T-Bones & Cactus Jack’s restaurants hosting Etch A Sketch contest

LACONIA — T-Bones and Cactus Jack's restaurants, where for years young patrons have made doodles on Etch A Sketch, are holding a contest to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the debut of the mechanical drawing toy.

Starting Monday, July 12, and running through the end of the month, children 12 and under (with the help of their parents) can take a picture of their Etch A Sketch masterpiece and post it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TBONES.CJS. To do so they simply "like" the T-BONES & Cactus Jack's page, post the photo on the Etch A Sketch contest page and see how many people "like" their unique artwork.

It was on July 12, 1960, that Ohio Art Company began mass-producing the Etch A Sketch, modeled after a prototype created by French national Andre Cassagnes. The toy was introduced near the peak of the Baby Boom and is one of the best known toys of that era. It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Toy Industry Association named Etch A Sketch as one of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century. Fifty-five years later, the mechanical drawing toy remains an enduring and beloved pastime for both the young and the young-at-heart.

T-Bones and Cactus Jack's CEO/Co-owner Tom Boucher said he's encountered some downright impressive Etch A Sketch art over the years and he felt the art form ought to be celebrated. "Very few people can resist the allure of the Etch A Sketch," Boucher said with a laugh. "So this contest will be an absolute blast- both for the young artists and for the folks that visit our Facebook page each day!" The timing of the contest was to provide some added summertime fun for area families and celebrate this time-tested "unplugged" toy!

Prizes will be awarded to winners in three different age groups: Ages 4 and under, Ages 5-7 and Ages 8-12. First prize is a $300 gift card; second prize is a $100 gift card; and third prize is a $50 gift card. Photos must be posted by July 31, and voting ends Aug. 5.

Blues revue coming to Franklin Aug. 7

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House welcomes the Rock Island Blues Revue with Mo' Combo and the Little Town Horns on Friday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for this performance on line at franklinoperahouse.org or by calling 934-1901. The Opera House is generally open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets will also be available at the ticket office the night of the performance, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The Opera House is located inside City Hall at 316 Central Street.

Historical society hosting talk on wreck, artifacts at bottom of Big Lake


MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Historical Society will present the a program on Monday, July 13, at 7 p.m. about sunken craft and other items of interest that lie at the bottom of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The program, "What Lies Beneath Winnipesaukee," will be given by Hans Hug Jr. of Exeter. Hug will speak about his scuba diving adventures in the Big Lake and the things he has found.

The program, open to the public, will be held at the Town House Museum on Route 25, across from Melcher and Prescott Insurance.

Hug is an avid diver and history buff who has dived all over the lake in search of artifacts, shipwrecks and more. Using old maps, photographs, historical research and high tech side-scan-sonar, he has discovered many new and interesting things including dozens of unknown shipwrecks. Hans will bring in some of the things he has found as well as underwater photographs and sonar images, and will show a short video of one of the 60-plus wrecks he located on the bottom.


Franklin Savings Bank joins Buzz Points program

FRANKLIN —  Buzz Points, a leader in connecting local businesses, community financial institutions and consumers through rewards, today announced that Franklin Savings Bank, an independent, mutual financial institution headquartered in Franklin with seven branches throughout the Central Lakes Region and a loan production office in Bedford has selected the Buzz Points merchant-focused loyalty program. Buzz Points is free for consumers and allows bank customers to earn rewards while supporting the local economy by using their FSB debit card for everyday shopping.

"As a community bank with strong ties to the communities we serve, we understand the importance of supporting families as well as our locally-owned businesses to enhance the economic viability of the markets we serve," said Jeffery B. Savage, president & CEO of Franklin Savings Bank. "We are proud to be the first community bank in the state to offer Buzz Points—an easy-to-use loyalty program that utilizes the latest mobile technologies and also aligns with our commitment to helping local businesses. Buzz Points rewards our customers for shopping locally, provides independent businesses with the marketing tools they need to compete, and delivers a cutting-edge digital experience to consumers and businesses alike." Franklin Savings Bank customers can earn points by using their FSB debit card whenever they shop, but they earn more points for shopping with local businesses.

Bank customers enrolled in the free program earn points automatically through debit card purchases that can be redeemed easily for gift cards, cash cards and donations to local non-profits using the Buzz Points web interface or mobile app that allows users to track, manage and redeem points.