LACONIA — The 4th Annual Autism Center Walk-A-Thon will be held on Sunday, May 18, 10-1 p.m., on the WOW Trail. This event has grown considerably in its relatively short history.
One of the things that make the Walkathon very special is its group of dedicated sponsors. Every small business sponsoring the Walkathon – Kara Financial, Syl Lapierre Masonry, Peanuts Auto, and Right Angle Construction, is connected to a child who has been enrolled in the Autism Center. In addition to sponsoring the event, these parents, relatives and friends are also volunteers and fundraisers. "We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful group of parents and family members who believe in the mission of the Autism Center and have committed to giving back year after year," said LRCS Director of Development Joanne Piper Lang.
The Autism Center empowers parents to educate, encourage, support and advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In a natural, child-friendly environment, the Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies that they can incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives. Staff works with each family to meet its specific needs.
Last year's event attracted more than 200 walkers and raised $14,000 to help provide access to services for children and parents. The Walkathon begins and ends at Lakes Region Community Services in Downtown Laconia, the home of the Autism Center. Our Main Office is conveniently located at 719 North Main St. (across from the Laconia Clinic and adjacent to the entrance of the WOW Trail). Participants walk the length of the WOW Trail then turn around and return to LRCS. The route is approximately 3.2 miles.
The community is welcome to participate. Go to www.lrcs.org to register online through Eventbrite. Let us know you're coming, your T-shirt size (raise at least $25 and get an official Autism Center T-shirt) and whether you'll join us for lunch following the walk. The Region III Family Support Council is sponsoring lunch immediately following the Walkathon - grilling hotdogs and serving snacks and soft drinks. It's a great chance to unwind and socialize for a bit after completing the walk.
LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891or visit www.lrcs.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:35
GILFORD — In celebration of National Poetry Month this April, the Gilford Public Library will host former Portsmouth Poet Laureate John Perrault for a special presentation on Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. With guitar in hand, John will sing and tell the romantic story of song and poetry, and how the relationship has evolved and changed over the years.
From Wordsworth and Emily Dickenson to Robert Frost and Langston Hughes, the partnership of song and poetry has a long legacy that continues into modern music and poetry today. A poet and balladeer, John Perrault is the author of several books and musical recordings. His passion for combining poetry and song is prevalent in his works and he has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, and Poet Lore.
This program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Gilford Public Library in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:30
BRISTOL — The Newfound Math Team completed their competition in the Lakes Region Math League with a meet in Laconia on February 12. Newfound had an outstanding effort, equaling their highest point- total this season and taking first place among the ten teams in the division.
Overall, Newfound finished in a close second place for the Division Title, falling short of the eventual champion, Plymouth, by four points. To put it in perspective, the four points is equivalent to two questions over the entire season. The JV Math Team, comprised of only sophomores and freshmen, finished as the League champions in their Division, composed of seven schools around the Lakes Region.
A number of Newfound's Mathletes received post-season accolades. Joshua MacLean was recognized as the highest scoring freshmen in the entire Lakes Region Math League. Josh answered 34 out of 45 questions correct throughout the season. Megan Geldermann received an award for being the top scoring Senior in her Division. Junior Keegan Tracy earned a medal for the highest overall scorer in the Division ¨C outscoring over 100 competitors. Keegan correctly answered 78% of his questions throughout the year.
Newfound then competed in the 42nd Annual State Mathematics Contest which was held on March 18 at Plymouth State University. The Mathletes had an impressive day placing fourth out of seventeen schools in the State's Small Schools Division. David Gibson and Jacob Holton lead the Bears with 24 points each.
The Math Team will be in flux next year as they graduate nine Mathletes. They will be focusing on recruiting for another strong run in the League
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:21
LACONIA — The WOW Trail is in a final push to raise funds to build Phase 2 of the trail later this year, and Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford is inviting the public to their "High 5 for the WOW Trail" fundraiser to help make this happen.
"Visit us at Patrick's this month and donate $5 to the WOW Trail and we'll give you $5 Off on your next visit" explains Allan Beetle, co-owner of Patrick's and president of the WOW Trail. "And as a thank you for your support you'll have the chance to win some really great prizes from our WOW Trail sponsors." Sponsors supporting this effort include InnSeasons Resorts, Piche's Ski & Sport, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, MC Cycle & Sport and the Woodstock Station.
The 1.3 mile WOW Trail runs from Elm Street in Lakeport to Downtown Laconia at North Main Street, mostly along the active state-owned railroad corridor. Phase 2 of the planned 9 mile rail trail will extend to the Belmont town line, where it will connect with the proposed first section of the Belmont trail making a contiguous 4 ½ mile recreation trail. Ultimately, the 9 mile WOW Trail will be part of a 25 mile Franklin to Meredith rail trail corridor.
"We're delighted with the activity out on the first phase" says Beetle. "Trail counts show over 40,000 users a year on the first section, and this will only increase as the trail grows to include more connection points. With 4 ½ miles of trail, this begins to get more interesting. But the real impact will be when we connect up to the Weirs and then on to Meredith, offering trail users retail, lodging, public beaches, residential areas and outstanding scenic vistas. That's when we will see the maximum economic impact we are working towards".
An Economic Impact Study prepared by the Belknap Economic Development Council estimates that a completed WOW Trail would generate 152,000 users each year, with 38,000 of those users coming from out of area generating net new spending of $1.8 million annually. Nationwide, rail trails demonstrably improve quality of life, encourage healthier lifestyles, provide a safe place for active commuting and generate significant economic impact to the communities they serve.
The community is invited to visit Patrick's during the month of April and donate $5 to the WOW Trail and in return, get a $5 Off coupon for a return visit. Patrick's hosts Team Trivia Monday's at 7 p.m.; Family Night (kids ½ priced meals with games and prizes) every Tuesday night and live music Wednesday thru Saturday night.
Patrick's, located at the junctions of Rt 11 and Rt11B in Gilford, is about to celebrate their 20th year in operation under Jeff and Allan Beetle. They have twice been recognized as the NH winner of the Good Neighbor Award by the National Restaurant Association in part for their work and support of the WOW Trail.
For more information about Patrick's entertainment schedule or specials, visit www.patrickspub.com or for the WOW Trail, visit www.wowtrail.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:13
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