Meredith Chamber looking for event listings for 2017


MEREDITH — All civic and community organizations and member businesses are invited to submit listings of their 2017 events to the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce for inclusion in the Chamber's 2017 Calendar of Events.

All events are listed on the Chamber's website and information about each event is kept at the Chamber for use by the Chamber staff when responding to inquiries. In addition, the Chamber Calendar of Events serves as a master calendar for the area and clearing house for events in that organizations or businesses are able to contact the Chamber when scheduling an event so as to avoid duplication.

Susan Cerutti, executive director of the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce, said that the Chamber is looking for events taking place in the towns in the Winnipesaukee, Squam, and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire. According to Cerutti, the events should take place from January through December of this year and be of a general interest and open to the public.

To submit an event, include the name of the event, the sponsoring organization, the date, time, and place and mail to the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at Box 732, Meredith, NH 03253 or dropped off at the Chamber's office located at 272 Daniel Webster Highway. Events may emailed to the Chamber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is also helpful if when submitting events a phone number or website for further information is included. Further information about the Community Calendar of Events or other activities of the Chamber may be obtained by calling 279-6121.

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Gilmanton eatery opens full-service gas station



GILMANTON — The Corner Slice has begun selling gasoline at its location at the intersection of Routes 107 and 140 in Gilmanton Corner.

The Corner Slice occupies what was once The Corner Store in Gilmanton which for decades was the hub to get groceries and gas. After the building was closed for over a year, Mr. and Mrs Henry Vigeant renovated the store to a rustic pizza and chicken restaurant.

The sale of gasoline began this past Friday, Jan. 13.

The Corner Slice Gas will use the Kenoco Gas brand. Vigeant said he will open as a full-service gas station with pay-at-the-pump prices, bringing back the old-town feel where motorists can  stay in their car and have an attendant fill the vehicle up, check oil and wash the windshield.
Customers will be able to use most forms of credit cards.

The location is also convenient for snowmobilers who will be able to drive up to the pumps  from nearby snowmobile trails.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., but Vigeant said he hopes to expand the hours to 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and with the earlier opening time start offering breakfast sandwiches, fresh muffins and doughnuts, and hot coffee from Woodshed Roasters.


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The Corner Slice in Gilmanton Corner is now operating a full-service filling station at its location at the intersection of Route 107 and 140. (Courtesy photo)


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Watermark acquires Clearwater Construction

LACONIA — Watermark Marine Systems has acquired Clearwater Construction of Gilford, according to Watermark principal Paul Goodwin.

This acquisition has been accomplished through a merger of ownership of Watermark and Clearwater, welcoming Matthew and Jodie Gallant as partners under the parent company Watermark Marine Systems LLC.

The acquisition will broaden the level of services and products provided across the Lakes Region, servicing all shore-front homeowners, property owners and boater's needs at any level in marine supply, docks, boat lifts, shoreline construction and now residential construction and remodeling, as well as continuing to provide subcontracting services to the Lakes Region builders, Goodwin said.

This acquisition and merger has been under discussion since 2015 when it was established that the foundation of philosophy under which each business has been operating was completely aligned. Bringing together the experience of all partners allows a more rounded management team for Watermark Marine Systems LLC to grow, service and delivery more for the benefit of our valued clients and customers.

Clearwater Construction will operate as a "dba" — doing business as — of Watermark Marine Systems LLC, along with Watermark Marine Construction and Watermark Marine Supply. Watermark was established in 1990.

Under the merger Matt Gallant becomes the general manager of operations for all the companies.


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Matt Gallant, center, a principal of Watermark Marine Systems, stands with Jodie and Matt Gallant, owners of Clearwater Construction, which has recently been acquired by Watermark. Under the terms of the merger the Gallants are now partners in Watermark. (Courtesy photo)


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Meredith Village Savings announces grants to local non-profits



MEREDITH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund at New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has awarded $106,400 to 35 non-profit organizations.

These include $92,400 awarded to 21 local agencies, and $14,000 donated to 14 area food pantries. These grants are additional to the bank's many local contributions in the form of sponsorships, donations and scholarships, as well as the impressive volunteer efforts of its employees.

"The community has always been at the heart of our mission," said Rick Wyman, president of Meredith Village Savings Bank. "We're very proud to be able to offer any support we can to organizations that provide so many wonderful local resources and services."

Recent recipients of the MVSB Charitable Fund include:

— Belknap House in Laconia, $5,000 to support their Strengthening Families program.

— Belmont High School Robotics, $7,500 to go toward the equipment purchase for elementary and middle school-level programs related to robotics.

— Belmont Middle School, $6,000 for creation of a makerspace area, including a 3D printer, software, sewing machines and electronic kits for students.

— Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth/CADY in Plymouth, $5,000 to support the Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program, a development program that combines workforce training, paid summer employment and substance misuse prevention strategies for youth living in the Newfound and Pemi-Baker regions.

— End 68 Hours of Hunger in Wolfeboro, $6,000 to expand the food provision program for children in need from Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro and Ossipee.

— Gilford Youth Center, $2,500 to support transportation costs for summer camp.

— Got Lunch!– Ashland/Holderness, $1,000 for support of the Got Lunch program in Ashland and Holderness for summer 2017.

— Grafton County Senior Citizens Council based in Plymouth,  $5,000 to help support a professional delivery service to pick-up donated food twice per week for GCSCC Seniors.

— Greater Meredith Program, $5,000 to expand their Career Partnership program to Inter-Lakes Middle Tier students.

— Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, $3,500 for an expanded and improved volunteer screening program to include critical background checks.

— Laconia School District Office of Extended Learning, $4,000 to provide elementary students from low-income families the ability to rent or purchase instruments for Beginners' Band.

— Lakes Region Art Association, $1,000 toward the replacement of the Association's computer, printer and software.

— New Beginnings - Without Violence and Abuse in Laconia, $5,000 to update the organization's computer network and information security systems.

Patriot Resilient Leader Institute in Gilford, $6,000 to support the Institute's four-day Camp Resilience program for disabled veterans.

The Village Players in Wolfeboro, $5,000 toward the repair and replacement of its theater roof.

Wamesit Engine Companies in Meredith, $2,500 to help purchase thermal imaging cameras for all fire trucks at the Meredith Fire Department.

Wolfeboro Senior Center and Meals, $1,500 to extend the Center's meals and activities service period one month; beginning services in August instead of September and lasting through May of the following year.


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Rea new assistant branch manager at Franklin Savings


FRANKLIN — Nicole Rea has been promoted to assistant branch manager of Franklin Savings Bank's second office in Franklin at 933 Central St.

In her new role Rea will focus on coaching and supporting sales, service and operational initiatives for her team.

"Nicole has been a tremendous asset to our retail team since joining us," commented Ron Magoon, Franklin Savings' president and CEO. "Her professionalism, leadership and commitment to providing our customers with superior customer service make her an ideal candidate for this new role."

Rea joined FSB in January 2015 as a personal banker. She has over 11 years of experience in retail banking. Rea graduated from White Pines College with a degree in photography.

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