Irwin Ford holding event Wed. to celebrate new F-150

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group will be hosting a special event to introduce the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Irwin Ford Lincoln at the 59 Bisson Ave. location.

(with an alternate snow date on the 12th)

The event will include food and prizes, along with an opportunity to learn about the 2015 Ford F-150's many features, including its aluminum frame which reduces the vehicle's weight b 700 pounds.

In case of bad weather the event will take place on Thursday, Feb.12.

Everyone is welcome to this special event whether they previously purchased a vehicle from Irwin's or not. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-581-2935.


Valentine’s Day benefit for Gilmanton Food Pantry

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry & Thrift Shop will host a Valentine Musical Sweets benefit on Saturday, Feb. 14, featuring music, desserts and a raffle.

The evening will feature music by five local talents, as well as many desserts. A "Cupid" Raffle will be held at the conclusion of the evening. Raffle prizes include a one-night stay at the Inn at Mills Falls, dinner at Fratello's Restaurant, a bottle of wine from the Gilmanton Winery, a gift certificate to Smitty's Cinema and other surprises.

This event is being held at the Gilmanton Community Church, Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the raffle will be drawn at the end of the evening.

Admission is free – donations are welcomed and will benefit the Gilmanton Food Pantry.


Huot Center biotechnology students can earn college credits through PSU

LACONIA — Students at the J. Oliva Huot Career and Technical Center will have more opportunities to demonstrate their college readiness in the coming year.

Topping the list of expanded partnerships is a five-credit articulation agreement with Plymouth State University. Through this arrangement, students completing the Huot Center's Bio-Medical Technology program will have the opportunity to earn four credits in biology at PSU and one credit for a lab safety course. Huot Center administration sees this agreement as the first step in an expanded relationship with the University.

"Research shows us that students need to do something beyond high school to succeed in most career fields," explains HTC Director David Warrender. "That could be a professional certificate, apprenticeship or a two- or four-year college. With our programming expanding into areas such as health science, criminal justice and high-end technology, the four-year degree is really becoming the norm." Warrender anticipates the two schools working together on agreements for subjects such as business and careers in education in the months ahead.

For Plymouth State, the agreement means a direct connection with potential students who have already narrowed down their long-term career goals. "PSU is excited to be able to provide Huot bio-medical technology students a direct pathway into our biological sciences and chemistry programs. Enabling these students to advance into rigorous specialized courses provides them with opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, promotes strong student-faculty mentoring and keeps students on a dynamic career trajectory," said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. "We look forward to developing additional partnerships with the Huot Career and Technical Center that will include business, criminal justice, education and the health professions."

The bio-medical technology program at HTC provides students with authentic laboratory experiences to explore careers as researchers, geneticists, biochemists, epidemiologists, forensic scientists, pharmacists and other clinical laboratory careers. Students learn about DNA and genetics, microbiology, genetic engineering, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology. The use and application of advanced laboratory techniques and equipment that replicate the work being done by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies around the world, and in New Hampshire, is also taught.

Chiropractor to speak at Taylor Community on Feb. 18

LACONIA — Dr. Raymond Trottier, a private practice chiropractor for 48 years, will present a program at Taylor Community entitled "Healthy Aging Strategies: A Chiropractic Perspective for Living a Healthier Lifestyle." The program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building.

A native of Fitchburg, Mass., Doctor Trottier is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA. The doctor is certified in Impairment Rating, is a Chiropractic Industrial Consultant and is certified in First Line Therapy and Nutritional Counseling. As an avid golfer, Doctor Trottier's Back to Basics Golf Academy helps many golfers reduce injuries.

He is past president of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and was a consultant and lecturer to the Central Massachusetts Safety Council on low back injuries in the workplace. He's studied postgraduate courses in Bio-gravitational Adaptation at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto; Physiological Therapeutics at the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago; and Physiology of Human Motion and Biofeedback Techniques at the University of Massachusetts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or call 524-5600 to reserve a seat.