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Centerplate at Gunstock Mountain Resort graduates 2nd internship class


LACONIA —  The "CRAVE" program, Lakes Region Community Services' very successful partnership with Centerplate food services at the Gunstock Mountain Resort, just graduated its second class of interns. CRAVE, an acronym for Centerplate Recruiting and Assistance for Valuable Employees, is an on the job training internship program for individuals who experience disabilities. The goal of the program is to teach participants the skills needed to attain competitive employment in the food service industry.

This year's CRAVE graduates, Ben Evans of Tilton and Alicia Gilbert of Laconia were honored for their accomplishment with a graduation ceremony and an opportunity to go tubing on the mountain. Graduate Ben Evans also celebrated his achievement with a complimentary adaptive ski lesson.

"The CRAVE internship program is becoming a favorite part of my job," said Centerplate Assistant General Manager Mary MacDonald. "It is an amazing experience. The staff here really embrace the interns and the program gets better every year." Interns attend the program five days a week and work side-by-side with a mentor from Centerplate. Each intern develops an employment portfolio that includes resumes and references. Upon completing the 12-week CRAVE program, all interns receive assistance in seeking employment and other career services.

Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth throughout their lifespan.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 07:27

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Meredith historical society will view concord memorabilia

MEREDITH — Everyone is welcome to join Meredith Historical Society members on Tuesday, April 7, as they tour a private collection of 19th century Concord memorabilia.

Concord resident Johnny Prescott has been collecting items of the capital city's past, including Pickett's clock, a familiar site for years on Concord's Main St. He is generously opening his collection for this special viewing.

Meredith Historical Society members will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Main St. building of the Meredith Historical Society before departing for Concord. The tour will last from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Lunch will be on your own. Call 524-6586 for directions and carpool information. This tour is open to all MHS members and friends.

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Civil liberties vs. national security focus of talk at Meredith library

MEREDITH — A retired attorney and law school professor will deliver a lecture on the balance between civil liberties versus national security at the Meredith Public Library, on Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main St.

In his talk Richard Hesse will consider the trade-offs and considerations facing citizens and non-citizens alike. As the federal government continues to address new national security issues in the wake of 9/11 the uneasy balance between security and civil liberties is receiving renewed attention.

Hesse holds a law degree from Georgetown University, and is a professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He has published widely on a variety of legal and ethical topics. Served as a community lawyer in Philadelphia heading a police community relations project before moving to Boston to head a national project focused on the constitutional rights of consumers.

At the Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the UNH School of Law) he concentrated on state and federal constitutional law and international human rights. Hesse has been an advocate for civil and human rights for more than 25 years and was twice awarded the Bill of Rights Award by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.

Hesse's talk is paid for through a grant from the NH Humanities Council and by the Friends of the Meredith Library.

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Blues band with a twist to perform at Pitman's Sat

LACONIA — The Willie J. Laws Blues Bands, a group with deep roots in Texas music tradition and uniquely American roots music, will perform Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room, 94 New Salem St.

Raised in the Gulf Coast of Texas, Laws developed his "funky blues" guitar and vocal sound, influenced by Texas Blues and R&B, Tex-Mex Tejano/Conjunto, Louisiana Zydeco, and Country.

Laws' work over the past 25 years includes performing as the house band for The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans, and as well as Margaritaville in the Crescent City. He performs nationally and internationally with the Grammy award-winning Tejano band "Los Texmaniacs." While living in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada, and California he repeatedly opened for BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and numerous others. Laws now lives in Massachusetts.
Tickets for the program are $15. A catered dinner buffet will be available before the show. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 527-0043.


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