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Veterans coming to area for training, discussion, relaxation

GILFORD — Camp Resilience, the operational arm of the local non-profit group The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), is geared up to welcome its third group of visiting veterans for four days of recreation, life skills training and peer to peer group discussion sessions.

The group of 10 veterans will be arriving Monday, March 2 and departing Thursday, March 5. This group will have veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Viet Nam. Their hometowns include Manchester, Nashua, Rochester and Somersworth. During their stay, they will enjoy skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort, a snowshow hike , water aerobics, yoga and regular exercise.

Life skills training will range from Mindful Eating taught by Elizabeth White of LRGHealthcare, a "cooking on your own" class and sessions on Money Management with Dave Pereira, Anger Management/Communications with Jim Parker, Facebook and Social Media with Kurt Webber at LRCC and Finding Meaning in Life/Setting Goals with David Ferruolo. The water aerobics/exercise and yoga training will be provided by Tammy Levesque and Helen McConnell respectively.

Webber, the founder of the veterans support group PRLI, expressed his appreciation to those community members and businesses who either donated cash, goods and services or offered significant discounts. "We're all unpaid volunteers on our Board and appreciate the support for veterans from our local communities" said Webber, himself a veteran of the Iraq War, who invited any individual or company interested in future support of this initiative to contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

He singled out the owners of Gunstock Inn where the veterans are lodged at reduced rates plus discounts or in-kind support from Gunstock Mountain Resort, Piche's Sporting Goods, Ellacoya Barn and Grille, LRCC and the Laconia Elks Lodge which generously offered their kitchen at no cost for the cooking lesson. Anyone interested in supporting the PRLI is invited to visit the website at www.prli.us for tax deductible donation information.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 08:15

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Part of proceeds from sales of restaurant’s bread pudding to be donated to Humane Society

LACONIA — The Second Annual Bread Pudding for Paws will take place the entire month of March at Tavern 27 Tapas and Piano Bar.

Throughout the month of March, Tavern 27 will donate $1 to the New Hampshire Humane Society for every bowl of their homemade Cinnamon Sourdough Bread Pudding that is sold.

"The idea came about last year as I was speaking with a couple of our guests that are very active with the New Hampshire Humane Society organization, and asked 'How can we help?'" states Tavern 27 owner Ray Simanson. Through conversation the plan was devised. "We are extremely fortunate to love what we do and are particularly grateful that we can use Tavern 27 as a vehicle to support our community in this way."

The bread pudding is made from sourdough bread that is prepared from scratch every day at Tavern 27. To serve, the bread pudding is baked and drizzled with Tavern 27's homemade caramel bourbon sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream. "The bread pudding is by far our best selling dessert," comments Leslie Judice, Chef/Co-owner of Tavern 27. "We are all animal lovers here, so it makes sense for us to use our food to support the Humane Society." Judice states last year that she had to up her bread pudding production 10 fold, and she is hoping to be making bread pudding non-stop for the next month. In addition, she adds that customers should call ahead for larger orders of bread pudding so that production can be planned accordingly in an effort to make the event as successful as possible.

This year an anonymous donor has generously pledged $2 for every $1 from Tavern 27's bread pudding sales. Other donors are invited to join in the effort.

Tavern 27 is located at 2075 Parade Road, Laconia, New Hampshire. Reservations are recommended, 603-528-3057.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:14

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Lakes Association receives award for program combatting invasive species

The New Hampshire Lakes Association received a 2015 Outstanding Invasive Species Volunteer Award at the National Invasive Species Achievement Awards Ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The association accepted the award for the management of its Lake Host Program — a courtesy boat inspection program to help boaters prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species — which has leveraged tremendous volunteer participation since its inception in 2002.

During 2014, 500 individuals volunteered as Lake Hosts, logging a total of 11,093 hours teaching boaters at boat ramps throughout New Hampshire how to clean, drain, and dry their boats and trailers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Invasive plants like milfoil and animals like the Asian clam alter the natural ecology of waterbodies, degrade boating, swimming, and fishing areas, and are expensive to manage and nearly impossible to get rid of once they become well-established in a waterbody. Since 2002, Lake Hosts have conducted more than 664,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,467 "saves" of aquatic invasive species that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Receiving the award on behalf of NH LAKES at the ceremony held at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. were Tom O'Brien (NH LAKES President), John Edie (NH LAKES Board Member), and Annie Isacco (NH LAKES Lake Host Volunteer at Warren Lake in Alstead).

"The competition for these awards was intense and it was humbling to be among such accomplished leaders in the fight against invasive species. The award recipients hailed from Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Texas, Washington, Washington D.C., and New Hampshire," commented Tom O'Brien. "The most important thing about our award is that it recognizes our volunteers who give their time to help others protect our lakes. It was a humbling but gratifying experience to represent the NH LAKES Lake Host Program in Washington, D.C., during National Invasive Species Awareness Week."

The purpose of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, being held Feb. 22-28 this year, is to educate people about steps they can take to prevent the spread of non-native species that can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation's economy. In addition to the awards ceremony in Washington D.C., events are being hosted by organizations across the country to raise awareness about the spread of invasive non-native terrestrial and aquatic plants, animals and microorganisms. Invasive species are found in every habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards, and gardens. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:07

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Belmont candidates’ night scheduled for next Wed.

BELMONT — Belmont High School is sponsoring its annual Candidates Night on Wednesday, March 4 at the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m.

All candidates for town office and Shaker Regional School District positions have been invited to attend and state their positions on key issues and answer questions from any citizen or newspaper representative that is in the audience. The event is organized by the Belmont High School student council.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:58

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