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LRSF Scholarship Application Deadline is April 15

LACONIA — The application deadline is April 15 for Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation awards. Applications are available on the foundation's website: www.lrscholarship.org under the applicant section. This deadline also applies to the John Mullen Essay Award.

Make sure you download all 4 pages of the application along with the instruction sheet and the applicant appraisal form. The majority of the awards are restricted by donors for Belmont High School, Gilford High School or Laconia High School graduates, or for residents of Belmont, Gilford or Laconia. There are a few exceptions listed in the applicant section of the website.

For more information, or if you have any questions regarding eligibility, contact us at 527-3533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 08:14

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Encore Entrepreneur Forum in Plymouth on April 22

PLYMOUTH — Encore Entrepreneur Forum sponsored by AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, SCORE, or Center for Women's Business Advancement Tuesday, April 22 5:30-7 p.m. Enterprise Center at Plymouth.

Labor Department research finds that one in four Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business or nonprofit venture in the next five to 10 years.  During an AARP New Hampshire survey of people 50 and older it showed that work plans at traditional retirement age are changing, and only 13 percent plan to retire and never return to work. This is why AARP and Small Business Administration have teamed up to offer an encore entrepreneur forum to teach Granite Staters the first steps in starting their own small business. A panel of experts will discuss the elements of making a small business dream become a reality and share a variety of free business services available in the state.

About 63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement and 12 percent of AARP members are interested in starting their own business. This forum will help potential business owners become confident they have addressed questions of finance, planning and market analysis before investing their time, energy and personal funds in pursuit of their dream of small business ownership.

The event is free but registration is required by visiting aarp.cvent.com/plymouth Participants do not need to be an AARP member nor over the age of 50. For specific questions, contact Hugh Curley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 08:02

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Bicycle Exchange Accepting Donations Today on Messer Street

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange has found a location which it can operate from, a garage next to the Big Banana Store on 229 Messer Street which is located just across from the WOW Trail.

Donations of bicycles for the exchange will be accepted from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today in conjunction with a food tasting event sponsored by the Big Banana Store.

The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) Will be to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of reliable and maintained bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living.

The focus of the Exchange would be for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license. A referral program would be used by working with area human service organizations that would refer people to the Exchange.

The next meeting for the Bicycle Exchange will be, at the Better Together Program on Thursday April, 24 at  4 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School Library, 2nd floor.

John Rogers, who is organizing the program, says it will provide a means of greater mobility for those in our community with limited means and helps them with stable employment and meeting personal responsibilities such as doctor's appointments. Also family and recreational benefits. Other benefits of the program will be utilize the recycling of bicycles that otherwise are discarded or sent out of the community to serve other areas.

To make donations, to become involved or for more information , or minutes from prior meetings, contact John Rogers at 603-524-5288 or 603-630-7571. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A short survey to help with planning can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPWRT7H.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 07:59

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Two Signs of Spring Celebrated at Shepherd's Hut Market

GILFORD — The season has been a challenge for most maple producers in New Hampshire, and Shepherd's Hut Market is no exception.

"When I finally got a whiff of maple sap boiling I immediately knew that the taste of real NH Maple Syrup wasn't far behind," market owner Joyce Keyser stated. Located at the picturesque Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford, maple season is the second sign of spring. Joyce's husband, Ramblin' Vewe shepherd, Jeff Keyser, has been putting in more taps to assure that as much sap as possible can be collected, but most the time he is busy with the first signs of spring – a crop of beautiful lambs.
Born this year in the frigid coldness of February and March, the lambs have had to learn early how to deal with the cold. "This year we have had lambs warmed up in the kitchen quite a bit, and they don't smell nearly as good as the maple boiling in the evaporator."

Today the evaporator is running with what sap is being collected, and from the evaporator you can clearly look into the barn and see the many little faces looking back.
Jeff and Joyce Keyser invite the public to come to a special spring celebration on Saturday, April 12 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  and Sunday, April 13 between the hours of noon – 3 p.m. to see their small maple operation and visit the lambs. If the sap is still running, the evaporator will allow guests to smell the delicious aroma of maple syrup. "The Maple season is probably going to be a short one, so we are eager to share this time with our friends around the Lakes Region."

There will be an educational display and coloring sheets for the children, and tastings of several maple products and Two Sisters Garlic Jellies. There will also be a demonstration of use of the spinning wheel.
The celebration is located at 637 Morrill Street in Gilford. For directions or more information, contact Joyce Keyser at 527-1873.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 07:41

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