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Annual Laconia Multicultural Festival taking place Sept. 6

LACONIA — Downtown Laconia will light up on Saturday, September 6 when musicians, food vendors, and artists and craftsmen fill the city's Rotary Park in celebration of cultural diversity in the Lakes Region.

Named New Hampshire's top celebration of multiculturalism in 2012, the festival features a day of free entertainment for all ages, from one to 101.
Performing artists are selected not only for the diversity of their talents, but because they reflect the cultural heritage of their show. This year's festival features Irish, Czech, and Middle Eastern musicians, Celtic fusion dance, American Indian drumming, and the stunning visuals of a Chinese dragon. The 2014 performance schedule has been energized by shorter time slots while allowing the audience multiple opportunities to catch its favorite group even if they sneak away to sample delicious food. In addition, Robert Kunnaway will be back to fill Vendor Way with the haunting sounds of his American Indian flute. The Kids' Korner has been expanded to include two culturally relevant puppet shows, in addition to magic shows with local artist, Larry Frates, and the Concord Community Music School will introduce young children to the joys of music and movement.
The sensory experiences of the festival are not limited to sight and sound – authentic food from five continents will tantalize the taste buds starting at 10 a.m. The 13th Laconia Multicultural Festival winds down with a closing ceremony honoring inclusion and world peace from 3:30 – 4 p.m.
The Festival is sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee, the Historic Belknap Mill, and Laconia Main Street.

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Letendre promoted at Meredith Village Savings

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) and Merrimack County Savings Bank are pleased to announce the promotion of Arthur J. Letendre to Senior Vice President, Consumer Loan Officer. In this role, Letendre will continue to manage the Banks' day to day consumer loan operations and oversee the processing and underwriting of consumer loans – such as energy loans, car loans, boat loans, personal lines of credit and mobile home loans - and home equity loans and lines of credit. This includes loans sold directly to consumers or through local dealerships.

Letendre has over 30 years of banking experience and extensive work in the area of consumer lending. He joined Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack) in 2002 and helped the Bank build its indirect lending program. In 2013, he was promoted to oversee consumer lending at both The Merrimack and MVSB, which operate under the same holding company, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp.

"Art's consumer lending experience and capacity to build relationships and enhance business processes have been such an asset to the consumer lending team at MVSB and the Merrimack," said Phil Emma, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "We are excited to promote him to this senior management role."



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Youth Soccer registration deadline is Aug. 22

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting Youth Soccer registrations through the registration deadline of Friday, August 22.

The youth soccer program is open to all Gilford students entering grades K-5 this fall. After August 10th the registration fee increases to $35. Any registrations submitted after the August 22nd deadline will be accepted on an availability basis only.

For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

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AARP driver safety course at at police HQ

LACONIA — The Laconia Police Department will be hosting an AARP Driver Safety Program on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Community Room at LPD headquarters.

A certified AARP instructor will teach the course which will cover various topics including, defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road, how to deal with aggressive drivers, how to handle problem situations (left turns, right-of-way, interstate highway traffic, trucks and blind spots), and how to safely use anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts.

The course is tailored toward those age 55 and over, however, is open to everyone. There are 16 seats available.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members and $5 for all teachers and school personnel (active and retired).

To register, e-mail your name and phone number to Chief Christopher Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-524-5257 X324.

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