A Lakes Region Tradition on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee! Hundreds of hungry attendees sample and vote on the Lakes Region’s BEST CHOWDER!

OCTOBER 4th at Hesky Park in Meredith NH
Noon to 3pm – $5.00 Admission
Fund Raising for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust!

Restaurants competing this year include:

Patrick’s Pub and Eatery – Gilford
Camp – Meredith
T-Bones – Laconia
Steele Hill’s Hilltop Restaurant – Sanbornton
Heat – Weirs Beach
Wolfeboro Inn – Wolfeboro
Weirs Beach Lobster Pound – Weirs Beach
The Cafe at Laconia Bike Works – Gilford

Abondante – Meredith

Kitchen Cravings – Gilford

Meredith in the fall

Mill Falls Employee’s Joe & Bob attend the Tri City Expo!

Joe Ouellette and Bob Strang, Group Sales Managers for the Inns  & Spa at Mill falls attended the 21st Annual TriCity Expo, a collaborative effort between the Manchester, Concord, and Nashua Chambers of Commerce, that was held Thursday, September 24 at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center, Manchester, NH.  This Annual Expo featured over 200 exhibitors from all over the state, and welcomed over 2,000 attendees.   Expo Chair Mark Brewer A.A.E, Airport Director of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, commented, “The annual TriCity Expo has proven to be an effective networking event for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. In addition to serving as a major sponsor, we consistently promote the event to colleagues and customers, and we encourage them to take advantage of the many exhibits and opportunities that the TriCity Expo has to offer.”

Each year there is a prize awarded for best booth display.  Joe and Bob went all out this year and their theme was “Where Business Meets . . . Pleasure”.  In addition to the usual business materials encouraging guests to give the Inns a try Joe and Bob came equipped with a kayak and other fun items hoping to prompt a desire of visitors to the Expo to  escape to the lake.   The word is still out as to whether Joe and Bob took home the prize.

Joe Ouellette and Bob Strang - Group Sales Managers for the Inns

Joe Ouellette and Bob Strang - Group Sales Managers for the Inns

Mill Falls Employee’s give of themselfs on Behalf of The United Way’s “Day of Caring”

Mill Falls employees stand “united” as they gave back to the community through the United Way’s annual day of caring on September 16th, lending their expertise and brawn to local care-giving agencies and non-profits.

Day of Caring is an annual event that gathers together volunteers from all over the Lakes Region to assist local care-giving agencies and other non-profits.  Employees from local businesses and organizations who wish to volunteer their time are matched with care-givers to complete projects that may otherwise not get done.  Projects usually included painting, landscaping, working with senior citizens and day care kids, office and computer work, making baby blankets and other infant needs and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

Tracey Lovering-Sirles, Stacey Dumais, Hilary Thurston, Bob Strang, Joe Ouellette, Heather Poire

Tracey Lovering-Sirles, Stacey Dumais, Hilary Thurston, Bob Strang, Joe Ouellette, Heather Poire

Don’t Miss the 122nd Sandwich Fair, one of New Hampshire’s Finest

The annual Sandwich Fair is one of New Hampshire’s most exquisite rural shows.  This year the fair will be held October sandwich fair19 – 12, with competitions for horse pulls, farm animal shows, children’s tractor races, carnival rides, local New Hampshire food sampling, 4H exhibits, photography, crafts, and more.  Located right in the heart of the Town of Sandwich, it is three days of fun and excitement for the entire family!

As with many of New England’s fairs, the Sandwich Fair started out as an agricultural event that became an annual market day for local farmers to trade and sell their cattle.  In 1886, area farmers exhibited 184 yoke of oxen at the fair.  Those farmers would be proud to know the fair is still going strong after 122 years.

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The Sandwich Fair remains at the top of my list as one of my favorite fall activities.  It has everything from livestock exhibits to tractor pulling and carnival rides.  I have to be honest though – what draws me every year is the fabulous fair food:  spicy Italian sausage, fried dough, cotton candy… the list goes on.  My mouth is watering just writing about it.  There is nothing like an old fashioned New England fair!

The Sandwich Fair is truly one of the Lakes Regions greatest events.  Nestled in the quintessential New England town of sandwich fair 3Sandwich and held during one of the most colorful times of year, this event simply must be on your calendar.   During the course of the Fair’s four days starting Friday October 9, there will be a never-ending schedule of live music and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.  If you can’t make it all four days, Sunday might be the best pick with the annual running of the Sandwich Fair Parade at 1:00.   But don’t let me decide.  Check out all the great things going on at this year’s fair at

Meredith Fall Craft Fair, Mills Falls Marketplace, October 3-4

Didn’t get a chance to visit the Meredith Craft Fair at the end of this past August?  No worries, the Mill Falls Marketplace is holding its 11th annual craft fair the first weekend of October.  Artisans from all around will gather in the Mill Falls Marketplace parking lot to peddle their wares on October 3rd and 4th from 10 to 5.

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There is always a treasure to be found at the fair, and once you’ve found it, there are few places in the Lakes Region as pretty as Meredith to enjoy the magic of fall.  There is always much to do and see in the picturesque town of Meredith, with numerous fine restaurants and dozens of great shops and galleries, all just a short walk from the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

So spend the day or the entire weekend – you will not be disappointed!  If you get a chance to visit the Craft Fair, drop us a line and let us know how you liked it.

