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Sutton’s Labsphere Inc. a finalist for 2013 Product of the Year

A Sutton company is among four finalists for the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s 2013 Product of the Year award.

Labsphere, in North Sutton, was recognized for a product called “Integral Light Measurement Software,” the first in the industry to use platform-independent web programming language called HTML5.

“The speed at which the light measurement scans are performed and data analyzed allows users to test more LEDs or products in a shorter amount of time,” the council said in a press release, “increasing productivity and efficiency, and shortening time to test and market lighting products.”

The other finalists are BurstPoint Networks of Merrimack, Granite State Manufacturing of Manchester and Single Digits of Manchester.

The winner will be announced at the council’s eighth annual product of the year event on Nov. 12.

Renovation nominations

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual economic improvement awards. Recognition will go to retail, commercial, municipal, industrial and nonprofit organizations in the Lakes Region that remodeled or rebuilt in 2013.

“These awards identify organizations that have a vested interest in our local economic development and are committed to making positive changes in our communities,” said Karmen Gifford, the chamber’s executive director, in a press release.

The awards will be given at the chamber’s 95th annual meeting Jan. 16 at Mills Falls at the Lake in Meredith. The chamber represents more than 450 businesses in 18 cities and towns.

Community grants

Earlier this month, Franklin Savings Bank awarded grants to nine area agencies from the bank’s Fund for Community Advancement. Recipients are:

∎ The American Red Cross, for disaster relief efforts

∎ The Central New Hampshire Special Operation Unit, for crowd control equipment

∎ The Circle Program, for the New Hampshire Women’s Art Caucus Partnership

∎ The Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, for energy conservation efforts

∎ The N.H. Catholic Charities’s food bank, for food pantry delivery in Bristol

∎ Special Olympics New Hampshire, for Project Unify at Gilford, Franklin, Laconia and Winnisquam high schools

∎ The Tilton Senior Center, for wiring improvements

∎ The Veterans Memorial Recreation Area in Franklin, for conversion to year-round usage

∎ The Youth Assistance Program, for its dropout prevention efforts

Cobb Hill awards

Cobb Hill Construction received National Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards for three Concord projects:

∎ The Historical Restoration Excellence Award, for work on the Bridges House in East Concord. Renovations there were intended to make the property more useful for larger events.

∎ The Commercial Under $2 Million Merit Award, for work on Tad’s Place at the Havenwood-Heritage Heights Retirement Community, an auditorium financed by resident Tad Mosel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

∎ A Community Service Award for the Friendly Kitchen, a new meal center for the needy that can accommodate up to 120 people.

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