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Bank of New Hampshire Celebrates with 2020 Vision Quest

LACONIA —  Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a supporter of 2020 Vision Quest and their mission to inspire people to reach beyond adversity and achieve their highest goals. In addition to the recent sponsorship of 2020 Vision Quest's Peak Potential Dinner, Bank of New Hampshire's John Swenson, VP - Loan Serving Manager has also joined the 2020 Vision Quest Board of Directors.

On August 24, Randy and Quinn Pierce of 2020 Vision Quest climbed to the summit of Mt. Flume and back on a spectacular late-summer day, completing their original quest to climb the New Hampshire forty-eight 4,000' mountains. Their journey logged a total of over 340 trail miles and over 110,000 feet of elevation gain. The non-winter version of the NH 48—with its twisty, rocky, root-filled trails—holds plenty of challenge for the foot not guided by sight. But when the team stepped out of the woods and off the Liberty Spring trailhead that Saturday afternoon, this amazing accomplishment was in the books. Randy is the first blind person ever to complete this feat, and Quinn the first Guide Dog.

The accomplishment actually means that they completed their second round of these mountains in 37 months, as the team used the easier footing of winter in their historic single-winter-season summit of all these peaks from December 21, 2011 through March 10, 2012.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:13

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Lions Club collecting electronic waste on Saturday

GILFORD — Members of the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club will be holding an Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, October 19 in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to President Lori Chandler, "Money raised on October 19 will allow the Lions Club to meet pressing needs in our community such as eye glasses and hearing aids, stocking of local food pantries, college scholarships, and holiday food baskets for families in need" 

All old electronics can be handed over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day (EWCD) so that they can be recycled. The small fee charged is less than the local transfer station's prices. Cash or checks will be accepted but not debit or credit cards.

Following is a list of items you may want to drop off: computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, Servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer accessories.

In addition, they will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted.

You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs or thermometers, capacitors, ballasts, or any other hazardous waste.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:07

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Meredith Chamber Plans Fall Meeting

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce announces that the Annual Fall Business Meeting of the Chamber will take place on Friday, October 25 at Hart's Restaurant.
This year the Chamber will hold its meeting at noontime and will feature a fall luncheon buffet as well as the election of offiers. President Dave Hamblet reports that the highlight of the meeting will be the presentation of the Annual Community Awards. The Meredith Area Chamber represents over 300 businesses from the towns of Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Holderness, Weirs Beach as well as several members from the Newfound Area.

All in the Lakes Region business community are invited to attend. Reservations may be made by calling the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 279-6121.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:02

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Downtown Revitalization Forum in Bristol on October 24 (393)

BRISTOL —  On Thursday, October 24 the town of Bristol will host a forum on downtown revitalization for rural communities. This forum is part of an ongoing effort to assist rural communities in economic development.

"I'm pleased that leaders in Ashland, Bristol, Holderness, and Plymouth have shown a real initiative in assuring their communities take advantage of resources that will further their development," said Grafton County Economic Development Executive Director Mark Scarano.

The Downtown Revitalization Forum will begin at 8 a.m. at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol. The program will begin with a keynote by Joe Denning, Bristol selectman, who will share his learned and unique perspective on bringing town projects from the planning stages to fruition.

Denning is a long-time Bristol resident and civic leader and has served on the Board of Selectman since 1998. Joe has been instrumental in spearheading many town projects including the recent downtown improvements as well as Safe Routes to School projects, the Pemi Trail Project and the Bike Path to Newfound Lake.

Two work sessions will follow, led by Robbie Grady, who will present on ways to build support: political, financial, and volunteer for downtown projects as well as creating promotional events to draw visitors to your community. Grady is a nationally Certified Main Street Manager, holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Texas, and is currently the executive director of Goffstown Main Street Program and the facilitator for NH Vibrant Communities.

The forum will end with a tour of downtown Bristol, which has just undergone a major downtown improvement.

The forum is free and open to the public but RSVPs by Monday, October 21 are required as seats are limited. A light breakfast and box lunch will be served. For questions, contact Jeanie Forrester by calling 279-1459 or RSVP directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) is a group of community leaders working together to bring economic development opportunities to rural communities.

The forum will be held at the Minot-Sleeper Library.

Schedule is as follows:

8 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Registration/breakfast

8:30 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Michael Capone, Bristol Town Administrator

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Joe Denning, Bristol Selectman

9 :30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Session I: Downtown organization - getting started, building support: political, financial, and volunteer, R. Grady

11a.m. -12:15 p.m. Session II: Downtown promotions, R. Grady

12:15 p.m. -1 p.m. Box lunch and networking

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Bristol Revitalization Tour: M. Capone

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 08:58

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