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Nominations being accepted for Community Hero Award

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from the general community for its Community Hero Awards to be presented next month, as well as nominations for its business activity awards to be presented early next year.

The Community Hero event, scheduled to take place Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, is being held to recognize individuals behind a business for their specific commitment and the impact they make to the Lakes Region community.

"In addition to the four Community Hero awards presented in past years," Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford announced, "we have added two very special new awards."

The Chamber will continue to recognize individuals with the Irwin Award, Hurst Award, J. Bart Conners Award and Young Professionals Award.

"This year, we will be presenting an award for public service and a student leader. As an advocate for workforce development and school-to-work, recognizing a student with inspiring entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership qualities is another opportunity to engage local students within our business community," said Gifford.

In January, the Chamber will present awards recognizing growth, new construction, renovation and community investment at the organization's Annual Meeting.

To learn more about the award criteria and to submit your nomination on-line, go to www.lakesregionchamber.org. For more information, call the Lakes Region Chamber at 603-524-5531.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:35

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Get on track to change your life with Wed. night Laconia Adult Education workshop

LACONIA — Are you unsure of what you want your life to be? Even if you do know what you want, are you struggling to figure out how to get it? Laconia Adult Education will be offering a four week workshop that might just help you get on track to change your life. Catherine Turgeon, Certified Life Coach and EFT Practitioner will the instructor for the workshop entitled Life Plan 101: From Dreaming to Doing. The class will meet on four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning on September 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Laconia High School.

The workshop will focus on tips to help participants to clarify and focus on what they truly want their life to be. Participants will be introduced to topics that will help them to identify their personal areas of interest, set goals to achieve the desired change and create an action plan to make it happen. Optional exercises for journaling will be suggested and brought in for discussion. The instructor will help individuals to identify what has been blocking them from moving forward in the ways they desire and use Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) to free the flow of positive personal growth. Participants will leave the workshop knowing techniques they may use on their own to continue progressing toward achieving their heart's desire!

To register or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education office at 603-524-5712.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:27

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Golden View Terrace assisted living facility opens

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center has much to celebrate. The non-profit community recently opened a new assisted living wing, called The Terrace, which boasts many new and enhanced amenities including private suites with private baths and showers, living areas for visiting with family and friends, bistro style dining featuring fresh, seasonal dishes and signature items, comfortable outdoor living space, fitness options and wireless internet access throughout.

 Residents can choose from theatre excursions, guest speakers, musical concerts, scenic sightseeing tours and frequent on-site activities. In addition to the new assisted living option, Golden View's other assisted living option, The Inn, recently received another perfect state inspection from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human services.

"The Inn is proud to announce that our annual inspection met 100% of the standards again. Once a year, the facility undergoes an unannounced inspection to assure we are following the regulations that govern supported residential care facilities. The evaluation covers all aspects of the facilities operations, and I'm extremely pleased to announce to our staff, the residents and their families that the facility had received a deficiency free survey," said Administrator of The Inn and The Terrace, Heidi Murray.

The intensive evaluation included reviewing the facility's day-to-day operations, quality of care provided to residents, staff qualification, and facilities record keeping adherence to all state and federal mandates. The licensing inspector reviewed resident charts checking for accuracy and completeness. The inspector observed staff to verify the quality of resident care and compliance with medication supervision. Staff files were reviewed to verify compliance with licensing requirements including evidence of ongoing professional development. Finally, a tour and a complete inspection of our facility were undertaken.

"In all instances, we met or exceeded standards," Murray said.

But the celebrations didn't stop there. Residents of The Terrace and The Inn also celebrated their Golden View community through two National Assisted Living Week events. Residents of The Terrace attended a luncheon Wednesday, while residents of The Terrace and The Inn and their guests attended a concert of American standards on piano starring Ronnie Chase Friday.

To learn more about assisted living at Golden View, visit GoldenView.org or call (603) 279-8111.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:07

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21st annual FSB Charity Softball tournament opens today

FRANKLIN — This year marks the 21st Annual Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball event, a  double-elimination tournament to run Wednesday, September 17th – Wednesday, September 24th at Odell Park.

More than $54,000 has been raised for local charities in the prior 20 years. Voting for the charity of choice to receive tournament proceeds took place at Franklin Savings Bank and on the Bank's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. The votes have been counted and this year's tournament will benefit Local Community Centers.

All proceeds are earned through the team entry fee, concession stand profits, and donations. Additionally, a significant amount of the charity donation comes from the annual raffle. Over 30 raffle items have been donated this year. The drawings will be held immediately following the championship game on Tuesday, September 23rd.

The one-week tournament features co-ed teams with teammates ages 13 and older. This year, the 2014 tournament will host a 14 teams: Beauchine's Auto & Towing, Byron's Septic, Cutting Edge Graphics, Elektrisola, Franklin Savings Bank, The Local Eatery, NB Hardscapes & Masonry, PatrAngie Mold, Patrick's Pub, Racks 'N Sacks, Regulators, Scared Hitless, SKR Site Services, and Sista Law Offices.

In 2013, Byron's Septic was crowned the tournament champions after defeating second place winners, Franklin Savings Bank, while Sisti Law Offices took home third place honors.

Organizations receiving donations from the tournament in years prior include: local high school Chem-Free celebrations, local walking trails (the Northern Rail Trail, WOW - Winnisquam, Opechee & Winnipesaukee -Trail, Winnipesaukee River Trail, and the Odell Park River Trail); local homeless shelters; local food pantries; the American Cancer Society; American Red Cross; local DARE programs; Franklin VNA & NANA; local Hospice programs; Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity; Make-A-Wish NH; the NH Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse; the Relay for Life; the American Diabetes Association; the Aaron Robert Risley Memorial Scholarship Fund; Mix 94.1 FM Cash-N-Cans; local animal shelters; the MacDonald Family Scholarship Fund; and the Odell Park concession stand rebuilding effort.

The Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament began in 1994 after a discussion about a charity tournament being held on MTV. Each year since, the tournament has had an overwhelming response with many teams returning each year and new teams asking to join in the fun.

More information and tournament updates will be posted at the bank's web site at fsbnh.com and on the FSB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. You can also follow the Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fsbsoftball.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:51

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