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Lecture Sept. 7 about Pickett's Charge

LACONIA — The Taylor Community will host a lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 about the history of Pickett's Charge, an infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's Union positions on Cemetery Ridge, July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War.

The program will be held in the Woodside Building and presented by Dave Decker of the Laconia Museum and Historical Society. This event is free and open to the public. Please call 524-5600 to RSVP for seating.

Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community offering a full continuum of care, including Independent Living for active seniors, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Nursing. Our mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. Visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 366-1400 for more information.

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Gilford Rotary Old Home Day pancake breakfast to benefit scholarship fund


GILFORD — The Gilford Rotary Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast the morning of Saturday, Aug. 29, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Gilford Youth Center on Potter Hill Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Gilford Rotary's secret recipe all you care to eat pancakes will be served with sausage, orange juice, and piping hot coffee.

All proceeds benefit the Cheryl Walsh Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was started at the urging of President Richard Ayers and other members of Gilford Rotary in 1988, and was first presented to Corey Ellis in 1989. Originally thought of as an "initially endowed" and eventually "self-sustaining" program, Gilford Rotary initially funded the scholarship with seed money. The proceeds/earnings of the investments plus contributions by members of the Foundation, board and Selection Committee as well as Gilford Rotary have resulted in $500 to $2,500 grants to the recipients over the years.

Since the beginning, a silver commemorative bowl, a citation, and the grant have been given to recipients at Senior Awards Night in June. Since the beginning, a selection committee of board members, friends and past recipients has conducted interviews to select the recipients. The Scholarship has traditionally attracted applications from the brightest and most talented leaders and scholar/athletes of the senior class.

Several fund-raising activities have provided additional resources over the years: a Rotary District Ski Race, early on, and the long-standing Annual Old Home Day Rotary Pancake Breakfast, more recently. The goal has been to raise and conserve a substantial enough principal to give a meaningful and truly helpful grant to each year's recipient(s).

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Treasurer, Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Gilford Rotary Club, Post Office Box 7091, Gilford, New Hampshire 03247-7091.


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Readers have two new books on Meredith history


MEREDITH — The Meredith Historical Society has just released a new book, "The History of Meredith Bay," written by Rudy VanVeghten.

It is the second book on Meredith history to be released recently, the other being "Meredith Chronicles," written by Daniel Heyduk.

Both men will be on hand at an author's reception on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Meredith Historical Society Museum on Main Street.

Meredith Bay today offers few hints of its past, but through extensive research Rudy reveals how Meredith's popular town docks, now a destination for pleasure craft, grew from a single wharf for sail-powered gundalows and the iconic steamboats Chocorua and Mount Washington. VanVeghten chronicles how a shoreline dominated by sawmills, log booms, and boathouses was transformed in little more than 50 years to parkland, inns and restaurants. He tells how China's Madame Chiang Kai-shek learned to swim in Meredith Bay and investigates the mystery of Revolutionary soldier and Winnipesaukee boat-builder Stephen Adams.

Heyduk's "Meredith Chronicles," released by the History Press, tells the town's story from the ice age up to the 20th century. Heyduk relates how caribou hunters, land speculators, tough settlers, famous artists, sheep farmers, "mill girls," railroad-builders, an almanac-writer and a hermit made Meredith history. He tells how the town split in two and how tourists, summer campers and winter sports-lovers helped it move ahead.

VanVeghten spent over a quarter century at the Meredith News, most of that time as editor. He wrote numerous historical articles, special sections, the News' long-running "Looking Back" column, and the book "Filling the Void: the History of the Meredith Public Library."

Heyduk is an anthropologist and historian who lived with Nahuatl people in Mexico and Quechua people in Bolivia, and did archaeology in Ecuador. He currently writes the "Passing Time" history column in the Meredith News.

Both books have extensive illustrations from the Meredith Historical Society's collection and both will be available at the Historical Society Museum at 45 Main St.


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Franklin Footlight to stage 'Godspell'

Performers rehearse a number for Franklin Footlight Theater's upcoming performance of "Godspell." The musical based on accounts about the life of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew will be staged at the Franklin Opera House on Thursday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 30. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. each day with a 3:30 p.m. matinee the 30th. "Godspell" was the first major musical from Stephen Schwartz, who went on to write such mega hits as "Wicked" and "Pippin." It features an eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to vaudeville, including "Day By Day," "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," and "By My Side." Tickets and information can be obtained by calling the box office at (603) 934-1901, or  online at www.franklinoperahouse org.

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