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LR Chamber Holding Info Meetings for Trip to China in Spring 2014

LACONIA —  If a trip to China is on your bucket list, the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a trip to Beijing and Shanghai, China in the Spring of 2014. To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity, join the Chamber for an informal meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at the Chamber Office, 383 South Main Street in Laconia at either 11 a.m. or 5:30 pm.

The 9-day trip is scheduled from April 2 to April 10, 2014 with a cost of $2,500 per person including airfare from JFK Airport, 4-Star hotel accommodations, three meals per day, ground transportation with guided tours in China. The points of interest include The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Beijing and Shanghai.

"Seats are limited and filling up fast. Having experienced this trip in March with other chamber executives from across New England, I am pleased to offer this travel opportunity to our community," states Karmen Gifford, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

"The trip offers an amazing chance to travel the People's Republic of China, the world's most populous country with a population of over 1.35 billion. The tours explore fascinating old culture, the changes to new modern culture and insight into the world's fastest growing major economy. For those interested in learning more about business in China, a business conference can be set up including industry talks."

Information will include itinerary, trip registration forms, visa applications, optional tours and shopping directory as well as question and answers. Register to attend the information meeting by contacting the Chamber at 603-524-5531 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to indicate if you plan to attend the morning or evening presentation. Space is limited, registration is strongly encouraged.

The mission of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is to create value for members through collaboration and education that promotes an engaged community and thriving economy for the businesses in the Lakes Region. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 603-524-5531, visit the web at www.lakesregionchamber.org or find them on Facebook.

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Comedian Ted Alexandro October 5 at the PSU Silver Center

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Silver Series will present comedian Ted Alexandro at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 5, during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Time Out NY called Alexandro "One of the funniest comedians working today." He opened for Louis C.K. at Carnegie Hall and has performed extensively on television, including shows such as David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and The View. Alexandro has also had two half-hour specials on Comedy Central. Louis has called him "Probably my favorite comedian working today."

Alexandro was an elementary school teacher for five years before moving into comedy full time, and commented in an interview in Splitsider that he thinks there is a lot of overlap in these two jobs in terms of preparation, and the concentration that public speaking requires. But there was a "right time" to make the move ... when he had a manager and was getting paid to perform on the road... that was more than 15 years ago.

A longtime activist, Alexandro has also been very active in the Occupy Wall Street movement and was a founder of Occupy Astoria Long Island City.

Tickets for Ted Alexandro in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center are $25-$20 for adults, $23-18 for seniors and $20-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office. Call (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu. This performance may contain adult language and themes.

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Area Companies Gear Up for Statewide Celebration of Advanced Manufacturing

LACONIA — Several Lakes Region manufacturers are preparing to open their doors to the public from October 5th through 9th as part of a statewide celebration of advanced manufacturing. A detailed schedule can be found online at www.BelknapEDC.org. All events are free. Please note that participants must wear close-toed shoes inside any manufacturing facility.

"There is so much opportunity in this field," said Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director of Belknap Economic Development Council regarding the reason for organizing the event. "We want people to know that they can make a great living right here at home doing creative and rewarding work at one of the many manufacturers in the Lakes Region."

The weeklong celebration kicks off on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to noon with the "Day of Play at  EPTAM Plastics," a fun event designed for families. Kids will be provided with all sorts of recycled materials and craft supplies to create whatever they can imagine. Call 524-3057 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for this free event.

The general public is welcome to tour EPTAM from 9 a.m to noon on October 5 even if they are not participating in the Day of Play event. No registration is required for tours at any of the participating facilities.

On Monday, October 7 Titeflex Aerospace in the O'Shea Industrial Park in Laconia will offer tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Titeflex is a world leader in flexible hose and complex rigid assemblies for aerospace applications. Among its major customers are Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Airbus. Titeflex employs 350 people and has annual sales of $85 million.

The next set of tours is at Aavid Corporation, also in the O'Shea Industrial Park in Laconia, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, October 7. The global technology leader in thermal management solutions for the electronics industry since 1964, Aavid recently moved its corporate offices and New England design center from Concord to Laconia, where the company owns and operates a 200,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility.

On Tuesday, October 8, 3M in Tilton will welcome the public to tour its plant, which manufactures high temperature electrical insulation papers. These products are used in home appliances like microwaves, washing machines, and dishwashers, as well as industrial equipment like power transformers, welders, motors for electric vehicles, and generators for locomotives. The plant has been in continuous operation since 1947 and employees 50 people. It was acquired by 3M in 2007.
NH Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB) will offer tours of its facility in the O'Shea Industrial Park in Laconia at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8. NHBB is a leading manufacturer of precision bearings and complex bearing assemblies for the aerospace, defense, medical, dental, and high technology markets. NHBB employs 500 people at its Laconia facility.
On Wednesday, October 9, Scotia Technology will offer tours of its plant in the Lakes Business Park in Laconia at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Scotia Technology is a supplier of tube assemblies for the aerospace and aircraft industries (including engines, airframes, hydraulics, missiles, satellites, underwater defense, and military and commercial aircraft).
Anyone interested in learning about local educational programs in the advanced manufacturing field can attend two open houses on Wednesday, October 9. At 8 a.m. the Huot Technical Center (located at Laconia High School) will showcase its Pre-engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, Lakes Region Community College will run an open house for their new Advanced Manufacturing certificate and degree programs, which just launched in September.
For a detailed schedule of all events, visit www.BelknapEDC.org.

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Campton church hosting concert on Oct. 5

CAMPTON — The Campton Congregational Church will be presenting singer Scott Brunt for the concert Singing Praises to the Lord on Saturday, October 5th.

A pot luck dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m. A pot luck dessert will follow the concert.


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