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United Way needs projects for annual Day of Caring

LACONIA -- Granite United Way is seeking proposals for work projects for its annual Day of Caring event in September.

During the Day of Caring, participating non-profit organizations are matched with volunteers from local business and community groups. This day also serves as the "kickoff" to the annual United Way workplace campaigns.

The Day of Caring for the Lakes Region and Plymouth areas is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19. Granite United Way works with community members and the corporate community to support the work of many non-profit agencies throughout the state.

Granite United Way is striving to increase the number of participants and projects involved this year. Last year, more than 1,330 volunteers completed 180 projects for local non-profits. Granite United Way currently seeks non profits to submit projects for these events.

Non-profit organizations that are in need of a helping hand are encouraged to register their projects by emailing Val Guy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Project ideas include painting, washing windows, repairing fences, landscaping/yard clean-up, general repairs and much more. There are many volunteer options available. Any local not-for-profit can request a project.

Volunteers are needed to complete requested projects. Teams can range in size from one to 10. Each team member will receive an exclusive Day of Caring T-shirt. Contact Val Guy at (603)224-2595 ext. 226 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Shifts are available from 9a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., or all day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Day of Caring will take place rain or shine, as most projects can still be completed regardless of weather conditions.


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Minot-Sleeper Library announces new director

BRISTOL — A veteran librarian has been named director of the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol.

Sandy Allgood assumed the post on July 28, the library trustees have announced. Allgood comes to New Hampshire from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked as an acquisition librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library. Her 23 years of library experience includes extensive experience in budget operations, acquisition ordering and customer service in working with faculty, staff, students and vendors.

"I believe libraries are the heart and soul of a community," said Allgood. "They are happy and safe places where all people come to find information, and especially to help children build their curiosities and imaginations. My hope as library director, is that every person that walks into the Library feels comfortable and at home and comes back with a friend."

Allgood shared a favorite quote of hers by Peter Golkin of the Alexandria, Va., Public Library: "My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding my bike to the library."

Allgood and her family reside in Plymouth where they enjoy the many outdoor activities available to those who live here.

The Minot-sleeper Library is one of Bristol's oldest functioning activities and has been a cornerstone of learning in the town and surrounding communities since 1885. The facility was a gift to the town from Judge Josiah Minot of Concord,  and Colonel Solomon Sleeper of Cambridge, Mass. Both had grown up in Bristol.

Voters approved construction of an addition to the library at the 2012 Town Meeting. The addition was complete in the spring of 2013.


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Sanbornton Historical to host program on the Underground Railroad

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Historical Society will host a program on the Underground Railroad on Thursday, Aug., 14, at 7 p.m. in the Lane Tavern, 520 Sanborn Road.

The program will be presented by Eleanor Strang who has developed a lecture and power point illustrations about how slaves were aided by those in New England to find their way to Canada and freedom in the years prior to the Civil War.

Starting with the national background, Strang will focus on New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the story of helping fugitive slaves as they escaped to freedom. Local New Hampshire and Massachusetts persons who were "lesser
known heroes" will be highlighted.

The programs at the Lane Tavern are free to the public. Refreshments are served after the program by volunteers.

For more information call Linda Salatiello at 286-4526

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Paula Wanzer named an Ambassador to Road Scholar

MEREDITH — Paula Wanzer has been selected as the Lake Region's new Ambassador to Road Scholar, a program which seeks to encourage adults to learn, discover and travel.

As a member of the Road Scholar volunteer Ambassador Program, Wanzer is now available to share her Road Scholar experiences with local groups by giving informational lectures, free of charge, about Road Scholar and life-long learning. Wanzer began teaching Road Scholar programs in 1994 as a canoe instructor at Brewster Academy in  Wolfeboro. In 2008 she began traveling with Road Scholar and has since attended programs focused on the history of chocolate, service learning and kayaking.

Road Scholar is the name of the program created by Elderhostel, a not-for-profit organization that provides educational learning adventures for adults infused with the spirit of camaraderie and adventure.

Wanzer can be reached at 603-279-7829 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 08:06

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