Belknap EDC Hosts Its Annual Meeting, Thursday, March 19

LACONIA — Belknap Economic Development Council  will host its annual meeting on Thursday, March 19 at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. Registration and cocktail reception begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the business meeting portion of the evening promptly at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Gold Sponsor; Bank of New Hampshire, Cross Insurance, The Laconia Daily Sun and Gunstock Mountain Resort, Silver Sponsors. More than a 100 Lakes Region business and civic leaders will be in attendance.

The Belknap EDC Board of Directors will be presenting awards which represent the EDC's goals and strategic plan including the Norman Marsh Leadership Award, honoring the late County Commissioner and local businessman instrumental in founding the Belknap EDC. The award recognizes outstanding leadership on economic development issues.

For more information on Belknap EDC and its strategic plan and goals, go to

Chamber meet & greet at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club on March 18

LACONIA — The Laconia Athletic & Swim Club will host a Lakes Region Chamber Meet & Greet on Wednesday, March 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Owners, Tom and Lori Oakley, and Team LASC  will provide tours of all the new features and services that are currently being added to the facility, including a new childcare room, a yoga and barre studio, a new Fit TRAXX small group training studio and a new, expanded and upgraded cycling studio.

Attendees are invited to chat with LASC's Certified Wellness coaches, who will be on hand to answer questions about nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Open since 1991, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club is a 25,000 square foot multipurpose wellness facility housing a six  lane 75 ft. heated indoor pool offering swim lessons and water workouts for all ages and abilities, two fully equipped fitness centers, a spacious group fitness studio offering over 60 classes each week.

Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be awarded. Additional parking will be available at Opechee Park and Laconia Middle School.

Giant, inflatable whale at Leavitt Park on Sunday

LACONIA —  The Leavitt Park Community Club will hold a a presentation about marine life on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m, at the Leavitt Park Club House.

The one-hour program, presented by Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, provides an introduction to Gulf of Maine marine life. Attendees can walk through a 65' inflatable whale, with models of ribs, vertebrae, jawbones and a heart inside.

Admission is limited to the first 60 people and is non-perishable Items for Saint Vincent dePaul food pantry.

For more information call 603-998-1418.



White Mountain Auto Broker donates to local branch of Habitat for Humanity

HOLDERNESS — White Mountain Auto Broker of Ashland and The Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Holderness are working together to collect non-perishables, household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene goods for the Bristol Community Services Food Bank.

"The food drive will run into March to fill the void of the slow season after Thanksgiving and Christmas, when people need the most help. Both organizations look forward to working together to support Bristol Community Services with their ongoing projects," states Scott Malloch of White Mountain Auto Broker.

The Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donations of new and used building supplies, housewares, furniture, and more. ReStore staff will clean and restore all donations. Proceeds are used to build Habitat for Humanity homes in the fourteen communities it serve. This past two years PVHFH has completed three homes on Hedstrom Way in Bristol. The fourth home will be fully completed later this year. The first three homes are already occupied with families who are very involved with Habitat. PVHFH Families work with a 0 percent interest rate mortgage. Their homes are constructed with donated and discounted materials and volunteer labor.

"Although Habitat and the ReStore's mission is to provide affordable housing, we are also here to serve our communities to the best of our abilities," said LuAnne Ryall ReStore manager. "The ReStore is teaming up with their customers in this food drive, to help build stronger communities"

Drop off locations are at the White Mountain Auto Broker in Ashland during business hours and at the ReStore Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more about how White Mountain Auto Broker and Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity are working together contact Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore or LuAnne Ryal at 536-1333.