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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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Meredith gearing up for Arts and Crafts Festival

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank will present the 35th annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24.

This event will transform the Main Street of the quaint lakeside village of Meredith as well as the upper parking lot of the Mill Falls Marketplace into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of more than 70 painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters. Spectators will be impressed with the variety and quality of exhibits this Festival has to offer. Booths will display wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather projects, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors. All items are original creations and the artists and craftsmen will be available throughout the weekend to meet and converse with customers.

This year a booth sponsored by the Lakes Region Art Association will showcase local artists as well as provide art activities for the youngsters.

Over the years, the festival has gained a solid reputation among New England arts and craftsmen and is the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area. Performing at this year's event on both Saturday and Sunday will be Marc Elbaum and Christine Chaisson who will play jazz, classic rock and great American songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. At 11a.m. on Saturday, Simplicity The Clown will entertain the younger fairgoers as well as adults with comedy magic and balloon entertainment. Phil and Janet Sanguedolce will round out both Saturday and Sunday afternoons with classic folk and rock music.

Culinary delights and tasty treats will be available from the Meredith Kiwanis Club, the Chocorua Lodge of Masons, and the Sno Streakers. Featured will be the popular sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, soda, homemade pies and ice cream, and sno cones.

Free shuttle bus service will be available from both the north and south sides of Route 3 and will run continuously both days. Admission is free and for more detailed information contact the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-279-6121.

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