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Faro Italian Grille to host celebrity bartender on Sat.

LACONIA — Heart transplant recipient John Ganong will mark his fourth year of new life with a Celebrity Bartender Benefit at the new Faro Italian Grille in Weirs Beach (formerly the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound) on Saturday, January 3,  at 7 p'm.
It all started on March 13, 2003 when congestive heart failure hit John and open heart surgery was performed at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. It consisted of two value replacements and repair of an aneurism on the aorta.
A few days later, the hospital installed a pacemaker to adjust the actual heartbeat.
The next six and a half years went by pretty smoothly until the left side of John's heart got so weak it pretty much collapsed. This was December 2009.
John went to Catholic Medical Center again where they shipped him by ambulance to Tuft's Medical Center in Boston, MA. They installed a heart pump to the left side of his heart which was run by batteries and a computer, all on a vest, which he wore 24/7. The same pump, the Heart Mate, used by former Vice-President Dick Cheney.
At this point, John was placed on a list for a transplant.
On January 3 John got a phone call about his transplant at 7 pm. He got into his car with his wife Brenda to drive down to Tufts, calling his family on the way down to share the news.
The transplant was a success and today John says he feels better and better.
The donations John collects as the Lobster Pound's celebrity bartender will go to the Cardiac Transplant Division at Tuft's Medical Center in Boston.
John would like to say Thank You to all his friends, family, doctors and nurses who have supported and helped him over the past 10 years and he invites all to this joyous occasion in helping celebrate the fourth year of his new life. ''Thank you for your generous support in the past. Last year we raised $3650 in just 2 ½ hours.''

There will be live entertainment by the band known as Sometimes 4. They were there last year. For more information or to donate please call John at 603-393-5590

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:15

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Guys’ Night Out to learn about bank security

GILFORD — Guys' Night Out will take place at Gilford Community Church on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Shaun M. Sanborn, senior vice-president of the Bank of New Hampshire, will describe and explain the advanced programs that the bank has in place to keep its customers and employees safe and secure. The Bank of New Hampshire has over 20 branches in the state of New Hampshire.

Guys' Night Out is a program of the Gilford Community Church to bring together all men in the Lakes Region for a social time together, as well as a program of value and interest. Dinner is catered by Ellie Murphy.

The cost is $12. Reservations (and payment, if possible) are needed by January 12. Call the church at 524-6057.

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Fusion to host inaugural Impact Awards in May


LACONIA — Fusion has announced its first annual 'Impact Awards' to be held in May 2015 at the Laconia Country Club. The Impact Awards are intended to recognize members of the community that are leading the way to a brighter future for the Lakes Region and/or supporting the next generation of leaders.

Candidates must live and/or work in the Lakes Region and be actively engaged in supporting the community and development. Nominations are due by February 27, 2015. Nominators can visit www.fusionnh.org to enter their nominees.

Fusion held its second annual 'Fusion Networking' at Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford, NH on Thursday, November 6. The event, sponsored by the Belknap EDC, was attended by over 100 people who enjoyed appetizers from Patrick's and a beer and wine tasting thanks to Woodstock Inn Brewery and Hermit Woods Winery.

Promoting the Lakes Region as a fantastic place to live and work, Fusion and the Belknap EDC share a key initiative to attract and retain young talent to the Lakes Region area. Fusion President Jaimie Sousa was able to continue to share the group's mission to build a multi-generational network of business and community members actively supporting the future success of the Lakes Region.

The purpose of Fusion NH is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities we serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). If you would like more information about the Fusion organization or how to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:01

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Laconia Lacrosse to host open gym sessions starting Jan. 4

LACONIA — Even though it has been cold the spring Lacrosse season is fast approaching. Laconia Lacrosse will be holding free open gym sessions on Sunday evenings, beginning January 4 . If you are interested in trying Lacrosse for the first time, or getting back into shape for the spring season this is a great opportunity to get moving. Bring a stick, helmet and gloves and be ready to have fun. If you do not have equipment there will be a limited supply of sticks, gloves and helmets available to use for first time players.

Once again these are free sessions with no obligation. Free open gym sessions for the 2015 season. The boys and girls times are:
Open gym, Sunday evenings beginning January 4th
Girls: U9-U15, 6:30-8:00 Laconia Middle School Gym
Boys: U9-U11, Laconia High School Gym 5:00-6:00
U13-U15, Laconia High School Gym 6:00-7:00
Coaches will be on hand to help develop skills and teach the basic fundamentals to new players.
For boys please bring helmets, gloves and a stick. There may be equipment available on a limited basis if you are trying the sport for the first time and do not have any.
All players must be members of US Lacrosse to play during the season. Students age 15 and under can register with US Lacrosse for as little as $25, and the online registration will direct you to US Lacrosse to complete registration before you can register with LLC.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and combines the sports of basketball, football and soccer. It is known as the fastest sport on two feet and is the National Sport of Canada.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 09:59

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