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Winnipesaukee Historical Society plans series of lectures through end of July

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society has scheduled a series of lecture programs for this month and July at the society's museum, 503 Endicott Street North, next to Funspot.

On Wednesday, June 24, 7 p.m. photographer Ron Guilmette will talk about his his newly released book, "The Islands of Winnipesaukee." Guilmette will talk about the adventures as he and Jay paddled to all of the 260 islands in the state's largest lake.

On Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. the lecture will be on The Underwater History of Lake Winnipesaukee, featuring Hans Hug Jr.

Hug presentation will include videos of wrecks while diving in the Big Lake and other interesting artifacts from below the surface of the lake. Hug has been an avid diver for many years and it will be of great interest to anyone who enjoys the history of Lake Winnipesaukee.

On Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Civil War historian David Decker will give a lecture on Pickett's Charge, a skirmish in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Pickett's Charge happened on the third and final day of battle.

On Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m. Dan Heyduk will give a program titled "Meredith Chronicles- a slideshow." Ancient beginnings only hinted at the great things to come in the story of Meredith. The earliest residents hunted mammoth and caribou and created the first birch-bark canoe to traverse Lake Winnipesaukee and the network of waterways. Centuries later, Meredith's Dudley Leavitt wrote Leavitt's Farmers Almanack for more than 50 years. The local woods were the solitary home of Joseph Plumer, who was perhaps New Hampshire's most financially successful hermit. Motorcycles, cars and horses once raced on the winter ice of Lake Winnipesaukee. Together, these stories weave the fabric of Meredith history.

On Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. MS Mount Washington Captain Jim Morash, will talk about living on Bear Island. Morash will share some interesting tales and stories about what it was like to live and grow up on Bear Island.

On Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Robert Goodby will deliver a talk, "Digging into Native History in New Hampshire." Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution.  Goodby explores archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth's surface.

On Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Jane Rice will talk about New Hampshire aviation pioneer Bob Fogg. Her talk, "Bob Fogg and the Golden Age of Aviation," will include many previously unpublished images of airplanes and aviators of the 1920s and 1930s. Fogg brought aviation to Concord and The Weirs in the early 1920s and he and his pilots introduced flying to a whole generation that grew up in that time period. For those interested in the history of the Lakes Region, it describes the seaplane base that was a prominent feature of the Weirs Boardwalk from 1923 until the early 1950s, and the planes that hopped passengers from many lakeside resorts throughout New Hampshire. Classic Wacos, Travel Airs, Beech Staggerwings and Sikorsky amphibians.

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Laconia Altrusa grants scholarships to two local women

LACONIA — Altrusa International of Laconia recently awarded two $1,000 college scholarships to local women.

Trina Armstrong of Laconia received a Dr. Alice Normandin scholarship, for a Lakes Region woman pursuing a degree in the health field. Armstrong is attending New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

A second Dr. Alice Normandin scholarship was awarded to Beverly Cogburn, also of Laconia. Cogburn is attending Lakes Region Community College in Laconia.

Each year since 1963 Altrusa of Laconia has awarded scholarships to deserving young women.

As a 501(C) 3 non-profit entity, a fund-raising proceeds as well as donations are redistributed back into the local community in the form of scholarships, donations, and projects that meet the mission of Altrusa.

More information about Altrusa of Laconia can be viewed at its website: www.altrusalaconia.com.

 

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Belknap County Democrats to hear from presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee

LACONIA — Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee will be a special guest speaker at a Belknap County Democrats meeting and County Caucus on Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m. at Lakes Region Community College, in the LRCC Academic Commons.

The evening will begin with a potluck consisting of finger food, salads, and desserts. Those who attend are invited to bring a dish to share.

The featured speakers will be:

Keynoter: Mark Connolly: New Hampshire's former director of securities regulation

Dana Hilliard: mayor of Somersworth

Special Guest: Lincoln Chafee: Presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator and Governor of Rhode Island

There will also be a caucus to elect county Democratic officers and delegates to the state party convention. Officers and delegates are on the county party's steering committee and also have a vote at annual state Democratic Party conventions to elect state party officers and to approve the party platform. All registered Democrats in Belknap County are eligible to vote in the caucus and to run for an officer or delegate position.

"Belknap County Democrats are already excited about working hard to elect responsible leaders for our country, our state, and our county. Our meetings and caucus are a great opportunity for anyone who wants to be part of New Hampshire's unique grassroots politics," said Dave Pollak, Belknap County Democratic chairman.

"The citizens of Belknap County are eager to elect representatives who will work to create good jobs, protect our families, and make possible an economy that works for everyone and provide a better life that we can pass on to our children," continued Pollak. "The fight to elect those representatives--strong Democrats up and down the ticket, including a Democratic President, begins with June 24's caucus."

The meeting will also include committee reports and discussion of plans for the party's annual picnic on July 19th.

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Annual book sale at Sanbornton Public Library to take place on Saturday

SANBORNTON — The annual Book Sale will take place at Sanbornton Public Library on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A good selection of gently used, donated books including history, literature, popular fiction, cookbooks, self-help, biographies, children's books, movies, audio cassettes, books about N.H. and other topics will be available. Both hardbound and paperback books are included. Get your summer reading off to a great start at a great price.
Also on Saturday, the library will have a special story time at 10 a.m. to help celebrate the beginning of summer. Our reader will be Jessie Ahlgren, the programming coordinator for Sanbornton Public Library. Ms. Ahlgren joins us while on break from her work as librarian at Sanbornton Central School.
While you are visiting Sanbornton Square on a summer Saturday, stop by the Yard Sale at the Old Town Hall, hosted by the Sanbornton Congregational Church from 8 a.m. to noon. The Library is located at 27 Meetinghouse Hill Road, just off Route 132 in Sanbornton. For information call 603.286.8222.

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