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Patrick's receives the Good Neighbor Award

NASHUA — Patrick's Pub & Eatery was once again recognized for their outstanding community service and involvement at the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association's (NHLRA) Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua. Sponsored by American Express, The Good Neighbor Award honors restaurants that have gone above and beyond in giving back to their communities.

As the NH winner for the small business category, Patrick's will be eligible for the National Award which includes $5,000 to the community effort of their choice as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive their award. Citing Patrick's success in the Pub Mania fundraising event that supports the WLNH Children's Auction, National Restaurant Association Director Tom Boucher presented the award to Patrick's owners Jeff & Allan Beetle.

This is the second time Patrick's has received this prestigious award, winning it their first time year of operation, as they were recognized previously in 2008. The Pub Mania fundraiser raised a record $177,545 this past December and has now raised $562,000 in the first five years of the event.

Patrick's owners and staff have also been involved and supportive of the WOW Trail, a project whose aim is to build a 9 mile multi-use recreation trail along the active railroad corridor in Laconia, as part of a regional effort spanning from Meredith to Franklin. Co-owner Allan Beetle has been serving on the WOW Trail board since its establishment over 10 years ago and is currently serving as the President of the WOW Trail group. The first 1.3 miles of the trail was completed in 2010 and the WOW Trail group expects to double the length of the trail, connecting to the town of Belmont, in late 2014.

In addition, Patrick's has a "Giving Back" program that has supported a variety of community projects over the years, directly contributing over $25,000 back to the community. Patrick's Pub & Eatery is currently in its 26th year of operation. Patrick's has been recognized on numerous occasions for their community involvement including the Belknap Economic Development Council's Corporate Soul Award and the NHLRA's Restaurant of the Year Award.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:01

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Phu Jee wins Meredith’s ‘Lights in the Village’ award

MEREDITH — Phu Jee Asian Cuisine Restaurant has won the "Lights in the Village" Peoples Choice Award, sponsored by the Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee.

Holiday shoppers visited participating merchants and voted by donating 25 cents in containers provided by the GMP. Over $250.00 was raised from the popular vote and will go towards Meredith's 250th Anniversary Celebration Fund.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:51

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NH Audubon Backyard Winter Bird Survey

CONCORD — Stock up those bird feeders and dig out your binoculars for New Hampshire Audubon's Backyard Winter Bird Survey. This annual statewide survey will take place on Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Biologists need assistance from citizens all over the Granite State to get a clear picture of what's really happening with our winter birds.

Anyone can participate in the Backyard Winter Bird Survey by counting the birds in their own backyard on the survey weekend and reporting on-line or sending the results on a special reporting form to NH Audubon. To receive a copy of the reporting form and complete instructions on how to participate, send a self-addressed, stamped, long envelope to:

New Hampshire Audubon, Winter Bird Survey

84 Silk Farm Road,

Concord, NH 03301

Forms are also available at NH Audubon centers in Auburn, Concord and Manchester, and on-line. Find more information about the survey at www.nhaudubon.org under Birding.

Data from the Backyard Winter Bird Survey is used to track changes in the distribution and abundance of many species. Each year about 1,300 observers across the state count the birds coming to their feeders. "The strength of the survey is that we can look at trends over the long term," says Survey Coordinator, Rebecca Suomala. "We now have more than 25 years of data and we can see the patterns of ups and downs in different bird species."

Last year, Tufted Titmouse and Northern Cardinal were tallied in record numbers. These two species were once found only in the southern US but they have expanded their range northward into nearly all parts of New Hampshire. It was their expansion that originally prompted NH Audubon to establish a survey to document their increase. They are now common south of the White Mountains and are starting to reach even the northernmost parts of the state in low numbers. The Survey shows that Carolina Wrens and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, two more recent southern arrivals, are following in their footsteps. Common Redpolls, a northern species that invades New Hampshire in the winter, also reached a record on last year's survey, but they won't be expected in big numbers this year. "This species visits the state every other winter, so we won't be expecting them in 2014," said Dr. Pamela Hunt, Senior Biologist at NH Audubon. "Seed crops that these species eat are good to the north so these northern finches won't need to move as far south to meet their needs."

The Backyard Winter Bird Survey takes place during NH Audubon's 100th Anniversary. NH Audubon was founded on February 26, 1914 as part of a movement to protect and restore migratory bird populations that had been decimated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Feathers, wings and entire birds were used to decorate ladies hats resulting in the death of 200 million birds each year. NH Audubon was started to protect birds and it still continues that mission 100 years later. Having accurate information is critical to that effort and the Backyard Winter Bird Survey is one tool for collecting important long-term data. Bird populations have changed considerably over the last 100 years – Northern Cardinals and Tufted Titmice were unknown in the state then! "Thanks to the Backyard Winter Bird Survey we can see how their populations have increased and we can watch for species that are in trouble," said Dr. Hunt.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:49

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Adult Education Enrichment Classes Can Light Up Your Life

LACONIA — Add a class to your night life and brighten your future this Winter with Laconia Adult Education, invites Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.  Fly Tying, Belly Dancing, Welding, Gluten Free Cooking, Yoga, Quilting, Drawing, Knitting, Water Color Painting, Dog Obedience, and Computer classes are just a few of the courses offered for the Winter Semester 2014. Enrichment classes are scheduled to begin the week of January 27-30, 2014. Laconia Adult Education truly offers something for everyone, notes Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

You can prepare for the SAT or the HiSET(High School Equivalency Test), attend Laconia Academy to get your high school diploma, or enjoy the evening Wine Tasting Seminar and Gourmet Dinner. Enroll in a Reiki, Tai Chi Chih or Cake Decorating Class.  Learn how to speak Spanish or Sign Language. Enjoy a class in Mah Jongg Made Easy, Digital Photography or the Oil Painting Studio.

Spice up your cooking skills and learn about French Country Cooking. Learn how to make Sushi and other easy and delicious Chinese recipes. Computer classes for the Computer Illiterate are offered in addition to Microsoft Office Basics: Word and Excel.

Take a class in Welding Basics Arc, Gas, Mig & Tig or Woodworking and an Advanced Welding, specializing in TIG Techniques. Find out about the benefits of Holistic Roots to Healthy Living and Lifestyle Choices taught by Brian Paterson, ND.

Algebra I/Accuplacer, Chemistry & Lab or Human Biology & Lab are all available for pre-nursing students. Learn to train your dog in a Basic or Advanced Dog Obedience class that will help fill leisure evening hours productively.

The Adult Tutorial Program for Belknap County helps non-reading adults learn to read, write, and do simple mathematical computations needed for everyday life. The Tutorial Program also needs tutors who are willing to help people learn to speak, read and write English as a second language. Volunteer tutors are needed to be trained to work on a one-to-one basis with adult students who cannot read and need to learn to speak English.

Laconia Adult Education offers a wide variety of enriching opportunities and experiences for everyone in the community. Call 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:45

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