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VNA & Hospice Home Tour to feature Greek Revival farmhouse

WOLFEBORO — A Greek Revival-style farmhouse is one of four notable homes on the 28th Annual Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice Home and Garden tour which takes place Wednesday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.'

The house is believed that the home was built in the late 1700s in Tuftonboro and moved to its current location on Nineteen Mile Brook sometime between 1835 and 1840. The home has a beautiful western exposure perfect for watching the sunset and there are gardens, perennial beds and fruit trees throughout the property all put in by the current owner who has also made several changes inside. These changes include the second floor attic which has been converted into two bedrooms and a bath as well as all of the hand hooked rugs on the risers of the stairs leading to the second floor.

The primitive hooked rugs and most of the paintings throughout the home were done by the owner's mother. The painting of the Scottish fishing skiff, which is hung above the living room fireplace, was done by the owner's brother and is a replica of a skiff used by the owner's great-grandfather and uncle to row from the United Kingdom to Ireland and eventually to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Several water colors throughout the home were done by a sister.

A distinctive feature of the home is the display of several pieces of Royce Yoder pottery. Yoder lives in Lederach, Pa., and each piece is handmade by him. Surprisingly he has only done one set of dinner plates ever and they are on display in the kitchen cupboard.

Tickets for the tour are $40 and are available at Black's Paper and Gift Store, 8 South Main St. in Wolfeboro. There is an optional luncheon ticket available for $15. The luncheon will be held at the Pinckney Boathouse on the campus of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Members of the tour committee will also be selling Dine Around raffle tickets at both Harvest Market and Hunter's Shop and Save on weekends leading up to the tour as well as at two of the homes on the day of the tour.

For more information call 603-569-2729.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 11:41

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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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