Sawyers Jewelry helps support NH Humane Society fundraiser

LACONIA – Sawyers Jewelry has donated a piece of finely-crafted 14 karat jewelry to be auctioned off at the New Hampshire Humane Society's annual signature fundraising event, Paws for a Cause Auction, which will take place Aug. 11, at Church Landing in Meredith.

"We're very excited about this year's Auction, it's always a wonderful evening with great supporters of the New Hampshire Humane Society," said Marylee Gorham, executive director of New Hampshire Humane Society. "Local businesses such as Sawyers Jewelry see the need and benefit to having the New Hampshire Humane Society in the community, and make substantial donations to assist the animals; of which we are very grateful."

Robert Sawyer, owner of Sawyers Jewelry, said, "We are proud to support non-profits like the New Hampshire Humane Society and on behalf of the staff of Sawyers Jewelry and our four legged friends, Joey, Pippin, and Daisy, we are pleased to be able help."

The piece is a Denny Wong designed, 14k white and yellow gold "Eagle in an Egg" pendant, featuring diamond eyes on the baby eagle and displays gracefully from an 18 inch, yellow gold wheat chain with a retail value of $1,495. If you'd like to view the necklace before bidding at the Paws for a Cause auction, visit Sawyers Jewelry. Main Street Laconia, or see pictures online at or

Tickets to attend Paws for a Cause are $70. Those interested in attending can save 10 percent by purchasing a table of eight or 10. All proceeds support the animals and programs at the New Hampshire Humane Society.

Tickets for Paws for a Cause can be purchased by going to or by making a check payable to the NH Humane Society (with Paws for a Cause in the memo line) and mailing to PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Humane Society at 524-3252.

Those who are unable to attend Paws for a Cause, but who would like to support the event, auction items are currently being collected, or they can purchase 50/50 raffle tickets ahead of time, at $5 apiece or three tickets for $10; last year's 50/50 winner won over $2,000.

Paws for a Cause is also made possible by the support of: Bank of New Hampshire, Morgan Stanley, Eastern Propane, Melcher & Prescott, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Lakes Region Pet Resort, R&D Paving and Lakeport Landing Marina.


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Marylee Gorman, left, executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society; Bob Sawyer, owner of Sawyers Jewelry in Laconia; and Molly King Lounsbury, marketing and development director for the Humane Society, hold a 14 karat gold Denny Wong pendant and chain which Sawyers is donating to the society's fundraising auction in August. (Courtesy photo)


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Wescott Law’s Bob Hemeon now ‘of counsel’ after 44 years

LACONIA — After 44 years as a trial attorney, Bob Hemeon has entered a new phase in his legal career.

Hemeon recently moved to the role "of counsel" at Wescott Law, meaning he will continue to have a close, personal, continuous, and regular relationship with the firm, though he will no longer be taking on new clients.

A Navy veteran, Hemeon joined Wescott Law as a partner in 1999, after nearly three decades as a criminal and civil litigator. Though no longer taking new clients, Hemeon will continue to be a valuable resource to the firm, providing decades of knowledge and expertise as needed, and offering services as a private mediator in civil disputes.

A visit to Hemeon's office reveals the surprising lack of a computer on his large desk.

"I was blessed to have the same secretary for 43 years," he said of Priscilla Hobbs, who retired last year.

"I think she gave up on waiting for me to retire," Hemeon said with a sly smile. "She had a computer and communicated by email when necessary, on my behalf."

Speaking of one of the many changes he's seen in the profession during his career, Hemeon points to the proliferation of email as the main source of communication.

"We used to communicate verbally. Now it's all email, which can be impersonal," he said. "As a direct result of personal communication, we used to form relationships, which were valuable to our careers. We could battle it out in court, but enjoy a friendly game of golf afterward."

Another change Hemeon has witnessed over the span of his career is that attorneys used to cover a broader range of practice areas.

"Today's legal industry is so much more sophisticated that attorneys usually specialize in a handful of practice areas. It's just not possible for one person to stay current on every practice area these days."

The increase in the number of women in the legal field is something Hemeon has witnessed first-hand throughout his career.

