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Founding Sponsors Launch LakeFest 2014 Toward Guinness Gold

LACONIA — LakeFest returns to Lake Winnipesaukee on August 3, 2014.

LakeFest 2014 will feature a Guinness Rematch, as paddlers try once again to capture a Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. On-land, the free family-friendly Festival will expand, with more food vendors, additional programming, exciting new activities, popular live bands, and more actiities.

These Founding Sponsors have already come aboard to help, and invite area organizations to join them:

AB Aquatics, Bridge & Byron Printers, City of Laconia, Devine Millimet, Imagine Gallery, Irwin Marine, New England Milfoil,
NH Marine Patrol, Outdoor ESCAPES New Hampshire, Speedy Printing & Copying, The Common Man, The Lobster Pound.

LakeFest 2014 planners are hard at work crafting a larger event with expanded partners, additional corporate and recreational paddling groups, new family programming, increased educational displays and a bigger vendor assortment.

Sponsor opportunities start at just $250, and all organizations who commit their support in 2013 will receive special recognition as Founding Sponsors. Learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603.226.0299.

Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:54

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Moultonborough Village is opening its Doors and Lighting the Street

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Friday, December 13 the businesses of Moultonborough Village will be hosting a number of open houses and other events to celebrate the holiday season. Events will be taking place throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to the "open houses" there will be a holiday decorating contest. The public will decide who has the best display. Stop in at any of the participating locations to pick up a "holiday décor" contest ballot. Ballots will be collected at Zelek & Associates throughout the day until 8 p.m.

Viking Tire – Open House from 9 a.m. to noon with refreshments and door prizes.

Melcher & Prescott Insurance – Open House from noon to 4 p.m. will be serving refreshments and will be leaving their lights on for everyone to enjoy.

Meredith Village Savings Bank – will have their Moultonborough Village Branch lobby open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be serving coffee and cookies with holiday lighting and decorations.

Bank of New Hampshire – will have their Moultonborough Village Branch lobby open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with coffee service, lights and decorations.

Beyond Obsession – Open House from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering a free gift with a purchase, serving refreshments and a hosting a bonfire.

The Old Country Store – In addition to regular store hours, the store will be hosting their Open House from 4-8 p.m. with a 20% off special during the open house and holiday decorations.

Burns Automotive – Open House from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with coffee, cocoa, cookies and holidays decorations.

The Lacewood Group – Open House from 4-8 p.m. with refreshments and holiday decorations.

Zelek & Associates – Open House from 4-8 p.m. serving hot cocoa, holiday cheer, appetizers, a Christmas Cookie Buffet and indoor and outdoor holiday decorations.

The Moultonborough Recreation Dept - is hosting their annual "Kids Night Out " from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for children preschool to grade 4. This night out will include pizza, face painting and crafts, and will end at the library with a sing-a-long and visit from Santa. Register in advance (476-8868) as space is limited and reservations are required.

Moultonborough Library – Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. At 1 p.m. "The Christmas Visitors" starring Vinette Cotter and Frank Wells – special performance of Karel Hayes's playlet based on Karel's new book "The Christmas Visitors". At 6:30 p.m. Holiday sing-a-long, holiday goodies and a visit from Santa.

Moultonborough United Methodist Church – Door will be open from 4-8 p.m. with refreshments and gift bags for young and old and Christmas music in the Sanctuary.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:50

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Ayers Joins Faith, Hope and Love Board

LACONIA — The Faith Hope and Love Foundation has announced that Hillary Ayers has joined its board of directors.

Ayers lives in Gilmanton and currently works as a NH certified level II Para Educator at the New Hampton Community School.She is an Americorps NCCC alumni volunteering for such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, the Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Trail Maintenance. She currently volunteers her time working with autistic children.

Ayers said that she looks forward to the opportunity to be part of a positive network of women making a difference in the community.

Co-Founder Laura Brusseau said that FHL is lucky to have Hillary. ''Her enthusiasm and passion for making a difference in the lives of children aligns perfectly with the mission of FHL to bring relief to children and youth suffering from poverty, hunger and homelessness and to bring them faith and love, so that they may accomplish all of their dreams.''

Up next for FHL is their annual scholarship due February 14 and their signature event- The 8th annual Gowns for Girls which will be held Saturday April 12 at the Meredith Bay Colony Club. The foundation will begin collecting dresses in March.

The Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation is a 501-c-3 not of profit organization. It was founded in 2006 by Jessica Dutille and Brusseau. Since 2006 they have awarded thousands of dollars to area youth in need.

 

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GMO issues explored in Genetic Roulette movie in Laconia tonight

LACONIA — NH Right to Know GMO will host a free viewing of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives at the Laconia Public Library tonight at 6:30 pm.

Genetic Roulette, an award-winning documentary by Jeffrey M. Smith, explores the potential dangers created by the growing use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. Approximately 70-80% of all processed foods contain at least one genetically modified ingredient.

This movie explores a long list of serious health concerns that have been associated with genetically engineered foods. Although admittedly speculative, these claims are supported by citations of investigative reports and discussions with a wide range of physicians, scientists and activists. The film also reports the intertwined relationship between the US government and the biotech industry, and raises questions as to whom, exactly, is responsible for the safety of our foods?

64 countries including Japan, China, Australia, Russia, New Zealand, Syria and the entire European Union already mandate the labeling of GMOs. Polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they're purchasing contains GMOs. Approximately 26 states have bills pending with state legislators, which will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Two states, Connecticut and Maine have passed labeling laws, although they have not yet taken effect.

New Hampshire legislators will vote on a bill that would give NH citizens the Right to Know what is in the foods they eat. HB660 would require labels to be placed on retail foods which have been genetically engineered or contain ingredients that have been genetically engineered.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:22

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