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Local author to autograph novel at Bayswater

CENTER HARBOR — Sandwich author Carl Howe Hansen will hold a book-signing of his first novel, "Destiny," on Friday, June 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bayswater Book Co.

Hansen, has experience as a musician, technician, sailor, and cabinetmaker, but has always been a writer. "Destiny" got off to a rough start. In 1978, while he wandered the bazaar of Tangier, Morocco, a knife-wielding thief stole his bag containing the first handwritten manuscript. Eventually Hansen settled in New England, returning to Sandwich, to live and work, and to the cost of Maine to sail his boat. Along the way, he managed to find the lost works of Destiny and make them appropriate for today.

"Destiny: How Humanity's Arrogance will lead to Nature's Ultimate Response" tells about the discovery of bacteria designed to clean up oil spills promises a solution to environmental disaster, but when it is released prematurely, it threatens to end the world as we know it.

Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, a former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Book Review, has called the book "a rip-roaring thriller with a heart."

Those interested in obtaining an autographed copy of "Destiny" but cannot attend the book-signing, can call Bayswater Books at (603)-253-8858.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:02

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Alexandria recycling leader wins award

ALEXANDRIA — Town Recycling Committee leader Steve Whitman has received the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association.

Alexandria's Board of Selectmen, George Tuthill, Donald Sharp and Michael Broom, nominated Steve with the following statement:

"Steve was a key figure in creating the Town of Alexandria's Recycling Committee seven years ago, and his leadership of the Committee since then has been exemplary. Whether advocating for new procedures with the Selectboard, reporting to the town on the Committee's activities, or producing the monthly newsletter, he has steadily and effectively made the case for recycling in our community. It is certainly the case that Steve and the Committee have raised the consciousness of all our residents with regard to this important issue.

"Knowledgeable and committed, Steve is also friendly and approachable; his low-key approach has made recycling an issue on which there is a strong community consensus in Alexandria. We feel that Steve is a most worthy candidate for this award," they said.

The award was presented at the association's recent 34th annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo in Manchester. The Conference & Expo was a great opportunity for those interested in recycling and waste reduction to come together to discover new technologies, exchange ideas, share philosophies, and further promote waste-reduction efforts.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 07:52

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Recovery program seeking volunteers

LACONIA -- A local minister and counselor is looking for volunteers to help lead a faith-based substance abuse recovery program.

Shaun Dutile is looking to establish a program called Celebrate Recovery in Laconia and he has scheduled an informational meeting about the program on Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. in the Lakes Region Vineyard Church, 175 Mechanic St.

Dutile, who has been running a Celebrate Recovery program at the Belknap County Jail since last September, believes the program is needed in the city at-large.

"The purpose of CR is to celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the eight Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes of the Bible and the Christ-centered 12 Steps," said Dutile.

Started in 1991 at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., Celebrate Recovery is offered in more than 20,000 churches worldwide, he said.

Dutile hopes to recruit a leadership team of five to seven people, men and women. Those chosen for the leadership team must be practicing Christians, be in recovery and comfortable about talking about their struggles, be willing to undergo a four-month study program, have a strong personal support network, be able to attend ongoing training sessions, and Dutile noted, "be alert to the temptation of developing a co-dependent relationship with members of their group."

Updates and other information about the program can be viewed the Water's Edge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/watersedgecoc

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 07:45

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New edition of Lakes Region Food Guide now available

LACONIA — The second edition of the Lakes Region Food Guide is now available.

The guide contains a complete listing of local farms, the food they grow here in the Lakes Region, and where to find it. With 64 farms listed, 16 summer and winter farmer's markets, consumers can find locally grown and raised meats, eggs, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, maple syrup and honey products, wines, a local coffee roaster and tea, as well as plants for the home garden.

The guide's complete index provides readers with a way to easily identify farms that offer pick-your-own, CSA's or an online store. It also features a map to enable readers to find those farms that are nearby.

The guide is free, and is distributed throughout the region. Printing of the guide was paid for with donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals who feel strongly about the accessibility of local food in our communities.

The Guide was printed and supported by UNH Cooperative Extension, the outreach division of the University of New Hampshire, providing citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy.

To obtain a copy of the Lakes Region Local Food Guide visit www.extension.unh.edu/Belknap-County. There you can find a list of locations that currently distribute the Guide, as well as an online version.

Those who would like more information about the Lakes Region Local Food Guide, including obtaining copies to distribute, can contact Kelly McAdam at 527-5475 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 07:43

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