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Fire safety calendar to feature artwork from 3 Laconia third graders

LACONIA — Each year the Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with the NH Fire Prevention Society, distributes a calendar full of fire and safety messages and information as well as a monthly "theme" that features a monthly safety message. Each months safety message is highlighted by the artwork of a 3rd grade student. A 13th drawing is also picked to be the cover of the of the calendar. This year over 300 hundred drawings were submitted for consideration and three of the winners were from schools in Laconia.

On April 8th, a ceremony and pizza party was held the NH Fire Academy to honor the winning students artwork and participation in the contest. Members of the Laconia Fire Department were in attendance as Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes, and Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Virginia Barry and Public Education Specialist Mary MacCaffrie congratulated the students and presented each child a plaque, fire safety books, and a certificate honoring their winning entries.

This year's winners from Laconia are:

Eric Simoneau – calendar cover picture- Pleasant Street School (Teacher: Mrs. Ward-Hill)

Carlee Farwell – April /Keeping your home fire safe with proper spring cleaning – Elm Street School (Teacher: Mrs. Vasconcellos)

Sophia Moore – December / Safe use of candles / Holiday Safety – Elm Street School (Teacher: Mr. Mercer)

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:04

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School-to-Farm Breakfast held by the Farm Bureau

BARNSTEAD — The Belknap County Farm Bureau is holding their inaugural School-to-Farm Breakfast on Saturday, April 25 from 8-11 a.m. at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station at 305 Parade Road in Barnstead.

The cost for the breakfast is by donation. For more information, contact Tom Locke, President of the Belknap County Farm Bureau at (603) 387-7539.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:59

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The perfect storm rolls in to gilford with brad paisley august 9th

GILFORD — Will you be prepared for the Perfect Storm of Brad Paisley's Crushin' It World Tour as he rolls into Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook August 9th? Tickets range from $39.75 to $89.75 and go on sale Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. Call the Box Office at 603-293-4700 or log on to www.BankNHpavilion.com for tickets.

Having written or co-written 20 of his #1 singles, and scoring his 23rd #1 hit with Perfect Storm, Brad Paisley brings his Crushin' It World Tour to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.  A true entertainer, with several awards, including 3 Grammy's, under his belt, Paisley returns to the 'Brook for a night of rocking country magic.

Doing it his way...and blazing a trail inherent to his hometown of Poyen, Arkansas, ACM New Artist of the Year, Justin Moore joins Paisley on August 9th. With hits that bring the swagger and hard-hitting guitars, Moore knows who he is and what matters.

Rounding out this awesome country triple bill is Texas native, Mickey Guyton, who was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and her powerful debut single Better Thank You Left Me topped USA Today's song of the week. Mickey's emotional and powerful live performance at her Opry debut had the audience on their feet.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:56

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Bank NH’s Prestige Plus program celebrates 25 years

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire recently thanked their Prestige Plus members for their loyalty and support throughout the years by hosting a 25-Year Anniversary party in their honor at Church Landing in Meredith.

Following the celebratory luncheon, the bank surprised Prestige Plus members with a "Mystery Speaker," Ernest Thompson. Thompson has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild Award and a Broadway Drama Guild Award for Best Play. His work has been nominated for a Tony, an Emmy and a British Academy Award. More than 35 of his plays have been seen in theatres around the world. The most enduring play, On Golden Pond was made into a movie and filmed in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Prestige Plus members were fascinated as he spoke about the history of his professional life.

Many prizes were won throughout the afternoon, with Mark Primeau, Bank of New Hampshire President and CEO, presenting Walter Premo, Jr. of Claremont with the grand prize, a $1,000 Prestige Plus travel voucher.

The bank's highly successful Prestige Plus program began in 1989. Retired bank president Carroll Stafford, who initiated the program, stated "Bank of New Hampshire wanted to offer an innovative package to include financial benefits and travel-related services to their customers. This type of program was relatively new to the banking industry, and Bank of New Hampshire was one of the first banks in NH to offer this kind of program."

Primeau added, "We are very proud of the success of Prestige Plus under Valerie Drouin's leadership. For the past twenty-five years she has built a large and loyal following that has rewarded hundreds of members with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime."

Valerie Drouin, Senior Vice President has managed the Prestige Plus Program since its inception, and has watched it grow to over 5,000 members. She states, "Fifty percent of our members have taken advantage of the travel benefits. In the past 25 years, we have offered 240 day trips around New England and 50 overnight extended trips throughout the U.S. and world."

The Prestige Plus program has received national and statewide recognition throughout the past 25 years. Mrs. Drouin and the Prestige Plus program were featured in Bank Travel Magazine, a national magazine designed as a learning tool for Bank Travel Managers from around the country. Additionally, Mrs. Drouin also received statewide recognition when past Governor Lynch presented her with the 2008 New Hampshire Travel Council Special Recognition award.

Bank of New Hampshire encourages anyone who may be interested in joining the Prestige Plus Program to visit any of their 21 offices throughout New Hampshire or to call 1-800-832-0912.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:52

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