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Chamber Seeks Nominations for Economic Improvement Awards

LACONIA — Each year,the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses for their economic development, construction or improvements in the Lakes Region or Twin Rivers regions at their Annual Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting.

This year's 95th annual meeting, being presented by Bank of New Hampshire, will be held on January, 16 2014 at Mill Falls at the Lake in the Winnipesaukee Room at Church Landing in Meredith.
The Chamber is seeking nominations for this year's outstanding organizations that have remodeled, renovated or rebuilt in the 2013 calendar. Categories for eligible businesses are: retail (large or small); commercial; municipal; industrial; and non-profit.
There are 3 prestigious awards being presented at the event. The Golden Trowel Award is presented to a business to recognize their accomplishments for rehabilitation, addition, new landscaping, maintenance or other visible improvement. The Golden Hammer Award will be given to an organization for any noticeable construction completed in 2013. The third award is the Environmental Award, presented to a business that has made efforts and investments to being environmentally friendly, sustainable or green.
To nominate a business, go to the Chamber website at LakesRegionChamber.org. Completed forms including a minimum of one photograph may be submitted electronically or mailed to the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, 383 SouthMain St, Laconia, NH 03246. Deadline for submissions is December 6.

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Laconia Harley-Davidson Launches Statewide Effort to Raise Funds and Awareness for Prostate Cancer Research

MEREDITH —  Laconia Harley-Davidson announced a month-long collaborative effort to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research and men's mental health challenges.

Laconia Harley is participating in the Movember Foundation's month-long mustache-growing campaign and partnering with the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC) to raise critical funds to support prostate cancer research and education. Prostate Cancer affects one in six men and approximately one man in thirty-six will die of this disease.

The campaign will formally begin at a "Shave the Date" event on November 2 from 12-2 p.m. at Laconia Harley-Davidson.  Participants will learn about men's health issues from NHPCC and can make a donation to the organization and receive free shaves so they can start the month with a clean face for the Movember Foundation campaign.

Throughout the 30 days of November, men will grow their moustaches (no other facial hair) to show their support of men's health awareness and prompt conversations on these issues wherever they go. Laconia Harley has established a team page at https://www.movember.com/us/register/?teamid=1050569 where the public can sign up to join the effort and solicit support from family members and friends.

Laconia Harley will match funds raised through the Movember effort (up to $2,000) and make a donation to the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition, a statewide organization that seeks to significantly reduce the number of prostate cancer deaths, improve the quality of life of men living with this disease and to provide Prostate Cancer diagnosis and treatment education.

Raising awareness for these men's health issues is especially important to Laconia Harley owner Anne Deli, who lost her father to prostate cancer over a decade ago. "I watched my father die from complications of prostate cancer because he simply didn't go to the doctor until it was too late," said Deli. "It is my goal to encourage men to take control of their health so that we can reduce the preventative deaths from prostate cancer."

Riders and their families can come to the Meredith store for a fresh shave donated by professional barbers from Polished & Proper Barbershop & Shave Parlor in Laconia, a free lunch provided by Hart's Turkey Farm, live music, and drinks.


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Debt Triage Workshop Nov. 7 in Laconia

LACONIA  — On Thursday, November 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. a Debt Triage Workshop will be offered by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT). The workshop takes place at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia – Woodside Building, Birch Room. Light refreshments will be available.

The Debt Triage Workshop is free and is sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

The class will cover budgeting, cutting waste, changing behaviors, prioritizing debt, credit repair, improving and understanding credit reporting, and more. Designed for those on a tight budget, the class will also focus on financial preparation to achieve specific goals, such as reducing debt, reestablishing credit or preparing to own a home.

Participants will learn to eliminate waste, prioritize expenses, understand spending habits, stretch dollars, and get on the path to healthy spending habits. Learn tips and strategies for saving. All class participants are eligible for individual budget/credit counseling.

Register today by calling Debra Drake, Homeownership Director of LACLT at 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance registration is required.

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Mountain Lake Chorale at Sanbornton Church Nov. 8

SANBORNTON — The Mountain Lake Chorale will be returning to the Sanbornton Congregational Church-UCC to perform on Friday evening, Nov. 8. Since the date is close to Veterans' Day, the Chorale will be performing some patriotic numbers as well as other selections from their repertoire.
The MLC was started in April of 2009 and now has 14 members under the direction of Leslie McDonnell. The members of the group collectively travel about 575 miles to rehearse together each week. Members of the Chorale hail from 9 states originally and live in 10 different towns in the Lakes Region. Five members have Bachelors of Music or Music Education Degrees and two have Masters of Music Degrees. Ten members play a total of 14 instruments. The singers in this Chorale have performed in 14 different states and in 29 foreign countries.
All together the members have performed with over 200 singing groups for a total of well over 700 years when they are all added up.

Another interesting fact about the group is that three of the men have run in the Boston Marathon.
There will be a freewill offering taken at the door that will benefit the work of the Sanbornton Congregational Church-UCC in the community. Those attending may enjoy refreshments in the undercroft following the concert.

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