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Congresswoman Annie Kuster Visits ECP

PLYMOUTH — 2nd District Congresswoman Annie Kuster toured the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) January 22 and said it's a great example of a partnership creating economic opportunity in New Hampshire.

The ECP, located at One Bridge Street, is a business incubator and accelerator whose goal is to support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire. Currently there are seven tenants in the building, which opened last October. The ECP is a model of educational and public collaboration.

The Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) built the facility using federal, state and corporate funding; PSU provides incubator staffing, business services and intellectual capital through the College of Business Administration. Essentially, the ECP provides a "one stop shopping" location for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring, and networking.

Kuster pledged to assist the local business and education leaders meeting her at the ECP. "We want to be a part of this going forward and to help you grow and thrive," said Kuster. "This is such a fabulous opportunity and you're all to be commended for bringing people together to get things done the New Hampshire way."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:08

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Senior Momentum Ceramics program at Art Escape

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um Art Escapes Ceramics program on Monday, February 3 at 10 a.m. at Art Escape in Laconia.

Participants can choose a piece to paint and enjoy some company. The pieces start at $3 and include painting and firing. All participants are responsible for their own costs. There is a minimum participation for this field trip so interested participants are asked to please RSVP by January 29.

For more information or to RSVP contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:55

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Lakes Region Community Services Announces New Board Members

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) announces two new members recently joined its volunteer Board of Directors. Captain Matthew Canfield of the Laconia Police Department and Laura Main of Laconia are the newest members of this governing board, a representative body of the communities and consumers served and the services offered by LRCS.

Captain Canfield is a career law enforcement officer in his 17th year with the Laconia Police Department having previously served in Meredith and Center Harbor. Canfield is a strong proponent of community policing and understands the importance of being involved and integrated into the community-at-large. "I am familiar with many of the programs and services offered by LRCS and look forward to becoming involved in leadership to gain a deeper understanding. I also look forward to bringing my experience and influence with the Laconia PD to the table. It is a great opportunity to build stronger community. I jumped at the chance to serve," stated Canfield.

As a recipient of services from the agency, Laura Main is familiar with LRCS from a consumer's point of view. A resident of Laconia, Main enjoys her work at Taylor Community in Laconia. She is very pleased to be a new member of the board. "I want to learn more and to help by giving back to LRCS," said Main.

LRCS Executive Director, Chris Santaniello commented "We welcome Matthew and Laura to the Board of Directors. They join a board whose members not only fulfill their governance role and obligations, but contribute their time, talents, knowledge and experience to advance our goals and mission, enriching all we do here at LRCS."

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth through a lifespan.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. To learn more about the Lakes Region Community Services contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:50

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FHL scholarship deadline is February 14

LACONIA — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation announced that it will be awarding its eighth annual $1,000 college scholarship to a deserving high school senior. Applications must be in the foundations PO BOX by February 14, 2014.

Criteria for scholarship: Applicants must be a high school senior in the state of New Hampshire, must not be involved in or accused of any illegal activity, must have and show documentation of income and financial needs that make them eligible for funding, must have three letters of reference (all sent in together with application in one packet), must have a letter explaining how awarded funds will impact their life and how they are willing to give back to the community.

To apply visit www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org no later than Friday, February 14, 2014. All applications must be received by the above date in order to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Applications and requested documentation must be sent all in one packet to the FHL P.O. Box 64 Laconia NH 03247.

Those who make it to the top five will be notified and then interviewed by the Scholarship Committee at a location to be determined on Sunday afternoon March 16, 2014. The scholarship will be awarded at the 2014 Benefit Dinner and Donor Reception on April 26, 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:45

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