CRAFTERS, EXHIBITORS and donations are being sought for the Annual Country Fair hosted by the Alexandria United Methodist Church on Aug. 13. (COURTESY OF JOSHUA CATE)

Crafters, exhibitors needed in Alexandria

   ALEXANDRIA -- Crafters, exhibitors and donations are being sought for an event in Alexandria this summer.Alexandria United Methodist Church is having its Annual Country Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13. anf this is a community event. Full Story

Book presentation focuses on caregivers

   BRISTOL -- An upcoming presentation in Bristol will provide a wealth of information about hospice and palliative care.The "Living While Dying" program will be conudted from 10 a.m. Full Story

Teachers not available to deliver traditional music model

   I have intently listened to the concerns presented in the letters sent to the newspaper by concerned community members and groups that represent music. I recognize and appreciate their concerns. Full Story


Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz walks back to the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis during the third inning of a game in Boston Friday.

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Kipnis, Kluber, Indians top Boston; Bradley hit streak at 25

   BOSTON — Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Corey Kluber slowed down the majors' top-scoring team for seven innings and the Cleveland Indians won their fifth straight game, beating the BostonRed Sox 4-2 Friday night. Full Story

PLYMOUTH REGIONAL senior Bailey Nangle steps into one of his four hits during the Bobcats' 8-6 victory over Kingswood Regional in Division II action Friday.


Bobcats pound out 8-6 win over Kingswood

   WOLFEBORO — For much of the season, the Plymouth Regional baseball team has been leaning heavily on its pitching and defense.Now, the bats are coming alive for the Bobcats.Senior designated hitter Bailey Nangle banged out four hits, leading a Plymout Full Story

CERTIFIED HYPNOTIST PAUL RAMSAY of Loudon put three Laconia High School girl students under a hypnotic trance with humorous results during an entertaining show on Friday night. (JIM CLARK/CITIZEN)

Hypnotist Paul Ramsay puts Laconia students under his spell

   LACONIA—Hypnotist Paul Ramsay had some Laconia High School students doing some pretty wild things on Friday night. Full Story

Jordan Spieth watches his putt on the second green opening round of the Byron Nelson tournament in Irving, Texas. 

(Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Crane leads after 2 rounds at Nelson, Spieth a stroke back

   IRVING, Texas (AP) — Ben Crane made a 14-foot birdie putt on his last hole Friday for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Byron Nelson.At 12-under 128, Crane was one stroke ahead of Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka a Full Story

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) pats teammate Russell Westbrook (0) on the shoulder as they take a lead over the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif. Oklahoma City won 108-102. 

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Thunder will try to bounce back after big loss to Warriors

   OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have valuable experience bouncing back from disaster.In Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the San Antonio Spurs rolled past the Thunder by 32 points. Full Story

BELMONT SENIOR Megan Prescott fires a pitch against White Mountains earlier this season. Prescott recorded her 300th career strikeout in Belmont's 11-1 win over Somersworth on Friday.


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San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates his goal with teammates Joe Thornton (19) and Joe Pavelski (8) during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday in San Jose, Calif. San Jose won 3-0. 

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sharks ride top line to 2-1 series lead against Blues

   SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton and his linemates have managed to do what Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Jamie Benn couldn't in the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs: control the play against the St. Louis Blues. Full Story

Crew members push driver Kasey Kahne's car through the garage area at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Friday before the scheduled start of the NASCAR Sprint Showdown race later today. Activities at the track have been delayed because of rain in the area. 

(Bob Jordan/AP)

Rain washes out all track activity Friday for All-Star race

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Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo, Kyle Lowry, DeMarre Carroll and Patrick Patterson, from left, sit on bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Thursday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 108-89. 

(Tony Dejak/AP)

Raptors need Lowry to step up in Game 3 against Cavaliers

   TORONTO — After two bad games in Cleveland, Kyle Lowry isn't lacking confidence as the Eastern Conference finals shift to Toronto.Still, if Toronto's All-Star guard doesn't step up soon, the Raptors look likely to become the latest victim of a Clevel Full Story

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka returns in the men's final of the French Open tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in Paris, France last year. The French Open begins on Sunday.

(Michel Euler/AP File)

Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

   PARIS — In his quest to complete a career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic could have to beat nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals. Full Story

Nyquist is attended to by hot walker Fernel "Lefty" Serrano after a workout at Pimlico Race Course Friday in Baltimore. The 141st Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place on Saturday. 

