LACONIA – Ever wonder where all those yellow "Check Twice – Save a Life, MOTORCYCLES are EVERYWHERE" bumper stickers and signs came from?
Area motorcyclists will be honoring and recognizing Moultonborough resident Bob Doiron, Tuesday night June 17 during Laconia Bike Week as the "Check Twice" phase's creator, at Hector's Fine Food & Spirits in downtown Laconia, 6–9 p.m.
Over 2.5 million of the "Check Twice" stickers have been printed since Doiron first came up with the phase in 1982, while listening to the then Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles on the radio asking motorists to 'watch out' for bicycles.
"I thought," said Doiron who was one of the founders of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Massachusetts, "what about watching out for us motorcyclists? Drivers should "check twice" for motorcycles and share the roads."
That moment became a life's quest for Doiron, who retired (from his day job) in 2001 and moved from Somerville, Massachusetts to Moultonborough, aimed at reducing motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths.
Since 1982, Doiron offered free stickers to those who sent him a self-addressed stamped return envelope, and offered 'customized' stickers for businesses and groups to market their names.
In 2002, after Doiron moved to Moultonborough, Paul W. Cote of Amesbury, MA, while volunteering as the motorcycle associating director of Government Relations, met with the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, who wanted to 'adopt' the "Check Twice" awareness message as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motorcycle safety slogan.
"We called Bob in Moultonborough from the Registrar's office," Cote claimed, "who thought we were kidding him. I put the Registrar on the phone, they talked, and I was handed the phone. Bob told me, 'it took 20 years and me to retire to get done what you just got done,' and I could tell he was teary eyed."
Since then, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and its Motorcycle Rider Education Program have produced tens of thousands bumper stickers at cost and free to those supporting motorcycle safety and awareness. During Laconia Bike Week, electronic "Check Twice" signs will be on its highway message boards, aimed at reducing accidents with riders coming in and out of New Hampshire.
"What Bob started in 1982 has contributed to saving lives, and it is high time we recognized and honored him," claimed Cote.
In 2006, Cote with Doiron's consent, started producing yard signs and big 2' x 8' signs with the "Check Twice" message. In 2007 and 2008, a regional insurance company gave the association $29,000 for signs with their web site on the bottoms that were distributed freely to over 200 cities and towns and motorcyclists.
In 2010, Doiron was ready to retire from producing the bumper stickers, and transferred his ownership to Cote, who produces the signs, customized bumper stickers, and as Doiron started, continues offering free stickers to those sending the self-addressed return envelopes to him.
With the assistance of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association's executive director Charlie St. Clair, who serves with Cote as the two New England Road Riding delegates to the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA) Congress, Rally Patron Hector's Fine Foods & Spirits downtown Laconia location was chosen as the host site to honor and recognize Doiron for his life's work at reducing motorcycle accidents.
Cote added, "All Bob's area friends are invited to help us recognize Bob and his life's work reducing motorcycle accidents and injuries.''
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 07:01
MEREDITH — One of the Meredith Altrusa Club's many goals is community service; helping neighbors in need when they hear of a worthy cause. This year they became aware of such a need in far off, poverty stricken Zimbabwe and immediately began their effort to help these foreign neighbors in need.
Throughout the winter months members of Meredith Altrusa have been gathering items to be boxed and shipped by container to Zimbabwe. Originally, the focus was to collect school supplies.
Connie Littlefield, who is coordinating the shipment, said, "When I have visited, there are little to no materials and teachers have to be very creative, drawing in the dirt, using the good old fashioned chalkboard with very limited chalk, etc. It is very common to have 45 to 50 children in a class, including 1st grade. I can't express how appreciative the Zim teachers are when they receive colorful and appealing books, teaching supplies, etc."
Therefore, as the Altrusa members heard of the additional needs of the people of Zimbabwe, the search for items expanded to office supplies, food, clothing, tools, and first aid materials. At Altrusa's April business meeting club members packed more than 27 boxes of various supplies to be included in the container which will be shipped in early June.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 06:50
MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is pleased to host its fourth annual "Signature of Excellence" lecture series featuring juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen.
The first lecture of this series is Upcycled Glass by Nanda Soderberg on Monday, June 16 from 7-8 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Chase House in Meredith.
Nanda's work is unique in the fact that it is upcycled, found, and repurposed from wine and beer bottles. Nanda uses his glassblowing experience and techniques to make these bottles into beautiful goblets and bowls amongst other things.
Nanda is driven by the idea of taking a found glass object, something that may have had a single use or is heading to a landfill, and transforming into something that can be used indefinitely. He began his experimentation and research with found glass in graduate school and realized that he was heading in a direction that not many glassworkers have gone before. Currently Nanda works in his studio in a mill building in Manchester reconfiguring found glass objects through traditional hot and cold glassworking process.
During the month of September Nanda will also be the Featured Artist of the Month at the Fine Craft Gallery in Meredith. He will have a center display focused around his work where customers can purchase one of these unique crafts.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 06:39
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network are pleased to sponsor the Third Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day, which will be held on Saturday, July 26. This is a self-guided tour that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free maps will be available at participating farms.
This year the event will feature 10 unique farms. These farms include The Local Butcher, Good Stuff Farm, Five Acre Farm, Sticks and Stones Farm, Frenette Farm, Granite State Alpaca Farm, Mountain View Farm, Duane Family Farm, Tiz a Minature Horse Farm, and Veggies Galore and More. Various animals will be available for viewing at the farms, including Alpacas and Miniature Horses. Farms will also be conducting tours and demonstrations, and will have various products and produce for sale.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Donovan 269-5591 or Don Walker 435-0277.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 07:12
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