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100 strong, Up With People arrives in Laconia

LACONIA — An international cast of 100 young performers who will present two Up With People concerts here this coming weekend arrived in Laconia yesterday and hooked-up with their host families early last evening at the Middle School.
Host families identified themselves to cast members who would be staying with them by carrying signs or symbols of New Hampshire attractions, such as Weirs Beach.
Clyde Foxhall of Cleveland, Ohio and Adolfo Larra of Correon, Mexico, were asking people ''what's a Fishercat?'' and were able to locate their host after being told that it was the name of a minor league baseball team in Manchester.
''Oh, we saw a baseball right over there. That must be the place,'' said Foxhall, who was soon linked up Valerie Cummings of Gilford, who will host he and Larra this week.
Cummings said that her 10-year-old daughter is looking forward to the experience and that she had been persuaded to host the young people by her friend Sarah Fox of Sanbornton. who had told her it would be a great experience.
Fox, who grew up in Franklin, was with Up With People Cast B Class of 93-94, and was waiting with Cummings to greet the cast members. ''They're going to love it here,'' she said.
Members of the Hosmer family of Laconia carried a N.H. Science Center sign and dressed as outdoors adventurers to greet Manuel Schwizer of Switzerland and Connor Raymond of Billings, Montana.
''We're going to show them Lake Winnipesaukee and take them hiking on Mount Major,'' said Donna Hosmer, who was there along with husband, Andrew, and daughter, Brigid, to pick up their guests for the coming week. They also plan a stop at Funspot, the world's largest arcade.

The cast had arrived earlier in the day from Cumberland, Rhode Island, and entertained themselves with what cast member Tristan MacLean of Albuquerque, New Mexico, described as an ''internal cultural fair'' at the Middle School.
Laconia is the third stop on the Cast B tour, which began in July, but Monse Serrano of Guadalajara, Mexico, has been on the tour since January and is already in her second semester, has already visited nearly 20 communities.
Serrano, who is 18, says that she loves theater and being able to take part in musical productions with so many young and talented people from all over the world.
MacLean says that his home city is famed for being the site of the Emmy award winning ''Breaking Bad'' television series. He said that he has no definite plans for the future. "I'm going with the flow and letting the wind take me where it will. The opportunity to get connected with so many amazing people while I'm so young is just a wonderful experience.''
Rebecca Brisson of British Columbia, Canada, says that she's been on the tour since the middle of July and that so far ''it's just fantastic.'' She's already earned a bachelors degree in chemistry,math and biology and plans to return to college after the tour to earn a teaching degree.
On both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept. 5 and 6) at 7 p.m., Up With People will perform in concert at the Laconia Middle School. Their spectacular, 2-hour "Voices" show will feature both original and popular music and is dynamic blend of feature soloists, full-cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes.
Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and are on sale at all Meredith Village Savings Bank locations. Additionally, tickets may be purchased online at www.upwithpeople.com/Laconia.
Net proceeds from the concerts will benefit three local not-for-profit organizations: Stand Up Laconia, Gilford Got Lunch and Got Lunch! Laconia.
An Up With People ensemble will also perform a special, free 20-minute show in Rotary Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning  as part of the opening ceremony for the city's annual Multicultural Festival.

During the week, performers will be working on various community service projects and rehearsing, as well as spending time with their host families.
Based in Denver, Up With People casts have performed in 38 countries around the world over the last 48 years. Performers vary in age from 17 to 29.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:48

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CORRECTION: Mr. Arbo's name is Stephen

CORRECTION: Stephen Arbo is the husband of Barbara Arbo, the founder of Arbo Ministries of Gilford. His name was incorrectly reported in an article that ran on the front page of Thursday's Daily Sun.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:43

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Motorcycle stuck by car at top of Tower Street at Weirs Beach

LACONIA — A Massachusetts man suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a truck on the top-end of  Tower Street at The Weirs.

Lawrence T. Stanley, 55 of Newton, Mass. was riding eastbound  on Tower Street shortly before 3 p.m. when a truck driven northbound on Warner Avenue by Robert Cox, 28, of Windham, N.H. struck the right side of his bike. Stanley was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on his back.

Emergency medical technicians from the Fire Department transported him to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his back, right leg and ribs. He was swearing a helmet when the accident occurred. Cox was not injured in the collision.

The front end of Cox's truck was slightly damaged, but driven from the scene while Stanley's motorcycle was extensively damaged.

The accident remains under investigation.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:38

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Public hearing on Gilford fireworks change to be Sept. 10

GILFORD — Selectmen have schedule a public hearing for September 10 at 7 p.m. on a proposed fireworks ordinance that would lift a ban on them that has been in place since 1988.

If approved by selectmen, the ordinance will allow fireworks between the hours of noon and 10 p.m.

On New Year's Eve and on July 3 through 5, fireworks will be allowed from noon until 12:15 a.m.

The amended ordinance will clarify that, while it is not unlawful to possess fireworks or transport fireworks permissible by non-professionals in New Hampshire, it will only be unlawful to discharge them unless it is between specified hours.

Any person who discharges fireworks during the prohibited hours will be subject to a $100 fine for the first offense, a $250 fine for the second offense, and a $500 fine for the third or subsequent offense.

The ordinance doesn't not apply to people who are licensed under New Hampshire law to professional display fireworks.

The proposed ordinance has been about a year in the making. The previous Board of Selectmen decided in a two-to one-vote last year to keep the ordinance in place.

With the retirement of former Selectman Kevin Hayes and the election of Selectman Richard A. Grenier, it appears the pro-fireworks votes will be in the majority.

Selectman John O'Brien has always supported the ban while Selectman Gus Benevides has never supported prohibition.

The public hearing will be in the Gilford Town Offices meeting room on the first floor.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 10:29

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