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Stand Up Laconia to host substance misues forum on Thursday

LACONIA — In the wake of three recent drug overdose deaths in the city and fatal car crash, allegedly related to substance abuse, an organization of local religious leaders and other local groups are planning a public forum for Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:15 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School to discuss the problem.

The Greater Laconia Ministerial Association (an interfaith regional clergy group) feels passionately about raising awareness about this problem and bringing hope to all those affected. The association believes the first step for all of us is to acknowledge that it is a problem, learn about it, and then do something about it.

The event's organizers point out that the Laconia Police Department reports a total of eight substance related deaths this year alone.

The Greater Laconia Ministerial Association is partnering with Stand Up Laconia (a substance misuse prevention coalition), The Laconia Middle School, JAG (Jobs for Americas Graduates) to host an informational presentation about substance misuse in our community and what we each can do to help. The Laconia Police Department, Laconia School District and Stand Up Laconia will be the presenters for the evening.

The event will take place in the Laconia Middle School cafeteria.

More information can be obtained by calling the Rev. Paula Gile ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-0668).

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:48

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Get a jump start on holiday shopping this weekend with NH Open Doors

NH Open Doors, an annual statewide studio touring and shopping event, will be held this weekend, on November 8 and 9. Visitors can start holiday shopping early as they purchase items made in New Hampshire. This event offers the rare opportunity to meet and talk with artists and craftspeople as they work in their studios.
Visitors to participating shops and galleries can expect to find hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, creative gift ideas, live music, and special sales. Visitors can also enter to win great prizes by simply printing the NH Open Doors Passport from the website and having it signed by a representative at each location. Those who get signatures from at least ten locations during the event will be automatically entered to win free lodging, gift certificates, gift baskets, fine crafts and more.
The tour is self-guided, allowing visitors to create their own routes, visiting participants and locations that interest them most. To help visitors plan their itinerary, www.NHOpenDoors.com features an interactive map listing participants by region and category. Each listing describes the participant's products and any activities being offered. A custom-designed Google map shows the location and provides detailed driving directions.
Pemi area artists and artisans taking part in this year's annual event include Eric Johnson's Furniture , Campton; Hundelrut Studio and The Community Clay Center, both located in Plymouth; Rumney's Country Gifts, Big Rock Goat Farm, Shanware Pottery and Ripple Pottery all located in Rumney and Majik Touch Picture Framing in Thornton. For details about these locations and others in the area, go to the Participants page of the website and select White Mountains from the drop down in the first field.
NH Open Doors is managed by the League of NH Craftsmen with promotional assistance from numerous art, craft, and business organizations throughout the state. The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit arts organization that encourages, nurtures and promotes the creation, use and preservation of fine craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:35

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Veterans’ Day ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. in Laconia

LACONIA — This year's Veterans' Day ceremonies in Laconia will be hosted by the American Legion, Wilkins - Smith Post 1 and jointly conducted with VFW Post 1670.The ceremony will commence at Veterans' Square at 11 a.m. on November 11, marking the Armistice of World War 1.
Guest speakers will include mayor Ed Engler, VFW Commander Bill North, and Earl Beale, National Executive Committeeman for the American legion, Department of New Hampshire.
Laconia High School music director Deb Gibson will lead agroup of her students singing a military medley and the National Anthem.
Following the ceremonies a light lunch will be served at the American Legion Post 1 on North Main St.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:24

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Belknap Republicans meeting on Wednesday

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road in Belmont.

Now that the November general election is history, the committee is extending its thanks all those candidates who stepped up to run for office this year. It takes a lot of time and dedication (and in some cases a lot of money) to run. Going forward, the committee will focus on election results and strategies for the future on a variety of matters such as the state budget deficit, the county jail issues, and legislation. The committee will also address upcoming items on the calendar such as County and State Committee elections.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents. As usual, those interested in having dinner and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, are asked to arrive as early as 5 p.m.

The committee once again reminds those planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, please check the committee's website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:19

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