"Out of 31 individuals admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1969, only one was a woman. Yet, today over 50 percent of admits are women, many of whom are now are leading the way in the legal field."

Hemeon's own accomplishments are worth noting. He is considered a leading practitioner in the state for the defense of DWI/BWI and other motor vehicle violations, has served multiple terms on the Laconia School Board and is a former president of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served as a Superior Court mediator and has been a governor and secretary for the New Hampshire Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region. Hemeon was a founding member of the Laconia Endowment Educational Foundation, and was recently honored as Board Member Emeritus for his dedication to the program.

A lifetime resident of New Hampshire, Hemeon and his wife have enjoyed many sailing excursions throughout their lives together and look forward to more time for further travel.

"Bob has been an extraordinary mentor to the newer associates in the firm", noted attorney Allison Ambrose, managing partner of the firm. "His knowledge of the law, advocacy for his clients and candor with everyone he encounters sets a positive example for us all. We are thrilled that Bob is able to enjoy some time off while retaining his affiliation with Wescott Law. It is more than well-deserved."

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Bob Hemeon of Wescott Law in Laconia sits at his desk which has a telephone, but no computer. Hemeon, who has moved to an “of counsel” role at the firm, preferred personal communication over emails. (Courtesy photo)

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Primerica opens office in Franklin

FRANKLIN — Thomas McWilliams, a regional vice president with Primerica Inc. has opened an office in Franklin located at 20 Canal St., Suite 326. Primerica is the largest independent financial services marketing company in North America.

Those interested in learning more about Primerica are encouraged to contact Tom at 603-568-7205.

Primerica, headquartered in Duluth, Georgie, is a leading distributor of financial products to middle income households in North America with approximately 90,000 licensed representatives. The company and its representatives offer clients term life insurance, mutual funds, variable annuities and other financial products. Primerica's mission is to serve middle income families by helping them make informed financial decisions and providing them with the strategies and means to gain financial independence.

Additional information about Primerica is available at

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Beebee reassigned to Meredith Village Savings' mortgage dept.


MEREDITH -- Kelly Beebee has joined the Mortgage Lending Department as a mortgage loan originator for Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Beebee was previously Branch and Business Development Manager for the Bank's Plymouth Main Street office and is currently based at the bank's at 28 State Route 25 in Center Harbor.

"Kelly brings great energy to this position, and offers the added benefit of working with our customers for over ten years," said Mark Chalifour, vice rresident of Residential Mortgage Sales.

Beebee joined Meredith Village Savings in 2006 as head teller at the bank's Main Office in Meredith. In 2010, Beebee was promoted to Branch Manager of the Plymouth Main Street Office and became Branch and Business Development Manager in 2012.

Beebee has served in board roles for numerous community organizations including Voices Against Violence, Plymouth Rotary, and the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is Plymouth State University alumni and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business and Financial Management.


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Kelly Beebee

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MB Tractor donates $25,000 to Boys & Girls Club


LACONIA — The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region has received a $25,000 donation from MB Tractor and Equipment.

The gift will be used to renovate the clubhouse at 876 North Main St.

"This gift will help create a safe place for Lakes Region kids to go when they are not in school. We are grateful to the Bourgeois family and MB Tractor for their generosity," said Chris Emond, executive director of the club which last year enrolled 257 members in grades 1 through 12 from Laconia, Gilford and Belmont.

Marc Bourgeois, principal owner of Tilton-based MB Tractor said, "We support the Lakes Region Boys & Girls Club because we know the difference the organization makes for kids."

Along with key structural upgrades, the renovation will create a teen center, improve space for enrichment activities and enhance the foyer to better control access to the facility. A new, industrial kitchen will enable the club to serve free, hot, nutritious meals to club members each evening.


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Gathered to acknowledge MB Tractor and Equipment's $25,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region are, from left, in front row, Anya Bourgeois, Heidi Bougeois, Marc Bourgeois, and Trey Bourgeois. In back row, from left, are Jon Clay, Leo Sanfacon, Bob Carter, Barbara Leone, Ned Beebe, Walt Flinn, Paul Gaudet Jr., Chris Emond, all representing the Boys & Girls Club. (Courtesy photo)

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