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Alton Garden Club’s annual sale is Saturday

ALTON — The Alton Garden Club hosts its annual "Plant and Pastries Sale" fundraiser to benefit the Doris Barnes Scholarship Fund on Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center in Alton Bay on Route 11.

This fundraiser is a much anticipated event during the Town Wide Yard Sale. Garden club members dig up plants from their own perennial gardens for community members to purchase. Baked goods are also for sale and basket of assorted items will be raffled off. The proceeds from this event go to a student graduating from the Prospect Mountain High School in Alton.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:30

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Ashland Historical Society to hear talk on Native Americans

ASHLAND —David Stewart-Smith will speak on the history of Native Americans in New Hampshire in the 18th and 19th centuries at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, in the Ashland School Cafeteria.

A former history professor and now the historian for the N,H. Intertribal Native American Council, Stewart-Smith has studied the state's Indian history for over thirty years. His illustrated talk,"Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700 to 1850", the third of a trilogy, will look at the period of the expansion of European settlers from their seacoast beachhead to their occupation of the entire state and the Native American response to that great change.

This free public program is largely funded by the N.H. Humanities Council and is sponsored by the Ashland Historical Society, which will also serve refreshments. The Ashland School is located at 16 Education Drive, off School Street in Ashland village.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:28

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Fresh Air Fund host families needed for this summer

LACONIA — Is there room in your home to welcome a child for a week or two of fresh NH air this summer? The Fresh Air Fund matches children starting as young as 6-years-old, from busy, crowded inner city blocks, with families in bucolic New Hampshire neighborhoods for a summer experience. It's about grass-stained knees and sandy feet. It's about opening your heart, sharing your home, and changing a life.

Every year, thousands of Fresh Air children visit small town communities in the Northeast, called "Friendly Towns". People open their homes for a week or two and each placement is managed by a local volunteer coordinator. Rhu McBee of Tilton is the local coordinator for New Hampshire's scenic Lakes Region. For more information about the FAF, please contact her at 603-286-8416.

"There is no such thing as a 'typical' host family," says McBee. "The common link in our host families is their desire to share simple joys with a Fresh Air Fund child."

Four years ago, Andrew and Donna Hosmer of Laconia signed on to host Justice who was seven at the time. Both Andrew and Donna are lawyers so when they heard they were matched with a boy from the Bronx named Justice, they thought it was a good omen. It was, and Justice has returned to the Hosmer home every summer since.

"Our children — in fact our entire extended family, friends, and neighbors, even my hairdresser — are excited when Justice arrives," said Donna Hosmer. "He brings everyone such joy. We can't wait to see Justice get off that bus each summer. He's always the first one to jump into the lake and the last one out. He teaches us to appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place, and our family gets as much out of this experience as he does."

Visit www.freshair.org or call Rhu at 603-286-8416 today.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:26

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10th Annual St. Baldrick's event to be held in Gilford on June 7


GILFORD — The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee is holding it's 10th annual event at Gilford Youth Center on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

St. Baldrick's is a volunteer driven organization that raises money for childhood cancer research by asking participants to fundraise and donate money in return for shaving their heads. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids who are fighting their own cancer battles. The Gilford event also includes a pancake breakfast, a silent auction, and a bake sale. People are encouraged to come shave, watch, volunteer, or donate to someone by going to StBaldricks.org and searching for "Gilford Youth Center" event.
Mary Bourgeois, a Gilford resident, is shaving her head this year. She went to an event a few years ago and thought "I wish I had the courage to do that". She was moved by the recent illnesses of several children in our local area and wanted to help. She mentioned it to her husband and he encouraged her to sign up. She states that she then "made it my mission" to raise money. She is currently the top fundraiser for this year's event. She raised funds by using Facebook, asking local businesses for help and setting up donation jars locally. She also decided to join the Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee as a volunteer.
Mary's participation sparked her 6 year old son, Cameron, to also sign up to shave and he has raised a significant amount of money as well. The rest of her family is also helping this year by running the lighting for the event, helping with registration, and selling St. Baldrick's bracelets in the community. Mary said that she is not nervous to go bald for kids with cancer. She is continuing to fundraise and knows that she will likely raise even more money after she goes bald and continues to spread the word about this unique organization.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:22

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