was a lifelong Quaker and a devout Christian who won people's love, admiration, and respect through her force of mind, character, and vivaciousness.

To assemble a complete record of Jane Durgin's life and times, Peter Miller researched the Sandwich Historical Society's Quaker archives, Strafford and Carroll County property transactions, local town and county histories, and memoirs written by Jane's descendants. His presentation will touch on many of the unexpected facts he discovered about Jane.

Personally inscribed copies of Miller's newly-published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.

For more information, contact the Sandwich Historical Society (284-6269).

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Roller Derby double-header in Laconia

LACONIA – The Granite State Roller Derby (GSRD) All Stars will take on Hartford Area Roller Derby (HARD) on
Saturday, July 12, at Laconia Ice Rink at 468 Province Road.

GSRD's home teams, The Demolition Dames and The Fighting Finches, will bout as the second game in the event's double-­‐header.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for both bouts. GSRD Stars vs. HARD begins at 5 p.m., and the home teams immediately following.

Off track, fans can create posters, participate in raffles, sign up for "Chuck a Wheel" for prizes, including tickets to the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, meet the skaters, and participate in other friendly activities.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Advance tickets are
available through the league's website at granitestaterollerderby.com or Spank Alley Skate and Board Shop at 59 South Main St. in Concord.


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