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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project members helped cook at Salvation Army


LACONIA — On Sunday October 12, participants from the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) went to the Friendly Kitchen at the Salvation Army in Laconia to cook and serve a hot meal.

The participants included five students from Carroll and Belknap counties, one parent, and two AMTP staff members. The trip was part of the Service Learning Pathway, an AMTP program which has the goal of connecting students to their communities by engaging in powerful service projects. It is also meant to show the value of volunteerism and why this can help create a healthier community to live in.

The participants arrived at the kitchen, cooked a spaghetti lunch with garlic bread and salad, and served the meal to the community members in attendance. There was a strong presence of a teamwork atmosphere in the Friendly Kitchen, and the participants balanced hard work with laughter to get the job done.

At the end of the project, AMTP participants discussed the experience and reflected on their personal role. Part of the AMTP philosophy is to foster leadership development in participants, and all of the students expressed interest in doing more related community service projects. "As a mom of the group," said the parent participant, "it makes me feel proud to see these young adults work so well together for other people." The student participants agreed that it felt good to serve the community and recognized that in order to benefit the Friendly Kitchen they had to work as a team.

The AMTP hopes to continue serving at the Friendly Kitchen throughout the year and finding more ways to engage the community through youth service projects!

AMTP is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to supporting healthy development and resilience in youth, families and communities throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For more news and information on AMTP,  call our office at (603) 569-5510, visit our website www.teenprojectnh.org, "Like" us on Facebook, and sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:41

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MVSB Supports WOW Trail

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) recently purchased $5,000 in tax credits through the Community Development Investment Program (CDIP) in support of the WOW Trail in Laconia. In addition to this contribution, the Bank also served as a Festival sponsor for the Trail’s recent “WOW Fest” fundraiser and several MVSB employees participated in the festival’s events.

“We are so thankful for this generous contribution from MVSB,” said Gretchen Gandini, Executive Director for the WOW Trail. “Tax credits are an important part of our fundraising efforts and make it possible for us to continue to expand and maintain this important recreational resource for the Lakes Region.”

Contributions through the Community Development Investment Program (CDIP) allow businesses to make a significant impact in the community by channeling tax dollars they might otherwise pay to the state or federal government to building economic capacity within their communities. Investors like MVSB may use the 75% credit at any time during a period of five consecutive years, and it may be applied against New Hampshire business profits, business enterprise, and/or insurance premium taxes. The investment is also eligible for treatment as a federal charitable contribution.

“We are very proud to support the expansion efforts of the WOW Trail with this contribution,” said Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB. “The Trail provides a great service to our community – improving our local citizens’ quality of life and contributing to the economic vitality of the Lakes Region.”


CAPTION — WOW Trail Executive Director, Gretchen Gandini (left) and Board President, Allan Beetle (right) accept $5,000 in Tax Credits from Meredith Village Savings Bank’s Marcy Dembiec (second from left) and Anne White (second from right). Marcy and Ann were recent participants in the WOW Trail’s WOW Fest fundraiser for which Meredith Village Savings Bank served as a Festival Sponsor. (Courtesy photo) 

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:34

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Harvest Church Service to be held on Sunday at Smith Meeting House

GILMANTON — The annual October Harvest Church Service of the First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Smith Meeting House.

The Rev. Sydney Lovett, will be the guest preacher. Lovett, who lives in Holderness, has had a long and distinguished service to his congregations. Services are non-denominational and all are welcome. Organist Harriet Coupal will play a prelude and a postlude. Special music will be provided guest soloist.

After the service a pot luck dinner will be held in the meeting room downstairs. Ham, beans and salad along with beverages will be provided and worshipers are welcome to bring a covered dish or dessert. The meeting room has a capacity for 50 people. However, event organizers are requesting those interested in staying for the meal call 603-267-8151 to RSVP so we know how many will be in your party.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:33

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Presentation about Road Scholar Lifelong Learning progam at Taylor Community

LACONIA — On Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Paula Wanzer will present the Road Scholar Lifelong Learning Adventures program "What's in a Name?" The event is free and open to the public and will be held at Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Recently selected as the Lakes Region's New Ambassador to Road Scholar, Wanzer will share her experiences with the audience. She began teaching the programs in 1994 as a canoe instructor at Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro. In 2008 she started traveling with Road Scholar and continues to teach "Kayaking in the Adirondacks" today.

The Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Since its inception, more than 5 million people have enrolled in 5,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:28

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