Irwin group shows support for breast cancer awareness

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive Group staff are showing customers how important breast cancer awareness is by wearing pink shirts this week at all Irwin Automotive locations. Irwin employees see the importance in supporting this cause and spreading awareness about taking preventative measures during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Irwin Automotive Group has seen the struggles of employees, families and friends that were caused by a breast cancer diagnosis. It is a time to remember and honor the memory of families and friends who were lost in the battle against breast cancer throughout the Lakes Region and around the world.


Alex Ray issues $100k substance abuse challenge


Alex Ray, owner and founder of the Common Man restaurant in Ashland, and proprietor of several other hospitality establishments in central New Hampshire, including Meredith, is continuing his fight against substance abuse and the heroin epidemic in New Hampshire. He has issued a fundraising challenge — every dollar that is donated to Easter Seals for its substance abuse programs will be matched up to $100,000.

With New Hampshire ranking 49th in access to treatment for substance addiction, and heroin use at epidemic proportions, Ray has issued the challenge to Granite State residents to improve options in the State for those recovery. All gifts received will help increase the number of treatment beds at Easter Seals NH, which has been on the front lines of this battle and is committed to supporting people in need, through substance abuse treatment programs at the Farnum Center in Manchester, and Farnum North in Franklin.

Ray announced the challenge—that if met by Nov. 1, will bring in a total of $200,000 — at the recent Easter Seals NH Farnum North groundbreaking of Bartlett Cottage in Franklin. Once the renovation of this building is completed next February, Bartlett Cottage will house 20 co-ed treatment beds. Additionally, Easter Seals is in the process of licensing 42 existing beds for residential treatment at Webster Place at Farnum North.

"I believe New Hampshire deserves better and has the means to be better. It will take all of us to accomplish this," said Ray. "There are record numbers of people dying from overdoses in New Hampshire and we must respond. I will match every dollar donated to this campaign from now until November 1st." Ray was instrumental in preserving and restoring the historic Daniel Webster homestead and Civil War era orphanage into an alcohol and drug recovery center in 2007 that Easter Seals purchased earlier this year.

Easter Seals NH has already received $38,000 toward the Alex Ray $100,000 Challenge for Recovery. That leaves only $62,000 to reach $200,000. The funds will be used to increase the number of treatment beds available and make an impact by decreasing the length of time people battling the disease of addiction need to wait for help. Gifts may be made in memory or honor of a loved one and all gifts $5,000 and above will receive a naming opportunity at Farnum North. Donors who give $100 or more will be recognized with their name on a plaque at Farnum North.

"Expanding treatment options, in addition to prevention and recovery support, is critical to combat the state's growing substance abuse problem. Alex's gift sets a high philanthropic bar for the State in tackling this problem together," said Easter Seals President & CEO Larry Gammon. "With the renovation of Bartlett Cottage, the addition of 42 licensed residential beds at Webster Place, and the eventual renovation of the entire Farnum North campus, we will change and save lives."

Those wishing to make a gift to the Alex Ray $100,000 Challenge for Recovery by Nov. 1, are urged to visit They may also contact Easter Seals Vice President of Major Gifts & Planned Giving Courtney Smith at 603.621.3456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gilford library lists special, new programs


GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library has scheduled two special events for later this month and is also launching a new ongoing activity to its regular  schedule.

For the 25th annual NH Pumpkin Fest, being held in downtown Laconia, the library will be hosting a three-day pumpkin carving extravaganza. Forty pumpkins have been donated to the library and they need to be carved by Friday, Oct. 23, to be counted for the Guinness World Record attempt. Pumpkins will be carved at the library, and then dropped off in downtown Laconia to be counted for the record. Each pumpkin needs to be carved and lit to be counted, but carvers are welcome to get as creative and crazy as they want.

There will be open carving on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Liz Barbour will talk about Mindful Eating.

Mindless and distracted eating is something that many do to occupy time, even when not hungry. Barbour, a chef and food enthusiast, will help identify the cycle of mindless eating and offers some simple ways to help anyone to be a more "mindful" eater. Her discussion and slide presentation will be followed by a cooking demonstration of two healthy seasonal recipes with samples for all. Interested patrons can sign up by contacting the

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, the library will be hosting a new Nightly Knitting group. Now there is a knitting group available to those with full day schedules. All knitters are welcome to work on their current knitting projects, or get some tips and inspiration. The group will meet every other Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those with questions about these or other programs and events can contact the Gilford Public Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-6042.

Carter Mountain Brass to give concert Oct. 17

GILFORD — Carter Mountain Brass Band will present a fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., in the First United Methodist Church off Route 11A.

The concert is sponsored by Wesley Arts, the church's artistic organization.

The concert, titled "A Musical Tour Through Time in Brass," is conducted by Mike Mikuski who is completing his first season with the group. The program will feature a variety of music from the 16th century right up through the 20th century. There will be something for everyone, including brass choir, marches, folk songs, a vocalist, and popular tunes. Each piece is introduced with an interesting story or fact to increase appreciation of the music.

A donation of $7 will be accepted at the door. All proceeds go to support the church's outreach to the community through the use of its building to groups for meetings, rehearsals, and other events.