Business notes

Published: 08-26-2023 10:00 AM

The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction raised nearly $15,000 through its second An Evening of Broadway performance at the Colonial Theatre Laconia on Tuesday, August 15. The family-friendly event was a success with over 500 people attending.  

The Sandwich Historical Society (SHS) has been awarded a $27,400 Inspire! Grant for Small Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is an independent federal agency that provides library grants, museum grants, policy and development assistance and research. The Inspire! Grant for Small Museums program is a nationwide competitive initiative of the Museums for America program.

John Stark Regional High School welcomes 6 graduates back to SAU 24 schools to teach this year. These JSRHS alumni have returned to teach at the Weare Middle School, Henniker Community School, and one has returned to serve John Stark as their school nurse.  Colleen Couhie '97, WMS 5th grade teacher; Haley Philibotte '18, WMS 4th grade teacher; Jess Valles '93, WMS Spanish teacher;  Molly Guay '17, JSRHS school nurse' Ethan Tyrrel-Walker '09; HCS special education teacher; and Ryan Bumford '03, WMS 8th grade science teacher. 

The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) has opened nominations for its annual Stars of the Industry Awards.  Association members and non-members alike are encouraged to submit nominations.  Stars of the Industry is the NHLRA’s signature celebration of the outstanding businesses and individuals of New Hampshire’s hospitality industry. The event offers attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues and shine a light on the industry’s brightest stars.  The event will take place Monday, November 6, 2023 at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH. Nominations are open until September 1.  Nominations can be submitted by going to

U.S. Air Force Major Korey Fratini, a native of Henniker, NH took command of the 3rd Audiovisual Squadron here on July 7th, 2023.   Korey is a 2007 graduate of John Stark Regional High School and a 2011 graduate of Clarkson University.  

The Tractor Supply Company Foundation has donated $100,000 to Farmer Veteran Coalition’s (FVC) Fellowship Fund, which awards grants to veteran farmers to purchase items that will make a crucial difference in the launch of their businesses. One of the recent grant recipients is John Maynard from Sutton, who has been awarded $1,000 for his business, AOR Farmstead.  John served in the Air Force of the military for years and was deployed three times. His business operates a direct to customer shares for half or whole lamb and pigs. He sells whole chickens, turkeys and eggs. 

NHTrust is proud to support the Laconia Fire Department’s Life-Saving Fund with a $1,000 donation. The Life-Saving Fund supports the Laconia Fire Department’s advanced Technical Rescue Training. They have been providing emergency services to the residents, businesses and visitors of Laconia since 1893. Today, the Laconia Fire Department responds to approximately 5,000 emergency incidents yearly, 70 percent of which are EMS-related and the remaining 30 percent are fire-related. Fire service has changed dramatically over the years and has become an all-hazards training and profession.


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