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Community-minded teens and young adults invisted to join ASTRA club

MEREDITH — Young adults, ages 12 to 25, who want help their community are invited to join ASTRA every second Monday of the month at the Meredith Community Center. 

The name ASTRA is an acronym for Ability, Service Training, Responsibility and Achievement. It is a volunteer organization sponsored by the Altrusa International Club of Meredith. The club affords its members the opportunity to use their time and talent to enrich the lives of others by working with local, civic and volunteer groups on service projects designed to make our community a better place to live.

ASTRA members are very active in their community year round by participating in events such as The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation’s annual Gowns for Girls event, The Altrusa Club of Meredith’s annual Festival of Trees event and the; Caregivers annual mini golf tournament event. Members have also participated in making care packages for veterans, shopping for food to make Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, assisting at Altrusa sponsored community dinners at the First Congregational Church in Meredith and Christmas caroling at local nursing homes.
For more information on how to get involved contact ASTRA Chair Karen Truberg at (603) 253-3167.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:11

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Kennell Orthodontics opens satellite office at Boulder Point in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — The Kennell Orthodontics team is opening their new satellite office in Plymouth at 94 Boulder Point, overlooking the mountain range of northern New Hampshire. This expansion opens the opportunity for Dr. Alan Kennell and his experienced orthodontic staff to bring state-of-the-art orthodontic care to people of all ages to the north and surrounding areas.

Dr. Alan F. Kennell, DDS, MS graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 1997. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2001 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, again graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Kennell received his orthodontic advanced specialty training at the University of Buffalo and also holds a Masters of Science degree for his endeavors in the field of dental research.

For the past 8 years, the Kennell Orthodontics Laconia practice has provided a variety of advanced treatments for children, teens and adults of the Lakes Region. Treatments include traditional braces, as well as options using new technology and improved aesthetics, such as clear braces, lingual (behind the teeth) braces, and Invisalign clear aligners.

The Kennell Orthodontics team takes the time to get to know their patients and strives to make everyone feel comfortable and confident with the treatments they receive. They are currently accepting new patients. Patients may contact the Laconia by calling 524-7404 or Plymouth at 536-7404 orthodontic offices to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr. Kennell.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:08

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Laconia Historical society and library cooperating on Genealogy Seminars

LACONIA — As part of the on-going Family Initiative Program which this past fall included classes pertaining to sharing family stores as well as the recent "Share Fare" where exhibitors shared family histories the Laconia Historical and Museum Society and Laconia Public Library will sponsor their second three part seminar series on family history and genealogy.

The series will provide the basics of how to go about starting a family research project ... forms to use and general record keeping guidelines, gathering information from public records and tips on using internet resources.

The series is to be led by Richard and Cindi Cote and Don and Nancy Stephenson, experienced genealogists and will begin on Monday, September 8, 10 am – 12 pm at the Laconia Public Library. Continuing sessions will occur on October 6 and November 3.

This series is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information about this event, call Laconia Library at 603.524.4775 or The Laconia Historical & Museum Society at 603.527.1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:04

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2nd Annual Marshmallow Man Triathlon raised $4,000 for Child Advocacy Center

LACONIA — The 2nd Annual Marshmallow Man Triathlon was held on August 2 at Opechee Park in Laconia. Racers competed in a .3 mile swim, 14 mile bike ride and a 5k run.

Taking top honors for the second year in a row was Bruce Butterworth of Seabrook with a time of 1:12:09 and top honors for the females was Deidre Cullen of Laconia 1:15:10. Participants and spectators enjoyed a BBQ courtesy of the Gilford and Laconia Police Relief Associations; face painting by Jean Charette; and games hosted by the Gilford High School Intereact Club.

The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy thanks the following sponsors and supporters for their support: the Belmont Police Department and Explorers, the Gilford Police Department and Explorers, the Laconia Police Department and Relief Association, the Tilton Police Explorers, MC Cycle, Don Kimtis, the Meredith Police Department, Bank of NH, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Hart’s Slush, MetroCast Cablevision, the Laconia Altrusa Club, the Lakes Region Tri Club, Awakening Chiropractic, Laconia Fire Department, Laconia Middle School, Jean Charette, T&A Gunnery, the Fox Family, the Kelley Family, the Lundh Family, the Schott family, the Swett Family, the Simmons Family, the Laconia Daily Sun, the Citizen, the Chance Family, Gilford High School Intereact Club, Fiddlehead Farms, Vista Foods, Body Covers, Granite State Race Services, Crystal Geyser and the many volunteers.

Over $4,000 dollars were raised to benefit the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center (GLCAC) of Belknap County. The GLCAC coordinates child abuse investigations with a multi-disciplinary team approach. Professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocacy, the child advocacy, prosecutor’s offices, and medical/mental health professionals come together at the Child Advocacy Center to investigate child abuse. Children are interviewed one time, by one person in a child-friendly, neutral environment by trained Child Advocacy Center staff. The child and family receive on-site support services and referrals to appropriate community resources. All services are free. 

For more information visit www.cac-nh.org or call 524-5497. 


Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 10:49

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