New Hampton Garden Club will prepare Old Home Day raffle baskets

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Garden club held their monthly meeting on July 7 with discussion regarding the upcoming New Hampton Old Home Day on August 8 and and plans for once again offering several gift baskets for raffles. In the past these have been an enjoyable activity for those attending the event, as well as people purchasing advance tickets when they are unable to be at Old Home Day.

As usual these baskets will be loaded with surprise contents with the following categories: Made in N. H. products, wine basket, children's theme and a reader's delight tray w/books and treats. These baskets have several gift certificates tucked in with the plentiful contents. We will be selling raffle tickets at the New Hampton Fire House on August 7 at the Bloodmobile. Come one and all to buy tickets and donate blood.

Ellie Morrison passed out an information sheet on mulch. She then discussed the various gardens that the club maintains and what flowers are grown in them and where they are. She noted that the person in charge of each garden is listed in our book but encouraged all to help with the weeding and clean up of the gardens. The Korean/Vietnam garden has been mulched, weeded, and pruned. Priscilla shared that a veteran from Bristol has been helping out at the garden and we welcome any other veterans to join in and help us maintain this garden spot.

24 Lakes Region communities taking part in anual household hazardous waste collection

LACONIA — On Saturday July 25 and Saturday August 1, twenty-four communities will participate in one of the longest running and most successful household hazardous waste collection programs in New England. Four collection sites will be open each day from 8:30 a.m.  to noon (Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith on July 25 and Bristol, Laconia, Moultonborough, and Ossipee on August 1).

Residents and property owners in the 24 participating communities may bring up to ten gallons or 50 pounds of household hazardous products in for safe disposal. The participating communities for the collection consist of: Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton.

Every year since 1986, the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) has coordinated annual household hazardous waste collections for communities throughout the region interested in participating in the shared collection program. This program employs a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved waste transporter which collects and safely disposes of household hazardous waste.

Information on collection sites and accepted materials can be found at or by calling LRPC at 279-8171.

63rd Annual Hebron Fair planned for July 25

HEBRON — The last Saturday in July is quickly approaching, when the peaceful and charming Hebron Common will be transformed for a day into a bustling fairground. This year the Hebron Fair will be held on July 25, starting at 9 a.m., with the silent auction running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the live auction beginning at 1 p.m., and the chicken barbecue at 5:30 p.m. The annual fair is one of the Newfound Lake region's most popular summer events. It is rain or shine with free admission. The Union Congregational Church sponsors the fair with many other local non-profit agencies joining the festivities.
Over 100 vendors will be selling their wares. In addition to the many crafts, there will be a variety of delicious foods, including a melting pot of homemade baked beans at the lunch tent; a huge selection of rummage; white elephant items; books; t-shirts; plants; home-baked goods; gift basket raffles and much more. The children will enjoy pony rides and old-fashioned games, with the dunking booth providing great entertainment for all ages.
Under the big striped tent, starting a 1 p.m., Rev. "Honest John" Fischer will be taking bids on fantastic pre-owned treasures, as well as a multitude of new items and gift certificates generously donated by local businesses. The silent auction starts at 11 a.m. and always features a great selection of wares to bid on.
In addition to all the homemade goodies, preserves, fresh vegetables and plants, gift baskets donated by Clay's Chocolate Shop in Campton and Basic Ingredients of Bristol will be raffled at the church's food and plant table.
The following day, Sunday, July 26, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., there will be a $2-a-Bag Sale in the church basement. There are always great items left from the "Hebron Boutique." Come fill a shopping bag full of clothes for only $2.

072215Pitmans hosting Juke Joint 5 Friday night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host the Juke Joint Five Band on Friday July 24 at 8 p.m..

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

The Juke Joint 5 focuses on the sounds you might have heard emerging in the early 1950s from some distant, static-crackling, late night radio station: jumped-up urban rhythm and blues; the raw Delta country sound just recently getting electrified in Chicago; Memphis rockabilly; and the primitive beginnings of rock and roll.

Band members are John Bunszell (bass); Dick Lourie (saxophone); Gretchen Bostrom (vocals); Silvertone Steve (guitar); Noah Teshu (drums). The band's high-energy vocals are provided by Gretchen Bostrom, performing the JJ5′s wide range of songs by Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, LaVern Baker, Don Covay, Big Mama Thornton, Little Richard, Slim Harpo, and other such classic blues/r&b performers.

Joining Gretchen in the front line are two old pro blues players: Silvertone Steve is a slide guitar master and veteran of J.B. Hutto's band; gritty saxman Dick "the Poet" Lourie performed frequently with the late Big Jack Johnson. John Bunszell on bass and drummer Noah Teshu make up the band's solid rhythm section. For reservations call 527-0043