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Bristol Historical Society will be open after Memorial Day Parade

BRISTOL — The Bristol Historical Society will be open after the Bristol Memorial Day Parade and Services on May 25 and will remain open until noon.

There will be a special display recognizing the service of men and women from Bristol. The display will include newspaper articles, photos, ration papers, Civil War items, and more.

The second annual "Making It In Bristol" event is scheduled for Saturday, August 1. Any Bristol business, large or small, including home based are invited to showcase their work. The society is also looking for musicians and artists. Those who would like to reserve a space call 744-2751 or 744-2686.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:21

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Moultonborough Library to host 3 lectures by Mike McKinley on the Civil War

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Library is recognizing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by hosting a series of three lectures by scholar Mike McKinley. The first lecture will begin on Tuesday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m., with "Three Days at Gettysburg."

In July 1863, over 150,000 Union and Confederate soldiers converged on the small crossroads town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. From July 1-3, General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and General George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac clashed there in what was to become the greatest battle ever fought on North American soil. This program will present the battle through the personal accounts and human interest stories of the soldiers and civilians - men, women, and children - who participated in or witnessed the events of those three memorable days.

The lecture series continues on Tuesday, June 9 with "Andersonville: 26 Acres of Hell." Union Private Lucius Barber was a prisoner of war at the Confederate military prison at Andersonville, Georgia. According to Barber, when he arrived there in 1864, the "...huge doors swung open to admit us and we were in the presence of...human beings...that more than resembled walking skeletons...Such squalid, filthy, wretchedness, hunger, disease, nakedness and cold, I never saw before." In Andersonville military prison 45,000 Union servicemen were incarcerated within its walls during the camp's 14-month existence and 13,000 perished during their time there. This program will describe the conditions and relate the experiences of the POWs held there.

The Library will conclude its observance of the Civil War with "A Misery Upon the Land: The Murder of Abraham Lincoln and the Final Days of the Civil War," on Tuesday, June 16. This program will define the events of the spring of 1865. The Topics covered will include: The fall of Richmond and Lee's surrender; the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth; how the North could still have lost the war on the brink of victory; how generals and soldiers took the lead in ending hostilities; Lincoln's legacy; and how the war changed America and determined its status as a nation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:47

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Tire inspections & new model open house at Irwin Auto

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group has scheduled two special events for next week.

On Wednesday, May 27, they will hold a special open house to introduce the newly redesigned 2015 Ford Edge at Irwin's 59 Bisson Ave. location.

Also, all next week, May 25-30 Irwin's will be offering free tire inspections at all three of its service locations.

The new Ford Edge, a mid-size crossover SUV, has a redesigned suspension and is equipped with many safety features such as rearview cameras, blind-spot monitoring, and inflatable rear-seat safety belts.

Food, drinks and will be served, and Irwin's will also be giving prizes and giveaways to celebrate this new vehicle.

Those wishing to attend the new model event are asked to contact Al Faro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-524-4922.

The free tire inspections are being offered during National Tire Safety Week. National Tire safety week is a period that emphasizes the simple steps drivers can take to ensure their tires are in good working condition.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:55

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Read ‘Bear Wants More’ as you walk the WOW Trail

LACONIA — Bear Wants More is a children's story now appearing as a Story Trail along the WOW Trail between Messer Street and Lakeport. The story was unveiled on Saturday May 16, in conjunction with the Gale to Goss Annual Library Community Walk.

This project for the community was created by Altrusa International of Laconia as a literacy venture to encourage people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying children's books. The undertaking was funded entirely by Altrusa of Laconia after gaining permission and support from the WOW Trail Board and the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department. The site was chosen because it is free, open to the public, handicapped accessible and runs for just over 1/2 mile. Without traffic concerns walkers, bicyclists and children running or in carriages can enjoy the story along the path. Bear Wants More was chosen for its colorful illustrations and message of cooperation among members of the animal world. The book was written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman, originally published in 2003.

Founded in 1917, Altrusa International is relevant to many civic-minded people who are interested in creating better communities. Last year, Altrusans proudly gave over a million volunteer hours around the world. Several decades ago, Altrusa decided to institute literacy as an area of focus for the organization. The Altrusa story is evolving every day through club accomplishments. When you visit any Altrusa club, you will see leadership, partnership and service in action. For more information about Altrusa of Laconia, visit www.altrusalaconia.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:48

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