Lakes Region food establishments winners in Best of NH competition



Fifteen Lakes Region food establishments are among the winners of the Best of NH Award to be presented by New Hampshire Magazine.

The list includes 323 winners from around the state in categories such as food and beverage, shops and services, and arts and culture. In celebration of this year's winners, the 16th Annual Best of NH Party will be held Thursday, June 15, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Lakes Region winners are:

Laconia — Laconia Village Bakery, Best Bakery; Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Best Coffee Shop; Local Eatery, Best Locally-Sourced Menu; Cactus Jack's Grill & Watering Hole, Best Chili; Burrito Me, Best Burritos; Fratello's Italian Grille, Best Italian Restaurant; T-BONES Great American Eatery, Best Family-Friendly Dining. 

Gilford — Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Best Burger, Favorite Restaurant, Best for Gluten-Free Options; Kitchen Cravings, Best Breakfast.

Gilford and Meredith — The Wine'ing Butcher, Best Specialty Butcher Shop.

Meredith — Town Docks, Best Outdoor Dining. 

Belmont — Jordan's Ice Creamery, Best Ice Cream.

Tilton — Tilton House of Pizza, Best Pizza; Tilt'n Diner, Best Diner.

Ashland — The Common Man, Best Crab cakes, Favorite Restaurant.


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Franklin Savings to host free shred event in Bristol

FRANKLIN — Franklin Savings Bank will host a free paper shredding event on Saturday, June 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at its Bristol office located at 350 Lake St.

Anyone interested in safely destroying old documents and confidential files is invited to stop by the office.

"We are pleased to offer this event again to the public," said Ron Magoon, Franklin Saving's president & CEO. "We remain vigilant in safeguarding our customers' information and are always searching for ways to protect our customers from becoming unsuspecting victims of identity theft. Offering this event is just another way for us to educate the community on the importance of destroying all unwanted confidential documents in a safe way."

A shred truck will be onsite to destroy all documents. All unwanted documents may contain staples and small paper clips; however, they must be free of large clips, three ring binders and plastic. There is a limit of three boxes per individual.

For additional information, call 603-934-4445 or chat online by visiting

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More Lakes Region tourism guides being distributed


TILTON — The Lakes Region Tourism Association has expanded the distribution the latest issue of its seasonal "Where To Guide" and "Map & Guide" publications which are now on stands.

These guides are distributed throughout the region as well as via international and domestic trade shows. The 700,000 guides promote the Lakes Region of New Hampshire as a premier tourist destination and is a companion to their extensive website, The Lakes Region Tourism Association provides free guides and information to anyone seeking to visit the region.

This year, distribution of the Map and Guide is being expanded to include direct to households in Maine, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Vacationers will find the helpful tool of both publications at travel and tourism shows including The Boston Globe Travel Show, the New York Times Travel Show, AAA Great Vacation Expo/Ohio, AAA Southern New England summit, and the Philadelphia Travel and Adventure Show, and many other shows in several countries.

The publications are also mailed to thousands of inquiries from the LTRA's national advertising campaign including print, digital and billboards.

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Speedway unveils trackside camping area for 2017 season


LOUDON — In an effort to modernize the traditional racing experience and to create new sight lines and opportunities for fans, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has created the Trackside Terrace camping area for the 2017 season.

Located in Turn 4 between the Laconia Grandstand and the Granite Ledge, the Trackside Terrace will be available for this year's July and September Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends.

"We're always looking for new ways to innovate and enhance the fan experience, and remodeling this area is a step in that direction," said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We have had tremendous success with the amazing views from our Granite Ledge, and the new Trackside Terrace is another wonderful opportunity to do something unique for our fans and corporate clients."

The Trackside Terrace will be the first and only exclusive area that allows fans to park their RVs or campers just a few feet from the racetrack. Each campsite comes with a view, two N4 armbands, and a tow vehicle pass. N4 armbands include grandstand access for all three days of racing.

Additional armbands may be purchased for adults and kids under 12 years old. All RVs must be self-contained.

With a total of only 20 spaces, the sites will be available at a first-come-first-served basis.


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Business structure issues to be explained at SCORE workshop


LACONIA — SCORE Lakes Region will hold a workshop later this month on considerations for structuring a business.

The workshop, which will be led by CPA Randall Hylek, will take place on Wednesday, May 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Building, 383 South Main St.

Hylek will explain legal strategies people should know when starting or formalizing a business. He will talk about the differences in such areas as taxes, liabilities, asset protection, management, ways business owners can pay themselves, and other legal issues.

The workshop will concentrate on the differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, S corporations, and C corporations, all presented in easy-to-understand terms.

Hylek has more than 40 years experience as a CPA and a financial executive.

More information about the workshop is available at SCORE Lakes Region's website,


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