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Challah, along with French baguette, German pumpernickel and San Francisco sourdough is one of the great breads of the world. The classic challah is a rich, sweet, eggy bread served on Jewish ceremonial and religious occasions, such as Shabbat and on holidays like Rosh Hashanah. It is a crucial part of the meal, as it serves a specific religious purpose. This flavorful braided bread with its gorgeous glaze makes it an impressive sight at any table. It’s also outstanding baked in a loaf pan and used for delicate afternoon tea sandwiches. Another favorite is bread pudding or French toast…

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, began Nov. 28, at sundown. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration in 164 BCE. The Maccabees, led by Judah, were the first Jews who fought to defend their religious beli…

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PLYMOUTH — The Pemigewasset Choral Society will be performing its holiday concert “Snow Angel” for an indoor audience for the first time since December 2019. Returning to its traditional New Hampshire venues in Gilford, Franklin and Plymouth has been highly anticipated by the chorus and thei…

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ASHLAND — Lauren Eaton Cilley of 619 North Ashland Road, and formerly of Gilford, NH, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, surrounded by her loving cats at her home in Ashland.

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LACONIA — The following students earned a spot on the honor roll list for quarter one at Laconia High School:Honors with DistinctionZaria Ainsworth, Timothy Ausevich, Kyle Ayers, Bryce Baird, Madison Brooks, Aidan Collette, Madison Darling, Taylor Hanson, Kendora Harper-Cartier, Kathryn Hodg…

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LACONIA — Linda Patricia Pickard, 74, of Church Street, passed away at her home on Monday, November 22, 2021.

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     MOULTONBOROUGH — The Loon Preservation Committee has released a report documenting the widespread presence of chemical contaminants in inviable common loon eggs taken from failed loon nests on lakes throughout New Hampshire. As fish-eaters, loons are important sentinels of the health of aqu…

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    MEREDITH — The trustees of the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, have announced that the public can see the renovated and expanded building on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. The celebration will begin at the High Street entrance (on the new parking lot side) with an outdoor ribbon cuttin…

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    HOLDERNESS — If you love hiking and/or want an excuse to get outside this December, consider volunteering with the Squam Lakes Association trail crew for a day of trail maintenance. Although trails may look like they occur naturally, they require routine maintenance to keep them safe for hik…

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    HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association on a night hike through the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. for a night of stargazing and meditation. Led by Lakes Region Conservation Corps AmeriCorps member, Kyle Wolz, this hike will take participants through…

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    YORK, Maine — Beulah Marion Scott Kilgore of York, Maine spent her life doing good things for people she loved. She doted on nine younger siblings, raised two children, spoiled three grandchildren and looked in wonder at three great-grandchildren. She laughed often, loved to dance and drank …

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    Gary Paul Mauck, 77, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Concord Hospital in Laconia. He was born on June 19, 1944 in Danville, Illinois, the son of Gerald and Rachel (Fenet) Mauck. He shared 48 years of marriage with Martha (Olson) Mauck.

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    Diane Pomeroy was a caring mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She passed away at home unexpectedly on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

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    MOULTONBOROUGH — The Great Waters Music Festival has announced its 2022 Concerts in the Clouds Performance Series. There will be five shows in the Great Waters performance tent located on the field near Shannon Pond at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough starting on July 16. Season ti…

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    LACONIA — The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia will partner with the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club on a protein food drive benefitting the food pantry of Community Action Program on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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    GILFORD — The 36th annual Ray Wixson Memorial Senior Holiday Dinner will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road. This event is put on every year by the members of the Gilford Rotary Club to thank the seniors of Gilford for their many contributions to G…