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Sawyers Supports Colonial Theatre
LACONIA, NH – Another iconic local business making a donation towards the Colonial Theater Renovation and restoration project! Awesome News!

Recently, Robert Sawyer, President of Sawyers Jewelry in Downtown Laconia, generously donated to the Colonial Theater capital campaign. Justin Slattery, Belknap EDC Executive Director, thanked Robert for his generous support and commitment to building economic vitality in Downtown Laconia.

Robert stated, “On behalf of our employees, Sawyers Jewelry and the Sawyer family is proud to support the Colonial Theater redevelopment project. The renovated theater will provide an outstanding performing arts venue for cultural arts to residents and visitors alike and serve as a catalyst for commerce in the downtown block.”

609 Main Street, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Belknap EDC. Belknap EDC was founded in 1992 as the Belknap County Economic Development Council. In 2012, we shortened our name to Belknap EDC. We are one of ten non-profit regional development corporations in the state of NH.visit


Sawyers Supports Belknap Mill Society
LACONIA, NH – The Belknap Mill Society gratefully acknowledges Robert Sawyer who, on behalf of the Sawyer family and Sawyers Jewelry, recently contributed a generous gift to the $25,000 Karagianis Matching Gift Challenge. The Challenge was presented by the Karagianis family in honor of Peter S. Karagianis, to support the Society’s work to raise a new roof over the Belknap Mill.

The Sawyer and Karagianis families both arrived in Laconia in the mid 1940’s with a strong desire to make their new communities a better place to live and work. Said Sawyer, “As a local businessman, Peter Karagianis understood how important it is to instill a sense of community,” adding that his gift was inspired by the Karagianis’ family’s commitment to the Belknap Mill Society.

“Some may think civic pride and support a thing of the past. It isn’t so. I was inspired to see the next generation of the Karagianis family step forward on behalf of the Mill. When I see the hand-off of commitment from one generation to the next – that’s when I know that our community will continue to grow and thrive. I hope I speak on behalf of our entire downtown community when I say remembering our history and creating a sense of place, a place to call home where we can live, relax, recreate, and shop is our goal.”

Retail business and manufacturing are the backbone of the Lakes Region. As one of the earliest industrial sites in the region and an active business until 1969, the Belknap Mill proudly stands as a symbol of the ingenuity and community commitment of Lakes Region businesses – past, present and future. Through its award-winning elementary curriculum and textile museums, art exhibits, community and civic events, and Artist-in-Residence program (featuring Laconia artist Larry Frates), the Mill is a foundation of the downtown community and a historic destination for people of all ages.

Preserving the historic Belknap Mill is the work of the entire community. To make a donation to raise a new roof over the Mill, email or call (603) 524-8813.

The Belknap Mill Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the Belknap Mill as the Lakes Region’s unique historic gathering place and the community’s center for award-winning cultural and educational programs. Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered textile mill in the United States and is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as a site worthy of preservation. The Society relies on the continued support of donors and its members. To learn more about the Belknap Mill Society, to make a general donation or to learn about becoming a member, visit


LACONIA – The NH Humane Society’s annual signature fundraising event, Paws for a Cause Auction, is August 11, at Church Landing in Meredith. “We’re very excited about this year’s Auction, it’s always a wonderful evening with great supporters of the NH Humane Society,” said Marylee Gorham, Executive Director of NH Humane Society, “local businesses such as Sawyers Jewelry see the need and benefit to having the NH Humane Society in the community, and make substantial donations to assist the animals; of which we are very grateful.” Robert Sawyer, owner of Sawyers Jewelry said, “We are proud to support non-profits like the NH Humane Society and on behalf of the staff of Sawyers Jewelry and our four legged friends, Joey, Pippin, & Daisy, we are pleased to be able help."

The piece is a Denny Wong designed, 14k white and yellow gold “Eagle in an Egg” pendant, featuring diamond eyes on the baby eagle and displays gracefully from an 18 inch, yellow gold wheat chain with a retail value of $1,495. If you’d like to view the necklace before bidding at the Paws for a Cause auction, visit Sawyers Jewelry. Main Street Laconia, or see pictures online at or

Tickets to attend Paws for a Cause are $70, or save 10% by purchasing a table of 8 or 10. All proceeds support the animals and programs at the NH Humane Society. Don’t wait, tickets sell out every year! To purchase tickets go to or make your check payable to the NH Humane Society and mail to PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247; please note Paws for a Cause in the memo line. For additional information, contact the NH Humane Society at 524-3252.

If you are unable to attend Paws for a Cause, but would like to support the event, auction items are currently being collected, or you could purchase 50/50 raffle tickets ahead of time. $5 a ticket or 3 for $10, last year’s 50/50 winner won over $2,000!

Paws for a Cause is also made possible by the support of: Bank of New Hampshire, Morgan Stanley, Eastern Propane, Melcher & Prescott, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Lakes Region Pet Resort, R&D Paving and Lakeport Landing Marina.

The NH Humane Society is a local, stand-alone, 501(c) 3 non-profit that does not receive funds from national animal welfare agencies. 100% of all donations assist your local shelter. The NH Humane Society strives to find responsible and caring forever homes for animals in need and offers support programs to the community. For more information visit