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Area Bicycle Exchange Plans Open House Saturday

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange will hold an open house on Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its recently opened location, a  20 foot by 20 foot  former motorcycle garage next to the Big Banana Store on 229 Messer Street which is located across from the WOW Trail.

People are invited to come and get a personal tour of the facility and review the working of the exchange, which according to organizer John Rogers will be affiliated with Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWANH). Drop-off or pickup of donated bicycles, helmets and accessories will be at the Messer Street location, which is open limited hours when the big sign is up and door is open.

Rogers says that donations of bicycles, tools  and accessories are encouraged.
The next meeting for the Bicycle Exchange, which is sponsored by Better Together,  will be on Thursday May 22 at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School Library.

The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) is to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the exchange would be for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license. A referral program would be used by working with area human service organizations that would refer people to the exchange. Also referrals from concerned friends and neighbors.

Rogers says that providing a means of greater mobility for those in the community with limited means helps with stable employment and meeting personal responsibilities such as doctor's appointments and also provides family and recreational benefits. Other benefits of the program will be the donation or recycling of bicycles that otherwise are discarded or sent out of the community to serve other areas. Also the promotion of a more bike friendly community.

The next step will be to form an organizational structure working with like minded organizations and volunteers to create a board or committee structure and to build civic support in making Laconia, Belmont and Gilford communities more bicycle friendly.

To make donations, to become involved, or for more information , or minutes from prior meetings, contact John Rogers at 603-524-5288 or 603-630-7571. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A short survey to help with planning can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPWRT7H.



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:47

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Pitmans Hosting Blues Tonight on Friday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room is pleased to announce that it will host Dance Night featuring The Blues Tonight Band on Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.

A lot of Blues bands come and go on the local music scene these days, with most never to return. However, this band did return in 2011 with a vengeance. Consisting of three core members of the original LA East Band from Laconia, it has added some fresh new talent.

Not only does the Band play covers of blues songs that we are all familiar with, Blues Tonight also performs songs that not everyone has on their set list as well as original songs.

Band members include Craig Farrington - Guitar/Vocals; Steve Brooks - Bass Guitar; Eric Anderson –Drums; Dave Bottom - Guitar/Vocals and Alan Doyle – Harp/vocals.

A catered dinner buffet is available before the show. Call 494-3334 for details and reservations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 02:34

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3rd Annual Fusion Bowl-a-Thon to benefit Santa Fund

LACONIA —  Fusion's Third Annual Bowl-A-Thon is on track to be an even greater success than the years before. The event is to be held on Wednesday, May 7,  from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Funspot in Weirs Beach. This year's event will benefit the Lakes Region Santa Fund and future Fusion programs.

The Lakes Region Santa Fund provides year-round financial assistance to support children's activities and provides personal care items and warm gear for the winter months. .

Fusion President, Jaimie Sousa, says, "This year, I'm really excited to announce that our Kingpin Sponsor is The Insurance Outlet. Chris McCarthy, owner of The Insurance Outlet, his associate Tim Gerry, and both of their spouses have been very active in Fusion events, and we're thrilled to have their support as the presenting sponsor."

Last year's champions, MetroCast Business Services, are not only serious about defending their current title, but have also become the official Strike Sponsor for the event.

Immediately following, all are invited to the After-Hours event at T-Bones and Cactus Jack's for additional opportunities to network. Team registration is currently open; contact Fusion today to reserve a space. Fusion is also accepting donations for raffle prizes from local businesses.

The purpose of Fusion NH is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities members serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). For more information about the Fusion organization or how to get involved, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.

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Miller Environmental Education Fund Recipients Announced

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Miller Environmental Education Fund is pleased to announce the funding recipients for 2014.

Funding was given to the Moultonborough Academy Outing Club, which has been dedicated to providing outdoor experiences to students in grades 7 -12, since 2009. The group participates in both day and overnight trips, paddle trips on local rivers, local bike trips and they adopted the task of trail maintenance of Red Hill in the fall and spring. The objective of the club is to reach students who might not otherwise be able to experience the New Hampshire/New England wilderness. The funding will be used for student scholarships, travel costs and medical kits and other outdoor supplies.
Funding was also provided to support a school-wide assembly at Moultonborough Central School. Naturalist and author Mary Holland will be returning to MCS as a follow up to a very successful program she presented last April. Ms Holland spent the day in classrooms activities as well as an evening presentation including families and community members. This year's visit is intended to spark the students' curiosity and enthusiasm for their Earth Day excursions to various local sites.
The Miller Environmental Education Fund was developed in 2007 out of a profound appreciation for the service and dedication of Michele Miller, former principal of Moultonborough Central School and the 2006 NH Environmental Educator of the Year award recipient.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:52

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