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Panel looking at hazard issues to meet next on Jan. 14

HEBRON — The Hebron Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating its 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, is focused on the natural and manmade hazards that put Hebron at risk as well as the development and prioritization of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

The committee will have its next meeting on January 14, at the Public Safety Building 37 Groton Road, Hebron starting at 1 p.m.  Residents of Hebron and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

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 Hebron will be determined as a result of this process. Areas of concern in the 2009 Plan included flooding, severe winter weather, and wildfire. 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 Hebron one step closer to that goal.

A copy of the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed at the town's Hazard Mitigation website http://www.hebronnh.org/hazard-mitigation-committee.html. For more information call Chief John Fischer, Hebron Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-5584 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 08:50

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Historical Society to sponsor 3-part genealogy series


LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society and Laconia Public Library will sponsor a three part seminar series as a follow up to seminars held earlier this year. The series will provide the basics of navigating through the online genealogy site familysearch.org. This series is to be led by Richard and Cindi Cote, experienced genealogists and will begin on Monday, January 5 at 10am – 12pm at The Laconia Public Library. Continuing sessions will occur in February and March.

This series is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information about this event, or to pre-register, call The Laconia Public Library at 603-524-4775 or Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Performer to bring his one-man Sammy Davis Jr. musical program to Interlakes theater in Feb.

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre is proud to announce that Solomon Kee will be returning to Meredith with the latest version of his Sammy Davis, Jr. show on Saturday, February 7th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and
Sunday February 8th at 3 pm.

"Mr. Davis, A Night with Sammy" is the new Sammy Davis Jr., musical show. Audiences will be transported to the Las Vegas Strip and you're sure to believe you're sitting at the Sands Hotel singing, swinging, and crooning with Sammy. The show highlights classic hits like "Candyman", "Mr. Bojangles", "Once in a Lifetime", and "What Kind of
Fool Am I?".

"Kee is astonishingly like Sammy Davis, Jr. in both song styling and body language", says Interlakes Theatre producer, Nancy Barry. "The show isn't about imitation. I'm just being Solomon on stage", says Kee, who plays Sammy. "I sing his songs and add a few Sammy Davisisms here and there. I don't believe anyone can impersonate him. He was one of a kind. I just wanna make the world taste good like he did."

Solomon performed his one­ man show here in October 2013 and since has continued the development with help from NYC producers and directors. He returns with his Musical Director, Joshua Stecher­ Ross and Interlakes favorites David LeBlanc ("Dave, the drummer") and bassist Dr. Anthony Varga. "Everywhere I go in town, folks have asked me to bring him back, so on my recent trip to NYC, Solomon and I sat down together and made a plan", says Barry. All tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 603-­707-­6035, by visiting our website www.interlakestheatre.com, or can be purchased at the door. Seating is reserved.

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Leadership Academy students spend day at seminar learning about economic issues

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy recently attended economic development day, one of nine monthly seminars designed to educate and motivate members to become more involved in the community. The class spent the day hearing from a number of speakers representing a variety of perspectives, including the NH Division of Economic Development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, the NH Division of Travel and Tourism and White Mountains Attractions.

The day began at the Enterprise Center of Plymouth with a session presented by Executive Director Michael Tentnowski. The class learned about the services offered at the Center and how it supports the innovation and integration of entrepreneurs and small businesses into our region. Members of the class represent a range of local and regional organizations and were interested to know more about how the Center encourages collaboration among the business community and how that in turn fosters economic development and growth.

The next session focused on economic development strategies from the state perspective and was presented by the NH Division of Economic Development. Director Carmen Lorentz spoke about the role of the organization in helping to provide information to the public and offering programs that assist businesses in developing their workforce and expanding their presence within the state. She said that they are currently in the strategic planning phase of policy development and that workforce and economic development systems have a strong synergy and offer a good opportunity to attract and retain businesses and skilled labor in the state. Beno Lamontagne, North Country Regional Resource Specialist, echoed this sentiment and spoke about his role in recruiting businesses from out-of-state, specifically Canada.

Following was a panel discussion on Tourism in New Hampshire from a statewide and regional perspective with speakers from White Mountains Attractions Director Jayne O'Connor, the Lakes Region Tourism Association Director Amy Landers, and Michele Cota from the NH Division of Travel and Tourism. Tourism represents the second largest industry in New Hampshire, but has faced increasing challenges in recent years. To overcome these hurdles, regional and state organizations have banded together to combine resources and create customized marketing campaigns targeted at specific demographics. In particular, initiatives focus on highlighting the four pillars of tourism in the state: outdoor recreation, attractions, lodging & culinary and arts & heritage. The panel agreed that the main goal is to get people across the border, and building brand awareness is the first step to achieving this end.

The class then traveled to Bristol for the afternoon and lunch with Noah Munro, Co-owner and Director of Marketing at the Mill Fudge Factory. The company is similar to many small businesses in that it started as a small family business and grew until it had a solid presence in the community and had attracted a customer base that included local markets and specialty stores. At present, the company is preparing for its debut on the shelves of several Whole Foods stores throughout the state, a major accomplishment for any small business, but especially one with such a strong connection to its local roots.

The day wrapped up with a discussion about the Bristol community and how it represents many such small towns throughout the state. Michael Capone, Town Administrator, talked about the short- and long-term planning for development and what factors play a role in these conversations. The Town, community and business owners represent a three-legged stool and have equal roles in supporting and encouraging economic development. Sharon Beatty, CEO of Mid-State Health Center and one of the newest businesses to locate to Bristol, shared the story of their growth and what she hopes they can offer to the town and region. Both speakers emphasized that development has to be balanced to provide all the needs of a community and that regional development starts with local development.


Last Updated on Friday, 26 December 2014 08:19

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