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Workshop on September 13 for volunteer Belknap Range trail tenders

GILFORD — The Belknap Range Trail Tenders (BRATTS) invites hikers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to attend a hands-on volunteer training workshop in basic trail maintenance and erosion control on Saturday, September 13. The day long workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the upper parking lot on Carriage Road, just off Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford. 

With a system of over 50 established hiking trails connecting more than 14 notable peaks, the Belknap Range represents one of the New Hampshire Lakes Region’s greatest natural treasures. By employing Best Management Practices established by the New Hampshire Trails Bureau, BRATTS maintains trails while protecting the environment, encouraging responsible use, and fostering strong relations between the organizations and landowners - both private and public - that host trails across their properties.

Tools will be supplied. Participants should bring gloves, lunch, and stable footwear. Experience in trail work is not necessary. For further information about BRATTS or the workshop, please contact Hal Graham, coordinator of trails under the Supervision of The Division of Forests and Lands [DRED], at 603-286-3506 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BelknapRangeTrailTenders.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:32

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Retired Educators’ Association meeting on M/S Mount Washington Cruise Ship

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Retired Educators’ Association’s Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16 at the Captain’s Lounge on the Mount Washington Cruise Ship. Participants should arrive around 9:30 a.m., as the boat departs from the Weirs docks at approximately 10 a.m.

The cruise will feature a lunch buffet. The cost will be a total of $36 per person. Reservations are required. To RSVP call Jan Panagoulis at 536-3349, Cathy Crane at 530-2113 or Evelyn Morse at 524-4062. Any retired educator who is not a member is welcome to attend. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:17

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Alton Community Church welcomes new minister

ALTON — The Alton Community Church is currently undergoing repairs, therefore the services will be moved to Church Street beginning on Sunday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

The new interim Reverend Samuel J. Hollo is a graduate of Boston University, M. Divinity, Gordon Conwell Seminary, Profess of Ministry,and  Denver Seminary. He was the Senior Pastor at the Westgate church in Weston, MA from 1982-2008 and Seminary Professor since 1999 at East Bethel College. Presently, he is the Director of Carpenter's Workshop and a much sought after speaker. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:14

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Pinwheels for Peace will be part of Multicultural Festival closing ceremony

LACONIA — Food, music, dragons dancing – it's all happening on Saturday at the Laconia Multicultural Festival from 10 am to 4 p.m.

Bigger and better than ever, the festival will still be going strong until the end, with an uplifting closing ceremony at 3:30 dedicating the day and the community to peace. Taking off on the worldwide Pinwheels for Peace concept, the closing will feature a human peace sign, energized by the spinning of pinwheels which will have been created throughout the day at various locations on the festival grounds. The Kids' Korner, located at the HealthLink parking lot, will be "pinwheel central" until the moment arrives to unleash the collective energy of hundreds of colorful spinning pinwheels at the closing.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers in Coconut Creek, Florida, to allow students to express their feelings about world events and how these events impact their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning half a million pinwheels on September 21st. Last year (year 9) over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. The Laconia Multicultural Festival is jump-starting the project on September 6 in anticipation of the global celebration of Pinwheels for Peace on September 21.

Pinwheels for Peace is a non-political event, recognizing that peace can mean something different to each of us. Peace can be defined as the opposite of violence or intolerance in our daily lives, or as simply peace of mind. On September 6 kids of all ages will have the opportunity to inscribe their pinwheels with their thoughts about peace, tolerance, and/or living in harmony with others. The pinwheels will be "planted" in Rotary Park during the day, and released to honor peace and cultural diversity in our region.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:01

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