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Franklin VNA & Hospice to begin a grief support group on May 13

FRANKLIN - Franklin VNA & Hospice will be hosting a grief support group on six consecutive Wednesday's, from May 13 through June 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the VNA office on 75 Chestnut Street/

The purpose of the group is to offer grieving individuals a caring environment in which to discuss their loss and grief among people who can empathize with their emotions. The session will be facilitated by Reverend Tobias Nyatsambo, Hospice Chaplain and Rebecca Herr, Hospice Volunteer. According to Reverend Nyatsambo, "Grief is the greatest pain in life. You cannot get over it, get under it, or get around it. The only way out of it is to go through it. When we experience the death of someone close to us, it is natural and very normal to grieve our loss." 

Grief lasts longer than most people expect and people who are grieving may need more support than family and friends can provide. It is the goal of Franklin VNA's grief support program to help those who are experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one to understand their feelings and to work through them in a safe and supportive environment.

"One of the most important factors in healing from loss is the support of other people. Even people who are usually reticent about their emotions need to share them when grieving" continues Reverend Nyatsambo." I grieve support group can help the bereaved share their grief and loss, which makes the burden easier to carry. People who are grieving the loss of a loved one can feel very alone and isolated. Sharing their sorrow with others who have experienced a similar loss can help. A grief support group provides a safe place for people to face their feelings and express them, knowing that the other people in the group will listen and understand because they, too, are struggling with the same emotions. "

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call Nancy at 934-3454.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:44

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Innisfree Bookshop celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on May 2

MEREDITH — On Saturday, May 2 Innisfree Bookshop and four hundred other bookshops around the country will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

"From Anchorage to Miami, from San Diego to Bar Harbor, bookstores across the country will be joining to thank our customers and the wider community of readers and to celebrate their role in our collective success" says Bev Newton, Manager of Innisfree Bookshop.

Sponsored by the publisher Penguin Random House and the American Bookseller's Association this day will be filled with special merchandise, including sixteen exclusive books and art pieces for this event which include color broadsides from Stephen King's upcoming novel Finders Keepers, an original, signed Captain Underpants print, signed chapbooks by Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay. Also, "guess how much I love you" Onesies, "sweet & salty" tea towel sets and literary maps of the seas will be for sale.

Innisfree Bookshop will hold hourly drawings and have a literary trivia game going on all day. For more information call 279-3905.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:26

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Fusion to hold annual Impact Awards on May 7

LACONIA — Fusion will hold its first annual awards ceremony on May 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Laconia Country Club.

The nominees have been narrowed down to 7 finalists: Krysten S. Adel, Allison Ambrose, Laura L. Brusseau, Amy Nutter Burke, Ashley Halsey, Don Morrissey and John Walker.

The three winners will be announced the evening of the event. The event judges, Allan Beetle, Carmen Lorentz, Scott Myers and Michael Seymour, will present the awards to the winners.

First announced in November 2014, the First Annual Impact Awards are sponsored by Belknap EDC and Beyond the Belt and will be hosted at the newly renovated clubhouse at Laconia Country Club.

Fusion's Impact Awards were created to recognize members of the community that personify the Fusion mission to cultivate a network of individuals that are committed to supporting the Lakes Region. Award nominees are leading the way to a brighter future for the Lakes Region and supporting the next generation of leaders.

Tickets are only $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. The evening will include fun activities, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Fusion NH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities we serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). For more information about what Fusion can do to support your business or organization, and how to get involved, contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:07

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Children’s Authors Tea held at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Young children and their families filled the Belknap Mill on April 22 for the Children's Authors Tea presented by the LRCS Family Resource Center.

Children attending the Tea, many dressed-up for the occasion, meet local children's book authors and illustrators, gather writers autographs and listen to book readings.Each child also receives a book to take home with them.

Curt's Caterers of Gilford generously donated the special refreshments and impeccable service for the Tea, as they have over the past few years. The tea service included china tea cups, sugar cubes, delicate tea sandwiches, fresh fruit and desserts.

"Curt's Caterers does an amazing job with the Children's Authors Tea. They go all out to make this a memorable occasion for area children and their families. The food and the thoughtful presentation is fabulous. We can't thank them enough for their support," commented Cheryl Avery, Director of the Family Resource Center.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:03

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