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Marion Merrill Receives First "Mary Ruell Citizen of Ashland" Award

ASHLAND — In memory of Mary Ruell's endless devotion to community service in the Town of Ashland, the Fourth of July Committee created the "Mary Ruell Citizen of Ashland" Award as an annual honor for an individual or group who has made a noteworthy contribution to Ashland.

Marion Merrill, who is 99 years young, was presented with the first award Saturday, Aug. 2. Mrs. Merrill's many years of involvement in Ashland's community made her deserving of special recognition for her outstanding civic pride and commitment to the betterment of the town.

Until recently, Mrs. Merrill was a longtime resident of Ashland, having owned a successful real estate and insurance business in town. She was actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce and served as the Town Clerk from 1958 -1980.

Mrs. Merrill was active in many area organizations, including the Community Breakfasts; Rebekahs; Ashland Woman's Club; Squam River Covered Bridge Committee; Beautification Committee; Memorial Park Committee; Ashland Historical Society and First Free Will Baptist Church.

If preferred, expressions of congratulations may be sent to the Ashland Fourth of July Committee, PO Box 12, Ashland, NH 03217 to be forwarded to Mrs. Merrill.

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Record Breaking Month of Car Sales for the Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA —  The Irwin Automotive Group has sold more new and used vehicles in July than any other month in their 63 year old history. Irwin's finished July with 459 cars sold. Only two other times in their history have they surpassed 400 sales in a month. This included a record 330 sales from their Toyota/Ford store, which had never sold more than 400 vehicles. Of the 450+ sales over 80 sales were to out of state buyers, with some traveling more than 1,500 miles.

"We're thrilled with the month of July and the results we saw. The vote of confidence from our customers is much appreciated. We'll continue to find ways to improve and provide a better experience to our guests," said Chris Irwin, vice president of Irwin Automotive.



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Patriot Resilient Leadership Group acheives state & federal non-profit status

A local wounded warriors and first responders support group has received federal and state recognition in the form of 501-c (3) non-profit tax status, the organization's chairman has announced.

"This is a milestone for any non-profit group of volunteers to achieve" said Kurt Webber, the chairman of the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute. "It enables us to accept tax deductible donations in the furtherance of providing recreational and life skills experiences for veterans referred to us by the VA as well as other social agencies catering to veterans' needs," he added.

Webber made the point that the PRLI's mission also includes first responders who have suffered physical and emotional stress in the performance of their life-
saving duties. The PRLI, which was only formed in the past year, consists 100 percent of volunteers, all veterans themselves or veteran/first responder supporters.

The PRLI has co-sponsored a disabled veteran ski visit to Gunstock and recently conducted a multi-day visit for training and recreation for 17 veterans referred by the Boston VA Center. This second event, named Camp Resilience, was a major success with intense community financial support. Plans are under way to conduct another multi-day event for a new group of veterans this fall.

The PRLI website, www.prli.us., has additional information. Webber encourages any individual or group interested in helping to fund the next veterans visit event to visit the website or mail a check payable to the PRLI, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246.

"A Vet is a Vet no matter where he or she was born or currently resides," said Webber. "We're especially reaching out, with our new non-profit status, to any veteran who may be visiting our beautiful Lakes Region this summer, for their financial support of our brothers and sisters who have served in harm's way as they did," he said.

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Northfield Historical to host ‘They Sawed Up a Storm’

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Historical Society presents "They Sawed Up a Storm" on Monday, August 18 at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall located at 21 Summer Street. 

Hear the story, told through photos, of the Women's Sawmill on the shores of Turkey Pond, Concord, New Hampshire in 1942. The sawmill, operated by a group of women, was built to saw logs salvaged after the 1938 hurricane. Presenter Sarah S. Smith is the Forestry Industry Specialist with the UNH Cooperative Extension. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Forestry and a Master's in Adult Education, and has authored the book "They Sawed Up a Storm".

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 286-4795.

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