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Franklin VNA & Hospice to offer volunteer training

FRANKLIN — Franklin VNA & Hospice will offer free training for Hospice volunteers that will take place on five consecutive Wednesday evenings, starting on March 11th and concluding on April 8th. Time of the class will be determined by the consensus of the participants. Classes will be held at the Franklin VNA & Hospice office at 75 Chestnut Street.

Rev. Tobias Nyatsambo, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for the VNA, says "Hospice volunteers are adult men and women of all ages and backgrounds who have a desire to help their friends and neighbors and to serve the community. They are key members of the Hospice team that help our clients deal with illness, grief and loss."

Rev. Nyatsambo further explains, "Franklin VNA's Hospice program is well established and is growing. Hospice volunteers are needed to provide patient and family support, fundraising and administrative support and help for special events. Volunteers in Hospice find it personally gratifying and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. At the VNA, we like to say 'Hospice volunteers can change lives – maybe even their own'."

To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with their patients, the VNA requires that volunteers complete an extensive training and also submit to a routine background check.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for Hospice volunteer classes, contact Nancy at Franklin VNA & Hospice at 934-3454.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 10:22

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Belknap GOP Committee to meet Wed. in Belmont

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that their next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont.

With Presidential election activities already in full swing, one of the hot topics to be discussed will be about the numerous Republicans who are considering throwing their hats into the ring and the various events that have already been scheduled with these Presidential hopefuls here in New Hampshire. Announcement of the guest speaker for the February 11 meeting is pending, and will be posted on the Committee's website, www.BelknapCountyGOP.org.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents. Those interested in having dinner and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m. The Committee once again reminds everyone planning to attend to please bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, check their website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 10:15

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Busiel Mill hosting exhibit of works by Velvet Weeks

LACONIA — Velvet Weeks is a talented artist and photographer. Her love of nature is reflected in her work. Recently Mrs. John Allen has introduced her to pottery. Velvet's creations of sea creatures display her appreciation of wildlife. A natural eye for composition is reflected in her photographs of the city and nature subjects.

Velvet loved art in grade school. Colored pencils were her choice of expression. Subject matter was nature and wild life, two subjects seen today in her works. At Inter-Lakes High School, her art teacher, Sharon LaFond, recognized her talent, encouraging her to experiment with different media. Acrylics became her favorite means of expression. Her artwork was entered in a contest at Notre Dame. Honorable mention was her first recognition as an artist. Other exhibits included Meredith Savings Bank and Mills Falls Marketplace.

Opportunity for further expression was provided with the River Crew art/ photography program mentored by Dick Smith and Elaine Morrison. Homelessness did not stop creative expression. Horizons broadened with the discovery of combining art and photography.

Weeks says "I love the contrast between the city and the country. It is my community, city and country. I use my art as a way of giving back to the community. The Fire Dept. received a photograph showing their dedication to the community. In appreciation of our judicial system, I presented my portraiture of Judge Carroll and prosecutor, Jim Sawyer, to each of them. Donations of artwork and photography have been made to Genesis Behavioral Health, the Salvation Army, and CHAD. Giving back makes me feel worthwhile.''

Velvet will display her work in the Busiel Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza from February 3rd through March 31. A reception will be held on February 12th from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the Gallery
One Mill Plaza, the Busiel Mill, is located between the Historic Belknap Mill and Laconia City Hall. For information about displaying there, contact Joe Adrignola 496-3839.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 09:57

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New Beginnings benefits from donations from Tilton School students

TILTON — As part of their annual Winter Carnival, Tilton Students participated in a community-wide "De-Stress Night" inspired by their on-campus Health & Wellness Team. In the final competition of the evening, teams were tasks with adding items to a donation pile for a local women and children's program, New Beginnings, based out of Laconia. On February 5, Tilton students packed a mini bus with the items and set out to deliver them to New Beginnings.

Angela Juurlink, LCMHC school counselor and co-coordinator of the Health and Wellness Program said, "We picked New Beginnings because it's a local organization that highlights the fact that these difficult situations do not simply happen 'somewhere else,' they happen anywhere."

Tilton School has a longstanding relationship with New Beginnings and has been partnering with them to provide interactive workshops that the students can then take with them onto college. Kitty Kiefer is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at New Beginnings and plays a large part in the relationship that Tilton has maintained with the organization. She visited with the students in January at a School Meeting to introduce the donation opportunity.

"Although we provide prevention education programs to all schools in Belknap County, we have been fortunate to work with Tilton School for many years, providing workshops to first-year students," Kiefer said. "Some topics we explore include unhealthy relationships, types of abuse and warning signs, consent and respect for boundaries, gender stereotypes and how to help a friend."

New Beginnings is a program that offers much to the community by ways of advocacy, education and a 24-house phone line. "New Beginnings has offered so much educational support to our school, yet the program is also one in need of financial support," Juurlink continued. "Adding a donation challenge was a way our own Health and Wellness Program could help others while having a healthy, fun night ourselves- a win-win situation for all involved."

Tyler Hatch, a member of the class of 2015 added, "The Health & Wellness team placed posters in the RAM tram, a shuttle bus provided to local stores for students on the weekends, and sent emails out encouraging our classmates to think of others and pick up a few extra items while on their weekly shopping trips."

The efforts by the Health and Wellness team proved successful, as Kiefer was on hand to help receive the several hundred items the students had donated. Kiefer was thrilled by the substantial contributions of the Tilton student body.

"We are so grateful to Tilton School students for their generous donations," she said. "These items will make such a difference to those we serve. Sometimes people come to shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Something as simple as providing personal care items reminds them that they aren't alone and their community cares."

In addition to the recent donation challenge and student workshops, New Beginnings participates in Tilton School's annual Health and Wellness Fair by way of hosting a resource table and facilitating a workshop. This year's fair will take place on Thursday, April 9. For more information visit www.tiltonschool.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 09:34

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