Next session of Camp Resilience to address wellness through lifestyle

GILFORD — The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), a local veterans group formed to help wounded warriors and first responders with life skills and recreational activities, is preparing for the next session of its Camp Resilience program. It will host 14-16 veterans from VA Vet Centers throughout New England and the White River Junction VA Medical Center on October 20-23.

Jake Ross, the Vice President and Lead Facilitator of the Vermont Vet-to-Vet program, has agreed to help the PRLI run this Camp Resilience session. He recently traveled to the Lakes Region to meet with the PRLI Board of Directors and discuss the upcoming session, which will run from October 20th through October 23rd.

The life skills program will include financial management and "Wellness Through Lifestyle Changes" with a focus on sleep issues, diet and exercise. The sports activities will include the Aerial Treetops Adventure course at Gunstock Mountain, mountain biking or hiking and fishing/boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. The participants will stay at the Gunstock Inn in Gilford which has an indoor pool and workout facilities to support the exercise life skills program.

The PRLI Board of Directors is currently assessing financial costs of the upcoming visit and is actively soliciting donations from individuals, businesses, civic clubs and community groups interested in helping veterans. "We estimate this visit, even with free and deeply discounted goods and services from generous merchants and vendors, will cost approximately $5,000" said PRLI Treasurer Chris Ray. "We have about half that amount in hand so we need to fund raise the remaining half" Ray added. Anyone wishing to assist this veterans' outreach program may send a tax deductible donation to the PRLI account, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Donations may also be made via credit card or PayPal on the PRLI's website

Belmont Bandstand restoration will be saluted Sunday

BELMONT — Local leaders, state officials and members of the preservation community will salute restoration of the historic Belmont Bandstand this Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Second District Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, Plymouth State University faculty member and retired State Architectural Historian James Garvin are among participants, with representatives from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

The family-friendly and free event features combined choruses of the Canterbury Elementary and Belmont Middle Schools directed by Carlos Martinez, with seasonal refreshments including specialties from the Student Hospitality Club of Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Program.

Restoration of the 1908 Bandstand began last October and continued this year, with funding for repainting and a new cedar shake roof supported by an LCHIP matching grant. Historical restoration specialist JR Graton of Northfield, painter John Thompson of Alexandria, architectural conservator Brian Powell of Building Conservation Associates, and traditional stonewall builder Kevin Fife of Canterbury - with initial help from Cullen Concrete of Tilton and Busby Contractors of Atkinson has comprised "a first rate team for the project" according to Heritage Commission chairman Linda Frawley.

Small Business Seminar Series' in Laconia and Plymouth Presented By Enterprise Center at Plymouth and Sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank

LACONIA — A series of small business seminars in Laconia and Plymouth will begin in early October Each series includes eight (8) two-hour seminars on aimed at small business owners who wish to build and grow their businesses. The series is being managed by the Enterprise Center at Plymouth and sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB).

The seminars will be taught by Plymouth State University professors, area professionals and counselors for NH Small Business Development. Each instructor will provide unique insight solutions for small business challenges. Interested attendees are welcome to attend the entire series or select those topics that best fit their current needs. Thanks to sponsorship from MVSB, the classes are being offered at no cost to attendees, but space is limited and advanced registration is recommended. To register, visit or call 603-535-3222.
The Laconia seminar series will be held on the following dates between 8 am to 10 am at the Taylor Community, located at 435 Union Avenue:
10/9/14 - Start and Grow Your Small Business
11/13/14 - The 5 C's of Credit
12/11/14 - Social Media for Your Small Business
1/8/15 - Supersize Your Sales
2/12/15 - Small Business Tax Savings
3/12/15 - Advertising on a Shoestring
4/9/15 - Start and Grow Your Small Business
5/14/15 - How to Apply for a Small Business Loan

The first seminar in the Laconia Series, "Start and Grow Your Small Business", will focus on small business planning, management, finance, and resources that help prospective business owners discover why they are the right person for a small business venture. This seminar, taught by Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, has been so popular and well received by attendees that it will be offered twice in each location. Meredith Village Savings Bank's Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Gracie Cilley and Vice President and Business Development Officer Marcus Weeks will also be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about solutions for your business.
The Plymouth seminar series will be held on the following dates from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, located at 1 Bridge Street:

10/2/14 - The 5 C's of Credit
11/6/14 - Social Media for Your Small Business
12/4/14 - Start and Grow Your Small Business
2/5/15 - Advertising on a Shoestring
3/5/15 - Small Business Tax Savings
4/2/15 - How to Apply for a Business Loan
5/7/15 - Start and Grow Your Small Business
6/4/15 - Supersize Your Sales

The first seminar in the Plymouth Series, "The 5 C's of Credit", will help current and prospective business owners understand the factors that lenders assess when evaluating a commercial loan application. The class will be taught by Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth. MVSB's Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Brian Chalmers will be available at the seminar to answer attendees' questions about the lending process.
As part of their ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton and Belknap Counties. The ECP is an incubator/accelerator that provides a one-stop shop of services and referrals to assist business owners and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business acumen.

For more information, contact the ECP at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fall Workshops Kick Off at Prescott Farm September 29

LACONIA — Prescott Farm is excited to be offering a variety of workshops this fall starting September 29. From Smoothies 101 to Paint Evening at the Farm, we have something for everyone! Join us for one or all and learn how you can gain knowledge in leading a healthier lifestyle, skills to create your own homemade masterpieces and much more.

Chellsey Latham, Owner of Natural Roots and Remedies will start our workshops off with Smoothies 101 on September 29th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Those that attend will learn all about different superfoods and ingredient combining for a wholesome blend. Bring the family along and be ready to try some samples and take home some great recipes!

Other workshops to keep an eye out for this fall include Make Your Own Soap, RAW Dairy, Basic Woodcarving, Kimchi and Sauerkraut, Preparing for Winter with Herbs, Hard Cider, Beer, and Mead Making and last but not least Art, Nature and Yoga. Most of these workshops take place during a week night, but some do take place on Saturday mornings.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond.

Reservations are required for these workshops. Register by calling 603-366-5695.