Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce holding its 96th Annual Membership Meeting on January 15


LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 96th Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon presented by Bank of New Hampshire on Thursday, January 15 at The Margate Resort in Laconia.

Check in will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon meeting will be held from Noon to 1:30 p.m. "Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Lakes Region Chamber," stated Mark Primeau, President & CEO for Bank of New Hampshire. "Chamber membership collectively partners local businesses providing community vision and leadership. Bank of New Hampshire understands the hard work that the Chamber does is vital to the growth of business in the Lakes Region."

"The Chamber's Annual Meeting is the largest opportunity when most of our member businesses gather at one time," announced Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford. "We are proud of the growing opportunities that we offer our business partners throughout the year. We will be celebrating accomplishments, recognizing our Golden Hammer, Golden Trowel and Environmental Awards winners, and we are excited to have Dennis Delay, an Economist from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies as our keynote speaker."

Registration for the annual meeting is $40 per person and can be made directly from the Chamber's website at

Statistics show that if your company is an active member of a Chamber of Commerce, you are communicating a good business strategy that you are a company using good business practices, involved in your community, care about customers and that you are reputable.

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce collectively represents more than 450 businesses located in over 18 cities and towns. The mission of the Chamber is to create value for the members through collaboration and education that promotes an engaged community and thriving economy for the businesses in the Lakes Region. For additional information, contact Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 603-524-5531, visit them on the web at and social media networks including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Gilford ice rink now open for the season

GILFORD — The Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink on Varney Point Road is now open for the 2015 season. This ice rink is open daily to the public at no charge.

The skating schedule is as follows; Open Skating from Dawn – 10:00 a.m., Stick and Puck for ages 13 and under from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Open Skating from 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. and Stick and Puck for ages 14 and up from 3:30 p.m. – Dusk. The rink is unattended and adult supervision is recommended. The ice rink is also available for rentals after normal operating hours.

For more information, to inquire about rentals or to check on conditions, contact Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

‘Morning radio guy’ at Gilford Library on January 29

GILFORD — He's been buried alive, frozen alive and had his life threatened at gunpoint. He's also hung out with Jay Leno and interviewed Presidents and hundreds of celebrities.
"Ten thousand shows and no two have been alike," says Mike Morin, author of his professional memoir, Fifty Shades of Radio – True Stories of a Morning Radio Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired. Morin will speak at the Gilford Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 29.
Forty three years as a radio personality have taken him all over the country including New York City, Boston and most recently New Hampshire, where he co-hosted a daily morning show at WZID-FM in Manchester for 12 years until earlier this past June.
"I knew from the fifth grade in Detroit that this was what I wanted to do. I never imagined all the great moments, fun and odd ball surprises that I'd face in my four decades behind the microphone." says Morin.
Those unexpected experiences included:
• The TV star who went toe-to-toe with a lady of the evening one morning in our studio.
• Creating the Tall Ships prank that got front page news coverage.
• The 25-year old DJ gets a big surprise from a 70-year old cougar.
• Frozen alive in 5,000 pounds of ice.
• Reading in the Boston morning papers that he would be fired later that day. He was.
Aside from his radio work, Morin writes a humor column for the Nashua (NH) Telegraph and has contributed to the Boston Globe, Chicken Soup for the Soul books and several magazines. He was also a TV weatherman and co-host of TV sports shows in Boston and New Hampshire. In June, 2013, Morin was awarded the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for community service. He also won a macaroni and cheese bake off in 2011 and blue ribbon for baking at the 2013 and 2014 Deerfield Fair. He lives with fiancée Barbara and fluffy dog, Basia, in New Hampshire.
Morin is available for radio, TV, print and Internet interviews. Contact him at 603-566-2337. He is also happy to speak to organizations, fund raising events, libraries and book stores.

Lakes Region Tea Party meeting on January 21

MOULTONBOROUGH — The next Lakes Region Tea Party meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library. 

There is so much that people can do to help get our government back onto its constitutional feet other than fume and steam about governmental problems or threats. All are welcome to come join the meeting as members of the Tea Party hash out what we can do about the Convention of States, the condition of secondary NH roads, and Common Core. There will also be conversation about plans for the new year, and as well as a showing of more of the video on the Constitution.

For more information, contact Peggy Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..