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Thanksgiving service at Smith Meeting House on Sunday

GILMANTON — The Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday November 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Smith Meeting House.

Services are non-denominational and all are welcome. The Reverend Sid Lovett will give the sermon.

Special music will be provided and there will be a prelude and a postlude. This will be the first time that the new organ will be played publicly.

Following the service there will be refreshments served in the downstairs meeting room.

The First Congregational Society was formed in 1774. The name Smith Meeting House is used to honor the first minister to serve there, the Reverend Isaac Smith. The Meeting house is located off NH route 140 and NH route 107.

Those who attend will receive the latest publication of the history of the Society.

For inquiries about this news release contact George Roberts at 603-520-1300.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:52

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Annual Holly Fair held at Center Harbor Congregational on Nov. 22

CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Congregational Church, UCC will hold its annual Holly Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This is an old-fashioned Christmas bazaar for all ages where shoppers can find special Christmas gifts, homemade jams and jellies, hand-knit items, homemade candy, baked goods, gift baskets, and Christmas crafts. Most items have been handcrafted by the members of the church over the last year.

Morning coffee will be served, and visitors may enjoy lunch in the café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Trifles and Treasures will be here again with a wide assortment of antique items, sold on consignment by the church members. Trifles and Treasures features one-of-a-kind items such as china, glassware, beaded purses, linens, photos, and small pieces of furniture.

More information can be obtained by calling the church office at 253-7698.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:47

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Dr. Laroux acquires Tilton Veterinary Hospital

TILTON — Dr. Sara Laroux, DVM recently acquired the Tilton Veterinary Hospital, located at 280 Laconia Road in Tilton, from now retired veterinarian, Dr. Michael Ware. Dr. Ware served as the sole practitioner of the practice for the past 35 years. Dr. Laroux purchased the business with support and financing from Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), Belknap County Economic Development Council (BelkapEDC) and Dr. Ware, and has been operating the veterinary hospital since September.

Dr. Laroux graduated with honors from a combined program in Veterinary Medicine at Washington State and Oregon State Universities. She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine and most recently practiced at Meredith Place Veterinary Emergency Center in Meredith.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a respected practice and well maintained facility to step into," said Dr. Laroux. "While I came into this transaction well prepared, there were still a few small challenges during the purchase. I felt very fortunate to have a team of local resources, like Gracie Cilley from MVSB and Ken Wilson at BelknapEDC, on board to offer support and guidance throughout the process."

With her background in emergency care, Dr. Laroux plans to expand the surgical services offered at Tilton Veterinary Hospital and to offer extended hours seasonally. Recognizing the importance of providing care for animals in the setting they are most comfortable, she has also set aside Tuesdays each week to make house visits.

"It's been such a pleasure to work with Dr. Laroux as she pursued the purchase of her own veterinary hospital," said Gracie Cilley, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer for Meredith Village Savings Bank. "We wish her so much success in this new venture."

Ken Wilson, Loan Officer for BelknapEDC, added "We are very pleased and proud of the role that we played in assisting with the financing of the purchase of Tilton Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Ware's long-respected practice and his patients will surely be in good hands with Dr. Laroux."

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:44

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Rumney Family's Products Selected for New Common Man Country Store in Hooksett

RUMNEY — Dan and Linda Kimble of Rumney have learned it is indeed possible to have too much of a good thing, in their case goat milk; but the couple, along with their six children, found a way to turn this excess into a thriving family business.
What started with a few goats to provide the family with nutritious milk, led to such a surplus that the Kimbles were able to supply other local families and still have plenty to spare. Not being ones to waste anything, they tried a number of ways to put the excess to use, eventually trying their hands at making goat milk soaps for the family and selling it at farmers' markets in the area.
The Kimble children are homeschooled and the opportunity to make and sell products has always been part of their lesson plans. Over the years the family has made and sold food and craft items including everything from breads to bunk beds. "The children learned about math through measuring, whether it be wood or flour" Linda explains. "They've also learned about the manufacturing process, wholesale versus retail and how to provide good customer service".
The response to the soaps is so positive that Dan realized they were on to something. The family rebranded their business (previously Kimble's Crafts) to Big Rock Goat Farm in April of this year. The name came from Linda who noted that goats love to climb, and in direct view from the kitchen window is a big rock frequented by their many goats. The business' marketing team went to work creating a new logo and redesigning their ecommerce website. The family frequently sells their line of all-natural skin care products at craft fairs and festivals all over the state, as well as online. Meanwhile, Dan, a website programmer by trade, has been busy getting the soaps into a number of local businesses.
One of those businesses is the New Hampshire Country Stores at the new Common Man Visitors' Centers on both the north and south sides of I-93 in Hooksett. The stores are just one part of the immense project undertaken by Granite State Hospitality, a partnership between Alex Ray, owner of the Common Man family of restaurants and Rusty McClear, co-owner of Mill Falls at the Lake, located in Meredith. The northbound store opened ahead of schedule in September while the southbound one is still under construction.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:36

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