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Author to talk about history of Bike Week

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach will host a presentation, "Laconia Motorcycle Week 1916-the Beginning," Featuring K. Peddlar Bridges on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 503 Endicott Street North.

This presentation, according to the museum, will cover such topics as: When it comes to Laconia Motorcycle Week, upon consideration, its beginnings and history become mystic and contradicting? When was the first year? Some reports tell us it was 1916, others say that it was 1917? And still other counts its beginning as 1923 and beyond? Who were the riders? Where did they come from? What were some of the motorcycles they rode? What were some of the details of their 1916 Motorcycle World?

This presentation and book "Laconia Motorcycle Week 1916" will answer these questions and many more.

Bridges, aka Peddlar, has over a 50 year history with motorcycles and fellowship in the motorcycle community. He has written for a number of motorcycle and automobile oriented periodicals and web sites and he was a senior columnist for the Connecticut Cruise News newspaper for more than 10 years.

This event is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society members, for non members there is a $5 fee with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations. The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 366-5950.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 08:00

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Roger's Ride set for Aug. 30

LACONIA — An upcoming fund-raising event sponsored by the Laconia Kiwanis Club offers a way for people to combine their enthusiasm for motorcycle outings and a desire to help local children by participating in the Roger's Ride fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 30.

The ride will depart from Rotary Park in downtown Laconia. A $25 registration fee will reserve your

place as a single rider ($30 for rider plus a passenger) as motorcyclists from all over the state, set off on a three-hour jaunt to Lake Sunapee. Upon their return to Rotary Park, participants will be treated to a picnic barbecue.

Non-riders are invited to join the fun. They can lend their support to the cause by buying a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a two-night stay at one of the Inns at Mill Falls. Registration for the ride begins at 9 a.m. and the ride begins at 10 a.m. sharp.

Those who pre-register can receive a free gift by sending their check to Roger's Ride/Laconia Kiwanis, PO Box 757, Laconia, NH 03247. Raffle tickets

for the two-night stay can be purchased in advance by calling Betty at 581-2968 or John at 520-4383.

Roger's Ride is an annual event sponsored by the Laconia Kiwanis Club in memory of Roger Ballantyne. An avid motorcyclist, Ballantyne was a Kiwanis Club member for 30 years, including serving as club president. He dedicated years of his time and energy on behalf of Laconia's children prior to his passing. His wife, Betty, family and friends started the ride in his honor for the purpose of raising money for community supported causes. This year's goal is to raise $7,000 for children's charities in the Lakes Region.

The Kiwanis Club has a long history of supporting Central NH VNA and Hospice, Gilford Youth Center, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Kiwanis KARES (an elementary school reading program), Laconia Anti-Bullying Program, DARE, and the Rich Valasquez Youth Sports Equipment Foundation. For more details on Roger's Ride, go to laconiakiwanis.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 07:58

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LHS Class of 1948 to hold lunch

LACONIA — Members of the Laconia High School Class of 1948 will meet for lunch at The Lyon's Den in Gilford at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 07:45

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Twangtown Paramours bringing their unique sound to Franklin

FRANKIN — The Franklin Opera House, 316 Central Street (inside City Hall, Franklin) welcomes Twangtown Paramours for a performance Sat. October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Their music comes from one of those rare, sweet places where Austin, New York and Nashville meet and get along famously. Angelic voices, thought-provoking lyrics and accomplished musicianship are all you could ask for. Tickets are available at www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling 934-1901. Office hours are Wed. Thur. and Fri from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and tickets also available at the box office the night of the performance.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 07:32

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