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Family Resource Center holds special holiday event

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) held a special holiday event on December 10 for local children and their families who participate with the Family Resource Center of Central NH. A singing snowman welcomed families to a busy evening that included dinner, holiday craft making, caroling and coloring, story time and the very popular penny gift sale.

Children were escorted by elves to the penny gift room, where tables were loaded with a large and varied assortment of donated items. Once shopping was completed, the children met the elves for gift wrapping.

Adding to this special night, The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) provided free books for every child in attendance and sponsored a lively story time session presented by NH author Marty Kelley. CLiF also donated 100 new books to the FRC on-site library for children and families to enjoy year-round.

"What a wonderful evening. It is so meaningful for the kids and their parents to be out together, having fun and enjoying what the season is about. The kids just love all the activities of Family Fun Night," said Shannon Robinson Beland, Director of the Family Resource Center.

"We couldn't have done this without the hard work of so many - the Family Leadership Council parent group who helped to organize the event, our volunteer elves and the many hard working and dedicated staff from the agency. We so appreciate the generosity of all those who donated gifts to the penny sale, and are especially grateful to Fratello's in Laconia for providing a wonderful dinner for all to enjoy." added Beland.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 08:49

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Bank of NH sponsors Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting

LACONIA  — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 95th Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon presented by Bank of New Hampshire on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Mill Falls at the Lake at Church Landing in Meredith.  Check in will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon meeting will be held from Noon to 1:30 p.m.  “Bank of New Hampshire is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Lakes Region Chamber,” stated Mark Primeau, President & CEO for Bank of New Hampshire.  “Chamber membership collectively partners local businesses providing community vision and leadership.   Bank of New Hampshire understands the hard work that the Chamber does is vital to the growth of business in the Lakes Region.”

“The Annual Meeting is the Chamber’s premier event with over 240 in attendance,” announced Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford. “We are proud of the growing opportunities that we offer our business partners throughout the year.  We will be celebrating accomplishments, recognizing our Golden Hammer, Golden Trowel and Environmental Awards winners, and projecting full steam ahead for 2014!”

Registration for the Annual Meeting is $35 per person and can be made directly from the Chamber’s website at LakesRegionChamber.org

Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce represents more than 450 businesses located in over 18 cities and towns.  The mission of the Chamber is to create value for the members through collaboration and education that promotes an engaged community and thriving economy for the businesses in the Lakes Region.  For additional information, contact Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 603-524-5531, visit them on the web at LakesRegionChamber.org or find them on Facebook.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 11:00

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Irwin Automotive Donates $1,200 to Laconia High School Athletic Programs

LACONIA —  Irwin Automotive's  Drive One 4 UR School event in September raised $1,200 for Laconia High School and its athletic programs. An event was held at the High School where every test drive done, a donation was made to the school. People got out and supported the local community by simply taking a spin around the block in a new car.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive said "Athletics are a vital part of any high school experience. They better your time management skills, teamwork skills, and your drive to succeed."

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:51

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Michael Vincent Band booked at Pitman's Friday Dec 20

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room has booked the "Home Grown" Michael Vincent Band to perform on Friday December 20.
The Michael Vincent Band is made up of three very talented, driven young musicians that are devoted to the music that they play. They grew up together in central New Hampshire where they learned about the blues and the roots of American music on their own with long hours of practice and experimentation. Artists such as the Cream, The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Band, Booker T. & the MG's, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble are among the band's favorite influences, and you can hear it in their original music as well as their cover tunes.

They have more experience performing together than most musicians in their twenties, playing their first paying gig together during Weirs Beach Motorcycle Rally when they were only thirteen years old. A few years later they would play with some of their heros, Eric Burdon of the Animals and Jack Bruce of Cream, when they were only 17 years old (Gilford, NH 2008). Since then, they have performed with legends such as Johnny Winter, Dave Mason of Traffic, Elvin Bishop of The Butterfield Blues Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Biscuit Miller and The Mix, The Holmes Brothers, Dave Malone of the Radiators, Shirley Lewis, and John Lee Hooker Jr.
Now based out of Gulfport Mississippi, they have taken on a new understanding for the blues and southern music. Their new studio disc "Puttin' The Word In The Streets" was produced by Michael Vincent and Danny Mack and features over 6 new original tracks including the hit single "Trailer Park Boogie." They have been traveling the road and playing in clubs from Austin to Chicago and from Bangor to Key West. In the past few years, they have tripled their fan base and had terrific results with merchandise and album sales.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:36

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