N.H. Humane Society again hosting Black Friday Adopt A Thon at Belknap Mall

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society will again be hosting its Black Friday Adopt A Thon at the old Blockbuster store in the Belknap Mall, Belmont, on Friday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instead of driving over to the shelter on Meredith Center Road, bring your family to the Belknap Mall, and select a new canine four legged friend from a wonderful selection of pets, some of which have travelled thousands of miles for a second chance.

Fees are $325 for an adult dog, $375 for a puppy, and $125 for senior dogs over the age of 10 years. All dogs and puppies will be adopted with current vaccines - distemper, kennel cough, rabies, anti-parasitic care for external and internal parasites, heartworm tested, and some basic training in conjunction with their behavioral assessment along with all dogs are already spayed or neutered.

To aid in the process of adoption the following paperwork should be in hand:

1) Proof of homeownership or rental/lease agreement stating pets are allowed.

2) Current pet vaccination history showing up to date rabies certification.

3) Human hearts brimming with love and a solid commitment to pet ownership.

4) Adopters must be over 21.

Those browsing for pets will be able to have a free cup of coffee, visit the Meredith Place Veterinary Emergency Hospital booth and lend a note of support to the tribute booth in honor of Pagie Garneau, a local teen who adored all animals but died tragically in a car accident. The Garneau family has been busy raising memorial funds, a portion of which will underwrite select adoptions that day. The Garneaus will also host a raffle table, proceeds of which will be gifted to New Hampshire Humane Society.

Paige Quigley, Mall Manager said "while the actual venue for the Adopt A Thon is one store front over from the animal shelter's usual spot, we are thrilled and honored to allow them the opportunity to launch a one-day adopt-a-thon at the Mall."

"Black Friday Adopt a Thon, now a huge adoption event for area pet lovers, keeps gaining momentum," said Humane Society Executive Director Marylee Gorham. "While we decided to focus our efforts solely on dogs for this day, we shall switch our focus to felines back at the shelter on Saturday. This event is a great way for us to connect homeless pets and the families that want them."

Call the NHHS at 603-524-3252 for further details prior to the Adopt-A-Thon, or check out www.nhhumane.org

SCORE seminar today on starting a small business

LACONIA — SCORE Lakes Region will hold a seminar today on starting and running a successful small business from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce offices, 383 South Main St.

SCORE mentors Leo Glasheen and Mark Abear will explain how prospective business operators can assess if their personalities match the demands of a particular business, the importance of drawing up a business plan and feasibility study, preparing check-off lists, and where to turn for expert advice.

Those who want further information about or wish to register for the seminar can call SCORE at 524-0137.


Meredith Village Savings Bank’s Community Calendar now available at local offices

MEREDITH —Meredith Village Savings Bank's (MVSB) 2015 Community Calendar, featuring the work of talented local photographers, is now available at the Bank's 11 offices throughout the Lakes Region. The calendar is available free of charge while supplies last in two formats – tent style and traditional wall calendar style.

The featured images are the winners of the Bank's annual community photo contest and include photos from Bonita Carnivale and Joanna DeCesare of Gilford, Dan Hanson and Al Posnack of Alton Bay, Bob Ness of Wolfeboro, Dan Robusto of Meredith, Susan Francesco of Holderness and John White of Rye.

Community members can pick up a calendar at any of Meredith Village Savings Bank's 11 offices: Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Route 104 in Meredith, Route 25 in Meredith, Moultonborough, Main Street Plymouth, the Plymouth Hannaford and Wolfeboro.

Customers spending the winter out of state may request that a copy be sent to their winter address by calling (800) 922-6872 or using the contact form at www.mvsb.com.

Local photographers should note that the Bank will begin accepting photo entries for next year's photo contest on Monday, March 2, 2015 with a deadline for submissions of Friday, May 29, 2015. Photo entries should have a strong focus on those things that are unique and wonderful in the Lakes Region, such as community events local venues and attractions.

‘The Night Sky over Alton’ talk on Nov. 21

ALTON — Local resident/author Anura Guruge will present the second part of "The Night Sky Over Alton, N.H.: A Basic Introduction to Astronomy to Better Enjoy the Gilman Library's Telescope" on Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the library.

This second part of the presentation will set out to explore further afield and spend time looking at the mysteries of galaxies – not just the Milky Way, but those beyond. There will be a definite emphasis, throughout, on detailing the resources available – whether online, in the form of APPS, or through the use of old fashioned paper star -charts – to learn more about the sky at night, locate the objects worth peering at through a telescope or identify beguiling bright 'stars' twinkling in the heavens.
Though never a professional astronomer, Anura Guruge has published six books on astronomy: four on comets, one on dwarf planets and another on asteroid 4 Vesta. His Comet ISON books reached 'best seller' status for astronomy books on Amazon prior to the demise of this sun grazing comet on Thanksgiving Day 2013. His other comet book, "Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia", continues to attract attention.
The new Orion StarBlast table top telescope will be made available for circulation by library card holders over the age of 18 and in good standing on Saturday, November 22.