LACONIA — In 1945, as World War II was winding down, New Hampshire prepared to greet the troops returning from Europe. As part of that preparation the legislature passed a bill adopting "Live Free or Die" as the state motto. Unfortunately, many of our local servicemen who fought to preserve freedom would never come home.
Nearly seven decades later, local author, Aimee Gagnon Fogg, set out on a fascinating journey to discover what had happened to her uncle, Paul Lavoie, who perished in Belgium. Her pursuits led her to the Henri-Chapelle cemetery where she discovered the burial site of not only her lost uncle, but that of 37 other New Hampshire GIs.
After extensive legwork and analysis, Ms. Fogg compiled her research into her latest 2013 book, "The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle" in which she recounts the lives of these valiant soldiers who helped save Europe and the world.
On Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1194 Old North Main Street, Laconia, is pleased to host Ms. Fogg as she presents some of the highlights from her book and research. The evening is open to the public free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion.
Ms. Fogg holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and History. She has also completed Yad Vashem's Holocaust certification program. As recently appointed New Hampshire Coordinator for Poland Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, Fogg is also involved with various Jewish cemetery restoration projects and mass grave memorializations throughout Eastern Europe. She is also the author of the "Wind Wails" and "There Exists a Fence." Ms. Fogg resides in New Hampshire with her family and pets.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:09
PLYMOUTH – The Enterprise Center at Plymouth is offering several workshops next week for small business owners.
The 5 C's of Credit, a workshop for small business owners seeking to understand the role of credit when it come to applying for a small business loan, will take place at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth on April 22, form 8-9:30 a.m.; at the White Mountains Community College in Littleton on April 24, from 9-10:30 a.m.; and at the Lakes Region Community Services in Laconia on April 30 from 9-10:30 a.m.
The workshop will be presented by Michael Tentnowski, Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.
On Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30-7 p.m the Enterprise Center will present a program about the new wave of Encore Entrepreneurs.
An Encore Entrepreneur is someone nearing or beyond 50 who's ready to venture into business ownership. An Encore Entrepreneur may have an idea and just need the tools to get you started, or s/he might just be pondering the notion. Either way, this program will help attendees to effectively prepare for, start, and run a business.
Hugh Curley from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will present an educational seminar outlining the elements of business ownership. This program is a presented partnership with the SBA and AARP with assistance from NH's Small Business Development Center, SCORE, and the Center for Women's Business Advancement.
The Enterprise Center will offer the workshop, Building a Winning Culture for Startups on Wednesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lakes Region Community Services in Laconia.
The workshop will be conducted by Michael Kilfoyle. Recognized as a national sales leader, Michael speaks regularly on organizational improvement. Michael received his BA in History and MBA with a concentration in Organizational Development from Plymouth State University. Despite these achievements, Michael spends much of his time away from work trying to prove that the phrase, "cool dad", is not an oxymoron.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:03
SANBORNTON — The 2014 season of the Moulton's Band of Sanbornton will mark the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the community band. It is the oldest continuous community band in New Hampshire. Although the band originated prior to 1889, it was when Charles Moulton became the band director and opened it to all instruments that the band took his name.
Over the years, the number of participants has varied. The band is made up of local student and adult musicians from surrounding towns and is currently directed by Ginger Chapman of Sanbornton. The music varies with selections from Big Band, Swing, Marches, and Contemporary favorites played throughout the summer at the First and Second Baptist Churches of Sanbornton and the Sanbornton Square during the months of July and August. It has expanded to include area parades as well.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:51
LACONIA — The Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) will be hosting a full-day seminar on Saturday, April 26 to assist a new group of would-be homeowners in the process of purchasing a home. The seminar is to be held at the Community Room at the Laconia Police Department at 126 New Salem Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
So far, 296 known first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT’s program, representing more than $44 million in local home purchases. Topics include for the seminar include credit and budgeting, qualifying for a mortgage, working with a realtor, the home inspection process, and the closing process.
The First-time Homebuyer Seminar is free and open to the public; advance registration is required, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The seminar is being offered offered by LACLT, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, and sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:46