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First Annual Meredith Trash Pickup Day hosted by DAK Financial

 MEREDITH —  Volunteers took to the streets with trash bags and gloves on Saturday, May 10 for the First Annual DAK Financial Group, Trash Pickup Day.

Upwards of 50 people came together for this day of community service to take pride in our town's appearance and enjoy the company of other like minded individuals. "This was a wonderful opportunity to teach our children, our families and friends to respect our community and not to litter", said DAK Financial Group, President, David Kutcher.

Sponsored by DAK Financial Group, the event ran from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and persevered despite the looming rain..

Volunteers were treated to a delicious barbeque after the event and amazing Cider Belly donuts in the morning. In addition to an awesome showing by the Meredith Rotary Club, volunteers included many DAK clients from the area, Meredith Selectman, Hillary Seeger and State Senator Jeanie Forrester.

Organizers hope this will be the first of many years of this wonderful event.


More than 50 volunteers took part in a trash cleanup day in Meredith sponsored by DAK Financial Group. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:48

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Allen Wins Habitat for Humanity Cupcake Competition

LACONIA — LRCC Pastry and Culinary Arts Professor, LaShunda Allen of Meredith won the Second Annual Habitat for Humanity Cupcake Challenge for the Lakes Region recently.

Owning her own business, Ooo La La Creative Cakes, located right after the Meredith traffic circle, keeps her busy. When Professor Allen adds teaching Bakery Production, Baking and Pastry Technologies, and Advanced Cake Decorating classes at Canterbury Shaker Village, Allen certainly has her hands full.

"Owning my own business and teaching culinary and pastry classes at LRCC is a dream come true for me," says Professor Allen, who is in her third year of teaching at the College. "I started in the industry when I was 14 and just turned 37. It has been a great journey for me doing what I love to do, baking and teaching; I'm a pretty happy individual."

Allen met LRCC Culinary and Pastry Arts Department Coordinator, Pat Hall when she was 19 working at the Westin 5-star hotel and restaurant in Providence, RI. "Pat and I had fun times working together at the Westin," says Allen. "Patrons generally were not too, too famous there. Teaching with Pat Hall has also been great fun!"

LRCC's Culinary, Pastry Arts, and Restaurant Management programs have been extremely successful with almost 100 students at Canterbury Shaker Village, a national historic site. The Shaker Table, a student-run gourmet restaurant at the Village, is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday evenings the Shaker Table Restaurant is also open 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. For reservations, call (603) 708-1192. One may also visit LRCC's website at www.lrcc.edu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:35

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AARP Smart Driver Course Scheduled for May 29

LACONIA — The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 30 years, the course has taught millions of drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.

The new, updated course is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. Class size is limited to 20 people. To sign up, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The nominal fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, payable the day of class. AARP members should bring their cards. There will be a break for lunch and the Woodside Café is available for dining.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:11

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PSU Business Professor Honored by Business Group

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University Business Professor Robert Nadeau was honored April 24 with the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce's most prestigious award, the 2014 Chamber Champion, which is presented to a chamber member who "demonstrates extraordinary support to the chamber and its mission."

Nadeau provides a series of Brown Bag luncheon seminars for local business owners/managers throughout the year, and is a valuable partner for Chamber officials in developing student projects that support the work of the chamber and provide great educational experiences for the students. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Nadeau's business expertise and insight are valuable resources both for students and the community.

"Bob speaks to business leaders and students with clarity and purpose ," Steen said. "It is wonderful to see him recognized as the excellent resource he is, both for the campus and the wider community."

As the Director of PSU's Professional Sales Leadership Program, Nadeau teaches marketing, sales, and sales management for the College of Business Administration. Students learn the marketing framework and sales cycle, along with processes and leadership mechanisms to select, develop, and lead a sales organization. His students are being widely recognized at the national level. Nadeau is also a Business Consultant to organizations for new business development, and sales training.

Prior to teaching, Nadeau was a senior manager of a Fortune 100 corporation heading up the New England Region. As a multiple time winner of their prestigious Manager of the Year award, he demonstrated a significant track record in developing sales managers. As a trainer he is skilled at helping managers and sales professionals increase their productivity in marketing, b2b, and b2c sales.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:06

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