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Irwin Toyota Scion named a '5 Star Dealer' by Edmunds.com

LACONIA — Irwin Toyota Scion has been named a winner of the prestigious annual 2014 Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award given to only the top 1% of all car dealers nationwide for best overall customer service based on actual customer reviews.

Edmunds.com has quickly become one of the most trusted, on-line review sites because it proactively takes steps to ensure its website user-generated content is authentic and as trustworthy as its professional car reviews, dealership inventories, and consumer advice. 18 million visitors a month use Edmunds' shopping tools to connect with over 9,500 dealer franchises across the United States.

"We work hard to give our customers the best car buying experience and want to thank all of our customers who have honored us with their business and have taken the time to write a positive review at Edmunds.com about your buying experience here at Irwin Toyota." said Chris Irwin, Vice President of the Irwin Automotive group.

Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Laconia. Irwin added the Ford Franchise in 1955. Peter, Irwin, second generation, added Toyota in 1979, and then added Scion in 2002. Irwin's Used Car Center was built in 1994 and was located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. In 2009 the Irwin's completed a 12,000 square foot expansion of their Bisson Avenue location, which now totals 72,000 square feet on more than 15 acres and 600 vehicles. Laconia Quicklane Tire and Auto Center was started in the late fall of 2010, and in 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai. The Used Car Center was converted into a brand new state of the art Hyundai Facility during the winter of 2012. In the spring of 2013 NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's, was founded.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:26

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Women in the Blues performance at Pitman’s Freight Room on Friday night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem St in Laconia will host Women in the Blues featuring Diane Blue, Lisa Mann, Kathy Burkly and Lydia Warren on Friday, March 13, at 8 pm.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Diane is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd pleasing entertainer. She is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B.

Lisa Mann has been nominated for a Blues Music Award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar. This nomination falls hot on the heels of her win for Blues Blast's Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Mann's vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues.

Since Lydia Warren's 2001 debut at the ripe old age of 17, she has been turning heads in the blues scene. The guitarist/singer/songwriter cut her teeth opening for blues and classic rock luminaries B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Little Feat throughout New England, earning a Boston Music Award nomination and a feature on NBC's Today Show.

Kathy Burkly is Boston's own queen of the country drum kit. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Kathy recorded and toured with Boston country legends John Lincoln Wright, and Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw. She is different from other drummers in that her groove and her influences are strongly influenced by heavy funk bands like The Meters, Tower Of Power, southern funk and country.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show ($10). Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:12

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New Hampton Town Democratic Committee to hold caucus on Thursday

NEW HAMPTON — Daniel Moore, chair of the New Hampton Town Democratic Committee, urges New Hampton Democrats to attend a caucus at the New Hampton Community School, Thursday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. to elect town committee officers and one delegate to the New Hampshire State Democratic Convention.

Moore stresses the importance of "young energy being infused into today's discussions", and urges young Democrats to attend the meeting.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:05

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Nominations now being accepted for Annette Schmitt Unsung Hero Award

LACONIA —  Nomination packets are now available for the Annette P. Schmitt Unsung Hero Award, presented by Granite United Way. This award honors an individual who has shown a long-standing commitment to children and families in Belknap County through behind-the-scenes activities without any expectation of recognition. Eligible candidates include those who volunteer on behalf of children and families or non-volunteer individuals who provide exceptional service to children and families beyond the scope of their employment.

The 2015 recipient will be announced by Retired Family Court and Special Justice Willard Martin in late spring. The winner will receive an individual award and his or her name will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the local United Way office. Additionally, a donation will be made to a charity chosen by the winner.

"This award is designed to acknowledge the efforts of Belknap County residents who go the extra mile in bringing positive changes to the lives of children and families," said Judge Martin.

The Schmitt Unsung Hero Award honors New Hampshire resident, the late Annette P. Schmitt, who left a generous bequest to support programs and projects that improve the lives of children and families in Belknap County and the State. Over the past several years this fund has been the primary resource for sustaining a number of comprehensive systemic changes in Belknap and Carroll counties.

Over the past years, previous winners of the Schmitt Unsung Hero Award have included Warren Sommers, Doug Whittum, Clare Persson, Janet Brough, Matthew Tetreault and Deb Williams all of Laconia, Jean and John Provencal (Gilmanton), Leo Sanfacon (Gilford), and the late Dave Tryon (Tilton), Dawn McCartney (Barnstead), Paul Plimpton (Belmont). Last year Kim Lacasse, of Gilford was the award recipient.

Nomination Forms are available at Granite United Way website, www.graniteuw.org, or by calling Kathy Calvin at 527-9182. Completed nomination forms are due by Friday, April 24.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:03

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