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Franklin Savings Bank honors long-time employees, announces new Corporators

TILTON — At Franklin Savings Bank's annual meeting, Jeffery Savage, President & CEO, led an evening of recognition of Corporators and employees. The Bank and Franklin Bancorp, MHC, its mutual holding company, welcomed three newly–elected Corporators and celebrated 160 combined years of employee commitment and service. The newly-elected Corporators were: Peter G. Doane, MD, family physician with Newfound Family Practice in Bristol; Kevin H. Irish, Chief Information Officer with LRGHealthcare in Laconia; and Joseph G. Colby II, owner of Colby Lumber Company in Boscawen (not pictured). These local
professionals will add well to the overall community perspective that the bank's Corporators represent.

In making the announcement, Savage stated, "We are very pleased to have Peter, Kevin and Joseph joining us as Corporators. With their enthusiastic focus on families and businesses in our communities, our common values bring a synergy that will make them great FSB ambassadors."
Also celebrated at the Greenside Restaurant event were Franklin Savings Bank employees being recognized for their periods of service: 35 Years: Carol Laro – VP, Human Resources Officer; 25 Years: Connie Deuso – Personal Banker; Melissa Mansfield – VP, Retail Lending, Loan Operations & CRA Officer; Monique Abear – Newfound Market Regional Manager; Virginia Little – Loan Systems Specialist; 10 Years: Aimee Messer – Assistant Branch Manager; 5 Years: Nancy Watson – Branch Manager; Anna Offen – Assistant Branch Manager; Sue Kibby – Credit Assistant.

Franklin Savings Bank, a community savings bank, has provided loan, deposit and investment services to businesses and families since 1869. The Bank has offices in Franklin, Bristol, Boscawen, Tilton, Laconia and Gilford with all deposits insured up to the allowable limits by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Additionally, FSB offers commercial loans from its Bedford Lending Office and provides investment, insurance, and financial planning services through Independence Financial Advisors, its wholly-owned subsidiary headquartered in the Bank's Main Office. Franklin Savings Bank can be reached at (603) 934-4445, toll free at (800) 372-4445, online at www.fsbnh.com, or on Facebook at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 07:28

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Mid-State Health Center brings dental services to Bristol

BRISTOL — Mid-State Health Center is now providing dental services in its Bristol office at 100 Robie Road. The dental services are offered in addition to the medical, behavioral health and laboratory services offered at the facility which opened last summer. The dental program is led by Mid-State's Dental Director, Dr. Kelly Perry. She along with her team of two dental hygienists and two dental assistants are ready to accept new patients of all ages.
The Mid-State Dental Program focuses on improved access to dental care in the region. Although many people have an established relationship with a dentist, there are many community members who do not have a dentist. Mid-State's dental program offers high- quality preventive and restorative dental services in a comfortable environment. Mid-State sees all patients regardless of their ability to pay whether they are an existing Mid-State patient or not and accepts most dental
insurances including Medicaid and Medicare (limited). For those who are uninsured and qualify based on income, Mid-State also provides a sliding-fee-scale discount.
Sharon Beaty, Mid-State's CEO shared, "the addition of dental services to Bristol supports Mid-State's goal to treat the whole person in a personalized patient experience where care is coordinated among all the patient's providers."
The launch of dental services in the Bristol location was made possible through the commitment and collaboration of many supporters. Supporters include the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resource Service Administration; Dr. David Bogacz, DMD; the New Hampshire Department of Health, Division of Public Health Services, Oral Health Program; Bi-State Primary Care Association; and Speare Memorial Hospital.
Mid-State is accepting new medical and dental patients of all ages and encourages anyone interested in learning more about Mid-State's clinical team and its services to visit www.midstatehealth.org or by calling 603-536-4000 (Plymouth) or 603-744-6200 (Bristol).

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 07:20

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Edward Jones office in Laconia adds new advisor

Eric Tierno, financial advisor, has joined the downtown Laconia office of Edward Jones.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 08:25

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Independent business come in all sizes

While it is true that the Lakes Region has a higher percentage of independently owned businesses that could be described as small, many are anything but. This creates a challenge for the Belknap Independent Business Alliance (BIBA). "People often think of 'mom and pop' type stores when they think of BIBA, but so many independent businesses in this area are anything but small," states Kate Bishop Hamel, Executive Director for the organization.
To that point, one of BIBA's newest members is the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook. With well over three hundred employees during peak season, the business can hardly be described as small. Despite their level of success, RJ Harding of Gilford feels strongly about supporting the buy local organization started here nine years ago by local business owner Randy Bullerwell.
"When we started in 1996 as a small family-run business, we were unknown in the music industry and relied heavily on local business," said RJ Harding, President of Meadowbrook. Today, as they approach their twentieth anniversary, their patrons come from all over the country, often planning vacations to the Lakes Region around favorite performers at the venue. Despite its growth, Meadowbrook remains a locally-owned independent business.
"We appreciate the positive impact that strong, local businesses have on the health of our community", states Michael Seymour, Chief Operating Officer of the facility. "We use local vendors and contractors whenever possible", he adds.
BIBA is currently conducting its annual membership drive and plans are in the works to hold small round table discussions and/or a community forum to give local independent business owners the opportunity to weigh in on what they would like to see from the organization in the coming year.
"It's important to differentiate ourselves from other organizations that provide support for area businesses. We aren't a main street organization; we focus on businesses throughout the Lakes Region. We aren't strictly a small business organization either. We are all about businesses owned by members of our community, people we all know; our neighbors, our family members, our kids' coaches, scout leaders and volunteers in our local organizations", states Hamel.
For BIBA Vice President Debbie Bolduc, it's personal. Bolduc is not only a local business owner, but also a life-long local resident and graduate of Laconia High School. "This is my community, these are my people. Many area businesses are owned by my former classmates and co-workers, their parents and even some of their adult children. It means a lot to me to support them in their endeavors through my business, my purchases and my involvement with BIBA", states Bolduc.
BIBA's mission is to support, advocate and enhance locally-owned, independent businesses in the Lakes Region through education, marketing, promotion, programs, and events. BIBA is an affiliate of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), a non-profit organization helping communities sustain their local independent businesses and keep opportunities alive for local entrepreneurs.
For more information, go to BIBA's new website at bibalocal.org/. Online membership registration and payment is now available for added convenience.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 08:13

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