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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, August 22, 2013

Presorted Standard U.S. Postage

PAID CONCORD, NH 03301 Permit No. 177

VOLUME 22, NO. 34



Harry Briggs - An American Original by Mike Moffett

Sportthoughts Columnist

Early in 1995, an older gentleman came to see me in my office at NHTI-Concord, where I was then working as Public Information Officer. He explained that even though he was 74-years-old, he wanted to do a 12-mile lake swim, and was looking for someone to help him organize and publicize it. I didn’t really need an extra project, on

top of everything else I was doing, but I listened patiently to his story. After I learned that Harry Briggs was a fellow Marine, a veteran of World War II’s Pacific Campaigns, I knew I’d do what I could to help him pursue his dream. Could a 74-year-old swim 12 miles? Time would tell. But who was this interesting stranger with such an unusual goal? See briggs on 14

Quilt Visions Exhibit At Belknap Mill


chance or appointment. While visiting, please inquire about information on becoming a member of the Belknap Mill Society. Plan to tour the permanent exhibit that interprets the many years the 1823 Mill served as a textile mill; the Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill building in the country. Visit www.belknapmill. org for a complete list of Belknap Mill events or call 524-8813. Edition Availabl plete eO om nli C n is


In August of 1957, Harry Briggs became the first person to swim Lake Erie from Sandusky, Ohio, USA to Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada, in 1957 in 35 hours 55 minutes. This year, at 92, he plans a swim across Squam Lake on Labor Day.

In a unique exhibit on the first-floor gallery of the Belknap Mill, located at 25 Beacon St. East in Laconia, Sue Harris of Gilford will offer Quilt Visions. The exhibit runs from August 13 to September 2 and will showcase about 30 quilts for the public’s enjoyment. During the show, Sue will be in the gallery for quilting demonstrations on August 27 from 1 to 3pm. If you are interested in quilting or would like to meet Sue, please feel free to visit, ask questions and chat. Quilt Visions is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; other hours are by


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