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Veterans Home Residents Honored for Efforts

TILTON —  The Governor and Executive Council Meeting was held last week at the Inn on Newfound Lake in Bridgewater hosted by District One Councilor Joe Kenney. At the meeting several people were chosen for special recognition by the Governor and Council. Several people were given proclamations by the Governor.

Two women honored, Patricia Ramey and Anna Jean Munt, are co-recipients of the New Hampshire Veterans Home's 2014 Charles Safford Award, an annual recognition of a resident or residents of the Home who have displayed acts of caring for and advocating for others during the preceding year. The award, named in honor of the late Charles "Charlie" Safford, a former president of the Home's Resident Council, acknowledges the personal time and efforts donated selflessly for improving the quality of life for others.

Both of this year's recipients were nominated by their fellow residents for their contributions above and beyond expectations for individuals living in a long-term care setting. The Governor was happy to also recognize their service with a proclamation on Tuesday.

Pat Ramey delivers – daily, circulating around the building to bring the day's mail and newspapers to fellow residents, a task that brings her to the front desk sometimes several times a day. Pat, an Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict who came to the Home in January, 2013, also tries to meet every new resident and offers to show them the Home's many different areas and the wide variety of activities available.

Anna Jean Munt, who served in the Navy during Vietnam and entered the Home in October, 2013, is always looking out for others, making sure they have what they need, like a sweater for the cold. She's also a great help to the staff, assisting her peers in getting ready for meals in the dining room and aiding with the transportation of less-mobile residents to the activities they enjoy.

The actions of both go to the heart of the Safford Award, emulating Charlie Safford's great acts of kindness, dedication and advocacy with his peers, with the Home's staff, and with others throughout the community.
Pat and Anna Jean received certificates honoring their contributions during a presentation at the monthly Commandant's Update in June, a monthly gathering where Commandant Margaret "Peggy" LaBrecque welcomes new residents and staff and fills residents in on any challenges or issues facing the Home. Now they can add to that a photo with the Governor and an official Proclamation.

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Covered bridges of N.H. presentation on Wednesday

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting the program "Covered Bridges of New Hampshire" featuring Glenn Knoblock on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. 

Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH's myriad streams, brooks, and rivers, it's unsurprising that 400 covered bridges have been documented. Often viewed as quaint relics of a simpler past, they were technological marvels of their day. It may be native ingenuity and NH's woodworking tradition that account for the fact that a number of nationally-noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives. Knoblock discusses covered bridge design and technology, and their designers, builders, and associated folklore. 

Knoblock has a B.A. in History, Bowling Green State University; independent scholar and author of twelve books and over 70 articles; author and historian on projects relating to Northern New England bridges, New Hampshire history and African American military history; serving as the main military contributor to Harvard and Oxford University's landmark African American Biography Project.

This event is free and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. To RSVP call 366-5950.

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Clark House program Thursday on Midwife Cures

WOLFEBORO — Come to the Clark House this week for a fascinating program about the past.

When you are at the Farmer's Market on Thursday, August 14, take a break from 2-3 pm to enjoy a special presentation of, A Midwife Tells her Medicinal Cures

Local performer and historian, Carolyn Chase, will play the role of the local Midwife. In her well-known theatrical way, Carolyn will relate how she uses herbs and other garden materials for ills and other uses. She might even offer to heal any broken arms in the audience or take you through the herb garden on our property to show you more details about her wares.

 

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Squam Swim raised funds for loon preservation

MOULTONBOROUGH — On August 1 at team of eight swimmers swam the seven mile length of Squam Lake, from the Squam Channel in Holderness to the Sandwich Town Beach, to raise funds for loon preservation.

The 8th annual swim is a fundraiser to benefit the Loon Preservation Committee’s Squam Lake Loon Initative, an ongoing effort to increase monitoring, research, management and outreach to change the fortunes of Squam's loons. Since 2005, Squam Lake has seen a dramatic decline in its number of loon pairs and Squam's loons continue to experience low breeding success, with only two chicks surviving per year. "The Swim" began in 2005 and has become a much anticipated yearly event in the Lakes Region and has raised over $130,000 to support LPC's work to benefit Squam Lake loons and to recover a healthy population of loons on the lake.

This year, funds raised through "The Swim" will allow LPC to extend its field season on the lake; test eggs from failed nests for contaminants; continue banding and monitoring the health of Squam's loons; expand its research into the causes of declines, including testing crayfish (loon food) for contaminants; educate lake users to encourage a culture of respect and appreciation for loons; and continue its intensive management to help loons cope with their challenges.

For more information on the Squam Lake Loon Initiative or to make a donation please visit www.loon.org or call the Loon Preservation Committee at 603-476-5666.

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