(Garry Jones/AP)

Derby winner Nyquist ready for Preakness, even a rainy one

   BALTIMORE — Let it rain again on the Preakness. Full Story

University of New Hampshire's Chelsey Serrano is headed to the NCAA track & field championships preliminary round at the University of North Florida. Serrano is one of seven Wildcats attending.

(UNH Insider)

Homegrown Serrano, Wildcats headed to NCAA track prelims

   Chelsey Serrano finished runnerup in the steeplechase at the America East championships earlier this month in her third time competing in the event.   Full Story

Laconia High's Becki Kneuer (17) pumps in a goal past ConVal goalie Emma Crowley during a Division III contest Friday afternoon at Fitzgerald Field. The Sachems defeated the Cougars 16-1 to improve their record to 11-2 on the season.


Offensive barrage

Sachems' red-hot offense continues in 16-1 win over ConVal

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Belknap County below national average for weekly wages

   LACONIA—The National Bureau of Labor Statistics has released numbers which show how the average weekly wage in Belknap County stacks up against other counties in New Hampshire and across the nation at large.The statistics indicate that the weekly wag Full Story

GRAMMY NOMINATED performers Mutemath will appear in concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on June 18. The band has embarked on a lengthy summer schedule along with Twenty One Pilots to support their Emøtional Røadshøw tour. (COURTESY OF MARK C. AUSTIN)

Mutemath to play at Bank of NH Pavilion on June 18

   GILFORD — For Darren King, playing music has been a musical outlet to let out aggression, soothe the soul and be ultimately therapeutic. Full Story

LACONIA PARKS AND RECREATION is sekking a few more lifeguards for the 2016 summer season. City beaches open June 25 and will remain open through Labor Day.  (ED PIERCE/CITIZEN)

Laconia seeks lifeguards for summer season

   LACONIA — Warmer weather is here to stay and it won't be long before Laconia residents start visiting the beach to go swimming. Full Story

THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER of Central New Hampshire will host a day of 'Fishing With Father Figures' from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Opechee Park in Laconia. (COURTESY)

Fishing with father figures

   The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire will host a day of "Fishing With Father Figures"from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Opechee Park. Full Story


Indictments handed down against Gilford man for vandalism

   GILFORD—A Belknap County grand jury this week handed down indictments against a Gilford man in connection with vandalism which took place in March at two Gilford businesses. Full Story

DR. STEVE KELLEY is in his last year as principal of Inter-Lakes Elementary School. He will be honored on June 2 and the community is invited to the elementary school for the event. (BOB MARTIN/CITIZEN)

Dr. Kelley to be honored at ILES

He will retire after 32 years in education

   MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes Elementary School Principal Dr. Full Story

Laconia Police Log

   LACONIA – City police responded to 40 calls for service and made one arrests from Thursday May 19 to Friday, May 20.  On May 19 at 6:53 p.m. Christopher J. Full Story

Thank you to a fellow music lover

   Editor, Citizen This past Saturday evening, May 14, I went to the Lake Regions Theatre in hopes of seeing the Pops concert. I hadn't gotton a ticket beforehand as I had already spent my budget on two other upcoming shows. Full Story

RETIRING FIREFIGHTER following 25 years of service
with the Meredith Fire Department Sandy Ambrose
the first female member of their ranks was honored
this week in a surprise celebration that included
an aptly decorated cake.(COURTESY PHOTO/DON SMITH)

Meredith's first lady firefighter hangs up her helmet after 25 years

Sandy Ambrose's retirement leaves big boots to fill

   MEREDITH – The town’s first female firefighter has retired after 25 years of service, and left a vacancy that will be hard to fill.Sandy Ambrose joined the department in January 1991, and during her first year as a trainee she responded to 130 out of Full Story


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Hints from Heloise

    Cookies have some flower power  Dear Heloise: I enjoy your column in the (Tupelo, Miss.) Daily Journal. Full Story

Dear Abby

Mom's vacation plans cause headache for New York intern

   DEAR ABBY: I recently received a very competitive internship in New York. I'm excited and can't wait to go. I have never been to New York, and my mom is driving me crazy over it.   Full Story


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