The New Hampshire Marathon kicks off its 17th Year on October 3, 2009

As if running 26.2 miles is not challenging enough, The New Hampshire Marathon is considered one of the toughest marathon courses in New England.  On Saturday, October 3rd as many as 175 people from up to 45 states will line up at the starting line in Bristol, NH and give it their best.  nh marathon

Not only is this course considered one of the most difficult, it’s also one of the most beautiful.  Starting in downtown Bristol, the course winds around Newfound Lake on one of the most scenic routes around, and with fall colors typically in full bloom this time of year, it doesn’t get much prettier.

If you’re not up to the task of running the full 26.2 miles, there are some shorter courses available.  Held the same day are a 10K road race and a 5k race walk.  And if running is just not your thing, come on out to show your support.  The Newfound Lake area and the surrounding Lakes Region is simply spectacular this time of year!

The mission of the NH Marathon is to promote a world class running event, as well as to aid child-centered organizations in the area.  Proceeds from this event help support the Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Mayhew, a character-building program for at-risk boys, and The Circle Program, providing socially and economically disadvantaged New Hampshire girls with the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives.

To learn more about the race visit

‘We shall not forget’ Moment of remembrance at annual Sept. 11 commemoration

from an artical by Erin Plummer in the Meredith News

September 16, 2009
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MEREDITH — Eight years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, remembrances and messages of honor and were shared in Hesky Park for the annual commemoration hosted by American Legion Post 33.

“It was a day like this, a little sunnier – the kids were back in school,” said Pat Kelly. “For thousands of people in New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, it was not like any other day. It’s for those reasons we remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.”

Kelly asked that people remember those who work on the front lines, such as fire, police, and those fighting overseas.

Traditionally the Fire Department has rung the “Four Fives” in honor of firefighters who were lost. This year, however, a bell was not available and the occasion was instead commemorated with a moment of silence.

“Eight years ago today the United States was rocked by the horror of terrorism,” said Lt. Keith True of the Meredith Police Department, saying terrorism remains on the minds of Americans after Sept. 11. He spoke of how things have changed since Sept. 11.

“Daily when we see men and women in military uniforms we think of the daily loss of life,” he said. “I just ask that as you think of those who lost their lives, those who will make the ultimate sacrifice, everyday you close your eyes if only for a brief moment in prayer and say ‘Thank you, I will not forget,’” True said.

He also spoke of the children who were born in September of 2001 who are now entering third grade.

Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones recalled traveling by plane this summer for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001 and going through the rigorous security check before boarding. Jones said he did not like the process but later felt he had been selfish.

“What little I had to do to board the plane in my travels (was) very, very little what many families have to do since Sept. 11,” Jones said.

“Today we’re going to hear the words many times, and there is a benefit to the repetition: ‘we shall not forget.’” said Meredith Board of Selectmen Chair Peter Brothers. “As a grateful nation we must express supreme appreciation to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11. Our prayers and appreciation also reaches out to the countless brave and selfless individuals that went out (on response). Please join me in observing this eighth anniversary of Sept. 11.”

“It’s not only this day that we must remember, it’s this day, it’s everyday, it’s our obligation,” said Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro. “If we forget that freedom is not free our country will no longer be free.”

Bradlety said he was once given a shirt that said “Got Heroes?”

“We know we have heroes they are amongst us everyday, they are out firefighters, our first responders,” Bradley said. “We have our teachers, we have our parents, all of us have those responsibilities to make sure that for those who serve our country and have served our country we take the opportunity to thank them.”

American Legion Post 33 Commander Bob Kennelly said the memorial was mostly done through the work of his wife Kay, who died on July 18.

“She was the glue that put this program together,” he said.

Kennelly said he and his wife retired to Meredith from New York City, where he worked for Con Edison. His nephew Peter Weinberg was working on the 76th floor for a Japanese company when the building was hit. He helped people get out of the building and escaped himself, though two Japanese executives that stayed behind lost their lives.

“We knew some of the people who died that day,” Kennelly said. “The terrorists who committed their dastardly acts were not only going after humans, they were going after the American way. We must remember our homefront soldiers. To the victims of 9/11, I promise not to forget. To the families of 9/11 victims, you have my sympathy and my promise that they did not die in vain. (To those in the military) we must be committed to supporting them … and we must not forget their sacrifice.”

Ralph Ascoli lost his sister Debbie Mannetta on Sept. 11, 2001. She was working as a secretary at Carr Futures on the 91st floor of the North Tower when the first plane hit a few months after returning to work after having her daughter and after her husband was promoted to sergeant on the New York Police Department.

“She didn’t know that was the last week she would see her 3-year-old go to nursery school,” Ascoli said.

Ascoli later said someone in the office handed around a phone after the first plane hit and Mannetta briefly spoke to her husband Kenny to tell him she was fine. She was working at the World Trade Center in 1993 when a bomb was set in the garage area and she recalled the mad rush to leave the buildings.

The family did not know where she was until around October of 2001, and her remains were positively identified in June of 2002

Her daughters are now 11 and 8, and her husband retired from the police force to better take care of them.

“It’s everyday, it’s not once a year; you feel it this day more than ever,” Ascoli said. “You think about the girls having to grow up with no mother.”

Ascoli lives in Strafford and said he learned of the Meredith memorial from friend Lainie Rosato, who sang the National Anthem at Friday’s memorial.

Ascoli and Kennelly dropped a wreath in Lake Winnipesaukee in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.