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AARP Mature Driver Safety Program to be held in Meredith on March 4

MEREDITH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program in Meredith takes place at the Meredith Community Center on Wednesday March 4 from 9 a.m. noon and 1-4 p.m.

The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road to name a few. It points out how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

There is no test and those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.

The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others.

Registration is required, to register for this course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:44

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Free ice cream sundae for Friendly’s patrons wearing Patriots gear

LACONIA — The Friendly's restaurant at 1160 Union Ave. in Lakeport is one of the chain's 91 locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts which is celebrating the New England Patriot's march to the Super Bowl by offering a free three-scoop sundae with any adult entrée purchase to guests who don Patriots apparel.

This offer is available now through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 1.

Whether it's a hat, T-shirt, hoodie or jacket, guests who support the Patriots by sporting the team's name or logo anywhere on their clothing are eligible to receive this special offer with the purchase of any breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:39

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Friends of Belmont Football hosting spaghetti dinner on Sat.

BELMONT — Friends of Belmont Football will be hosting their 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner on this Saturday, January 31, from 5-8 p.m. at The Greenside at Lochmere Country Club 360 Laconia Road, Route 3, Tilton.

Donations of $10 adults, and $5 kids (12 and under) will be greatly appreciated. Proceeds benefit Friends of Belmont Football for the purpose of funding Belmont's football athletes to play football in the 2016 season.

Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, rolls and butter and desserts will be served. There will be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.

Belmont will be combined with Gilford for a 2nd football season this year at the JV level. Friends of Belmont Football needs to raise $15,000 for Gilford-Belmont to be considered a Cooperative Varsity Football Team in 2016.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:35

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Gold Star referral group for businesses forms in Lakes Region

ALTON —  The Gold Star Lakes Region Referral Group says that it has generated $187,000 in gross revenue for its 21 members since the group held its first meeting in May 2014. Group founder Heather Clifford organized the Lakes Region branch of the national organization after seeing the benefits to her business of participating in the Concord Gold Star group, where she has been a member for the past two years.
"The Concord Gold Star group became such a profit center for me, and such a fun resource for business contacts and advice, that I wanted to start one in my own back yard specifically for businesses in the Lakes Region," says Clifford, owner of Infusion Studio Creative Design and Marketing in Alton. "We started with about six people and have grown to more than 20 in just over half a year — with fantastic bottom-line benefits for the businesses involved. We welcome local business owners to visit one of our meetings to see what Gold Star is all about."
Kenneth Yorston, owner of A Cut Above Landscaping in Meredith, says he has seen revenue increase approximately 20 percent since joining the group when it first formed. "I've closed on three-quarters of the leads I've gotten from the group," he adds. As important as the new clients he's secured, though, are the "new friends and connections" he's made for his already well-established, family-owned business.

Deb Plenge joined the Laconia group to meet people and get to know the area after moving to the Lakes Region from Western Massachusetts, where she's been for 32 years. The owner of Deb Plenge Painting and Decorating says, "I believe to receive you have to give. I've met some great contractors and sub-contractors — and not just in construction, which is who I work with most. I found a fantastic life coach in the group and a top-notch geothermal technician. So, in addition to the reportable money I've made, I'm supporting other members' businesses."
The variety of businesses represented by the Lakes Region Gold Star group appeals to Karl Schoff, vice president of corporate accounts at Talient Action Group, which provides printing and mailing services. "It's a fascinating group due to the diversity of the members," says Schoff, who notes that the repeat business from initial referrals has been a real membership benefit. "I've
acquired a vast knowledge about other industries from this eclectic group."
"I really enjoy the weekly meetings and the 10-minute presentations," he adds. "The exchange of information has a great appeal. I welcome anyone to visit and see for themselves!"
Meetings are held on Tuesdays at the Beane Conference Center in Laconia. Interested members of the business community may call (603) 875-3100.
Started in 2007 by Beth and Todd Davis, Gold Star Referral Clubs offer business owners and managers an effective structure within which to grow their companies. By establishing trusted relationships in a fun and supportive environment, Gold Star members pass along millions of dollars in referrals every year. Through structured weekly meetings, members receive training and practice in effective networking and advice and ideas on topics ranging from business practices to promotions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:12

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