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Variety Basket Weaving with Ray Lagasse

MEREDITH — This Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be hosting a Variety Basket Weaving Class with Ray Lagasse. In this one-day workshop students can choose which kind of basket they would like to make from start to finish. Ray has been handcrafting baskets for over 20 years, and we are delighted to offer both his wares and his workshops here at the Meredith gallery.

All materials and use of tools are included in the workshop fee. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch as the workshop runs a full 8 hours. Tuition is $110 with no additional materials fees. Space is limited so preregistration is required. To preregister call the Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit us at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:07

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Laconia PD Grateful for Victim Services Unit Volunteers

LACONIA — April 6 marks the beginning of Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Laconia Police Department is fortunate enough to have several volunteers who assist them in their day-to-day operations.

The Victim Services Unit works closely with the Prosecutor's Office to aid victims of crimes through the Court process. There are also administrative volunteers who assist with copying, filing, and shredding.

Some months the department is lucky enough to have forty plus hours of volunteer time afforded to them. All of these hours are uncompensated and yet the volunteers keep coming back.

The Laconia Police Department's Victim Services Unit has been alive and active for the last eleven years. The members of the unit have worked in court, made calls , sent letters, and have met with victims of crimes; such as, domestic violence and others.

The unit meets once a month to discuss ways to improve communication, how to handle caseloads, and share examples of practices to better serve the public. Some of the members have attended workshops offered for victim advocates in Maine and New Hampshire. The group serves as a liaison among the victim, law enforcement, and the LPD prosecutor.

The unit was started by former Chief Thomas Oetinger and it was suggested an hour a week be served by each member of the unit. Many of the VSU members have gone above and beyond to serve many hours a week. The members feel very appreciated by both the public and the Laconia Police "Team." There are always volunteer opportunities available. If anyone is interested, contact the Prosecutor's office at 524-2330.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:53

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Senior Momentum Canvas Painting

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um canvas painting program on Monday, April 7. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Art Escape on Union Ave in Laconia.

An art instructor will take participants step by step in creating their own masterpiece. All abilities are welcome but this is geared toward the novice painter.

The cost is $10 per person and includes all of the supplies. Participants are welcome to bring a snack or light lunch. All interested participants are asked to RSVP by April 4. For more information or to RSVP please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 527-4722.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:42

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Inter-Lakes students help others learn in Career Partnerships

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program continues to make great strides bringing together the Inter-Lakes high school students and community businesses.

With some students, there seems to be one common goal for their second semester: Helping the other students of Inter-Lakes School. Cammy LaBonte, a junior at ILHS, has been shadowing and helping the 3rd grade co-teach class with Ms. Billera and Mrs. Greenlaw for the third quarter. Cammy also shadowed Mrs. Geib's kindergarten class a couple of times to see which age group she may want to teach after college. She is now pursuing a quarter 4 internship with Mrs. Howard's 5th grade class.

These opportunities not only help the high school student decide to study education in college, but they also help to foster great relationships between the older/younger students at Inter-Lakes. Dani Arceno is a junior at Inter-Lakes High School. She visits Mrs. Browher's 5th grade class daily to help students with their school work. They are currently learning the states and their capitols. They think of Dani as a big sister and look forward to her visits.

Alicia Peverly is a senior at Inter-Lakes and visits Mrs. Meier's 2nd grade class three times each week to help with classroom projects, reading and one-on-one student learning time. Alicia really enjoys her time spent with the younger group and the students like learning from a 'big high schooler'. Natalie Duffield is a senior at Inter-Lakes and shadows Mrs. Towne in the Occupational Therapy Department at ILES twice per week. Natalie helps with various students in and out of the classroom. She is currently trying to decide which major to pursue in college: Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy and this internship is helping her decide just which one to choose.

John Findlay is also a senior at Inter-Lakes and has been helping Ms. Eynon in the Music Department and Ms. Hill in theatre for 2 years now. John helps to teach the younger students music and helps them with their instruments and also lends a helping hand with the various plays put on by the middle school theatre. John is a phenomenal leader and has definitely earned the respect of the students he helps. Jack Williams is a freshman at Inter-Lakes and heads down to the elementary school four times per week to help a few students in the 6th grade with their homework in the after school homework club. Jack enjoys discussing strategies with these students to help them manage their work in a more timely manner. Jack is also interested in education and believes that this mentorship may help him decide just what he would like to pursue in college.

The Career Partnership Program is proud to help facilitate this process for these and many other students. For additional information about the program, contact Executive Director Rhonda Hanaway at 279-6162 x 304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the Greater Meredith Program (GMP), contact Liz Lapham, Executive Director at 279-9015 or visit www.greatermeredithprogram.org .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:38

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