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Moulton Farm holding ‘Fun Run’ 5K on Nov. 8

MEREDITH — On Saturday, November 8, Moulton Farm will be holding its second annual "Farm Fun Run" provides a unique 5k course that takes participants around the farm, through fields most people never have been in and part of the farm's corn maze. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the start of the run at 10 a.m.

"It's definitely a unique course," says John Moulton, owner of the farm. "On some parts of the course the runners are on pavement. On other parts they are going through fields or running on dirt tracks used by our tractors." The course and the event are the brainchild of the farm's field manager, Kyle Lacasse.

"The idea was to have fun and give people a chance to experience a different part of the farm," says Lacasse. "Last year we had a wide range of runners from people doing their first five kilometer run to school teams. We even had parents and children running together." It was also fun for the supporters who watched the race and cheered the runners on. After the last runners finish the farm gives out its "Cob Awards" in the one of the farm's greenhouses. "It's a fun event and medals just didn't seem to fit," Lacasse notes. "We're a farm, so this seemed much more appropriate. Plus the emphasis is on fun, rather than competition. We do, however, provide times for people who wish to see how they did."

In addition to the 5k course, the farm will have a shorter course available for children who wish to participate but need a shorter distance.

There is no charge for the event and runners can register the day of the event, although the farm does encourage people to print out and bring a copy of the registration form that is available on the farm's website at moultonfarm.com/funrun2014/.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:10

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Record year for Irwin Automotive group

LACONIA — In the course of almost six decades the world and the automotive industries have seen a lot of changes. In October of 1955 the Irwin Ford dealership opened its doors to the Lakes Region community. Most models at that time had crank windows and seat belts were not even a standard feature.

Robert H. Irwin added the Ford dealership after having great success with his Lincoln Mercury dealership which he had opened in 1951.

Fast forward almost six decades and 3 generations of Irwin's later, the most recent addition, Chris Irwin, Vice president says that the Irwin Automotive Group is now coming off a record year of over 4,000 retailed new and used vehicles, making them one of New Hampshire's largest dealerships with 21.37 % growth. This record year has also given them the title of one of New Hampshire's top 20 fastest growing companies by NH Business Magazine.

Pete Irwinr, second generation, added Toyota in 1979, and then added Scion in 2002. Irwin's Used Car Center was built in 1994 and was located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. In 2009 the Irwin's completed a 12,000 square foot expansion of their Bisson Avenue location, which now totals 72,000 square feet on more than 15 acres and 600 vehicles. Laconia Quicklane Tire and Auto Center was started in the late fall of 2010, and in 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai. The Used Car Center was converted into a brand new state of the art Hyundai facility during the winter of 2012. In the spring of 2013 NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's, was founded.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:54

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Craft fair at Taylor Community on Saturday

LACONIA — The public is invited as Taylor Community residents, staff and friends hold a craft fair Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Elm Room, Woodside Building. Admission is free.
Craft raffles and a weaving demonstration will take place in the morning. The Woodside Café will be open for both breakfast and lunch with good food, friendly service and reasonable prices.
Taylor Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the highest quality retirement living options to support the independence, health and dignity of community residents. For more information, call 366-1400, or visit www.taylorcommunity.org for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:43

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Preparations underway for annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving dinner

LACONIA — As the holidays approach, the Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC has much to celebrate in their continued mission to give back the greater community. This year, the annual tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner will be prepared in a totally renovated church kitchen. The renovation is a part of multi-phased project funded by donations from a capital campaign to make church programs more accessible. The first phase kitchen improvements were completed earlier this year, in time for the 46th Annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a beloved Laconia elementary school teacher, Hazel Duke believed all people who might otherwise be alone should have a place to share fellowship and a meal on Thanksgiving Day. The Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC first hosted the event 46 years ago, and since parishioners and volunteers from near and far have memorialized Hazel Duke's vision by making the free holiday meal an annual tradition. After health issues for a key event organizer forced a one-year respite in 2012, the event was resurrected in 2013 when more than 120 people gathered to enjoy a meal prepared by volunteers in the church dining hall located at 69 Pleasant Street in Laconia.

Last year's return to sharing the holiday meal was influenced by a number of factors including the generous donation of $1,000 by the Saint Andre Bessette Parish which provided the seed money to put the event back in motion. Area businesses supported volunteers  through discounted food from Hannafords in Gilford and buffet equipment borrowed from Contigiani's Catering in Laconia. In the upcoming weeks, event organizers will be seeking volunteers and donations in preparation for this year's Annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner on November 27.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:40

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