Bristol Lions Club selling tickets for Spring Raffle

BRISTOL — The Bristol Lions Club is preparing for its Spring Raffle to help raise funds that help support vision and hearing services in the Newfound area.

This year the Spring Raffle will be offering prizes donated by merchants, individuals and other clubs from Bristol and the surrounding community.

Raffle ticket sales will take place each Saturday from March 7 to April 4. The main sales efforts will take place at Bristol Shop n Save. Club members plan to be at the store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4. The drawing for prizes takes place April 5.

The prizes this year are: 1st Prize: 100 gallons of home heating oil from Dead River Co.; 2nd Prize: One night at the Inn On Newfound Lake; 3rd Prize: One night at the Inn on Newfound Lake; and 4th Prize: $100 grocery certificate at Shackett's.

Tickets cost $1 each, or $5 for six tickets.

Raffle tickets may be purchased by the general public at the Bristol Shop n Save, Andy & Sons Plumbing & Heating Inc. Organizers say other locations may be added closer to the drawing date of April 5.

Sponsors of this year's Spring Raffle include the Dead River Co., the Inn On Newfound Lake, Shackett's, Village Pizza, Twin River Designs, Fred's Auto Trends, Parkhurst & Co., Bond Auto. The club is hoping to add other sponsors as the first day for ticket sales approaches.

Proceeds from the Spring Raffle help to support the club's mission of providing eyeglasses for students in Bristol and New Hampton who had severe vision problems, as well as helping defray the costs for a Bristol resident who needed cataract surgery, or hearing aids needed by folks in Alexandria, Danbury and Bridgewater.


SCORE offers Intro to QuickBooks workshop

LACONIA — SCORE Lakes Region will offer an "Introduction to QuickBooks" workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce building, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, located across from Vista Foods.

The workshop is sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire and will be presented by Charlene Smith, owner of QB Support Services LLC, who is QuickBooks Advanced Certified and is also certified in: QuickBooks Online, Point of Sale, and Enterprise. Smith started QB Support Services, LLC in 2011 after graduating with High Honors from Lakes Region Community College with an Associates Degree in Accounting and a concentration in Business Management.

Discussion topics during the first session include;
• How to initially set up your software package;
• Accounts receivable/Accounts Payable;
• Important transactions;
• File transfers to the bookkeeper and or accountant.

Registration is required. Seating is limited to the first 12 people to register and pay for the workshop. Tuition is $25 per person if paid in advance or $30 at the door. Checks may be sent to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Register online at

Networking and registration  will take place from 5-5:30 p.m.

Annual Leprechaun Leap 5k is March 14 in Belmont

BELMONT  — On Saturday, March 14 at 10 am, runners and walkers of all ages will be participating in the 3rd Annual Lakes Region Leprechaun Leap 5k in Belmont.

The Leprechaun Leap is a nice end-of-winter/early spring 5k which consists of relatively flat paved and unpaved roads. The event is held as a fun way to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Lakes Region. Fun-loving participants take this opportunity to sport their many shades of green, orange and gold by wearing costumes (encouraged, but not necessary), their favorite Celtics attire, or jazzy exercise gear.

Commemorative fleece headbands will be given to the first 50 pre-registrations that are received at Town Hall by Tuesday, March 10. Entry fee for pre-registrations, as well as day-of event registrations, is $10. Course map and registration forms can be picked up at Belmont Town Hall or Belmont Library. They can also be printed from the Town of Belmont's website at

Questions regarding this event can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Gretta Olson-Wilder at 998-3525. 

22nd Francoeur/Babcock Tournament starts March 5

GILFORD — The 22nd Annual Francoeur/Babcock Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held at the Gilford Middle School from Thursday, March 5th to Sunday, March 8.

Sponsored by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, the tournament will host 12 area teams consisting of boys and girls in grades 3 – 6 from Belmont, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Sanbornton and Tilton/Northfield. This invitational tournament is held in memory of Aaron T. Francoeur, who was a thirteen year old Gilford Middle/High School student when he succumbed to cancer in the summer of 1993. Nathan Babcock's name was added in 2006 after he lost his battle with cancer in the fall of 2005. Since Aaron's death, the Aaron T. Francoeur Memorial Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, was established to give financial aid to deserving Gilford High School graduates who are furthering their post high school education. Many former players and scholarship recipients return each year to help at the tournament, be it officiating, scoring, timing, selling tickets and t-shirts, or working at the concession stand.

The tournament this year will consist of the following divisions and teams:

Junior (Coed) Division (Grades 3 and 4) - Gilford, Gilmanton, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton
Senior Girls Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Pines/Sanbornton
Senior Boys Division (Grades 5 and 6) - Gilford, Belmont, Lou Athanas and Sanbornton

The schedule for the opening rounds of play will be:

Thursday, March 5th
Junior Division (Coed) Gilford vs. Sanbornton at 5:00 pm
Senior Girls Division Belmont vs. Pines/Sanbornton at 6:15 pm
Senior Girls Division Gilford vs. Lou Athanas at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6th
Junior Division (Coed) Lou Athanas vs. Gilmanton at 5:00 pm
Senior Boys Division Gilford vs. Belmont at 6:15 pm
Senior Boys Division Lou Athanas vs. Sanbornton at 7:30 pm

On Saturday, March 7th, games will begin at 8 a.m. and the last game of the day will be played at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 8th, the Championship round games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The admission fee is $2 for adults and $ 1 for children. A Tournament Family Pass (all games) is also available for $10. Children not of school age, coaches and players are free.

For more information, call Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene at 527-4722.