Announcements for April 8, 2021

Published: 4/12/2021 7:44:59 PM
Laconia Rotary raffles motorcycle

Wouldn’t it be nice to cruise the roads of New England this summer on a brand new Harley? And what if your sweet new ride was all because you supported local charities like the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation? Laconia Rotary Club is excited to announce the kick off its 29th Annual Charity Raffle and the chance to win a 2021 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. The billiard red FLHX bike is valued at $23,752. The $20 ticket can be purchased early and often online starting today. Only 3,000 tickets will be sold. Visit to purchase tickets and view the Harley. Tickets can also be purchased through contacting a Club Member. Laconia Rotary has donated more than $1 million to local charities. This year’s raffle ticket will be drawn on the final Sunday of Laconia Motorcycle Week at 4 p.m. Winners need not be present to win. For full details about the bike as well as terms and conditions of ticket purchase, please visit Laconia Rotary typically meets every Thursday at noon. All are welcome. Please write to if you are interested in attending a meeting. Visit for more information about the club.

Concord Spring leaf collection

The city of Concord’s spring leaf collection begins on April 26. Concord residents with curbside trash collection can participate by placing leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on their scheduled trash day. All leaves must be in biodegradable yard waste bags and/or rigid containers labeled for leaves. Leaves raked loosely to the curb are only collected during the city’s fall leaf collection. In the spring, leaves must be bagged or contained for easy pick-up with trash collection. Unacceptable materials will not be collected, including branches, brush, and the use of plastic bags. Leaf collection will continue for six weeks in coordination with trash collection through June 5. The last week of collection will be delayed by one day with no trash or leaf collection on May 31 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Residents can also bring leaves to Gelinas Excavation & Earth Materials Recycling Center at 10 Intervale Road, off of Fort Eddy Road, once they open for the season on April 12. Drop-off is free with proof of residency if the load is smaller than a non-commercial pick-up truck. Residents will be required to empty contents at the facility to confirm that loads are 100% free of any unacceptable materials. Any container used to transport leaves to the earth recycling center must be taken back with the resident; bags are not required for drop-off. Hours for Gelinas Excavation & Earth Materials Recycling Center are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional hours from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays during leaf collection. Saturday hours will occur from April 24 through June 5, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend when the facility will be closed on May 29. Hours are weather-dependent and are subject to change. It is advised to call the recycling center to confirm available drop-off times at 545-4835. Find more information about the City’s spring leaf collection at

laconia Author penspersonal journey

Janice Beetle of Laconia, a longtime writer and editor, has released her second book, Willful Evolution: Because healing the heart takes strength, through her own publishing imprint, Janice Beetle Books LLC. In 2010, Beetle was laid off from her full-time job at a hospital in western Massachusetts and her late husband, Ed Godleski, died four days later. Beetle tells the story of her grief journey in her first memoir, Divine Renovations, published in 2011. Her new book, Willful Evolution, is a sequel that tells the story of the past decade and how Beetle survived and reinvented herself. On more personal notes, the book shows how traveling, family, a series of adventures and bad turns, and exercise helped Beetle gain physical and emotional strength and survive online dating. Willful Evolution is both poignant and funny. The book is available at and on Amazon.

New London Art contest winners announced

The Center for the Arts announced the winners of the Student Art Contest. This competition was open to local students in Grades 3 through 12, with the theme “Behind the Mask – People, Cultures, Emotions.”

The winners in the Elementary School category are:

■Alieze Kozma, Grade 3, KRES, from New London, Mrs. Kellogg is her teacher

■Maggie Plamondon, Grade 5

■Iris Patrick, Grade 3, KRES, from Wilmot, Mrs. Kellogg is her teacher

The winners in the Middle School category are:

■Josefina Eliessetch, Grade 7, KRMS, from North Sutton, Mrs. Salathe is her art teacher

■Ciara Kerley, Grade 7, KRMS, from New London

■Aria Varian, Grade 7, Sunapee Middle School, from Sunapee, Brent Baker is her teacher

The entries were judged by The Center for the Arts director, Jean Connolly, an accomplished artist and former art teacher. She reported, “We were delighted to receive so many entries in our first student art contest. The students were very creative in visualizing the theme “Behind the Mask,” with entries capturing the current pandemic situation as well as broader interpretations. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Prizes donated by Blick Art Materials will be sent to the winners. The winning artists and their artwork are posted on the CFA website. Please check them out at

Concord Meal to go

You are invited to join the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Parish Family, 68 N. State St., Concord, for our traditional Palm Sunday Fish Dinner to Go on Sunday, April 25 (pick up between noon and 1 p.m.). Dinner is baked haddock, rice pilaf, vegetable and dinner roll. The price is $20 (a little more than usual because of the price of fish); cut-off for ordering is April 21. Order by phone 953-3051; email; or on the website Kali orexi! Good appetite!

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