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Moultonborough Recognizes 2013 Community Partners

MOULTONBOROUGH — At its meeting of October 3, the Moultonborough Board of Selectmen praised the participants in the Town's program to beautify prominent public locations under the Adopt A Spot program. In this sixth year of the program six businesses or service clubs and two families adopted 10 spots throughout the community ranging from the Town entry sign at Center Harbor to Sutherland Park.

Participants included the Karen and James Nigzus & Family at Playground Drive, Pine Ridge Lawn & Landscape at Town Hall, Dion's Plant Place at the North Parking Island of Town Hall, the Moultonborough Women's Club at the South Parking Island of Town Hall, Pine Ridge Lawn & Landscape for the front of Town Hall, Miracle Farms Landscaping at the Town Line @ Center Harbor and Public Safety Building,  Moultonborough Toastmasters at the Transfer Station, Donnybrook Home Services at Sutherland Park and the Recreation building, and Robert Patenaude for the Town Line at Bean Road.

This year those Selectmen also had the pleasure of thanking an expanded list of community partners who assisted in the fledgling Adopt A Facility program and the kick-off of the Community Garden. McCarthy Lawn and Property Management adopted the grounds keeping at the Public Safety Building saving untold hours for the local DPW crew.

Meanwhile at the Lions Club facility on Old Route 109 some 20 families were able to enjoy working alongside others on their own plots in raising healthy produce for themselves and others in the Community Garden effort led by Ken Kasarjian. In addition to  Kasarjian's committee's efforts the community had partners with contributions of labor and materials from McCarthy Lawn and Property Management, Lamprey Suburban Septic Service, the Moultonborough Lions Club, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Wayne and Ed Richardson, Brian Blackadar Electric, E.M. Heath's Hardware, Aubuchon Hardware, Dion's Plant Place, Lacey Irrigation, Ralph Mitchell, Gilbert Block, and Picnic Farms.

All were given certificates of appreciation and the top three spots in the Adopt A Spot program were given special plaques of recognition, after a judging by local gardeners. First Place went to Dion's Plant Place for the Center Island at Town Hall, Second Place went to Donnybrook Services for their work at the Center area at Sutherland Park, and Third Place went to Moultonborough Toastmasters for their work at the Transfer Station on Route 109 North.

Joel Mudgett, Chairman of the Moultonborough Selectmen said, "The Board and I cannot thank our community partners enough for their efforts. It is always a challenge to keep such efforts healthy and thriving and this year they even expanded to new areas of service with our Community Garden. If you did not have a chance to see the results of the effort and contributions it can easily be described as a rousing success. Almost 20 families were able to enjoy working alongside others on their own plots in raising healthy produce for themselves and others. We can also tell you that more than produce grew in those spaces. Friendship and community pride grew as well."

 

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'Chosen' Documentary examines sex trafficking

LACONIA — ''Chosen'', a gripping new documentary from Shared Hope which opens hearts and eyes to the tragic dangers of sex trafficking and educates to recognize the danger signs, will be shown Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. at the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

The documentary provides an overview of domestic minor sex trafficking, offers effective responses to the issue and will be followed by a question and answer session on prevention and outreach on what can be done in the Lakes Region.

For more information contact Martha Kruse 603-528-2152 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fundraiser at Tilt'n Diner to Benefit Genesis Behavioral Health

LACONIA — A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Genesis Behavioral Health will be held on Tuesday, October 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Tilt'n Diner.

The Common Man Family of Restaurants will  donate $5 from each spaghetti dinner sold that evening to Genesis to support programs and services for children, families, and adults living with and recovering from mental illness.

"The Tilt'n Diner has been so gracious to host us for the past 3 years, and we look forward to another successful event on the 15th," said Kristen Welch, Director of Devleopment & Communications at Genesis Behavioral Health, "It's a great way to meet our community and share information about our organization and how we contribute to the health of the region."

"We are also in the midst of our 3rd annual fundraising and awareness auction," continued. Welch, "We will have mobile bidding set up at the diner, and staff will be available to provide information about Genesis Behavioral Health. We hope to see our community there for good food and good company."

For more information about the auction, visit the website at www.biddingforgood.com/genesisbh or contact Kristen Welch at 524-1100 x445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Enterprise Center Grand Opening Set for October 15

PLYMOUTH, N.H.- From the minute Tom Armstrong stepped through the door of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), he knew the prospects for his growing business became a little brighter. Armstrong, a Plymouth State alumnus, owns Narrative 1, a Holderness-based commercial property appraisal software developer seeking to expand its market share nationally, and the ECP provides a convenient, fully-staffed workspace with access to Plymouth State University's award-winning business faculty and staff.

"We're very excited about the quality of the space, and the technology behind it, this is a facility we badly needed but couldn't find," said Armstrong, who now employs a dozen people. "We sell our software to banks and government agencies and they will come and visit our office before engaging in a transaction with us; this space allows us to show them a professional business atmosphere."

ECP Executive Director Michael Tentnowski said Narrative 1 is a great example of how a business incubator should work.

"Welcoming the first member into the building highlights the progress the facility is making in creating jobs and economic opportunity for entrepreneurs across the region," Tentnowski said.

The ECP, located at 1 Bridge Street, is a joint partnership between Plymouth State University and the Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC), whose goal is to support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire. Governor Maggie Hassan, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen and Dinah Adkins, past President of the National Business Incubator Association and expert on rural economic development, will address guests during the 5:30 p.m. grand opening ceremony October 15 in the lobby of the Silver Center for the Arts.

The GCEDC is providing the physical location and building, using $2 million in federal, state and corporate funding; PSU is providing incubator staffing, business services and intellectual capital through the College of Business Administration. Essentially, the ECP provides a "one stop shopping" location for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling, services, leased space, mentoring, and networking.

Unique features of the ECP include a sales skills development video production room and space dedicated to professional focus group services. Both of these are currently provided by PSU's College of Business Administration and are very popular with students and entrepreneurs alike. The ECP will also act as a headquarters for an enhanced business outreach effort in central New Hampshire by PSU staff and graduate students.

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The Enterprise Center at Plymouth officially opens Oct. 15. (Courtesy photo)

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