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‘Driving Backwards’ author to speak at Laconia Public Library at 7 p.m. tonight

LACONIA — Author Jessica Landry will be reading from her book ''Driving Backwards: A Luminous Portrait of Small-Town New  Hampshire'' tonight at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Library.

For a moment, Gilmanton, New Hampshire, was the most notorious place in America. In 1956, it was the inspiration for Peyton Place, the blockbuster novel about an archetypical New England town ripped open by scandal and hypocrisy.

Today, Gilmanton is a microcosm of rural revival, filled with profiles of remarkable everyday farmers, and energized with the grit and history that is at the core of New England towns. Driving Backwards elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us. In Driving Backwards, readers meet vibrant men and women who live in this bedrock central New Hampshire town: David Bickford -- a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one hundred year old storyteller; Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese; Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long eared rabbits all on two tiny acres.

Jack Beatty, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, author and NPR News Analyst wrote of Driving Backwards, "I didn't want it to end.''

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Lander is a freelance journalist living in Cambridge, MA. As a child she spent her summers in Gilmanton.

 

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Newfound Football Golf Tournament set for July 15

BRISTOL — The Fourth Annual Friends of Newfound Football Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Owl's Nest Golf Course in Campton on Tuesday, July 15 featuring a shotgun start at 10 a.m..

Fee for the 18-hole tournament is $90 per player or $360 per foursome and there will be prizes for closesr to the hole, longest drive as well as a 50-50 raffle and a barbecue and awards ceremony will be held following the completion of play.

The tournament was established in memory of Mark Richardson and Scott Russell, who were teammates on the original Newfound Regional High School football team.

Contact Andrew Szendre, head football coach at Newfound at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

 

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Holy Trinity students attend History Day

LACONIA — Select students from Holy Trinity School, together with history teacher, Mrs. Karen Sullivan and some parent chaperones, recently visited Washington, D.C., to compete nationally in History Day.

The seventh and eighth grade Holy Trinity students had each won first place in the NH State National History Day competition earlier this year, and were eligible to compete nationally. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen arranged a special visit with the students to help celebrate their victory.

"Senator Shaheen shook our hands and told us how proud she was of our achievement and thanked us for representing New Hampshire" said Allison Jope, now an eighth grader. Sen. Shaheen also helped arrange for the students to tour the U.S. Capitol and visit the White House.

"We got to see a lot of behind-the-scenes things inside the Capitol including the rooms of the Senate Committees Sen. Shaheen sits on like Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Armed Service and Small Business, and where she sits at the head of the table," said Brigid Hosmer, also now an eighth grade HTS student.

Dominique Bolduc, who graduated HTS in June and will be attending Tilton School this fall, loved the White House tour saying, "We got to pet the presidential dogs Bo and Sunny, and we even saw the president hopping into a helicopter to leave for a meeting. He waved to us. It was an amazing experience, one I'll never forget."

The students didn't place nationally, but feel like winners knowing that among 600,000 students who competed from around the globe, they made it to the select group of national finalists.

National History Day is an international program that helps students develop special attributes for future success like critical thinking and problem-solving skills, research and reading skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills, self esteem and confidence, and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process. This is the fourth year in a row that HTS students have qualified for National History Day, led by Mrs. Sullivan who was named History Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire in 2013.

Participating students were Sam Cooney, Christina Beane, Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau, Allison Jope, Brigid Hosmer, Dominique Bolduc, and Cheyenne Wright.

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5th annual Run your Buns Off Race set Aug. 30 in Bristol

BRISTOL — When's the last time you ran your buns off? Well, this Labor Day weekend you can. Basic Ingredients Bakery and Gift Shop and NH Adventure Boot Camp for Women invite people to join the road race everyone's talking about.

On Saturday, August 30 at 9 a.m. runners and walkers will leave from Basic Ingredients Bakery located on Rt. 3A in Bristol to "run or walk their buns off" for a 4.2 mile jaunt. This is a professionally chip-timed event. This year's race co- beneficiaries will be Newfound Pathway Project and the Day Away Program.

Register online: www.lightboxreg.com/runyourbunsoff. For more information, or to download a brochure/registration form, visit www.basicingredientsnh.com.

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