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Line dancing classes/dance at the Sportsmen's Hall

GILFORD — Line dancing classes will be lead by instructor Bonnie Deutch on Friday, February 21 at the Belknap County Sportsmen's Association Hall located on Lily Pond Road. 

Beginner line dancing classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. followed by a line dancing dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 per person.

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2014 Red Dress Gala a Sell-Out Success: Over $62,000 Raised

LACONIA — Presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, Friday night's LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala at Church Landing in Meredith was a sell-out success. Event organizers were thrilled to welcome more than 320 guests, and are proud to announce that the gala raised an impressive $62,654!

Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past ten years this signature event has raised $464,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our community Emergency Response partners.

2013 proceeds were used to purchase eight LUCAS™ chest compression units for the Emergency Departments at Franklin Regional Hospital, Lakes Region General Hospital and several local ambulances. Proving to be a huge asset in helping to save lives in our community, additional units will be purchased for EMS partners in several surrounding towns, thanks to supporters of the Red Dress Gala.

For this special 10th Anniversary the Red Dress Gala committee chose to move the event back to where it all began years ago – Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake. With the theme A Toast to Ten Years the ballroom at Church Landing was decorated with simple elegance which included striking custom-made linens in black, red, and ivory donated by Divine Inspirations, unique and romantic centerpieces created by ten-year gala supporter Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio, and thousands upon thousands of little white lights and candles.

Lakes Region Party & Gift donated hundreds of black and gold balloons; Carlos from Five Star Entertainment contributed dramatic up-lighting; and Jeff Day carved a martini luge and huge champagne glass ice sculptures, all of which added to the celebratory feel of the night.

The Common Man culinary team presented a truly mouth-watering meal, Geoff Cunningham performed beautiful music during the cocktail hour, and Paul Warnick & Phil 'n the Blanks had the dance floor spilling over well into the night. Warren Bailey of Comcast Spotlight worked the crowd during the live auction, raising nearly $11,000 in less than a half-hour.

Highlights for guests included a very fun photo booth with props galore, a delicious candy buffet, late-night S'mores courtesy of Annalee Dolls, fabulous live and silent auction items, and a heartfelt champagne toast to ten years by LRGHealthcare President & CEO Tom Clairmont.

"In its tenth year the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala continues to thrive. The support from our sponsors, advertisers, auction and in-kind donors, and the hundreds of guests who attend year after year is remarkable," stated Clairmont. "On behalf of the LRGHealthcare family, our local EMS partners, and of course the patients whose lives have been saved, Thank You to every business and individual who has supported the gala in any way over the past ten years."

In addition to the 320 guests, over 100 business and individuals supported the event and cause. Joining Presenting Sponsor MB Tractor & Equipment in supporting the Red Dress Gala were Gold Sponsor Evroks Corporation; Cocktail Reception Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Entertainment Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors, DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc., FairPoint Communications, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, Lovering Volvo, and Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Bronze Sponsors BlueSpire Marketing, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Health Plans, Inc., and Meredith Village Savings Bank.; and Corporate Sponsors Cross Insurance and Holbrook Insurance Center, Inc.

Major event supporters include Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, Five Star Entertainment, Geoff Cunningham, Ice Designs by Jeff Day, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Lakes Region Party & Gift, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, Salmon Press Newspapers, Stacey Brobst Photography, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, The Laconia Daily Sun, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey.

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Business Workshop: Building a Winning Culture for Startups

PLYMOUTH – The Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) will offer a workshop targeted to small business owners: Building a Winning Culture for Startups on Thursday, February 27 from 4-6 p.m. at Lakes Region Community Services and on Friday, February 28 from 8-10 a.m. at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.

Building a winning workplace culture is the key to attracting talent, maximizing productivity and becoming a high performing organization. A great culture breeds great results, reinforces an organization's brand, attracts the brightest talent, and improves retention and performance. For leaders of startups, developing a thriving culture is one of the key components of an effective business strategy.

The workplace culture of startups undoubtedly reflects the personality of the entrepreneur and his/her personal values and mission. Thoughtfulness about how that culture can be leveraged and what it means to clients, prospects, and potential employees is paramount to creating growth.

In this interactive workshop, participants will go through the process of understanding their own culture and ways to reinforce that climate which include: understanding the organization's true purpose, examining the cultures of successful companies, becoming a better leader and role model of the organization, developing core values for the organization to live by, leveraging the organization's culture to attract talent and new business, and more.

Whether your small business offers health care, financial services, technology, real estate or a seasonal retail store, creating a thriving workplace culture can be the difference between simply maintaining your business and having it flourish.

Michael Kilfoyle is an idea guide passionate about making organizations better. With experience in a variety of industries, Michael has played just about every instrument and ultimately become the conductor utilizing his wealth of experience to help businesses realize their vision. Recognized as a national sales leader, Kilfoyle  speaks regularly on organizational improvement. He received his BA in History and MBA with a concentration in Organizational Development from Plymouth State University. Despite these achievements, Michael spends much of his time away from work trying to prove that the phrase, "cool dad", is not an oxymoron.

This event is offered at no cost to attendees, but space is limited. Reserve a seat today by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Irwin Automotive Celebrates 63rd Annniversary

 LACONIA —  Irwin Automotive celebrated their 63rd anniversary this past January with Lincoln. Having served New Hampshire with 3 generations, Irwin's is coming off a record year of over 4,000 retailed new and used vehicles, making them one of New Hampshire's largest dealers. They have maintained a tradition of friendly customer service by being a perennial President's Award Winner. Additionally, they have done so with a belief in continued community involvement in the Lakes Region and beyond.

Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership. The Ford dealership was later added in 1955. Peter Irwin, second generation, joined his father's team and added the Toyota dealership in 1979. Irwin's Used Car Center was later built in 1994 and located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. With the new millennium came a Scion addition in 2002, as well as a 12,000 square foot expansion of the Bisson Avenue location. This location now totals 72,000 square feet, more than 15 acres, and 900 vehicles.
Irwin Automotive never stopped expanding and continues to grow. The next addition came with the Quicklane Tire and Auto Center in 2010, servicing all of the Lakes Region's maintenance and repair needs. In 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai, offering another selection of vehicles to all of Irwin's loyal customers. The growth has continued into recent months when NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's was founded. The accomplishments and growth Irwin Automotive Group has accomplished throughout the years are truly admirable while keeping the business in the family from it's founding to 2014 with Chris Irwin, third generation as current Vice President. In 63 years of business, the Irwin family tradition has become a family tradition for many New Hampshire families, as Irwin's mission is "to treat every guest as their best friend."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:20

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