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21st annual FSB Charity Softball tournament opens today

FRANKLIN — This year marks the 21st Annual Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball event, a  double-elimination tournament to run Wednesday, September 17th – Wednesday, September 24th at Odell Park.

More than $54,000 has been raised for local charities in the prior 20 years. Voting for the charity of choice to receive tournament proceeds took place at Franklin Savings Bank and on the Bank's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. The votes have been counted and this year's tournament will benefit Local Community Centers.

All proceeds are earned through the team entry fee, concession stand profits, and donations. Additionally, a significant amount of the charity donation comes from the annual raffle. Over 30 raffle items have been donated this year. The drawings will be held immediately following the championship game on Tuesday, September 23rd.

The one-week tournament features co-ed teams with teammates ages 13 and older. This year, the 2014 tournament will host a 14 teams: Beauchine's Auto & Towing, Byron's Septic, Cutting Edge Graphics, Elektrisola, Franklin Savings Bank, The Local Eatery, NB Hardscapes & Masonry, PatrAngie Mold, Patrick's Pub, Racks 'N Sacks, Regulators, Scared Hitless, SKR Site Services, and Sista Law Offices.

In 2013, Byron's Septic was crowned the tournament champions after defeating second place winners, Franklin Savings Bank, while Sisti Law Offices took home third place honors.

Organizations receiving donations from the tournament in years prior include: local high school Chem-Free celebrations, local walking trails (the Northern Rail Trail, WOW - Winnisquam, Opechee & Winnipesaukee -Trail, Winnipesaukee River Trail, and the Odell Park River Trail); local homeless shelters; local food pantries; the American Cancer Society; American Red Cross; local DARE programs; Franklin VNA & NANA; local Hospice programs; Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity; Make-A-Wish NH; the NH Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse; the Relay for Life; the American Diabetes Association; the Aaron Robert Risley Memorial Scholarship Fund; Mix 94.1 FM Cash-N-Cans; local animal shelters; the MacDonald Family Scholarship Fund; and the Odell Park concession stand rebuilding effort.

The Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament began in 1994 after a discussion about a charity tournament being held on MTV. Each year since, the tournament has had an overwhelming response with many teams returning each year and new teams asking to join in the fun.

More information and tournament updates will be posted at the bank's web site at fsbnh.com and on the FSB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank. You can also follow the Franklin Savings Bank Charity Softball Tournament on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fsbsoftball.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:51

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SCORE offers customer growth workshop

LACONIA — Could your business use a few more customers? The experience a customer has with you and your business is critical in growing your business and developing a long term customer relationship. Sadly many small businesses fail to look at how to offer an awesome customer experience. In this fast paced society of today a small business person needs to integrate all of the elements and customer touch points both digital and conventional to attract and develop a stronger relationship with customers.

SCORE Lakes Region brings you our "Creating an Awesome Customer Experience" workshop. During this highly interactive workshop you will be updated on the current state of customer dissatisfaction, how to create and develop a sustainable, cohesive customer experience that will gain their loyalty, propel referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations and ultimately grow your business.

This workshop will be hosted by Lakes Region SCORE. The presenter will be Kerry Pfrimmer, an award winning Marketing and Sales leader whose career advanced from the ranks of Sales & Marketing into general and executive management. His 30+ year career has spanned small businesses in specialty retail, automotive and recreational product segments and Senior Executive roles at Fortune 500 companies including; DuPont and GE. His passion for relentless customer satisfaction and growth will encourage you to propel your business to new sales levels and implement practical high impact solutions.

Advance registration tuition is $25 per person for September 24th workshop. Registration will be available at the door the night of the event from 5:00-5:30 PM for $30. The workshop will be held from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Laconia Chamber of Commerce, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH. Advance registration can be done by sending your $25 check with your contact information; name, email, phone number and street address to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Or you can preregister online at http://lakesregion.score.org/localworkshops.

SCORE Lakes Region is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization and Small Business Administration resource providing no cost small business counseling, mentoring and coaching for the life of your small business.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:17

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Senior Moment-um Introduction to Tennis on Sept. 22

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, September 22. We will meet at the Gilford Tennis Courts at the Village Field at 10:00 am for an introduction to Tennis led by Parks and Recreation Director, Herb Greene.

The Parks and Recreation Department will be providing modified equipment of small rackets and slower bouncing balls; however participants are welcome to bring their own rackets. Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, September 19th.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:12

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Skating Academy adding synchronized skating team

LACONIA — Jennifer Tondreau and her team of professional figure skating coaches will open the Central New Hampshire Skating Academy's 2014-2015 season at the Laconia Ice Arena on Friday, September 19th.

These energetic and enthusiastic professionals bring their extensive experiences with Disney on Ice, Ice Capades, competitive ice dancing and hockey skating to central New Hampshire. Utilizing the United States Figure Skating Association curriculum, lessons from beginner to advanced levels will be offered to skaters from age 3 to 103. This season's Friday lesson schedule will include Learn to Skate: Skill Development, and Freestyle Skills and Edge, Power and Positions classes. All classes will include additional practice ice time and the opportunity to participate in Off Ice Training for the Figure Skater to build core strength increase flexibility and improve figure skating maneuvers on the ice.
New this year will be the Central New Hampshire Skating Academy Synchronized Skating Team. This team, which will meet on Wednesday evenings, will utilize the USFSA Synchronized Skating Curriculum to guide skaters through the elements of synchronized skating.
The Synchronized Skating Team and the Academy's Performance Company will offer two public performances this season. The 12th annual Spread Your Wings and Soar Cancer Benefit Show, all proceeds of which are donated to a local family fighting cancer, on Saturday, November 8th and the Spring Show on Saturday, March 28th. Both performances will be held at the Laconia Ice Arena.
The Central New Hampshire Skating Academy is a not for profit organization dedicated to the provision of recreational, theatrical, synchronized, and learn to skate programs to the central New Hampshire community. For additional information or to join the friendliest group of skaters in central New Hampshire visit www.cnhskatingacademy.org or call 226-5683.



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