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Franklin Savings Bank donation will help fund 2nd Annual LHS Chem-Free After Prom Party

LACONIA — Laconia High School, the LHS SADD team and Stand Up Laconia publicly thank Franklin Savings Bank for their $1,000 donation that will be designated toward the schools 2nd Annual LHS Chem-Free After Prom Party. This gift was made possible by Franklin Savings Bank's Annual Charity Softball Tournament which raises money each year for local groups and agencies that are in need of support.

The employees of Franklin Savings Bank are poled each year to identify what groups will receive this support. The Laconia High School administrative team, members of LHS SADD and Stand Up Laconia are thrilled that this year some of the charity proceeds went to the chem-free party! The chem-free party was initiated last year by Officer Steve Orton, the school resource officer at Laconia High School, and his SADD Team.

The $1,000 check was received at Laconia High School on October 17 by Ken Sawyer, Regional Sales Manager of the Laconia and Gilford Offices of Franklin Savings Bank. The check was presented to Clare Persson, chairperson of Stand Up Laconia, a grass roots organization that was initiated out of Better Together and seeks to positively impact Laconia by reducing the amount of substance abuse occurring in our city. Also included in the picture are SADD members Savanah Bastis, Cierra Gonyea and Carly DeNauw, and Jim McCollum, Principal of Laconia High School and a member of The Stand Up Laconia team.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 08:29

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Town of Sandwich 250th Anniversary event today

SANDWICH — Town of Sandwich Moderator Lee Quimby and his special guests will bring Sandwich history alive this Saturday, October 26 at the Sandwich Central School from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Sandwich - The Beginning" will celebrate and highlight the signing of the town charter and some of the town's earliest settlers.The festivities will include an historical vignette, a Congessional Record dedication, a 250th commemorative postal cancellation presentation and music, food and drinks from that time period.

The refreshments will be prepared by the Corner House Inn. There will also be a raffle for a 250th anniversity commemorative chair. There is no charge for this event which is sponsored by the 250th Anniversary Committee.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 07:58

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Rotary exchange students enjoy local fall fun

MEREDITH — The Meredith Rotary Club recently hosted 20 youth exchange students from Rotary District 7870, which covers much of Southern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire.

The students in the youth exchange program were from Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand. Students in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program spend the entire school year with host families in the United States. Two Meredith students joined the group, one who spent last year in Chile, and one who is Meredith's candidate to be an exchange student during the 2014-15 academic school year.

On October 11, students met their weekend host families at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith, during a dinner sponsored by the Meredith Rotary Club. October 12 began with a trip to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center. From there, the group attended the Sandwich Fair, compliments of the Sandwich Fair Association. They then enjoyed winding their way through the corn maze at Moulton Farm. Later the participants went off to Funspot, the Weirs Beach Go-Kart track, and making tie-dye shirts, before ending the day on the Mt. Washington dinner cruise. After spending October 13 with their Meredith weekend host families, the students returned to the towns that are hosting them for the year.

Events such as these are rewarding experiences for both the students and host families. Anyone interested in being a Rotary Youth Exchange student or hosting a student, during the 2015-16 academic school year, should contact Dean Gulezian at 677-7172.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 07:54

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A Cut Above Landscaping Donates New Landscaping to Laconia ice Arena's Capital Campaign

LACONIA — Ken Yorston, owner of A Cut Above Landscaping in Meredith recently helped the Laconia Ice Arena beautify its entrance with a generous donation of a new walkway design and installation.

Yorston said the donation was his company's "thank-you to the ice arena for providing such a positive environment for his daughter, and all the other youth that participate in programs at the arena". In addition he said "I wasn't really in a position to contribute financially, but after talking with arena manager Will Fay, I found out there absolutely was a way to support the arena. It was my honor, and I would encourage fellow business people in our area to find similar ways to give back to our community, and to support this undertaking at the arena."

Other local businesses who supported the project were Brian Gilbert at Gilbert Block, who donated the block and other materials, as well as Dave Rotonnelli at Appletree Nursery, who donated the plants. A Cut Above's crew was Rob Powell, Josh Latulippe, and Cam Decormier

The landscaping project is part of a larger capital campaign project that has been underway since the spring of 2012. "We're about half way to our goal of $250,000. Our hope is to reach that by about this time next year'' said Fay. He said the campaign is still in need of financial donations, pledges, and sponsorships as well as donations of materials for improvements and volunteers willing to give their time.

"There are always ways people can help," Fay added. "The utility bills here are astronomical to say the least," added Fay, who also pointed out that the refrigeration equipment at the rink is roughly 20 years old. "We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I am confident we will get things done. Just as we did when we built the arena, we will work hard to get the community involved in this next phase. We are continuing to reach out to community leaders, banks, and grant programs to help us accomplish our goals".

The Laconia Ice Arena "think rink for kids" Plan provides for improved energy efficiency upgrades, updated refrigeration equipment, as well as reduced fees for the youth & community.

Contributions can be made in the following ways; cash, corporate sponsorship, grant money or matching funds. Labor, pledges and estate planning is also encouraged. Financial commitments will be made public, unless the donors choose to remain anonymous. For more information, or to help, contact Will Fay at 528-0789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 October 2013 07:43

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