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Belknap Landscape receives recognition for support of Guard, Reserve

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New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presents a Statement of Support to Belknap Landscape at a recent Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce "Meet and Greet" event. Accepting (from left) are Ruth and Hayden McLaughlin, owners of Belknap Landscape; and presenting is Bruce Thompson, regional chair of ESGR. On the right is Woody Fogg, ESGR volunteer. (Courtesy photo)


LACONIA — New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteers presented their "Statement of Support" to Belknap Landscape of Gilford at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce "Meet and Greet" held Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, at Fratello's in Lakeport. This event was sponsored by Graham & Graham Certified Public Accountants as one of a series the Lakes Region Chamber organizes to provide an opportunity for local businesses to mix and network. 

Bruce Thompson, regional chairman for ESGR, said, "These Chamber of Commerce events provide a perfect opportunity to recognize employers who support our military men and women in the Guard and Reserve." Belknap Landscape is just the latest of many Lakes Region businesses which are proud to display the ESGR Statement of Support in their offices and who are willing to provide secure jobs, encouragement and support to their employees in military service to our nation. They also work with ESGR to provide job opportunities for veterans returning from tours of active duty or retiring from military careers.

Belknap Landscape's Hayden McLaughlin said, "We really strive to give back to the community, and supporting ESGR is just a natural fit with that objective."

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Chamber offering seminar geared to nonprofits



LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber will be offering a program geared to the nonprofit sector on April 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Learning Center, 61 Laconia Road, in Tilton, (behind Tilt'n Diner).

Called a Nonprofit Summit will cover topics that relate to non-profit leaders or for-profit businesses that support non-profit missions through volunteerism, board participation or collaborative initiatives.

This half-day program will feature: Digital marketing, presented by Bill Trevor, CEO of Web Smart Advisors; email marketing presented by Heather Jackson of Constant Contact of New England; working together presented by Laurette Edelmann of the Center for NonProfits, and a panel discussion on best practices for fundraising and volunteer engagement with panelists Justin Slattery of Belknap EDC, Chris Emond of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire and Sandy Marshall of LRGHealthcare/Children's Auction.


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Franklin Savings recognizes 3 employees with Vision Award


FRANKLIN — Franklin Savings Bank recently honored three employees with a Vision Award, a distinction bestowed each year to individuals who make a difference with their customers and co-workers by living the bank's vision.

This year's recipients were Mary Kay Haines, personal banker, Justin Keith, electronic services and deposit operations specialist, and Keith Laramie, network services technician. The awards were presented at the bank's annual Employee Recognition Night.

"I am honored to recognize Mary Kay, Justin and Keith as this year's recipients of a Vision Award, said Ron Magoon, president and CEO. "These individuals demonstrate their commitment to being the very best at what they do, which has a meaningful impact on the success of Franklin Savings Bank and the lives of our customers."

Take for example, Mary Kay Haines. Not only does she care about the financial needs of the bank's customers, she is also concerned for their well-being. She recently helped an elderly customer who had to give up their driver's license. When she learned the customer had to walk a few miles in the rain to visit the Boscawen office to do some banking, her compassion kicked in. She offered the customer a cup of coffee and had them relax for a short time in the lobby, then drove the individual home on her own time. This is just one of many fine examples of how FSB employees go 'above and beyond' each day to earn our customers' business.


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Justin Keith and Mary Kay Haines are two of year's recipients of a Vision Award from Franklin
Savings Bank. Not shown is the third award winner, Keith Laramie. (Courtesy photo)


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Wilkins named Chamber Ambassador of the Year

LACONIA — A member of the LRGHealthcare staff has been honored by Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber's Blinn Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Maureen Wilkins, who has served as a volunteer for the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce for approximately six years. In 2014, she was elected to the Chamber's Board of Directors.

Wilkins has worked in LRGHealthcare's Philanthropy Department for more than eight years.

Karmen Gifford, president of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce said, "Maureen was awarded the 2016 Blinn Ambassador of the Year Award for her volunteerism and support of the Chamber's mission. Maureen attends and assists with many of the Chamber's Meet & Greets, the Annual Golf Classic and was a tremendous support on our NH Pumpkin Festival Steering Committee. Maureen began volunteering as an Ambassador, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014, and continues to be a wonderful role model under the Chamber's Ambassador Committee."


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Maureen Wilkins, second left, holds the Blinn Ambassador of the Year Award she was presented in recognition of her volunteer work on behalf of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. From left, are Cass Walker, vice president of LRGHealthcare's Administrative and Support Services; Kevin Donovan, LRGHealthcare president and CEO; Wilkins; Chamber Board members Sue Gaudet, Bob Fitzpatrick, and Ted Fodero; and Karmen Gifford, Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce president. (Courtesy photo)

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Spaulding Youth Center names new CFO


NORTHFIELD — Spaulding Youth Center has appointed Todd Emmons as the organization's chief financial officer.

Emmons has more than 30 years of experience managing finances and operations for higher education institutions throughout New England.

Most recently, Emmons served as the vice president of finance and operations and treasurer of Colby-Sawyer College. His most notable accomplishments include successfully negotiating a recent bond financing and overseeing capital expansion, including technology upgrades, reclaiming in-house management of facilities, and infrastructure improvements.

Prior to his work with Colby-Sawyer, Emmons held executive financial positions with Quinsigamond Community College, Elms College, Daniel Webster College, and Saint Anselm College.

"Mr. Emmons is a well-respected financial beacon in the higher education industry and I look forward to leveraging his expertise to bring Spaulding Youth Center to the next level financially," said Susan Ryan, Spaulding Youth Center CEO and president.

Emmons holds a BA in economics from Saint Anselm College, where he graduated with honors, a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a master's degree in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

He serves as a board member for the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation and New Hampshire Health and Education Authority, as well as a board member and treasurer of the New London Chamber of Commerce.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the team at Spaulding Youth Center and looking forward to working side-by-side with some of the most dedicated and effective special education, clinical, residential and community-based staff in the industry," said Emmons.

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Todd Emmons

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