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Drive a Ford at Irwin Auto on Monday and raise money for LHS athletics

LACONIA —Irwin Ford and its friendly staff is bringing Ford Motor Company's Drive 4 UR School program to the Laconia community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for Laconia High School. For every person who takes the wheel and test drives a new Ford vehicle Monday, September 22nd at Laconia High School from 3-7 pm, Irwin Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Laconia High School. The funds will be used for LHS's athletic programs.

"We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of the Irwin Automotive Group. "We're excited to raise money for the students of Laconia High School."

The event will feature many vehicles from Ford's impressive line-up. "Whether you are looking to test out fuel efficient vehicles, like the Fusion or Focus, or are more interested in an electric vehicle, like the C-MAX, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle," said Chris Irwin. The Irwin Ford friendly staff will be on site and available to assist with all Ford models and provide additional information about each vehicle available for test-drive.


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New England Autumn Breakfast to be served at Smith Orchard on Sept. 28

BELMONT — There is no better way to celebrate autumn than with a delicious breakfast right in the middle of Smith Orchard. The whole family is invited to take part in the meal and festivities on September 28. Breakfast begins at 10:00 am.

Chef Kevin Halligan of Local Eatery will be preparing the splendid New England Autumn Breakfast featuring only the best local and regional foods to celebrate the farms and orchards of New Hampshire. The breakfast will be served buffet style and full of delicious treats the whole family will love.

Tickets are available at Smith Orchard or at Local Eatery for $25 per adult and $10 for children under 10. Kick off the season with this family friendly experience in the heart of Smith Orchard.

Local Eatery is the Lake Region's exclusive farm-to-table restaurant offering the finest options in local, seasonal cuisine under the direction of Chef Kevin Halligan.

Smith Orchard has operated under Rob and Wende Richter since 1985 and offers a picturesque setting to enjoy the autumn harvest and learn about the varieties of apples grown at the orchard.

Established in August 2012, Local Eatery, a quaint local restaurant that seats 36 diners providing quality NH and New England products and produce, features a year-round menu using as much local food as Chef Kevin Halligan can find. Chef Halligan is a 2002 graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, and owner of Laconia Village Bakery since 2007. His goal was to provide top quality meals made from local, organic produce and grass-fed, naturally raised meats and poultry. He began offering a daily "local" special lunch at the bakery, which proved to be the most popular menu item. Even through the winter, produce will be preserved from summer surplus or greenhouse grown by special arrangement with local farmers.

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President/CEO of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative to step down

PLYMOUTH — The head of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is stepping down, ending a 34-year career with the member-owned utility.

Fred Anderson, who will retire next spring, joined the Cooperative in 1981 and became its president/CEO in 1992. He has a long history in the rural electrification program, when he began his career in 1974 with the Rural Electrification Administration in Washington, D.C.

The Co-op serves some 80,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire cities and towns, many in Central New Hampshire.

Over the years he has served on a variety of boards, including the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC); Cooperative Research Council (CRC); Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) and the Consumer Owned Energy Foundation. He is a Cooperative Credentialed Director and Founding Board member of the NHEC Foundation. He has also served the greater community at large, active as a past board member of the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, the Plymouth Regional High School Board and Northway Financial, as well as the Pemigewasset National and Berlin City banks.

"I am grateful to have spent 34 years with this great company and am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead it for the past 23 years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together," said Anderson. "I am so thankful to have worked with such a tremendous staff and Board who remain committed to our membership. Their unwavering belief in the cooperative way of doing business will continue to lead the way for NHEC's future."

"NHEC is well positioned for the future because of Fred's vision, leadership skills and commitment to excellence. He will be greatly missed by NHEC's members, employees and the Board of Directors", said Earl Hansen, chairman NHEC Board of Directors. "Fred has the Board's appreciation and gratitude for his exemplary service to NHEC and the Cooperative vision," Hansen added.

NHEC has secured the executive search firm of Mycoff, Fry & Prouse LLC to conduct an extensive search for  Anderson's replacement. All employment inquiries should be directed to Scott Fry at 800-525-9082 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Relationship tune-up offered by Adult Education


LACONIA — A six-week course on how to "tune up" adult relationships will be offered by Laconia Adult Education beginning Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The course will be taught by Tom Power, an educator, therapist and consultant on family matters for more than 20 years. Power believes the two most important commitments that people make in their lives are being in a committed relationship with a partner and raising a child.

Power's course will give fresh ideas on how to thrive, not just survive, in a relationship.

"It will help you laugh more, enjoy more one-to-one time again, have meaningful date nights and begin to invest in a more caring and respectful relationship," says Power.

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

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