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Laconia Ice Arena's "Think Rink for Kids" Capital Campaign Receives $10,000 Boost from Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce that the charitable fund carrying its name has awarded a $10,000 grant to Laconia Ice Arena's "Think Rink for Kids" Capital campaign. With this donation, the Arena is now two-thirds of the way to achieving their fundraising goal of $267,000.

"We are so thankful for this donation and all the support that has been coming through from our community," said Will Fay, Manager of the Arena. "We have been overwhelmed by the support of citizens and community-oriented businesses, like Meredith Village Savings Bank, in helping sustain this recreational resource."

The Laconia Ice Arena is entering its "second generation," during which significant investment will be required in order to continue to operate the facility and maintain its refrigeration system, consisting of miles of tubes laid underneath the ice surface, a large condenser, chiller and several other components. The Laconia Ice Arena's "Think Rink for Kids" campaign has been established to raise funds to update refrigeration equipment, provide improved parking, and reduce fees for youth and community.

In addition to this capital campaign and regular ice rink use, the Arena has been adding a variety of new events to their calendar to help increase community participation and involvement. On Saturday evenings throughout the winter, the arena hosts "Saturday Night Meltdown" where skaters are entertained by a live DJ, light shows and games. They also look forward to hosting off-season events this year, including the circus (April 18-19) and the New Hampshire Roller Derby (July-TBA).

"Think Rink for Kids" campaign contributions can be made by individual cash donation, corporate sponsorship, grant or matching funds. For more information about this campaign or to contribute, contact Will Fay at 581-7008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the arena's website www.laconiaicearena.com.

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.
Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:54

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Huot Center Open House Planned for March 13

LACONIA — The Huot Career and Technical Center will hold a "Prospective Student Open House" on Thursday March 13 from 5-7 p.m. High school aged students and their parents are highly encouraged to attend this informational event. The Open House will provide students an opportunity to meet instructors and current students. Tours will also be available. Students from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Winnisqaum Regional High School are eligible to attend the center during their junior and senior years.

In the spring of 2013 the Huot Center opened the doors to a brand new career and technical center adjacent to Laconia High School. The multi-million dollar project has created a unique community resource for students to explore their career aspirations. The new facility features programs ranging from Auto Technology and Building Trades to Biotechnology and Multimedia. For 2014-2015 the Huot Center will be offering 12 different concentrations including new programs in Resort and Recreation Management and Law Enforcement. With a total enrollment of just under 500 students, many Huot programs are competitive and students are encouraged to apply early.

A complete listing of Huot classes can be found by visiting www.huotech.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:45

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Irwin Automotive to Host Technology Clinic on Wednesday March 19

LACONIA — On Wednesday, March 19 Irwin Automotive will be hosting a technology clinic from 5-6 p.m. at 59 Bisson Avenue.

This clinic will provide customers with answers to all of their technology questions. Product specialists will be present to answer questions and provide information on programs like Entune, Sync, MyFord/ Lincoln Touch, or navigation systems. Learning more about the technology in a vehicle can help vehicle owners save time and money, while making their vehicles safer and more fuel efficient.

There will be food, prizes, and much to be learned at this event. RSVP to Alan Faro by calling (603) 581-2935 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . These events have been extremely popular so RSVP as soon as possible, as space will be limited to the first 50 respondents.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:43

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Penny Pitou Travel Hosting Passport To The World Travel Show

LACONIA — Penny Pitou Travel will be hosting over 40 vendors at their 3rd Annual "Passport To The World" travel trade show on March 29, being held at The Margate Resort in Laconia.

The show will open at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. and admission is free. The show will culminate in the drawing for a 7 Day All-Inclusive vacation brought to you by Club Med, Travel Impressions and Penny Pitou Travel. Penny Pitou Travel will also include up to: $500 per person air credit, toward your flights.
There are so many details in planning the perfect wedding, vacation or family reunion trip. Why not let the travel experts at Penny Pitou Travel take care of those details for you and plan the perfect escape. We are gathering vendors to give you the chance to speak to them one on one and have all your questions answered and to show you all the options out there for a fabulous travel adventure.
There also will be many great giveaways throughout the day and exciting surprises. Luggage giveaways, Sea World Tickets, Roundtrip airline tickets, $500 travel voucher with Delta Vacations and tons more.
The following vendors will be participating in the show and there will be very informative breakout sessions featuring a myriad of destinations.
Grand Prize sponsors are Club Med, Travel Impressions and Penny Pitou Travel
Informative seminars by: Club Med, Princess Cruises, Insight Vacations, Sunset Jamaica Grande, Viking River Cruises, Country Walkers, SeaWorld, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Abercrombie & Kent and CIE Tours.
The following vendors will also be attending the show: Lakes Region Shuttle, Silverseas Cruise Line, Apple Vacations, Uniworld River Cruising, Louis Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line, Hard Rock Hotels, Norwegian Cruise Line, Travel Guard Insurance, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Globus, Avalon Waterways Funjet Vacations, Blue Sky Tours, TNT Vacations, Travel Impressions, AMA Waterways, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Unique Journeys, Amtrak Vacations, Yankee Holidays, Sandals & Beaches Resorts and MLT Vacations.
Featured guests: White Mountain Cupcakery – Winners of Season 7 of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network channel.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:39

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