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Leadership Lakes Region Tackles Economics Issues

LACONIA — Funspot co-founder and owner Bob Lawton recently hosted the Leadership Lakes Region class as part of their annual Economic Issues Day. He spent the first 20 minutes welcoming the group and tracing the history of Funspot from an idea he and his brother had in the 1950s to today's distinction of being the largest arcade under one roof in the world. The group thoroughly enjoyed his common-sense approach to business and family entertainment as well as his quick wit and sense of humor. He concluded his remarks of welcome and Funspot history by gifting each of the 21 class members with complimentary token cards for use at Funspot. These were in addition to a gift bag for each class member distributed by David Lawton as a remembrance of the class visit to his family's business.

Next on the agenda was a panel discussion of the impact of tourism on the Lakes Region economy. Facilitated by Hope Jordan, a Leadership Lakes Region graduate from last year, the panel consisted of Captain Jim Morash of the Mount Washington Cruise Line, Motorcycle Week President Charlie St. Clair, Kim Sperry, Leadership Lakes graduate and Board Member, representing the Lakes Region Association, Tai Freligh from the State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism and David Lawton, of Funspot. The group pointed out the interconnectedness of their efforts to promote the Lakes Region as a destination.

The final panel for the afternoon was from the Belknap Independent Business Alliance, BIBA, headed up by Executive Director Kate Hamel with BIBA Board members Debbie Bolduc, David Buffington and Jack Landow. Both Ms. Hamel and Ms. Bolduc are Leadership Lakes Region graduates. This panel spoke to the "buy local" initiative and the benefits to the community when folks patronize stores owned by their neighbors. " When we support local entrepreneurs, we preserve the economic and cultural health of the Lakes Region' said Hamel.

Earlier in the day the class was hosted by NH Ball Bearing for a series of presentations and a tour of that facility. The tone for the day, Economic Issues, was set by guest speaker Russ Thibeault, CEO of Applied Economic Research of Laconia who walked the group through a Power Point presentation of key economic factors. Thibeault has been a speaker for the Leadership group for the past several years and always fields numerous questions from his appreciative audience. Carmen Lorentz, newly appointed NH Director for Economic Development and her successor at the Belknap Economic Development Council, Justin Slattery gave a state-wide and local level analysis of today's economy.

The final guest speakers for the morning session were Henry Lipman, Senior VP/CFO of LRGHealthcare and Aavid Thermalloy Plant Manager Mark Bartram. In their wide-ranging remarks they spoke about the qualities necessary in today's workforce in order to be competitive and the education requirements of today's jobs. The next Leadership Lakes Day is May 21which will combine Lakes and Environmental Issues Day with that evening's graduation for the class. Lakes Day is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank while the Bank of New Hampshire,once again will sponsor the group's graduation evening event.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:49

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Belmont Bike Rodeo rescheduled for Saturday

BELMONT — he Belmont Police Department has announced that the bicycle safety rodeo which was previously scheduled for last Saturday will now be held on Saturday, May 31 at Belmont High School from 9-10 a.m.

 The rodeo was canceled due to the weather. All Belmont residents are invited.


Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:22

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Meredith dentist earns Board Certification

MEREDITH — The American Board of General Dentistry announced that George T. Felt, DDS, MAGD of Meredith has passed his board exams and is now a Board Certified General Dentist.

Board Certification signified the pinnacle of achievement in general dentistry. In attaining board certification, a dentist demonstrates a commitment to providing the best possible patient care through a lifetime of dedication to his or her continuing education.

"On behalf of the American Board of General Dentistry, I would like to congratulate you on passing the 2014 ABGD Oral Examination. As such, you have now successfully achieved the status of Board Certification. This is a significant professional achievement and each member of the Board congratulates your effort," said Nicholas J. Miniotis, DDS, MAGD, ABGD, President, ABGD.

The requirements for Board Certification include successful completion of post-doctoral residency in general dentistry (GPR), or successful completion of the requirements for the Master Certificate from the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Felt met both of these requirements. Upon completion of the educational requirements, the dentist must then pass a written examination. Finally, one must demonstrate an understanding and deep knowledge of all phases of dentistry by undertaking a demanding Oral Examination in which all areas of the profession are considered. Only on completion of all these challenges is the dentist awarded Board Certification. 

Currently only one percent of general dentists have achieved this prestigious Board Certification status.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:03

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Meredith Garden Club Plans June Events

MEREDITH — The Community Garden Club of Meredith will meet at Moulton Farm on on Thursday, June 19 for a farm inspired luncheon and guided tour at noon.

After a brief business meeting, members and guests will enjoy a meal from the farm kitchen and bakery prepared by Chef Jonathan and the Moulton Farm staff. The menu will include grilled BBQ chicken, an assortment of deli sandwiches, garden salad, potato salad, beets au gratin and assorted pies and a seasonal fruit trifle and beverages. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required. Call 279-8828.

The Summer Raffle will kick off under the tent. A hand made barn board bird house created and designed by a local artisan will be showcased. Tickets will be available at all the garden club gatherings. Winning ticket will be drawn at the closing luncheon on Thursday, October 2.

Following the luncheon and social gathering there will be a guided tour of the farm, gardens, and greenhouses. Commentary will include information about what crops are currently being harvested, growing methods, crop rotation, fertilization methods, and what vegetables and fruits the Farm Stand will offer next. The tour will last about a half hour. During the tractor tour, members are encouraged to ask questions and bring home tips and techniques to use in their own home gardens.

The Community Garden Club of Meredith will hold the annual Summer Bake Sale on Saturday, June 28 in front of the newly relocated Aubuchon Hardware Store in the Meredith Bay Shops on Route #25 Meredith from 9 a.m. until sold out. The best baked goods in the Lakes Region will be available for purchase. Botanical Photo Note cards will also be available for sale. The proceeds from this sale will be used to fund scholarships for local students pursuing careers in the fields of environmental study and horticulture.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:12

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