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Barbara B. Callahan, 95

LACONIA — Barbara B. Callahan, of Laconia, N.H. passed away on January 16, 2014 after a brief illness.

She was born Barbara Jean Bryant in Groton, MA Oct. 29, 1918 to Olive (Houghton) Bryant and Wallace Fillebrown Bryant of Harvard, MA. Her forebears were Yankee farmers and coastal New England seafaring folk. Her mother's family were among the earliest settlers of Harvard and Lancaster, MA. Their colonial garrison house, no longer in the family, still stands in the Still River section of Harvard. Barbara attended Concord Academy and Bromfield School. She attended American International College and graduated from Simmons College with a degree in library science. In 1942 she married Vincent J Callahan, also of Harvard, an officer in the United States Army. In 1947 they moved to N.H. and, with her brother Bradford, purchased the former George N Varney and Son boatyard on the Weirs Channel and renamed it Channel Marine. Vincent operated Channel Marine for 35 years until his retirement in 1982. Together they raised a family at their house on Channel Lane adjacent to their boatyard.

Mrs. Callahan worked as a librarian at the Laconia Public Library for a number of years. She was troop leader of a local troop of Girl Scouts and owner of an antique shop at the Weirs. She enjoyed New Hampshire: boating, hiking and skating on the ice in winter, and, in later life, yard sale-ing. She and her husband were among the group that sought to preserve the love of wooden boats by founding the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the New Hampshire Boat Museum. For several years she was a trustee of the museum. Their two steamboats were a feature on Lake Winnipesaukee for many years. In retirement they enjoyed their travels in Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Vincent passed away in 1993. Barbara lived since 1992 in her house filled with teddy bears on Driftwood Lane by Lake Opechee in Laconia, N.H.

She is survived by her children Paige Rooney and her husband Robert of Belmont, N.H. and Bruce Callahan and wife Catherine of Thornton, N.H., her grandchildren Kim Sharon and husband Brian of Belmont, Kevin Rooney and wife Betsey of Jackson, Wyoming, and Finn Callahan of Thornton and by her great grandson Ryan Rooney. She will be remembered by those who knew her as a gentle, kind and loving person.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be sent to the N.H. Boat Museum, PO Box 1195 Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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Alan MacRae presents a slide presentation of the photo project "Faces of Laconia" featuring the portraits of 19 people who have impacted the community. 6 p.m. in the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia.

Events at the Hall Memorial Library. Hand and Foot Canasta 10:30 a.m. Project Teen featuring a bracelet activity 3-4 p.m.

Gilford Public Library hosts a program for parents looking to become more involved in their children's education and homework routines. 10:30 a.m. at the Library. Free and open to the public.

Parent Backpack Workshop in Children’s Room at the Gilford Public Library from 10:30-11:15 a.m.

GriefShare session held for those who are experiencing the grief and pain from the death of someone close to them. 7-9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Meredith. Sessions includes a video seminar and group discussion. For further information call 496-6583 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Storytime at Belmont Public Library. 3:30 p.m.
Chess Club meets at the Laconia Public Library on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. All ages and skill levels welcome. We will teach.)
Hands Across The Table free weekly dinner at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region building on North Main Street in Laconia (formerly the St. James Episcopal Church). 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Music Clinic on Rte 3 in Belmont. All musicians welcome. For more information call 528-6672 or 524-8570.
Plymouth Area Chess Club. 6-8 p.m. at Pease Public Library. For more information call 536-1179 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Giggles & Grins playgroup at Family Resource Center in downtown Laconia (719 No. Main Street, Laconia). Free group for parents children from birth through age 5. For more information call 524-1741.

 

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Narcotics Anonymous meeting. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 35 Tower Street in Weirs Beach.
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. The program is held Monday nights at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Congregational Church Parish Hall, 18 Veterans Square, (for mapquest use 69 Pleasant St.), Laconia, NH 03246. Use back entrance. Call/leave a message for Paula at 998-0562 for more information.
Barbershop chorus meets every Monday at Gilford Community Church, lower level. 7:15 p.m. For more information, call Harvey Beetle at 528-3073.
Chess Club at the Hall Memorial Library. 4-7 p.m.
Free one on one internet and computer instruction every Monday at 10 a.m. at the Tilton Senior Center, 11 Grange Road, Tilton.  
Adult Pick-up Basketball offered by Meredith Parks & Recreation Department held at the Meredith Community Center Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. $1 per person - sign in and out at the front desk.
Bingo at the VFW Post 1670 located at 143 Court Street in Laconia. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m.

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The Winnipesaukee Playhouse holds an information night for all community members interested in finding out more about its special Spring Production performed to honor those effected by the Holocaust. 7 p.m. at the theater located in Meredith.

Pancake breakfast hosted by the Robert Leroux Council Knights of Columbus Council 10943. Held following the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. masses at St. Joseph's church in Belmont. Tickets are $7 per person or $28 per family. 

Fundraising brunch hosted by the First Congregational Church in Meredith. 11 a.m. at the Church located at 4 Highland. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-10.

The 9th annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day featuring guest speaker Rashida Mohamed. 3:15-6:30 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School. Pot-luck supper offered in the cafeteria at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Drinks provided.

The Winnipesakuee Playhouse Teen Ensemble presents the production of Lousia May Alcott's Little Women. 7 p.m. at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. Cost is $14 for the orchestra and $10 for balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets call 279-0333.

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Inaugural Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Friends of Belmont Football organization. 5-8 p.m. at the Greenside Restaurant in Tilton. Donations of $7 for adults and $5 for kid. Cash bar available.

Annie's Book Stop hosts a Women's Safety Day dedicated to educating, equipping, and empowering women. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sopranos star Frank Santorelli presents a comedy show at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance by calling 527-0043. BYOB.

The Laconia High School Theater Arts presents the classic "Arsenic and Old Lace". 7 p.m. in the Laconia High School auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 524-3350 ext. 4616.

Cartoonist and Gilmanton resident Herb Morse is Artist in the Library. 1:30-3 p.m. at the Gilmanton Library. For more information visit www.gyrla.org.

The Winnipesakuee Playhouse Teen Ensemble presents the production of Lousia May Alcott's Little Women. 7 p.m. at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith. Cost is $14 for the orchestra and $10 for balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets call 279-0333.

Olympic Ski Jumper Mike Holland holds a Learn to Fly ski jumping course. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gilford Youth Center at 19 Potter Hill Road. Open to kids ages 5 to 7 years. Children must have experience skiing to attend the free demo. For more information call 783-4423.

Tuesday Snowshoe Hike series hosted by Wesley Woods and Gilford Parks and Recreation Department. Participants meet at 10 a.m. at Wesley Woods in Gilford. Soup and hot cocoa provided. For more information or to RSVP call 528-2555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lego Club at the Hall Memorial Library in Northfield held from 10-11:30 a.m.

Al-Anon Meeting at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Saturday in the first-floor conference room  Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 645-9518. 
All compulsive eaters are welcome to attend the Overeaters Anonymous meeting held each Saturday morning from 11 to 12 at the Franklin Hospital.  
Narcotics Anonymous meeting. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society (172 Pleasant Street) in Laconia.  
The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region meets every Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Music Clinic on Rte 3 in Belmont. All musicians welcome. For more information call 528-6672 or 524-8570. 
Open Door Dinners offer free weekly meal in Tilton. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. An outreach housed at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street, downtown. provides a free hot meal open to all members of the community. All are welcome to eat and all are welcome to help out. For more information, especially about volunteering, please call Pastor Mark at 286-3120 or e-mail him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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