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Gilford Historical Society buildings will be open for tours on Saturday

GILFORD — Open houses at two of Gilford's historical buildings will take place Saturday, Oct. 4.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the 1857 Grange Building at 8 Belknap Mountain Road (opposite the Village Store) and the 1838 Rowe House at 24 Belknap Mountain Road (beside the elementary school) will be open for tours. This will be the last open house until the Candlelight Stroll on Dec. 13.

Officials with the Gilford Historical Society report that during the past three open houses (the first Saturdays in July-September) and during Old Home Day increasing numbers of parents have been bringing their children and sharing a learning experience, what life would have been like for them in the 1800s and early 1900s, before there was electricity. A "sneak preview" at what our building exhibits look like is available by going online to gilfordhistoricalsociety.org.

At the Grange, visitors see the Homestead Home where they can imagine what it was like living in a one-room homestead when Gilford was first settled. In another part of the building is the Store laid out much as village store might have looked in 1857.

The Rowe House started out as a simple homestead for the Rowe family has been improved and is now a brick cape. Some of the items on display in the house show how adult and children amused themselves, long before there was electricity or video games. For example, visitors can look through a stereoscope and learn how it worked.

There are also a few collectible items, mainly dishes, for sale in the Rowe house ell. Proceeds from the sale of these items helps support the Rowe House Restoration Project.


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Enterprise Center workshop Tuesday on creating a solid business foundation

PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth's (ECP) Small Business Start Up Series will begin the hard work of helping entrepreneurs and small business owners put their ideas on paper to plan their dreams of business ownership. Tuesday, October 7, from 8:00-10:00 a.m., in the large conference room at the ECP, Michael Tentnowski, the Director of the ECP, will introduce attendees to the fundamentals of creating a business.

In this session, Michael will review the business plan, its use, and importance in creating a successful business. He'll also discuss in detail various ownership structures, best practices to describe a business, and the types of management and/or partnerships that might be considered. These are the nuts and bolts of how a business is built to operate...the Foundation.

The Small Business Start Up Series is an 8-part series of workshops designed to walk entrepreneurs and small business owners through the steps and stages of creating a business and or preparing to take their business to the next level.

The workshops to follow include Market Research, Finance Your Business, The Marketing Plan, Manage the Money (Cash is King: And Other Ways to Operate a Successful Business), How to Generate Sales, and What's the Next Step?

The remaining programs in the series will run November through May (excluding January) on the first Tuesday of each month and will cover the basics of developing, operating, managing, and growing a small business with the goal of a completed business plan for those who attend most or all eight sessions. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can choose one, several, or the entire series of programs taught by professors from Plymouth State University, area professionals, and counselors from the Small Business Administration, SCORE, and Small Business Development Center of NH.

Individual workshops are offered at $20 per person per event or $100 per person for the series. For additional information, click the seminars page on the ECP's website (www.enterprisecenternh.com), call the ECP office at 535-3222, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As part of an ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton and Belknap Counties. ECP is an incubator/accelerator that provides a one-stop shop of services and referrals to assist business owners and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business acumen. For more information, contact the ECP at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Laconia-Gilford Lions Club operating electronic waste collection Saturday

GILFORD — Got an old computer collecting dust in your closet, or a broken refrigerator sitting on the back porch? What do you do with such items when you replace them? Everything from laptops, phones and radios to home appliances or TV's cost a fortune to haul away.

Turn all that junk over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, October 4 in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford from 9 am to 1  pm. For a small disposal fee, not only will we take your old electronic items off your hands, we will recycle them. The disposal charge is almost always less than the prices at local transfer stations. Cash or checks will be accepted but not debit or credit cards.

Here is a list of items you may want to drop off: computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, Servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer accessories.

In addition, we will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted.

You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs or thermometers, capacitors, ballasts, or any other hazardous waste.

Don't miss this opportunity or you'll be storing these things another year-- "Don't throw it out, Recycle it!" You'll not only help the environment by disposing of your unwanted electronics responsibly but also aid the Lions, the largest service organization in the world, to raise funds to meet pressing needs in our community including eye glasses and hearing aids, food pantries, college scholarships, holiday food baskets for needy families, youth sports programs, to name just a few of the local charitable organizations we assist. All that for a disposal fee of $1 to $20 per item depending on size (almost always less than the cost at local transfer stations).

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NH Marathon taking place Saturday in bristol

BRISTOL — One of the biggest sporting events in the Newfound Area is set to take place this weekend as the 22nd Annual New Hampshire Marathon is scheduled to get underway on Saturday October 4th at 9am.

Nearly 750 participants were registered at last count for the 26.2 mile run and its fellow events including a 13.1 half marathon, 10K road race & health walk. Not only does the field feature many local runners, but also has participants registered from 43 different states and 8 athletes from different countries. With more registrations expected throughout the next couple of weeks and straight into race day, this year's field is expected to have over 800 runners.
With the help of their generous sponsors, the NH Marathon has raised and donated $163,750 since 1995 to give to local youth-centered non-profit organizations. They also benefit local economy by bringing in many athletes and families who support local businesses.
Participants in the 10K run and marathon will begin on Lake Street, in front of the Newfound Memorial Middle School while the Half Marathoners start at the Sculptured Rocks in Groton. Downtown Bristol traffic going both ways will be temporarily delayed while runners start out though North Main Street will remain open as a detour. Those participating in the Half Marathon are reminded that buses will be leaving NMMS at 8 am to take runners over to the starting point. Those running in the event must be checked in before this time.
A big turnout means the need for volunteers is greater than ever with many tasks required to ensure the safety of participants, spectators and drivers. Jobs include helping with registration, parking cars, directing traffic, manning water stops along the route and assisting at the finish line. Many of these positions require only a few hours on the morning of race day; if you would like to be part of this amazing annual event, please call Race Director Dan MacLean at 744-2713 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
In addition to the races, participants and spectators alike can enjoy the annual craft fair held from 9 am-3 pm with an assortment of arts, crafts and demonstrations from many local artisans and vendors. Those seeking additional information can contact Nancy Mills at 744-9488 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Also, Carroll Brown, aka The Solitary Man, will once again light up the festivities with his one-man band at the finish line.
For those interested in participating, there is still time to sign up. Entry fees up to the day of the races are $55 for the Marathon, $40 for the Half Marathon & $30 for the 10K Road Race. Health walk registration is just $5 per individual and $8 per family. Check in time will be 7:30-8:45 am on race day in the NMMS cafeteria; pre-registered runners may also check in on Friday 10/3 from 4:30-6:30 pm. Those interested in the pasta dinner on Friday 10/3 may pre-register for $8 or at the door for $10 between 5-7:30 pm.
For more information, call 744-2713 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Maps, lodging and sponsor info, entry form, online registration and more may also be found online at www.nhmarathon.com.

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