Program about Geneva Point on June 8

MOULTONBOROUGH — "Geneva Point: Past, Present, and Future," will be the topic at the next meeting of the Moultonborough Historical Society on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m., at the Town House Museum. Peter Claypoole, executive Director of the Geneva Point Center, will be the presenter. Historical Society members, guests, and the public are welcome to attend.

Geneva Point is located on the eastern side of Moultonborough Neck, facing the Ossipee Mountains, and includes about 200 acres of land and a nice section of Winnipesaukee shorefront. In the late 1800s Dr. J. A. Greene of patent medicine "Nervura" fame and fortune purchased several existing farms, of which "Cottage A" is a remainder, and established his Roxmont poultry farm on the site, which was later converted into a resort known as the Winnipesaukee Inn.

In 1919 the property was bought by the International Sunday School Association as an eastern site for its Boys' and Girls' Camps. It later became a part of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. In 1990 the property was transferred to Geneva Point Center, Inc. for the purpose of continuing its mission as an ecumenical camp and conference center. The buildings include the historic Winnipesaukee Inn, Lake View Lodge, Gibbes House, a chapel, and various cabins and other accommodations for campers.

For 91 years, Geneva Point Center has provided a setting where thousands of people have come during the summer months to think and relax, to renew their faith, to strengthen family ties, to commune with nature, to learn about their world, and to plan how to help others.

New pharmacy opens in Genesis Behavioral Health building in Laconia

LACONIA — Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company (Genoa) announced today the grand opening event of their 241st full-service, on-site pharmacy, which is located Genesis Behavioral Health. This is their third pharmacy in the state of New Hampshire.
"We are pleased to partner with Genoa to embed high quality pharmacy services within the community mental health center," stated Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "The addition of a pharmacy to our facility will help us better meet the needs of our patients and improve access to care. It provides a tremendous benefit."
Genoa is the most experienced specialty pharmacy provider for the behavioral health community. Genoa is improving consumer care and saving centers time and money throughout the country, making a positive impact in the centers they work with and in the lives of the consumers they serve. Genoa currently operates over 250 pharmacies in 35 states and the District of Columbia and projects to open thirty additional pharmacies within behavioral and community health centers in the next nine months. Genoa offers a unique on-site pharmacy setting based on the needs of the center they are located in and strives to be the provider of choice to both their center partners and their consumers.
Consumers benefit from the interaction they have with the pharmacist; the organization eliminates inefficiencies by directing pharmacy functions back into the pharmacy and has more control over how medications are handled.
Although Genoa is a nationwide company, they have retained the feel of the hometown pharmacy and the services that go along with it. Being on-site allows their pharmacists and technicians to work closely with prescribers, nurses, and caseworkers, to provide the best possible care for each individual consumer. While they specialize in behavioral health, they have the capacity to fill all medications. They are able to bill Medicaid and Medicare, as well as private insurances.

In addition, Genoa also offers several packaging options that can be tailored to fit the needs of the consumers, including specially designed adherence packaging. Genoa also offers delivery options at no extra cost to get medications to consumers as efficiently as possible. They will also transfer consumers' prescriptions to the Genoa pharmacy for them.
For more information on Genoa please visit or contact Melissa Odorzynski at (952) 657-7481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit corporation, Genesis serves over 3,500 children, families, and adults each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 603-524-1100 or visit the website at Find Genesis Behavioral Health on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@GenesisBHNH) for updates and information.


Photo Caption: Mayor Ed Engler of Laconia cuts the ribbon to commemorate the grand opening of Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company Pharmacy at Genesis Behavioral Health. Mayor Engler is joined by (left to right) Genesis Behavioral Health Executive Director Maggie Pritchard, Senator Jeannie Forrester, Senator Andrew Hosmer, Director of Operations for Genoa Jason Kan, Pharmacist Nancy Marineau, and Pharmacy Technician Vickie Phillips (Courtesy photo)

Gilmanton Women's Club upcoming meeting (67)

GILMANTON — The next meeting of the Gilmanton Women's Club will be held at the Shellcamp Lake Clubhouse on Monday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m.

The Gilmanton Women's Club was formed in 1971 with a mission to raise funds for the benefit of Gilmanton's townspeople, and local organizations. To learn more about the organization contact Judy Bakos, at 267-5056, or Bernadette Gallant at 364-7709, or then go to community - Gilmanton Women's Club.

BIBA holding monthy forums on buy local movement

LACONIA — Belknap Independent Business Alliance has been holding monthly forums with the goal of gathering input from local business owners, community leaders and residents on the topic of the Buy Local movement.

BIBA's next forum takes place at Wednesday, June 3 from 7:30 am to 9 am at Lakes Region Community Services Council on Main Street. "We chose mornings to allow people to attend before they get to work and get too wrapped up in things",  says Executive Director Kate Hamel.

Hamel says the intent is to gather information to help gauge how the organization is doing at furthering their mission to "support, advocate and enhance locally owned independent businesses in the Lakes Region." The gatherings have been informal in nature,  a format which Hamel says works well. "We have gained valuable insight into the challenges locally owned businesses continue to face as well as some wonderful ideas to potentially incorporate into our plans moving forward", reports Hamel.

On the topic of the Buy Local movement, Rueben Bassett, co-owner of Burrito Me in Laconia, was quick to point out that, while he appreciates the intent of the organization, he doesn't want people to buy from his business out of pity. "I don't want your charity; I want you to buy from me because I offer a superior product. I have to in order to compete".
Bob Bolduc, owner of Piche's Ski and Sports Shop of Gilford, emphasized the need to adapt to changing consumer behaviors. He and Bruce Hamel of Home Beautiful in Belmont described buyers who come to their businesses to get information, but often make their purchases online or at big box stores at a lower price. "What people don't realize it that the 'Amazon.coms' and Lowe's of the world require manufacturers to make something that looks identical to the quality version but sells for less", stated Hamel. "The way they do that is to use inferior materials and cut corners. The perception is that online and big box buying equates to savings, but these cheaper versions don't perform as well or hold up as long".
Bolduc has seen an increase in repairs due to the inferior quality of online purchases and has adapted to this trend by increasing the repair portion of the business. "They buy online then bring it to us to fix when it falls apart".
For Jim Daubenspeck of Daub's Cobbler Shop, buying locally is a personal matter. As a child he saw his father, a factory worker by trade, lose his job as the work was sent overseas. Because of this he is passionate about buying American made and local, not just in his personal life but also for business.
Michelle Merrill, co-owner of the Dairy Queen franchise in Laconia stated her frustration at not being considered local. "We live here, our money stays here" Merrill pointed out. Franchises are a topic often debated by the local movement with the majority not including them under the umbrella of independently owned and local.
Not all who have attended the forums have been business owners. Others have been representatives from local organizations such as Karmen Gifford of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, Justin Slattery of Belknap Economic Development Center, Karen Barker co-owner of Minglewood Farm and coordinator for the Lakes Region Food Network, as well as a number of members of the Laconia Main Street group. Business Advisor Sally Holder of the NH Small Business Development Center explained her confusion of the missions of the various organizations. A considerable amount of time was spent on the topic, outlining the need to differentiate what the various groups are all about and how they support one another.

"We're now in a very good place, with a collaborative spirit amongst the various groups" states Hamel. "While all have different missions and members, there are also areas where we overlap. It need not be a 'them or us' mentality. We benefit from working together".