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Laconia Historical to lead walking tour of Veterans Association buildings at The Weirs

LACONIA — Laconia Historical and Museum Society announces Second Annual Walking Tour through the buildings and grounds of the N.H. Veterans Association on Tuesday, May 26. Participants will be guided by Historian Fred Merrill on a tour which will begin at Encampment Headquarters at The Weirs promptly at 6 p.m.

Not long after their return home, New Hampshire Soldiers who fought in and survived the Civil War yearned to be reunited with fellow soldiers. Informal meetings ensued and numbers grew. In the early 1870s a number of regiments began to meet for long formal banquets. It was clear that there was an overwhelming desire for reunions.

In June 1875, the New Hampshire Veterans' Association was organized in Concord. Their aim was "simply to cherish those fraternal feelings engendered among men who devoted four of the best years of their lives for the maintenance of The Union". The first general reunion and encampment occurred in October of that year at the Riding Park in Manchester.

In 1878, The NHVA held its second reunion and encampment – its first at "Weirs Landing" (Weirs Beach). The Encampment Headquarters building located on Lakeside Avenue was built in 1885.

"Last year, we were invited to take a guided tour through the buildings on the grounds of the NH Veterans Association. For most of us it was the first time to visit the grounds," says Brenda Kean, executive Director of Laconia Historical and Museum Society, "I am so happy that we were asked to make this an annual event. This tour is a rare opportunity for folks to take a walk through history and to peek inside these architecturally amazing buildings that have been an attraction for so many years here at The Weirs."

This tour is free and open to the public. For more information about this event contact the Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:53

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Meredith/I-L Alumni to honor Class of ‘65

MEREDITH — The Class of 1965, shown here as they were 50 years ago, will be the honored guests at the Annual Meredith/I-L Alumni Association Brunch on Sunday, June 7.

Events that the class have planned for their 50th Reunion include: a "Meet and Greet" starting on Friday, June 5 at 6 p.m., at Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, followed by a cook out on Saturday, June 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Wayne & Lavon Blake's house. The Annual Alumni Brunch as a wrap up of festivities on Sunday, June 7 at Church Landing in Meredith.

All alumni are invited to attend the Annual Alumni Brunch and the cost this year is $24. Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 27 with the social time beginning at 10 a.m. Reservations can be made by sending a check to the Meredith/I-L Alumni Assoc. at PO Box 1076, Meredith, NH 03253, or by calling Nancy Morrill at 279-6657.

People are asked to include the class they were in and maiden name for name tag purposes, as well as any special requests for seating.

Additional reunions to be happening this year include: The Class of 1970 celebrating its 45th reunion with plans for an August celebration. The contact person is Rob Weeks and class mates can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .; The Class of 1985 celebrating its 30th reunion on Saturday, July 25 at Waukewan Golf Club, and the contact person is Carin D'Abrosca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .; The Class of 1990 celebrating its 25th reunion on Saturday, July 5 at The Chase House, and their contact person is Leslie Bryant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If there are any other classes planning reunions individuals are asked to let the Alumni Association know so the information can be shared in future news articles.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:28

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Program at Gilman Library about self-publishing books

ALTON — The Gilman Library will present the program "How to Publish Your Book Today: What's Currently Available for Self-Publishing." with Alton author, Anura Guruge on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

A popular presenter of past library programs, the Alton author has self-published a number of titles, including: Comet: 101 Facts & Trivia, Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON ): The Great Comet of 2013, Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON): Quick Reference For Busy Folks, Comet: 101 Facts & Trivia , The Next Pope, Pope John XXIII: 101 facts & trivia, Popes and the tale of their names, Popes : 101 Facts & Trivia, and Teichan's ABC Book of Great Artists.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:24

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Meredith Altrusa plans May 27 community dinner

MEREDITH — The Altrusa Club of Meredith will be serving a community dinner at the Meredith Community Center on Wednesday, May 27 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner being served at 5:30 p.m.

The dinner will include lasagna donated by George's Diner. Accompaniments include salad, garlic bread and applesauce cake for dessert.

The meal is free of charge; however, donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to help fund future dinners. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited so advanced notice is encouraged to save seats. To make a reservations or more information, call Alison at 279-9918.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:21

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