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Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes Receives $5,000 Grant from MVSB Fund

MEREDITH — Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes was selected as one of thirteen local non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund in 2014. The $5,000 grant will help the organization with the cost of food and enable them to provide dairy vouchers to each participating family.

Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes provides summer lunch supplies to the families of Inter-Lakes School District students, many of which would normally qualify for free and reduced-price lunches at school during the school year. In its first year, 2013, the organization provided healthy lunches to 142 children and they expect to serve 150 children this year. Each Monday throughout the summer, a week's worth of lunch food items are packed and delivered by volunteers to participating families in Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich.

"Adding a third meal into a tight food budget can be quite a burden for a family," said Christine Hodecker-George, Chair for Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes. "So having lunch taken care of during the summer, allows these families to focus more on preparing and providing nutritious meals for breakfast and dinner."

Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes was formed in 2012 with the mission to provide healthy lunches to the students of the Inter-Lakes School District that find themselves in need during the 9 to 10 weeks of summer recess. The organization is a volunteer collaborative effort of residents, town departments, businesses and civic organizations residing or doing business in the three towns served by the Inter-Lakes School District: Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich. For more information, contact Christine Hodecker-George, Chair, Got Lunch! Inter-Lakes at gallery 51, 279-3123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:32

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Lakes Region HEAL to visit Main Street Marketplace on Thursday

LACONIA — In Savor the Season tent on Thursday, August 21 Tammy Levesque, Wellness Coordinator for the Laconia Schools and Program Coordinator for Lakes Region HEAL will present a program for children. Levesque and helpers will be in the tent at the Laconia Main Street Marketplace from 3-5 p.m.

How many different vegetables are sold at the market? What is an Aunt Molly's ground cherry? Do they taste more like melon or pineapple? Does a kale smoothie really taste good? Parents and children will find the answers to these questions and more when they visit the market. Children can feed the worms in a worm farm, and create a mini Sunflower Shoot garden to take home. The tent will be open rain or shine, and participation is free. The Savor the Season tent is sponsored by the Lakes Region Food Network, with support from the Laconia Main Street Marketplace. To learn more about the Lakes Region Food Network, visit www.lrfn.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:27

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Laconia School District hires new early childhood coordinator

LACONIA — The Laconia School District is pleased to announce that Julie Sackett will become the SAMHSA Grant Early Childhood Coordinator in September 2014. Sackett has worked in the New Hampshire Lakes Region for several years as an early childhood educator.

As the Early Childhood Coordinator, Sackett will be responsible for the development, organization and assessment of comprehensive services for families and children from birth through age five including early childhood family education classes, early childhood screening, school readiness services in the preschool, family outreach including parent education at community locations and family literacy; overseeing/coordinating the assessment of mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs of preschool children in Laconia from birth through age five and their families. Laconia is one of three communities in our state to receive these grant funds and to be participating in the process of improving cross agency collaboration to support our children and youth.

Sackett has recently been Director of Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care in Belknap and Merrimack Counties where she has had the opportunity to participate in and lead the work of many of the programs that will be used in the Early Childhood Coordinator position. Sackett has worked with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as the system used to support positive behaviors in preschool programs. She has a good understanding of home visiting programs and has developed relationships with personnel who work with these programs at the state level. Sackett participated on the leadership team that developed the Kindergarten Readiness Indicators, a collaboration of Head

Start and the NH Department of Education. She has served as a member of Spark NH, the early childhood

advisory council for NH, as well as the Policy Committee, and the Task Force to develop the Child Care

Development Fund Plan for the state and as the Chair of the Child Care Advisory Council. Through these

associations, she has developed an awareness of successful early childhood projects. We are confident in

her skills to provide successful support services for young children and their families in Laconia.

Please join us in welcoming SAMHSA Grant Early Childhood Coordinator Julie Sackett to this leadership

position in the Laconia School District community.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 10:23

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Groton Historical to learn about state dog

GROTON — Groton Historical Society will host a free NH Humanities Council program entitled "Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook" on Sunday, October 5 at the Groton House.

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of NH. Cottrell will be accompanied by his own Chinook, Tug. Refreshments will be served.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 10:11

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