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Monkey Trunks Adventure Park adds 'Zip-Trekking' course

LACONIA — Monkey Trunks Adventure Park's season will start on May 2 and the owners are pleased to announce that they have built a new Zip-Trekking course at the Saco, Maine and Weirs Beach, N.H. locations. "We are always looking for new features to add to our parks," stated Kris Gagnon, General Manager of Monkey Trunks. "Two years ago we added the children's course and now the Zip-Trekking courses in Weirs Beach and Saco."

The Zip-Trekking courses are built as a hybrid between a zipline tour and an aerial trekking course. Participants can trek through the trees on the new self-navigated Zip-Trek courses consisting of a variety of ziplines and rope-course challenges within the trees. Unlike the standard guided zipline tour, the Zip-Trek course allows participants to trek through the trees at their own pace. Participants will be ziplining and navigating elements of varying difficulties.

Monkey Trunks locations offer challenges that include swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, and cargo nets. The Weirs Beach location alone has 4 ziplines, including one over a pond, as well as a 35-foot-high giant swing and is open to swing at night under the lights. Reservations are encouraged and can be made anytime online at their website, www.monkeytrunks.com. For further information, contact Monkey Trunks Extreme Aerial Adventure, New Hampshire locations: 579 Endicott St. North, Weirs Beach/Laconia, NH 03246 and 1853 Chocorua Mountain Highway, Chocorua, NH 03886; Maine location: 2 Cascade Road, Saco, ME 04072 or by phone at (603)367-4427.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 05:49

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Baron's Major Brands expands to Nashua

BELMONT — Baron's Major Brands, which opened its Belmont store in 1979, is proud to announce its expansion into the Nashua market with the acquisition of Fletcher's Appliances, a trusted, family-owned retailer with a long history of customer service in the gateway city.

"Fletchers has been well known for providing an exceptional local service experience," said Baron's co-owner Mike Baron. "We are thrilled to leverage the excellent reputation and the quality of the Fletchers team with Baron's buying power and operational capability. This is a completely seamless transition for existing customers: same local phone number and staff with enhanced buying power, access to new product lines, and a regional marketing presence."

Baron's is a second-generation New Hampshire company and a member of the Nationwide Marketing Group, an organization comprised of 6,000 independent companies across the U.S. with a collective purchasing power of more than $9 billion.

"Baron's has long been a trusted member of communities throughout New Hampshire," said Baron. "That history, combined with a buying power that is on par with any national box chain, should help to make us the natural choice for Nashua-area consumers."

The new location, now known as Baron's Major Brands Nashua, will see an expansion of its professionally-designed showroom and an additional 2,500 square feet of space to house a new Serta Mattress Sleep Center. Baron's will introduce the brand to its Nashua clientele this summer.

Baron's Major Brands is a family-owned and operated appliance retailer with locations in Manchester, Concord, Salem, Plaistow, Belmont, Ossipee, and now at 531 Amherst Street in Nashua. For more information on this new location, or any of Baron's other six locations, call 1-800-350-2499 or visit www.baronsmajorbrands.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 05:20

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LRGHealthcare diabetes education program earns ADA recognition

LACONIA – The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the LRGHealthcare Diabetes and Nutrition Center on March 25. The program was originally recognized in June of 2002. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," comments Carole Domin, LRGHealthcare Director of Nutritional Programming. "And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service." Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 06:02

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Preferred Vacation Rentals expects to set new record in 2015

MOULTONBOROUGH — With more American travelers expected to choose vacation rentals this summer, 2015 is expected to be a record-breaking year for Preferred Vacation Rentals.

According to a 2014 survey conducted by TripAdvisor, more than half of the responders said they'd prefer renting a home, where they can share time with loved ones in a comfortable, home-like setting, to staying in a hotel. Fifty-two percent of those U.S. travelers said they were planning a rental stay, compared to 44 percent in 2013. In addition, 94 percent of Americans who'd recently stayed in a vacation rental were reportedly satisfied with the experience.

Those trends are consistent with those in the Lakes Region. Just days into spring, Mark Borrin, owner of Preferred Vacation Rentals, reports that the 2015 summer season is already off to a promising start. In March, Borrin said that he's already seen a 17 percent increase in bookings over this time last year, indicating that the demand for quality rental options will continue to rise.

Fortunately, Borrin and his staff have been planning ahead. Striving to meet growing demands, Preferred Vacation Rentals opened a second office in Wolfeboro this past December. The family-owned company, founded by Borrin's parents, Mel and Tina, in 1978, now operates out of two locations in the heart of the Lakes Region: its flagship site at 34 Whittier Highway and its newer office, located at 25 N. Main St. in Wolfeboro.

Borrin and his team are actively seeking additional rental properties to ensure all clients can enjoy their dream Lakes Region vacation. "It's a great way for a homeowner to capture some additional income," he said, noting that Lakes Region vacation rental rates average over $2,600 per week.

With well over 200 vacation properties in its listings, ranging from quaint wooded cottages to sprawling island estates, Preferred Vacation Rentals is the place where Lakes Region summer fun has begun for several generations of vacationers, while putting property owners' cares to rest. "It's not just about renting properties," Borrin said. "Our team is dedicated to helping every visitor have the very best experiences possible in the Lakes Region. We consider ourselves the finest vacation rental company in the region, as we strive to provide exceptional service to both our homeowners and our guests."

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 05:14

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