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Children's Authors Tea returning to Belknap Mill on April 22

LACONIA —  The Children's Authors Tea returns to the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia on Wednesday, April 22, 5-7 p.m. The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire (FRC-CNH) has invited several local authors and illustrators to join the children and families of our community at this special annual event.

The Children's Authors Tea provides an opportunity for quality family time while promoting early literacy. Local children's authors and illustrators - Cheryl Bloser, Jennifer Carson, Shawn Middleton, Robbie Neylon, Denise Ortakales, and Liz Rossner will join the children for a celebration of early literacy. Families attending the Tea have the chance to meet the authors, hear them read their stories aloud, and purchase signed copies of their books. Tea and other refreshments will be provided by Curt's Caterers and every child that attends will receive a free book. 

"The Tea has become a wonderful, family tradition and the Family Resource Center is excited to be able to offer this event to the families and children of the community yearly," says Cheryl Avery, Director of the Family Resource Center.

Through generous sponsorship from Curt's Caterers and Well Sense Health Plan, the event is free to children and families of the Lakes Region. For more information about the event, contact Kaitlin Levesque at 581-1558 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAPTION — The Annual Children's Author's Tea a favorite of children and families in the Lakes Region return to the Belknap Mill on April 22, 5-7 p.m. Pictured are friends enjoying the Tea in 2014.

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Opechee Garden Club to hear from loon expert

Opechee Garden Club reports on the state of the loon at its April meeting


LACONIA — The Opechee Garden Club will hear a talk by an expert on loons at its next meeting scheduled for Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, in Gilford.

Following the business meeting, the members will listen to a program by Harry Vogel, senior biologist and executive director of The Loon Preservation Committee. Vogel's talk is titled "The State of The Loon -- The Natural History, Challenges & Successes of the Loons in New Hampshire."

Vogel has been studying loons for more than 20 years, first as a researcher, then a project biologist for the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey of Bird Studies Canada, and now with the Loon Preservation Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Northeast Loon Study Working Group, a consortium of government and non-governmental organizations from throughout the New England states and the Canadian Maritimes, working on issues affecting loons and other wildlife in the Northeast.

Since its creation in 1975, when concern about a dramatic decline in the loon population was recognized, The Loon Preservation Committee's mission has been to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons in throughout New Hampshire, and to monitor the health and productivity of loons as sentinels of environmental quality. Through the efforts of the LPC the population of loons has more than tripled since they were first listed as a "threatened species" in 1979. The Loon Preservation Committee was one of the first organizations anywhere to show that it was possible to reverse the decline.

In his presentation, Vogel will speak about the Loon Preservation Committee's continuing work to safeguard New Hampshire's loon population, as well as the special place they hold in the hearts of New Hampshire residents as a unique symbol of New Hampshire's wild lakes.

Hospitality Chairs, Mary Lou John and Joyce McMath, and their committee, Bev Martin, Elaine Gagnon, Nancy Fuchs, Patsy Moore, Eileen Russilillo, Susan Primeau, Florence Merrill, Cynthia McNutt, Beth Clow and Eleanor Swain, will provide refreshments and table decorations.

The Opechee Garden Club welcomes new members. It meets on the first Monday of most months, at 1 p.m., at the Gilford Community Church.

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Thorne family gift to LRGH will fund a ‘germ-zapping robot’ for disinfection

LACONIA — Larry Thorne's family will tell you he led a good life. He served his country with honor and courage in WWII, travelled extensively and celebrated a spectacular business career. On top of all of that, he modeled the importance of giving back to his community by serving as a school board member, rotary club president, and trustee for the Taylor Home and Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH).

When Thorne passed away at the age of 94, his family chose to follow his example by asking family and friends to make memorial donations in his honor to the LRGH Auxiliary. Gifts received have helped with the purchase of Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots for room disinfection. The disinfection system is a proven solution to destroy the deadly microorganisms before they can harm patients and healthcare workers. The germ fighting robots take cleaning and decontamination to the next level by using full spectrum, high intensity UV-C rays to quickly destroy infectious germs in rooms vacated by patients.

"By designating the LRGH Auxiliary as the recipient of memorial gifts, the auxiliary can help to carry on Mr. Thorne's legacy of giving back," stated president of the LRGH Auxiliary Nancy Paterno. "This thoughtful expression of remembrance is helping to support best care standards for patients in the Lakes and Three Rivers Regions."

To learn how you can support LRGHealthcare with a gift, contact the Office of Philanthropy: (603) 737-1042 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Choose Franklin Day to be held on May 9

FRANKLIN — Plans are underway for the Eleventh Annual Choose Franklin Community Day, sponsored by Franklin Regional Hospital (LRGHealthcare) and Franklin Savings Bank, which will be held on Saturday, May 9 at Odell Park in Franklin.
The event will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. which will step off at Franklin High School and proceed easterly to downtown turning on Smith Street and ending at Odell Park. This year's theme is "Franklin for a Lifetime".
A fair will be held at the park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include vendors, crafts, food, games, amusements and entertainment. There will be a performance by the Flying Frisbee Dogs at 12:30 p.m. and a 1:15 p.m. show by Marko the Magician sponsored by the Franklin Public Library.
Crafters, local businesses and organizations which would like to participate in the fair or march in the parade, contact Marcia Rollins at 934-3108 ext. 4420 or download a Participation Form at  www.sau18.org/community_day.cfm.
Remember to sign up soon, after April 15 a $10 late fee will be assessed if space is available.

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