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Holy Trinity Staffer Receives Youth Ministry Award


LACONIA — Holy Trinity Catholic School's own Mrs. Maggie Gibbs is the latest recipient of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Award.

The Companions on the Journey Award, the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, is presented to adults who exemplify the best attributes of ministry and Catholic teaching to youth. The Companions on the Journey Award is conferred on adults who demonstrate: Excellence in youth ministry, Commitment to ongoing education and formation, Longevity in ministry, Commitment to young people, Outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level. Gibbs received the award during he World Youth Day ceremony held in St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Oct. 20.

"Maggie Gibbs has faithfully served and touched the lives of students of Holy Trinity School for 28 years as school secretary, and for many years," said Holy Trinity Principal Jack Fortier. "Maggie guided the faith lives of the young people of Our Lady of the Lakes and St. Andre Bessette Parish as Director of Religious Education. In all things, Mrs. Gibbs has been a wonderful witness to the love of Christ — her leadership and presence to the youth of our community was celebrated with the gift of this prestigious award presented on World Youth Day."


Bishop Peter Libasci presents Maggie Gibbs of Laconia, long-time administrative secretary at Holy Trinity Catholic School, with the Diocesan Youth Ministry Award. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:02

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Irwin Automotive to Host New Owner Event

LACONIA —  Irwin Automotive will be hosting a New Owner Event on Wednesday December 11 from 5-7 p.m. All Toyota, Ford, and Lincoln owners are invited for an evening of fun and education.

The Irwin team will make presentations on how to properly maintain your vehicle so it keeps its value.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive, says, "It's important to know the ins and outs of your vehicle. It allows you to properly maintain your vehicle and keep it running for a long period of time."

RSVP to Ed Kelley by calling 603-581-2953 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:58

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Founding Sponsors Launch LakeFest 2014 Toward Guinness Gold

LACONIA — LakeFest returns to Lake Winnipesaukee on August 3, 2014.

LakeFest 2014 will feature a Guinness Rematch, as paddlers try once again to capture a Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. On-land, the free family-friendly Festival will expand, with more food vendors, additional programming, exciting new activities, popular live bands, and more actiities.

These Founding Sponsors have already come aboard to help, and invite area organizations to join them:

AB Aquatics, Bridge & Byron Printers, City of Laconia, Devine Millimet, Imagine Gallery, Irwin Marine, New England Milfoil,
NH Marine Patrol, Outdoor ESCAPES New Hampshire, Speedy Printing & Copying, The Common Man, The Lobster Pound.

LakeFest 2014 planners are hard at work crafting a larger event with expanded partners, additional corporate and recreational paddling groups, new family programming, increased educational displays and a bigger vendor assortment.

Sponsor opportunities start at just $250, and all organizations who commit their support in 2013 will receive special recognition as Founding Sponsors. Learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603.226.0299.

Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:54

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Moultonborough Village is opening its Doors and Lighting the Street

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Friday, December 13 the businesses of Moultonborough Village will be hosting a number of open houses and other events to celebrate the holiday season. Events will be taking place throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to the "open houses" there will be a holiday decorating contest. The public will decide who has the best display. Stop in at any of the participating locations to pick up a "holiday décor" contest ballot. Ballots will be collected at Zelek & Associates throughout the day until 8 p.m.

Viking Tire – Open House from 9 a.m. to noon with refreshments and door prizes.

Melcher & Prescott Insurance – Open House from noon to 4 p.m. will be serving refreshments and will be leaving their lights on for everyone to enjoy.

Meredith Village Savings Bank – will have their Moultonborough Village Branch lobby open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be serving coffee and cookies with holiday lighting and decorations.

Bank of New Hampshire – will have their Moultonborough Village Branch lobby open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with coffee service, lights and decorations.

Beyond Obsession – Open House from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering a free gift with a purchase, serving refreshments and a hosting a bonfire.

The Old Country Store – In addition to regular store hours, the store will be hosting their Open House from 4-8 p.m. with a 20% off special during the open house and holiday decorations.

Burns Automotive – Open House from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with coffee, cocoa, cookies and holidays decorations.

The Lacewood Group – Open House from 4-8 p.m. with refreshments and holiday decorations.

Zelek & Associates – Open House from 4-8 p.m. serving hot cocoa, holiday cheer, appetizers, a Christmas Cookie Buffet and indoor and outdoor holiday decorations.

The Moultonborough Recreation Dept - is hosting their annual "Kids Night Out " from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for children preschool to grade 4. This night out will include pizza, face painting and crafts, and will end at the library with a sing-a-long and visit from Santa. Register in advance (476-8868) as space is limited and reservations are required.

Moultonborough Library – Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. At 1 p.m. "The Christmas Visitors" starring Vinette Cotter and Frank Wells – special performance of Karel Hayes's playlet based on Karel's new book "The Christmas Visitors". At 6:30 p.m. Holiday sing-a-long, holiday goodies and a visit from Santa.

Moultonborough United Methodist Church – Door will be open from 4-8 p.m. with refreshments and gift bags for young and old and Christmas music in the Sanctuary.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 11:50

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