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Irwin Automotive Group celebrating 64 years of business in Laconia

LACONIA  — The Irwin Automotive Group is celebrating its 64rd Anniversary of what was originally Irwin Lincoln Mercury. Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership and it's not uncommon to hear stories from long time Laconia residents talk about their first car purchase from Irwin's over 60 years ago. Having now served New Hampshire over 3 generations, Irwin's is coming off a record year, making them one of New Hampshire's largest dealerships. They have maintained a tradition of friendly customer service and a strong belief in continued community involvement in the Lakes Region and beyond.

Chris Irwin, as current Vice President and  the third generation to continue the Irwin family mission is "to treat every guest as their best friend."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:45

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Lecture on historic churches of Laconia to be held at Golden View Tues.

MEREDITH—Golden View Health Care Center partnering with the Laconia Historical & Museum Society to bring a free presentation to the public this month at its new assisted living option, The Terrace. The public is invited to attend a lecture on the "Historic Churches of Laconia" by Brenda Kean, executive director of the Laconia Historical & Museum Society, on Tuesday, January 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Golden View, located at 19 NH Route 104 in Meredith.

Laconia is the home of many architecturally beautiful buildings, and among them are many historic churches. In this informative lecture, Kean will share photos—past and present—of local historic churches, as well as tales of their past and future. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged as seating is limited. For more information visit GoldenView.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:29

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‘Brigade’ to keep Meredith sculptures snow-free

A Meredith Sculpture Walk "Snow Brigade" has been formed to keep the sculptures and lights free from snow during the winter months. As part of their Inter-lakes HS Community Service, Victoria Heffron, Nocera Range, Mackenzie Giroux, Bridie O'Connell and Alexandra Smith have volunteered, under the direction of MSW Committee members, Fred Huntress and Janet Sanguedolce, to clear the sculptures after snow storms.

Sponsored by the Greater Meredith Program, the Meredith Sculpture Walk is a committed to developing awareness and enjoyment of public art in Meredith, for residents and visitors. It is a year-round, outdoor, juried exhibition featuring works by eighteen New England artists.

For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:20

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Cottage colony on Squam Lake named to National Register of Historic Places

HOLDERNESS — The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is proud to announce that the Shepard Hill Historic District in Holderness has been honored by the United States Secretary of the Interior with placement on the National Register of Historic Places, both for its well-preserved architecture and its social importance as the first summer colony on Squam Lake.

Part of the evolution of Squam as a destination for summer homes after the Civil War, Shepard Hill is the location of the first cottage built on the lake. Boating, swimming, fishing and tennis were integral parts of summer recreation there. Early residents were primarily academics and ministers with ties to Yale University and were often connected socially and professionally.

More than a century after Shepard Hill was established, it still retains all but one of its historic cottages and camps, as well as its chapel, ice houses, a group of bath and boathouses on the shoreline, the undisturbed site of the Asquam House hotel that stood at the top of the hill from 1881 to 1948 and several other original features.

Built primarily from 1870-1900 and sited on the hillside and oriented for optimal lake and mountain views, the buildings' architectural styles range from eclectic Victorians to Craftsman-style cottages. They have fairly simple exteriors and are distinguished by decorative features. Doors are generally paired to create wide openings for maximum light and ventilation, taking full advantage of summer living on Squam.

As part of a recent effort by local advocates and property owners, the Shepard Hill Historic District is the tenth listing to the National Register from Squam Lake and the Squam Watershed.

Administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation and is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect our historic and archaeological resources.

For more information on the National Register program in New Hampshire, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or contact Peter Michaud at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources at 603-271-3483.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the "State Historic Preservation Office," was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire's citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or call 603-271-3483.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:11

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