LACONIA — When the McDonald's opened on May 25, 1971, in Laconia, it was just the fifth McDonald's in all of New Hampshire. On Thursday, the store will celebrate its 45th year in business, with a WLNH radio remote, an appearance by Ronald McDonald from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and many items pertaining to the city's history.
Along with the anniversary, WLNH will celebrate morning host Mya's birthday. She is the daughter of Joan and Larry Frates, and has made it known on air that she is pregnant and willing to talk to listeners about names for the new baby.
The restaurant will have pictures of its building in different stages over its 45-year history, from opening with no inside seating or drive-through to the initial dining room opening and more. Also on display will be the 5-foot-tall trophy that is awarded to a football player at Laconia High School as MVP and the "ED"ies bell. This is a school bell that symbolizes excellence in education in New Hampshire. McDonald's and educators in the state were founders of this program. They will have a "Ray Kroc" spirit award trophy on display, noting their support of Special Olympics, plus a display is of the Gilford basketball team.
McDonald's has a care mobile that has treated youngsters under the age of 18 to free dental care including x-rays, cleaning and if need be repairing cavities and extractions. The care mobile has treated youngsters in the community. In the last two weeks they have been in Laconia and Meredith.
We have a new tuition assistant program that provides between $700 and $1000 to employees who qualify to support their continuing education.
The McDonald’s on Union Street in Laconia will celebrate its 45th anniversary today with a visit from Ronald McDonald, a radio broadcast and displays of trophies and other items from around the city. (Courtesy photo)