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Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation raises over $25,000 to support Lakes Region’s future rock stars

GILFORD — The Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation is excited to announce the winners of the Foundation's season-long fundraisers.

The 2014 Guitar Raffle winner, Kerry Bergeron, of Belmont, bought raffle tickets at each of the 8 concerts she attended this season at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, in hopes of increasing her odds at being chosen this year's winner. When advised she was the winner of the autographed guitar (which also includes coveted season tickets for the upcoming 2015 Eastern Propane Concert Series), Kerry was thrilled and excited to bring home her one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia and begin planning her summer fun for 2015.

What's better than an overnight at a local resort and catching Darius Rucker live at the last show of the 2014 Eastern Propane Concert Season? Buying a 50/50 raffle ticket and getting word you're the winner of $1,155 – that's what. Peter McAnespie of Lowell admits he thought the email confirming he was the winner was a gimmick – but was thankful a friend saw the Facebook post on the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's Facebook page – sharing the good news with its fans. A last minute decision to come to Gilford, see the show, spend the night and grab a 50/50 raffle ticket was the best decision he could have made says McAnespie while he posed with students and Foundation Board Member Ed Darling, to receive his check.

Each year, the Foundation holds fundraisers to assist school music and performing arts programs around the Lakes Region. This year, the Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation has raised in excess of $25,000 in support of music and performing arts programs in the community. With events like the Guitar raffle, the 50/50 raffle and the annual Golf Tournament, the Foundation works hard to keep music in our schools.

The Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation is proud to report, this year, each participating school will receive a check for $1,500. Schools participating in 2014 include: Kingswood Regional High School, Franklin High School, Inter-Lakes High School, Laconia High School, Winnisquam Regional High School, Belmont High School, Newfound Area School District, Gilford High School and Prospect Mountain High School.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:22

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Coldwell Banker donates to food pantry

CENTER HARBOR —Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Center Harbor was able to donate about 100 pounds of food which was collected at the office, and a check for $1,000 to the Lakes Region Food Pantry just in time for Thanksgiving. All year long the agents and employees of the Center Harbor office have deductions taken from commission checks and payroll checks, and that money all goes to the local food pantry.

Additionally, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Laconia and Center Harbor have an annual Poker Run to raise money for the Food Pantry, WLNH Children's Auction, Chaplains Emergency Relief Fund, Building Dreams for Marines, New Beginnings Crisis Center, Laconia Area Land Trust and the Salvation Army – Carey House. These checks will be given out in December to these local charities.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:17

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Event Tues. for enrollment in health insurance marketplace

TILTON — Covering New Hampshire Event to Kick-Off 2015 Open Enrollment for Lakes Region Residents in the Marketplace will be held on Tuesday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  at Hampton Inn and Suites, 195 Laconia Road, Tilton.

This meeting will include the regional announcement of Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage. This will be covered by Cvering New Hampshire, Service Link Resource Center – a Marketplace Assister Organization, and HealthFirst Family Care Center - a Certified Patient Navigator Organization.

Right now eligible New Hampshire residents and small businesses may purchase health insurance through the federal health benefits Marketplace. Many New Hampshire residents who purchase coverage through the Marketplace will also qualify for a subsidy on the cost of their monthly health care premiums. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Covering New Hampshire is the state's official free resource for information on the Affordable Care Act. A statewide effort by the New Hampshire Health Plan, Covering New Hampshire is the official, free resource for Granite Staters to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the new, affordable health insurance plans that are now available http://coveringnewhampshire.org/.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:09

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Rowe House to Feature Special Doll and Toy Exhibit During Candlelight Stroll


GILFORD — During Gilford's Candlelight Stroll on Saturday, December 13th, from 5 – 7 p.m. there will be a special exhibit of dolls, doll houses, paper dolls, and other historic toys at the 1838 Rowe House, located on Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford. This house is fully furnished as it might have been during the 1800's and into the early 1900's.
An American Girl doll, Caroline from the early 1900's, will be seen in her sleigh under the tree in the parlor. This beautiful doll was recently donated to the Historical Society by Dr. Kelly White. Loretta Winn also donated a doll from the 1940's that will be displayed for the first time, along with dolls from the collection.
A professionally renovated doll house will be part of this special exhibit. It was recently donated by Alexandra Breed and was built by her grandfather for her mother who was born in 1913. It will be displayed near the tree in the parlor. In the dining room there will be two other doll houses. Lauren Sikoski has donated the doll house that her grandmother made and is complete with interesting furniture. Now that she is in middle school she would like to share with others the beauty of this house. There will also be a doll house from the forties that is on loan for this special exhibit.
On the rope bed in the bedroom will be some Liddle Kiddles and other dolls from the 60's that were special to Cindie Graham and the teddy bear that the Rev. Michael Graham received on his first Christmas.
This is a special exhibit designed for all those who have loved playing with dolls and doll houses and to view some old time toys. Come in from out of the cold, enjoy some hot mulled cider in the kitchen. There will also be a chance for young ones to make a candy cane decoration from 5:00-6:00 p.m in the parlor. Jerry Murphy will be playing his guitar and singing some carols there from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Gilford Historical Society is pleased to offer this special exhibit at the 1838 Rowe House. All are also invited to visit the 1857 Grange and the 1834 Meetinghouse in the Village. At the Grange, enjoy a hot cookie baked in the old fashion stove, visit the Homestead Room and in the Store see how an early printing press worked. Visit the Meetinghouse and warm up with some hot mulled cider. There will be live music and interesting exhibits to view.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 08:37

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