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NH Car Credit marks their one year anniversary

LACONIA  — Over a year ago the Irwin Automotive Group developed NH Car Credit to become NH's premier source for people trying to obtain auto loans, regardless of current financial conditions.

With the Irwin goal of 100% credit approval coupled with 40+ years of being financial specialists, NH Car Credit was born. In just one year, NH car credit has made driving a reliable car a possibility for over 300 credit challenged residents in our community.

"We have a passion for helping people in our community in any way we can. Bad things can happen to very good people. By creating NH Car Credit we have been able to help very good people get through tough times. We specialize in financing people who need a second chance or first time buyers just starting out," said Chris Irwin, Vice President of the Irwin Automotive Group.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 08:59

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Fly Fishing Workshop at Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY —  If you're interested in what makes fly-fishing unique, how to tie your own flies and how to identify fish, the Fundamentals of Fly-Fishing Workshop is for you. This class will be held once a week for four weeks at the Waterville Valley Recreation Department on Saturday, May 31, June 7, 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presented by the NH Fish and Game Department, Fundamentals of Fly-Fishing is a great opportunity to learn basic techniques, such as rod reel and line assembly, basic equipment, casting instructions, knots, fish habitat, forage, identification and ethics. The workshop fee is $10 per person.

These sessions, presented by the NH Fish and Game and Pemigewasset Chapter Trout Unlimited, include classroom time as well as a field trip to round off your fishing experience. All instructors are certified by the NH Fish and Game and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help beginner anglers get started.

Equipment will be provided but it is suggested that you bring your own if you have it – recommended 5/6 oz. weight fly rod and reel, and 5/6 oz. weight floating line. The workshop is limited to the first 10 registrants. Must be at least 10 -years old to register and minors must be accompanied by parents. Hats and glasses are recommended for the casting season.

For additional information or to register contact the Waterville Valley Recreation Department, which is located at 11 Noon Peak Road, at 603-236-4695 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Lakes Region Board of Realtors make donations to Veterans Home

TILTON — Representatives of the Lakes Region Board of Realtors brought boxes of personal care items and presented a new Hewlett Packard computer to the New Hampshire Veterans Home following a memorial service Monday at the Home's Tilton campus.
After officiating the inspirational memorial to this nation's fallen warriors, Commandant Margaret LaBrecque, accepting the LRBR donation on behalf of NHVH resident veterans, thanked all member brokers, agents and affiliates for contributing to the Home's "Sunshine Cart" program with gifts of personal care items that are distributed free of charge to its elderly, disabled and largely shut-in residents.
LRBR Community Services Committee members also presented the commandant with a new Hewlett Packard All-in-One computer from Center Harbor-based Archie Care Computer Systems. The much needed new computer, LaBrecque said, will give residents access to the Internet, Skype phone service and email.
More than 150 attended the late-morning Memorial Day service, including U.S. Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Ann McLane Kuster, 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts respectively. Staff, meanwhile, represented U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen. After a reading of NH Gov. Maggie Hassan's Memorial Day Proclamation, the memorial ceremony concluded with the traditional outdoor three-volley salute, Taps and laying of wreath.
Founded in Tilton in 1890 as the Soldier's Home for Civil War Veterans, the New Hampshire Veterans Home is the only long-term care facility in the Granite State that is dedicated exclusively to veterans. It was one of just four state nursing homes to win the first Quality of Life Award from the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) in 2007. NHVH was recognized again in 2009 by DHHS for its continuing commitment to nursing home culture change and quality of life.
Located on a 30-acre campus bordering Tilton's 55-acre Buffalo Park conservation area, NHVH has the capacity to care for 250 men and women who have honorably served this nation and now require professional long-term care.
LRBR is the local governing body of the New Hampshire and National Associations of REALTORS®. It has more than 800 active realtors and affiliate members. The board, through its committee system, supports broad-based community activities and programs.

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Leadership Lakes Region Tackles Economics Issues

LACONIA — Funspot co-founder and owner Bob Lawton recently hosted the Leadership Lakes Region class as part of their annual Economic Issues Day. He spent the first 20 minutes welcoming the group and tracing the history of Funspot from an idea he and his brother had in the 1950s to today's distinction of being the largest arcade under one roof in the world. The group thoroughly enjoyed his common-sense approach to business and family entertainment as well as his quick wit and sense of humor. He concluded his remarks of welcome and Funspot history by gifting each of the 21 class members with complimentary token cards for use at Funspot. These were in addition to a gift bag for each class member distributed by David Lawton as a remembrance of the class visit to his family's business.

Next on the agenda was a panel discussion of the impact of tourism on the Lakes Region economy. Facilitated by Hope Jordan, a Leadership Lakes Region graduate from last year, the panel consisted of Captain Jim Morash of the Mount Washington Cruise Line, Motorcycle Week President Charlie St. Clair, Kim Sperry, Leadership Lakes graduate and Board Member, representing the Lakes Region Association, Tai Freligh from the State of New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism and David Lawton, of Funspot. The group pointed out the interconnectedness of their efforts to promote the Lakes Region as a destination.

The final panel for the afternoon was from the Belknap Independent Business Alliance, BIBA, headed up by Executive Director Kate Hamel with BIBA Board members Debbie Bolduc, David Buffington and Jack Landow. Both Ms. Hamel and Ms. Bolduc are Leadership Lakes Region graduates. This panel spoke to the "buy local" initiative and the benefits to the community when folks patronize stores owned by their neighbors. " When we support local entrepreneurs, we preserve the economic and cultural health of the Lakes Region' said Hamel.

Earlier in the day the class was hosted by NH Ball Bearing for a series of presentations and a tour of that facility. The tone for the day, Economic Issues, was set by guest speaker Russ Thibeault, CEO of Applied Economic Research of Laconia who walked the group through a Power Point presentation of key economic factors. Thibeault has been a speaker for the Leadership group for the past several years and always fields numerous questions from his appreciative audience. Carmen Lorentz, newly appointed NH Director for Economic Development and her successor at the Belknap Economic Development Council, Justin Slattery gave a state-wide and local level analysis of today's economy.

The final guest speakers for the morning session were Henry Lipman, Senior VP/CFO of LRGHealthcare and Aavid Thermalloy Plant Manager Mark Bartram. In their wide-ranging remarks they spoke about the qualities necessary in today's workforce in order to be competitive and the education requirements of today's jobs. The next Leadership Lakes Day is May 21which will combine Lakes and Environmental Issues Day with that evening's graduation for the class. Lakes Day is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank while the Bank of New Hampshire,once again will sponsor the group's graduation evening event.


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