LACONIA — Fathers, father figures, children and families gathered lakeside with fishing poles in hand to enjoy the first "Fishing for Fathers' day hosted by the LRCS Family Resource Center's (FRC) Family Leadership Council. Held on a mid-summery hot Saturday, June 1 at Opechee Park, the event drew close to 75 people enjoying 'Free Fishing Day' in New Hampshire.
"This was a day of old fashioned family fun - fishing poles and worms, hotdogs and chips and cold drinks, and kids and adults all playing together - enjoying each other and the lake. It was a celebration of fathers and father figures and showed the importance of men in the lives of children," said Karen Welford, Director of the Family Resource Center. "We are very grateful to the parents and especially the fathers on our Family Leadership Council for initiating this day to promote the importance of the role of dads in the lives of children."
She offered Special thanks are extended to Hannaford and Shaw's of Gilford and VISTA Foods of Laconia for donating food to support the event and to Martel's Bait Shop for supplying a case of worms.
'Fishing for Fathers' is a kick-off event for the month of June that features many free workshops and programs at the FRC for area families. including 'Fatherhood Today' which was presented by Scott Noyes on June 11 and dealt with the changing role of dads in the lives of children.
The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, a program of Lakes Region Community Services, offers respectful, non-judgmental education, early intervention, and support to assist families in their efforts to meet needs, make positive connections, and prepare children for success today and tomorrow.
Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.
Marty Gray, Family Leader, enjoyed the event with son, Brandon, and daughter, Ashleigh. (Courtesy photo)