RE/MAX Bayside donates turkeys, begins Toys for Tots

The owners, staff and associates of RE/MAX Bayside and Bayside Rentals recently donated 30 turkeys to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia for Thanksgiving distribution. St. Vincent de Paul is highly successful in their mission of charity locally. Each year the Society distributes hundreds of thanksgiving baskets to families in need throughout the Lakes Region. RE/MAX Bayside owners Rob Wichland and Chris Kelly feel that community support is very important and above all during the holidays when many families are struggling.

“We are thankful to be able to offer our support at this time of year,” said Rob Wichland.
RE/MAX Bayside is also involved in the Toys for Tots program. It is one of the region’s busiest drop-off locations. Feel free to drop off new, unwrapped toys and gifts at either the Meredith office (208 Daniel Webster Highway at the junction of routes 3 and 104), or at the Laconia office (604 Main St. in downtown Laconia). Your donations are greatly appreciated.
For more information about the Toys for Tots program call RE/MAX Bayside’s Meredith office at 603-279-0079, the Laconia office at 603-527-8200, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Donating turkey to St. Vincent Deaul in Laconia are RE/MAX workers Jim Miller, Russ Poirier, Rob Beaudet, Marnie Watson, Rebecca Fuller, Ruby Kintner, Scott Knowles, Shane Hayes, Rob Wichland, Travis P. Cole and Christina Phister. (Courtesy photo)

Drum for the Health of It starts Nov. 28

LACONIA — The new Lakes Region Creative Aging Resource Center, 17 Church St., Laconia, will be offering some exciting new classes, including Drumming for the Health of It, which starts Tuesday, Nov. 28,1:30–2:30 p.m.

Classes will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In this class, you will experiment with different percussion instruments and help to de-stress while you enjoy group camaraderie. No musical experience or instrument required! Feel free to bring a percussion instrument if you have it (drum, rattle, maracas). If not, instruments will be provided. Together, you will have fun exploring the many health benefits of group drumming. Fee: $7 per class. Call Linda Howard at 603-273-0125 for details.

M’boro Lions Club chooses local Peace Poster winner

MOULTONBOROUGH — Sadey Sherkanowski, a sixth-grade student at Moultonborough Central School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning the local competition sponsored by the Moultonborough Lions Club.

Lions Clubs International sponsors the program each year to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. Sadey’s poster was among more than 450,000 entries submitted worldwide in this annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

Sadey’s poster will advance through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition. One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to a special award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

President Mark Cotrupi said he was impressed by the colorfulness and creativity of the poster. The club is cheering for Sadey as her poster advances in the competition.

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Moultonborough Lions Club President Mark Cotrupi congratulates Sadey Sherkanowski on her first-place win in the Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the club. (Courtesy photo)

Belmont High School participates in College Application Week

BELMONT — Applying to college can be an overwhelming experience, but with the extra assistance and the chance of winning a $500 scholarship, it seemed possible for many who participated in the “I Am College Bound/I Applied” campaign at Belmont High School last week.
On Nov. 16, seniors had the opportunity to submit at least one college admissions application with the assistance of representatives from admissions offices from various New Hampshire colleges and universities during the school day at Belmont High School.
The “I Am College Bound/I Applied” campaign provides assistance to students who may be the first in their family to attend college, low-income students and others who may be unfamiliar with the college application process. As part of the initiative, students receive information about the additional components of a college application, college financial aid process and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The program, part of a nationwide initiative through the American Council on Education, is sponsored in New Hampshire by the New Hampshire Department of Education, New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF), and colleges and universities of the NH College & University Council. The NHHEAF Network expects to work with 1,500 high school seniors statewide this year with approximately 3,150 filed applications.
For the Belmont High School senior class, 40 percent participated in the one day (three hour) event and successfully completed 122 college applications. Rachael Violette was the lucky winner of the $500 scholarship at BHS, however, all the students who participated walked away with something – the feeling of accomplishment and relief!

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Celebrating College Application Week are Lisa Ransom, director of school counseling; Rachael Violette, BHS student and scholarship winner; and David Williams, BHS Principal. (Courtesy photo)