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Leadership Lakes Region takes course in politics

GILFORD — Leadership Lakes Region recently held its annual Political Issues Day for its class of 22 business professionals. The day started at the Gilford Library where Executive Councilor candidates Joe Kenney and Mike Cryans spoke about the issues facing New Hampshire.

From there, the class boarded a bus and headed for the State House in Concord for a full day of political discussions and the opportunity to see the NH Legislature in action. Virginia Drew, Director of the State House Visitor Center, gave an informative tour of the building with an emphasis on its history. She concluded her remarks in the visitors' gallery of the House of Representatives, which was followed by a presentation by Speaker of the House, Terie Norelli followed by welcoming remarks from the Majority Leader of the House, Steve Shurtleff.

From there the class entered the Executive Council Chamber where Governor Maggie Hassan spent time answering the class' questions and posing for a photo with the group. A brief meeting with Lakes Region Senators Jeane Forrester and Andrew Hosmer followed and an invitation by them for small groups of the class to observe the Senate debate about current issues.

After a lunch in the cafeteria, the class returned to the House Gallery where, at this time, the full house was in session and debating pending legislation. Then it was time to return to the Council Chamber where Executive Councilor Chris Pappas of Manchester explained the role of the Council in State politics. Secretary of State Bill Gardner then took over and invited the class to visit his office where photos of many of the Presidential Primary candidates were on view. Secretary Gardner is a treasure trove of NH political history as it applies to the Presidential Primary and had the class entertained with some of the stories of "colorful characters" who have filed to run in the primary through the years.

The final State House session was a Q & A discussion with three of the reporters who cover the State House on a daily basis. Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph, Gary Rayno of the Concord Monitor and James Pindell, Political Director for WMUR-TV gave their insights into the functioning of state government, major issues and their forecasts for the 2016 Presidential Primary.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:43

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Peebles gives back to Lakes Region with "30 Days of Giving" (208)

 BELMONT —  Peebles is turning the month of March into "30 Days of Giving". All Peebles customers who visit the Belmont store between March 1-30, will be invited to donate to Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank, a valued organization in the Lakes Region.

As a special thank you, Peebles is giving every donor a Community Counts Savings Pass that entitles shoppers to a 30 percent discount on regular, sale and clearance items. This Savings Pass also provides, for the first time ever, 10 percent off Yes! Items and most cosmetics and fragrances. Peebles is accepting donations throughout the month of March and have made the Savings Pass valid throughout Peebles Big Spring Sale, March 19-27.

"We are excited that all 848 Stage Stores locations across the country have partnered with local organizations to make a difference in their communities," said Bill Gentner, chief marketing officer of Stage Stores, Inc., the parent company of Peebles.

Stage Stores will also be making an additional donation to each local organization on top of what their customers donated in-store.

"In our towns, Peebles associates care about our customers and our communities and that is why we are committed to supporting local groups that make a positive impact." said Michael Glazer, president and CEO of Stage Stores, Inc.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:36

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Gilford Baseball fund raiser at Fratello’s on Sunday

GILFORD — Fratello's Italian Grille in Laconia will contribute 50 percent of all meal purchases (excluding drinks, tax, and tip) to Gilford Youth Baseball on Sunday, March 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. Diners at Fratello's must tell their server that they are eating to benefit Gilford Youth Baseball for their meals to be counted toward the fund-raiser.

Those who want to support Gilford Youth Baseball but are unable to attend the 50/50 Dinner, may contact Gilford Youth Baseball through its website (www.gilfordbaseball.org) or Facebook Page (facebook.com/gilfordbaseball) to find out about other ways they can support baseball in the community.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:32

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Laconia Adult Education Offers Computer Classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four week Microsoft Office Basics: Word, Excel, Etc. computer class beginning on Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10. The class will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Laconia High School noted Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

This course will allow those individuals who are only slightly familiar with Microsoft Programs to get a leg up and learn all the tips and tricks that make each program easier to use as well as more efficient. This class is designed for people who already work with these programs, but don't feel thoroughly knowledgeable or who want to learn some new tricks. Students will learn about formulas and pivot tables in Excel, how to create spreadsheets and some additional tips for Word. The class content is flexible, and will be based in some part on student needs. Students will need to bring a flash drive to class to save their personal files.

Along with learning how to navigate through these Microsoft programs the class will be teaching beginner skills in each application that will allow you to easily create and format your letters in Word, apply the spreadsheet capabilities of Excel to everyday use. To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:30

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