Free Hepatitis C testing at Family Planning Center

LACONIA — The Laconia Family Planning Program at the Lakes Region Family Center in conjunction with the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties will be holding a Hepatitis C Testing Clinic at Laconia Family Planning on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and again on  Tuesday, May 19 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Hepatitis C is often hidden and is often the cause of liver cancer. CDC recommends that everyone born from 1945-1965 be tested for Hepatitis C. Free walk in testing is encouraged. For more information call 524-5453 or visit The Lakes Region Family Center is located at 121 Belmont Road in Laconia.

Alternate trustees sought for Meredith Library

MEREDITH — The Trustees of the Meredith Public Library are seeking up to three alternates and request that all applications are sent in by Saturday, May 9.

An alternate takes the place of a missing library trustee at a meeting and serves on committees in support of the library. Terms are for one year. Those interested are encouraged to stop by the library to pick up a trustee job description and an application.


Former Maryland gov. to speak at Pem-Baker Republican Dinner on May 15

ASHLAND — The turnout for the first Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee  spaghetti dinner of 2015 was standing room only. Carly Fiorina, that evening's special guest was very pleased.

May's all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinners will be on Friday, May 15 this time with former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. Join us for spaghetti, meatballs, Italian sausage, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and desserts. The dinner is held at the American Legion Hall, 37 Main Street, Ashland, from 5-7 p.m.

Governor Ehrlich is eyeing a possible run for President in 2016. In addition to having served as governor, U.S. congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he currently counsels clients on government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development.

As Maryland's first Republican governor in 36 years when elected in 2002, he improved Maryland's fiscal condition by turning $4 billion in inherited budget deficits into $2.3 billion in surpluses. His pro growth economic policies helped create 100,000 new private sector jobs. He is an advocate for Maryland's technology economy, enacting policies that positioned Maryland as a national leader in education, biotechnology, health care, and minority business advancement. He made record investments in public schools and authored Maryland's first public charter schools law, enabling more than 7,000 students to attend 30 new public charter schools. He doubled funding for need-based college scholarships, helping college enrollment reach an all-time high.

Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years, and managed the most successful military base realignment and closure strategy in the nation. He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland's first Office of Homeland Security.

His visit to the dinner in Ashland is part of his goal "to figure out— one, again if there is a demand for my brand of politics, and two, if there is, whether we can do well here... That's the two-part test."

Tickets are $10 at the door for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years, and 4 and under free with a special family price of $25.

Other dinner dates for 2015 are June 19 with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16.

For more information, Omer can be reached at 603-536-2224 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or contact Cindy at 603-536-3880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fund raiding dinner at Rod & Gun Club on May 9

LACONIA — A benefit dinner to raise money for Penny O'Day's daughter Robin will be held at the Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, May 9 from 5-7:30 p.m.

The dinner will feature homemade mac and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs. Meals come with salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Music, and a 50/50 raffle will also be featured during the dinner. Cost is $6 per plate.