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Workshop in Center Harbor on Tuesday to help raise the online profile of local businesses

CENTER HARBOR – A free internet marketing workshop will be offered on Tuesday, July 21, starting at 4 p.m., at the Lamprey Real Estate office, 249 Whittier Highway.

The workshop is being hosted by the Center Harbor Community Development Association, in partnership with the Moultonborough Public Library, Meredith Chamber of Commerce and Google.

Seats are limited, and may be reserved by sending an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This workshop is for small businesses that do not have a verified Google business profile. Residents and visitors alike, rely on Google to search for local goods and services, get directions and see if a business is open. When Google doesn't know about a business or gives the wrong information, that can mean lost business.

"There is an easy fix", said Bill Gassman, workshop leader. "Keeping a Google business profile up to date is a free and effective way to control the information that Google shows to people."

Gassman, of Moultonborough, helps small businesses improve Internet Marketing skills with free 1-on-1 sessions and workshops. Retired from full-time employment, his background includes advising thousands of organizations on using the Internet to reach more customers. He is a Google volunteer and Trusted Google Photographer.

At this workshop, attendees will verify their business with Google and add facts to their profile. Verified businesses can update their information anytime, add pictures and respond to customer comments. A profile is also required for other Google offerings, like advertising or a "See inside" virtual tour.

For more information, look online to www.chcda.com/workshop


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Free clinic for homeowners threatened with foreclosure

LACONIA — A free public clinic for homeowners threatened with foreclosure will take place in Laconia on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Laconia Public Library.

The clinic, sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association, is geared to homeowners who are facing foreclosure or

foreclosure-related financial and legal problems. Homeowners who attend this clinic will meet one-on-one with an attorney who specializes in mortgage and foreclosure cases to formulate a plan to avoid, cope with or fight foreclosure, depending on individual circumstances.

Seating is limited, pre-registration for this clinic is required. Those who wish to register should contact Vanessa Beauchesne, project coordinator of the NH Foreclosure Relief Project at the NH Bar Association, at (603) 715-3255 or register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The clinic is funded by a portion of New Hampshire's share of the national mortgage settlement, the NH Foreclosure Relief Project is a collaboration of the NH Bar Association's Legal Services Department, New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center of New Hampshire.


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Tilton police chief carrying flame of hope into special olympics games in LA

TILTON — On May 14th, the Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games LosAngeles 2015, was lit at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, formally beginning its journey to the World Games. In keeping with Olympic tradition and custom dating back to the Ancient Greeks, the torch will be lit by the sun's rays, and will remain lit until the end of the Games on August 2.

Chief Robert Cormier of Tilton will serve as a Guardian of the Flame of Hope and participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, the last journey of the flame throughout the state of California. Cormier has been selected by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics New Hampshire to be one of the 126 Final Leg Team members. Law enforcement personnel are selected for this honor by their local Torch Run and Special Olympics program for their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics movement.

After the official lighting, the flame began its journey through all 50 states and the District of Columbia as a part of the historic Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America. At the conclusion of the Unified Relay, the Flame of Hope was handed over to the 2015 Los Angeles Final Leg Team, where it will travel beginning on Monday, July 13 to more than 125 cities and towns throughout California, honoring the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion. At each stop, the flame will be carried by teams of law enforcement personnel and Special Olympics athletes representing 48 states and 23 countries around the world, on a course allowing thousands of spectators to witness its important journey.

"The Flame of Hope's journey is symbolic of our global mission to deliver inspiration and hope to Special Olympics athletes and their families, break down barriers to equality that still exist, and create awareness for social change worldwide," said Janet Froetscher CEO of Special Olympics, who participated in the official lighting ceremony in Greece on May 14th. 

The Flame of Hope will complete its journey on July 25 when the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team carries it into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 World Games, and it ignites the cauldron at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony. 

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Elks making bikes available to needy children

GILFORD — The Laconia Elks will hold its third annual Youth Bike Fest from on Sunday, July 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. and the clubhouse at 14 Sugarbush Lane (off Route 11A).

Bicycles and helmets will be given to needy and deserving children of the Lakes Region. Organizers hope to give twice as many bikes as last year.

To qualify the child must receive reduced lunch or free school lunch. Those interested in receiving one of the bicycle should contact Doti Acres Gath at 603-387-7522 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, July 22, in order to receive a bike. Sign up in advance is required. Children must be present to receive their bike.

Family Fun Day will also occur from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a free day of fun for the entire fun including bouncing house, carnival games, volleyball, horseshoes, music, Gilford Fire and Police, clown with balloon animals, food and Elroy the Elk.


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