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Business after hours hosted by Paramount Settlement and Lakes area properties

BRISTOL — The next Central New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be hosted by Paramount Settlement Services and Lakes Area Properties on June 9, from 5-7 p.m.

Located at 481 Lake Street in Bristol, Paramount Settlement Services and Lakes Area Properties will showcase their real estate services and offerings for everyone around the region, from real estate marketing and closings to rentals in the Lakes Region and on beautiful Newfound Lake.

For more information about the Business After Hours, or the Central NH Chamber of Commerce contact the Chamber office at 726-3804, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 03:12

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Melissa Skeats promoted to assistant vice president

 LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire is proud to announce that Melissa Skeats has been promoted to Assistant Vice President - Commercial Banking Administration Manager.

Melissa joined Bank of New Hampshire in October 2011 as a Lending Assistant with more than 18 years of experience in the legal profession including an extensive background in real estate, preparing legal documentation and closing both residential and commercial transactions. Melissa holds a degree in Paralegal Studies from New Hampshire Technical College. She currently resides in Sanbornton with her husband, Mike, and five children.

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 03:10

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Bailey named director of corporate responsibility for AutoServ

TILTON  — AutoServ of Tilton is pleased to welcome Warren Bailey to the newly created position of Director of Corporate Responsibility.

Bailey, a veteran Lakes Region radio personality, comes to AutoServ from Comcast Spotlight but is best known for his generosity and outstanding community involvement.

He is a fixture in the Lakes Region, serving on numerous charity boards and fundraising events. In 1982, Bailey founded the WLNH Children's Auction, which through the years has grown to be the largest single fundraiser for children and families in the Lakes Region. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Lakes Region Tourism Association, helping to promote central New Hampshire as a tourist destination. In 2008, Bailey earned the Lakes Region Chamber Irwin Award for his outstanding work in making the Lakes Region a better place to live. In 2014, Warren served as the Chairman/President of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving as the Past Chair.

AutoServ created the position as Director of Corporate Responsibility specifically for Bailey. "It is a natural fit" says Dennis Gaudet, CEO of AutoServ, "in that AutoServ's been a member of this community for 25

years and our community involvement is so extensive, we needed a director and who better than Warren?"

From building houses for Habitat for Humanity, to recently donating $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the

Lakes Region, to being a major supporter of the Rotary Club and United Way, to sponsoring the Tanger 5k, to

offering year round support for the Salvation Army's Carey House in Laconia, to the sole sponsor of the Tilton

Winter Farmers' Market where 50+ farmers and crafters are able to share their goods with the community all

winter, AutoServ is a valuable member of the community.

"This year my father, Paul Gaudet

Sr, was recognized as the Community Hero by the Chamber of Commerce" said Donna Gaudet-Hosmer "At the ceremony it was said that my father is known for doing good things when no one is looking, which is so true. We created this position for Warren because AutoServ has a responsibility to the community that supports us, and it will be Warren's job to lead our efforts to give back.''

AutoServ has locations in Tilton and Belmont and represents Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Kia. Founded in 1990, is family owned and operated by the Gaudet & Hosmer family. AutoServ is one of the largest retail automotive dealer groups in New Hampshire. Housed inside AutoServ of Tilton is an Allstate Insurance Company headed by Chelsey Gaudet, and the Auto Café, a restaurant serving delicious, healthy meals six days a week prepared by Stephanie Jacques.

AutoServ operates AutoServ Collision Center of New Hampshire and Tilton Glass.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 07:03

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18-hole indoor mini-golf course opens at Funspot

LACONIA — Funspot Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach has recently opened its brand new 18 Hole Indoor Mini-Golf Course. Featuring hand-made scale models of New Hampshire landmarks, the theme of Funspot's outdoor mini-golf since the 1960s, this 5,500 square foot course is suitable for all ages and costs $5 to play.

In 1964 the outdoor mini-golf was the first attraction built at Funspot after the business moved from its original location above Tarlson's Arcade on Lakeside Avenue in the Weirs.

"One afternoon, shortly after we opened the mini-golf, I was driving to North Conway with my family," recalls Bob. "There was a house we passed that had bird houses outside so I stopped."

That's when Bob met Fred Thompson and the creation of the scale model landmarks took off. "Fred was very talented," Bob remembers. "Everything was built to scale."

Unlike the fiberglass ornaments used on most mini-golf courses today, Funspot's ornaments are made of wood and every year they would bear the brunt of summer weather. For fifty years the models were removed from the course after Labor Day and transported to Funspot's maintenance building for restoration.

"It was time consuming and used a lot of manpower but we were always proud to do it. In recent years, though, the ornaments have been requiring more and more work," said Lawton.

In 2014 it was decided to close the outdoor mini-golf, meticulously restore all of the original hand-made ornaments and open a new 18 Hole Indoor Mini-Golf.

Above Funspot's twenty lane bowling center was a 5,500 sq ft space just right for a project as ambitious as an indoor mini-golf course, but lacking one key element - a floor.

"Obviously the first thing we needed to do was hire a contractor to get the floor put in," said Lawton. "Because of their exceptional reputation, the only company I wanted to do this was Bonnette, Page & Stone. They were remarkable. I can't tell you how happy we are with the work they did."

With the new floor installed by July 3, the remainder of the job was completed over the next several months and the new carpet laid on October 14, 2014.

During this time, Bob and the Funspot crew were busy restoring the historic landmark ornaments. The interiors of the ornaments were completely refurbished with new wallpaper, paint, furniture, LED lights and scale model figures. Then it was time to lay out the mini-golf course itself.

"Laying out eighteen holes in that space was no easy job," Lawton recalls. "We wanted to be sure there was six feet between the green of one hole and the tee of the next. We also wanted to keep every hole twenty inches from the walls to accommodate left handed players."

The layout was finished by November 1st and, as the ornaments were completed, they were brought in and placed in their new location. Some, like the North Conway Station required six people to move.

The room itself is adorned with photos of the actual NH landmarks represented on the course as well as some artifacts that highlight the history of Funspot, the Lakes Region and other areas of N.H.

The new Funspot 18 Hole Indoor Mini-Golf Course is open every day and is completely self-service, accepting both cash and credit cards. It can be enjoyed by all ages and players might even win a free round on the 19th hole.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 07:23

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