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Irwin Automotive Supports Local Community during Holiday Season

LACONIA — With the holidays comes the spirit of giving and helping others and Irwin Automotive has supported the local community through the Fill Up the Pick-Up Event, Toys for Tots and a Glove, Mitten, and Hat Drive.

With the Fill Up the Pick-Up event Irwin teamed up with the Citizen newspaper to help the local food pantry and collected over 140 non-perishable food items.
As a Toys for Tots drop off center, Irwin collected over 100 toys for children in need. The glove, mitten, and hat drive benefited the Salvation Army and in turn over 350 children in need of these items.

Irwin Automotive realizes the importance of food, warmth, and giving during this holiday season. It is extremely important for a child to be able to play outside in the snow, enjoy a warm meal and unwrap a present on Christmas morning.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive said, "The holidays are about giving and helping children and families. As a company, we wanted to take part in every event possible to support the area." 

Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership. He added the Ford franchise in 1955. Peter, second generation, added Toyota in 1979, and then added Scion in 2002.

Irwin's Used Car Center was built in 1994 and was located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. In 2009 the Irwin's completed a 12,000 square foot expansion of their Bisson Avenue location, which now totals 72,000 square feet on more than 15 acres and 600 vehicles. Laconia Quicklane Tire and Auto Center was started in the late fall of 2010, and in 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai. The Used Car Center was converted into a brand new state of the art Hyundai facility during the winter of 2012. In the spring of 2013 NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's, was founded.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:49

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Knit Purple Crying Caps to Raise Awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome

GILMANTON — "Purple Caps" is a campaign to raise awareness about the fact that many infants are injured by being shaken. It educates people about how to deal with normal infant crying in a safe and appropriate way. When infants are very young they go through a period as purple crying and their crying ramps up in frequency and intensity. This can be hugely frustrating for parents and is the time during which parents are most likely to shake a baby out of frustration. That's why purple has been chosen as the cap color for this project.

The Gilmanton Corner Library would like to invite all knitters and crocheters to the Corner Library every Saturday 10 a.m.-12 to knit caps for these babies. On Saturday, January 18, the first session will explain "Shaking Baby Syndrome". June Garen will be giving the instructions for knitting the caps. Free pattern and donated purple wool will be provided.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:19

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Adult Snowshoeing Program Scheduled for Tuesday Mornings

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a series of snowshoe hikes for any adults looking for fresh air, fun and exercise on Tuesday mornings this winter.

Participants will meet in the Gilford Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. prior to each hike. The first three hikes are scheduled for January 7 at Weeks Woods in Gilford, January 14 at Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford and January 21 at the Winnipesaukee River Trail in Tilton.

For those in need of snowshoes, a limited supply is available for each hike at a nominal fee. They may be reserved one hike in advance on a first come basis by calling the Parks and Rec office. All interested participants must RSVP at least one day prior to each hike. The cost of the hikes is $1 per person, per hike and snowshoe rentals are $4 per hike.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:39

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Heart transplant recipient marks third year of his new life with a Celebrity Bartender Benefit

LACONIA — Heart transplant recepient John Ganong will mark the third year of life with his new heart at a Celebrity Bartender Benefit at the Lobster Pound in Weirs Beach on Saturday, January 4 at 7 p.m.
It all started on March 18th, 2003, when congestive heart failure hit John and open heart surgery was performed at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. It consisted of two valve replacements and repair of an aneurism on the aorta.
A few days later, the hospital installed a pacemaker to adjust the actual heartbeat.
The next six-and-a-half years went by pretty smoothly until the left side of John's heart got so weak it pretty much collapsed. This was in December of 2009.
John went to Catholic Medical Center again where they shipped him by ambulance to Tuft's Medical Center in Boston. They installed a heart pump to the left side of his heart which was run by batteries and a computer, all on a vest which he wore 24/7. The same type of pump, the "Heart Mate," is being used by former Vice-President, Dick Cheney. At this point, John got on the list for a transplant.
On January 3, 2011, John got the phone call about his transplant at 7 p.m. He got in his car, with his wife Brenda, to drive down to Tufts, calling the family on the way to tell them the news.
The transplant was a success and today John says he feels  better and better.
The donations John collects as celebrity bartender at The Lobster Pound will all go to the Cardiac Transplant Division at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Ganong says he would like to say "Thank You" to all his friends, family, doctors and nurses who have supported and helped him over the past ten years and he invites all to this joyous occasion in helping celebrate the third year of his new life.

Any and all types of donations would be greatly appreciated, and would be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Cardiac Division of Tufts Medical Center. Ganong will personally pick up any donations. Last year this same event raised $1,850 for the Cardiac Division in just 2.5 hours. Call (603) 393-5590 to donate.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:34

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