Laconia Village Bakery celebrates new ownership

LACONIA — Laconia Village Bakery is now under new ownership, the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce reports.

Rachael Jameson purchased the business recently.

She began working in 2011 with an internship under then-owner Kevin Halligan while attending the New England Culinary Institute.

With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, Laconia Village Bakery provides special orders for holiday treats and celebration cakes, homemade soups and breakfast sandwiches daily along with lunch.

It has been a dream for Jameson to own her own bakery and she loves being in downtown Laconia. She appreciated her loyal customers and invites those that have not visited to come on in for some local food.

Laconia Village Bakery will have all types of pumpkin treats during the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival in October. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.


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Laconia Village Bakery celebrates new ownership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with staff and Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, including from left Holly McArthur, Peter Jameson, bakery owner Rachael Jameson, Rachel Marchand of Franklin Savings Bank, Joan Leroux and Jessica Beane from Bank of New Hampshire, Debbie Bolduc of BizzBuzz Marketing and Sue Gaudette of Gunstock Mountain Resort. (Courtesy photo)

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Belknap Subaru donates school supplies to local high school program

TILTON — An alternative classroom program at Winnisquam Regional High School has benefited from the generosity of a local auto dealership.
“The overwhelming generosity of our customers, and employees, warms the heart,” Belknap Subaru President Mark Johnstone, said of the donation of much-needed supplies to the classroom of Barbara Blinn. “She has one purpose ... helping students graduate. Her reward is seeing her students receive their diploma, with their classmates.”
The classroom is in the Methodist Church, not far from the high school.
Scott Ives, general manager of Belknap Subaru said, “Barbara is doing magnificent work. Collecting supplies for her class is a joy. Tilton needs graduates, and new people, to enter the workplace. We are proud to support her with that effort.”
Ives was introduced to Blinn at a meeting of the Tilton-Northfield Rotary Club, where they served as president, and president-elect, respectively. Said Ives, “From the first time I met Barbara, and heard her speaking about her work as a teacher, I could hear the passion and commitment – instantly we knew, we had to be a part of this.”
Customers, employees, vendors, and dealership friends and family filled boxes with school supplies, and other items. Kyle Boynton in sales, and Mark Mallahan, general sales manager, represented the dealership, along with general manager, Scott Ives.
“This makes my day.These kids get so excited when we arrive at the classroom. I love my job,” said Mallahan.
“We greatly appreciate the donations and supplies,” said Blinn. “Our kids will put them to effective use”
After a tour of the facility, “her kids” unloaded the Subaru and returned to their classwork.

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Students and representatives of Belknap Subaru stand in front of an SUV loaded with school supplies for the alternative classroom program at Winnisquam Regional High School. From left are Belknap Subaru Sales Manager Mark Mallahan, teacher Barbara Blinn, Belknap Subaru salesman Kyle Boynton, and students Josh Bello, Dylan Beckley, and Alex Johnson. (Courtesy photo)

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Chamber holding open house this Friday


LACONIA -- The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will hold an open house this Friday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. at its offices at 383 South Main St.

Chamber officials welcome people to drop by for coffee, a casual opportunity to network, visit with the Chamber staff and volunteers. Attendees are invited to bring along their brochures, business cards or flyers to display.

The event is being sponsored by Aroma Joe's of Laconia and Alton.

The Chamber holds an open house very three months.

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Laverack of Meredith Village Savings honored as Community Banker of Year

Sam Laverack, president and CEO of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, the parent of Meredith Village Savings Bank, has been honored as the 2017 Community Banker of the Year.
Laverack received the award at the New Hampshire Bankers’ Annual Conference this past weekend, held at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The award was presented to Laverack by state Bank Commissioner Jerry Little.
Laverack was selected for this honor by a panel of leading public officials from the state of New Hampshire, including state Senate President Chuck Morse, House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. John Hunt, and state Treasurer William Dwyer.
In presenting the award to Laverack, Commissioner Little said, “I’ve had the honor of knowing Sam Laverack for a long time. His talents as a banker were earned over decades of hard work. But being a community banker takes much more than banking talent, and in Sam’s case the additional dynamics of leadership and deeply personal caring and community spirit came to him naturally. It’s who he is and it’s wonderful that his peers are celebrating that. Sam has given in extraordinary ways to the many communities served by Meredith Village Savings Bank. Indeed, he has used his position as a community banker to make the world around all of us a much better place.”
Laverack was nominated by several organizations, including the Granite United Way in recognition of his leadership and efforts in leveraging his role as a business leader in the communities New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp serves.
The New Hampshire Lakes Association nomination cites many of Laverack’s efforts, most notably his leadership with its annual Lakes Congress, a lakes stewardship networking and education event. Squam Lakes Conservation Society notes Laverack’s long term as director, with the last three as president of their organization. Laverack’s “steady leadership resulted in the doubling of land permanently protected, a stronger organization, and increased visibility in the communities we serve.”
Laverack’s devotion to giving back to his community has led him to chair his hometown of Holderness’s Budget Committee, chair of the Trustee of Trust Funds, and vicechair of the Board of Selectman. Beyond his hometown, he has served on the boards for Speare Memorial Hospital, the Belknap Community Economic Development Council, and Lakes Regional Charitable Association.
His passion as an outdoor enthusiast is evidenced by his role as a board member for the New Hampshire Lakes Association, the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, the White Mountain Economic Development Council, and the Greater Meredith Program.
Leading by example, Laverack has inspired countless employees to donate their time to the nonprofits they are most passionate about in the central  New Hampshire, Lakes Region, Seacoast and Greater Nashua communities

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Sam Laverack, center, president and CEO of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, holds the 2017 Community Banker of the Year Award he received from the New Hampshire Bankers Association. Standing with Leverack are Bankers Association CEO Christiana Thornton, and New Hampshire Bank Commissioner Jerry Little. (Courtesy photo)

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Pilates studio opens in Tilton


TILTON — A studio has opened offering a comprehensive Pilates exercise program.

Pilates, Etc. is s located at 570B Grange Road, above Raw Life Cafe and Juice Bar and next to the Tilton Senior Center.

Studio owner Nola Rocco, formerly of Denver, has many years of experience and extensive teaching skills. Rocco offers classes for many groups and situations, such as seniors citizens, folks in need of rehabilitation, golfers, as well as the general population who are looking for a lifelong fitness/wellness studio.

The studio can be reached at 603-998-3516.

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