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Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting on Friday


BRISTOL — The Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will begin the process of updating its 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan when it meets on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Bristol Town Office building, 230 Lake St., starting at 1:30 p.m. Residents of Bristol and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and offer ideas.

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and manmade hazards that pose a risk to Bristol, as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well-being of town residents.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Bristol will be determined as a result of this process. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Bristol one step closer to that goal.

Those who wish to have more information may call Chief Steve Yannuzzi, Bristol Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-2632 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:55

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Thanksgiving service at Smith Meeting House on Sunday

GILMANTON — The Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday November 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Smith Meeting House.

Services are non-denominational and all are welcome. The Reverend Sid Lovett will give the sermon.

Special music will be provided and there will be a prelude and a postlude. This will be the first time that the new organ will be played publicly.

Following the service there will be refreshments served in the downstairs meeting room.

The First Congregational Society was formed in 1774. The name Smith Meeting House is used to honor the first minister to serve there, the Reverend Isaac Smith. The Meeting house is located off NH route 140 and NH route 107.

Those who attend will receive the latest publication of the history of the Society.

For inquiries about this news release contact George Roberts at 603-520-1300.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:52

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Annual Holly Fair held at Center Harbor Congregational on Nov. 22

CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Congregational Church, UCC will hold its annual Holly Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is an old-fashioned Christmas bazaar for all ages where shoppers can find special Christmas gifts, homemade jams and jellies, hand-knit items, homemade candy, baked goods, gift baskets, and Christmas crafts. Most items have been handcrafted by the members of the church over the last year.

Morning coffee will be served, and visitors may enjoy lunch in the café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Trifles and Treasures will be here again with a wide assortment of antique items, sold on consignment by the church members. Trifles and Treasures features one-of-a-kind items such as china, glassware, beaded purses, linens, photos, and small pieces of furniture.

More information can be obtained by calling the church office at 253-7698.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:47

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Dr. Laroux acquires Tilton Veterinary Hospital

TILTON — Dr. Sara Laroux, DVM recently acquired the Tilton Veterinary Hospital, located at 280 Laconia Road in Tilton, from now retired veterinarian, Dr. Michael Ware. Dr. Ware served as the sole practitioner of the practice for the past 35 years. Dr. Laroux purchased the business with support and financing from Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), Belknap County Economic Development Council (BelkapEDC) and Dr. Ware, and has been operating the veterinary hospital since September.

Dr. Laroux graduated with honors from a combined program in Veterinary Medicine at Washington State and Oregon State Universities. She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine and most recently practiced at Meredith Place Veterinary Emergency Center in Meredith.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a respected practice and well maintained facility to step into," said Dr. Laroux. "While I came into this transaction well prepared, there were still a few small challenges during the purchase. I felt very fortunate to have a team of local resources, like Gracie Cilley from MVSB and Ken Wilson at BelknapEDC, on board to offer support and guidance throughout the process."

With her background in emergency care, Dr. Laroux plans to expand the surgical services offered at Tilton Veterinary Hospital and to offer extended hours seasonally. Recognizing the importance of providing care for animals in the setting they are most comfortable, she has also set aside Tuesdays each week to make house visits.

"It's been such a pleasure to work with Dr. Laroux as she pursued the purchase of her own veterinary hospital," said Gracie Cilley, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer for Meredith Village Savings Bank. "We wish her so much success in this new venture."

Ken Wilson, Loan Officer for BelknapEDC, added "We are very pleased and proud of the role that we played in assisting with the financing of the purchase of Tilton Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Ware's long-respected practice and his patients will surely be in good hands with Dr. Laroux."

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:44

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