Newfound area crop walk planned May 3

BRISTOL — On Sunday, May 3, the Annual Crop Walk, sponsored by the Newfound Area Churches (NAC) and Church World Services (CWS) will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bristol Bike Path.

In their efforts to fight hunger, 25% of all donations will benefit the local Community Services. Individual walkers can accept donations on line as well as in person. For more information, call 744-3885 or 744-2751.

Penny pitou travel hosts blood and bone marrow drive

LACONIA — At just 12-years-old, Hayley Desjardins of Saco, Maine, has faced some challenges that most will not face in their lifetime. Young Hayley – a bubbly, fun-loving resident of Saco, Maine – was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2008 at the age of six.

After hospitalization and numerous blood and platelet transfusions, the Desjardins family thought she had finally won the battle. This past October, however, they received the unfortunate news that the disease had returned. The time that she would much rather be spending with her friends or playing the many sports that she loves is now spent amongst doctors and specialists. Due to the severe nature of her disease, her best treatment option at this time involves a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, doctors have been unable to locate a suitable donor for her on the National Bone Marrow Register – her "perfect match" has yet to be found.

In hopes of finding that "perfect match" for Hayley and other patients in need, the community of Saco and surrounding areas will be working with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS to register new potential bone marrow donors. "It makes me proud to have such a sense of community," Hayley's father Michael Desjardins said, "when people are in need, they come together to give." A registration event will be taking place on: Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at Penny Pitou Travel on 55 Canal Street in Laconia.

Residents of Gilford manufactured home parks purchase their community

GILFORD — Residents of Edge of Woods I, II and III in Gilford closed recently on the purchase of their 49-unit park, making it New Hampshire's 112th resident-owned manufactured-home community.

Using training and technical assistance from the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund's ROC-NH™ program, residents organized and formed the Edge of Woods Homeowners Cooperative, Inc. in order to convert their privately owned manufactured-home parks into a resident-owned community when it came up for sale.

The cooperative then negotiated with park owners Claire Perrier, Samantha Bernasconi and Michael Normandin for the purchase price of $1.79 million before finalizing the deal with financing from Franklin Savings Bank and the Community Loan Fund.

"It seems like such a long road, but we are finally owners of the Edge of Woods parks and look forward to owning and managing them. They're a nice place to live," said Edge of Woods Homeowners Cooperative, Inc., President Brian Pineault. "There is still so much we do not know, but we look forward to ROC-NH assistance to help navigate our path through uncharted waters."

Now that Edge of Woods I, II and III is a resident-owned community (ROC), homeowners there are eligible for products and services, like real, fixed-rate mortgages, that haven't been available to them previously.

For 31 years, the Community Loan Fund has worked in towns and cities across New Hampshire to connect people and families with the loans and training that allow them to have affordable homes, secure jobs and greater opportunity.

The Community Loan Fund helped Meredith homeowners form the first cooperative park in 1984. Since then, 6,363 homeowners in N.H.'s 112 resident-owned communities enjoy access to home mortgages, an annual leadership program, a bi-annual conference, a management guide for cooperatives and other resources available through ROC USA® and the Community Loan Fund.

A full list of resident-owned cooperatives in New Hampshire is available at

For more information on the Community Loan Fund, go online to or call Director of Communications and Marketing Steve Varnum at (603) 224-6669, ext. 277.

Established in 1983, the Community Loan Fund was one of the first Community Development Financial Institutions in the nation, and has received industry awards and recognition for social impact, financial strength and performance. For more information, visit or call (800) 432-4110.

EMT Exam Prep class offered at LRCC in May

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Division of Fire Standards, Training, and Emergency Medical Services (NH Fire Academy & Bureau of EMS) will be offering an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Exam Preparation Session at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) beginning on Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

"The EMT Exam Preparation Session is a great opportunity to partner with the Bureau of EMS, offering the Training Session, and welcoming area EMS providers to LRCC," says LRCC Fire Technology Professor, Eric Perry. "LRCC personnel jumped at the opportunity to host the Bureau of EMS on the Laconia campus as we have an Advanced EMT program finishing at the same time. The extra exam preparation will benefit members of LRCC's campus community as well as other local EMS providers."

"Currently certified EMT Intermediates who are transitioning into Advanced EMT candidates have to take the same national certification exam," continues Perry. "This program gives them a sneak-peek at the exam content and provides an overview of test-taking strategies."

For additional information about the EMT Exam Preparation Session, contact Perry at 524-3207 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..