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LRCC Offers Spring Car Care Check-Up Event

LACONIA — In support of National Car Care Month and to raise funds to support student travel to attend the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO; Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) will be hosting a Spring Car Care Check-Up event on the LRCC campus Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Vehicle inspections will be conducted by LRCC Automotive Technology students, instructors, and local business volunteers. Inspections will cover the following:

Ø Exterior lighting

Ø Horn operation

Ø Windshield wiper/washer condition and operation

Ø Tire wear, tread depth, and air pressure

Ø Battery inspection (condition of cabling and connections)

Ø Battery state of health check

Ø Drive belt and coolant hose evaluation

Ø Fluid level checks

Ø Inspection of the air filter (if easily accessible)

Ø Inspection of passenger compartment filter (if applicable and easily accessible)

Upon completion of the inspection, motorists will be provided a comprehensive vehicle assessment identifying any items of concern. They will also receive a list of supporting locations where they can purchase replacement parts or have repairs performed. Students, instructors, and technicians will be available to educate and help inform motorists of the important role that preventative maintenance has on avoiding potentially costly repairs down the road.

The inspection is free to the public, but donations will be gladly accepted and are very much appreciated.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:09

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Paul Smith School Students Raise Pennies for Patients

FRANKLIN — During the month of February, students from Paul Smith School in Franklin participated in the Pennies for Patients program through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. By the end of the three weeks, the students had collected $1,233.83 which will be used for treatment to assist a student that the school sponsored through the Society.

The class that collected the most money was Mrs. Bender's 2nd grade class. They earned a pizza party sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:00

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Boston-N.Y. rivalry renewed for Pitman’s comedy show

LACONIA — The New York-Boston rivalry takes a "funny" twist Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia when Boston comedian Steve Bjork and New York's Corey Rodrigues will be making his way up from the Big Apple in this blockbuster comedy night at the 94 New Salem St. venue.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. For reservations email Pitman's comedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or call Pitman's at 603-527-0043.

Rodrigues is appearing at the Pearl prior to heading for a week long engagement at Catch a Rising Star, at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nev. He is a regular at the major clubs in and around New York City including Dangerfields and the Gotham Comedy Club as well as appearing at Comix at Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Wise Crackers in Allenstown, Uncle Vinnies in NJ and more. Rodrigues is a high powered who has also been seen on Comedy Central.

Bjork is a national act who is based in the Boston area. He plays Las Vegas, cruise ships, has been seen on Comedy Central and major clubs across the country. Bjork has performed at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Hilarities in Orlando, FL and Cleveland, OH; TSM Comedy Club in Louisville, KY; Crackers in Indianapolis, IN, Penguins in Cedar Rapids, IA, and many, many others as well as being a New England favorite.

"We thought it would be fun do to a version of the New York – Boston rivalry," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell. "Neither of these comedians has ever been here and both are headliners. It should be a fun night.

"Our comedy shows continue to be a great draw from not only people in the immediate area, but word about the quality of the shows is spreading ands we are now starting the attract people from a much wider area."

Following the April show, the May 17 comedy night stars two more comedians who have never appeared at Pitman's, in Lou Ramey who recently returned to the area from Los Angeles and Joey Carroll as the main performers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:40

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Ashland launches new organic community garden on April 19

ASHLAND — Ashland HEAL will launch a new community garden during a public ribbon cutting ceremony at the Ashland Elementary School on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Ashland HEAL and many community volunteers have worked for over a year on plans for the Ashland Community Garden. After receiving a grant from HEAL NH, Ashland HEAL solicited feedback during several community-wide forums to hear what types of healthy eating and physical activity opportunities residents would like to have in the town. A community garden space was at the top of the list and a committee was formed.

The project gained momentum with businesses and volunteers donating time and materials to help plan and construct the garden. For example, the raised garden beds are being constructed by students at Ashland Elementary School from cedar provided by Sharps Lumber; Ashland Lumber is providing the fencing; and the site work is being done by M. E. Latulippe Construction and Tree Solutions. Earlier this year, Meredith Village Savings Bank supported the project with a $3,500 grant.

"Our goal is to increase the availability of healthy foods and provide opportunities for physical exercise, particularly for first time gardeners and those that have limited access to fresh vegetables," said Dave Toth of the Ashland HEAL Community Garden Committee. "We want to make it easy for people to participate in the garden, so we are providing free plants, garden plans, and advice from Master Gardeners and experienced Organic Growers during the growing season."

The event opens with a reception at 1 p.m. followed by the 1:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. At 2 p.m. there will be a  "Starting a Garden," presentation by Master Gardener Melanie Kerr.

The garden will offer 20 4' x 8' plots on a first come, first served basis.
People attending the event can participate in a seed swap, talk with a Master Gardener, get information about Plymouth Local Foods, and volunteer for garden projects.
Healthy snacks provided by The Common Man and Dot's Bread & Butter Bistro.

Several organizations will be recognized for their contributions to the project at the ribbon cutting ceremony, including Ashland Elementary School, Ashland Lumber, The Common Man, Dot's Bread & Butter Bistro, M.E. Latulippe Construction, Meredith Village Savings Bank, New Hampshire Seedling Co., Randall Surveying, Samyn & D'Elia Architects, Sharps Lumber, Town of Ashland, and Tree Solutions.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 12:49

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