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Pair of ‘Little Free Libraries’ appear in Gilford

GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library has announced the opening of two new Little Free Libraries in the town of Gilford.

Built by Library Trustee Jack LaCombe, the Little Free Libraries are small cabinets filled with donated books for all visitors to browse and take home. Visitors to the Little Free Libraries are encouraged to take a book or two to enjoy and leave a book or two for others to enjoy as well.

Sponsored and maintained by the Friends of the Gilford Library, these Little Free Libraries contain fiction and non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children. One Library has been installed at the Gilford Beach, and the other at the Glendale Docks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:43

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Genealogy workshops begin in Wolfeboro on June 24

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library, in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogical Interest Group, will conduct a series of four genealogical workshops beginning on Tuesday, June 24 at 10 a.m. The workshops are free and open for all community members.

The workshops, presented by Dee and Guil Ide, will teach the fundamentals of using the Family Tree feature at FamilySearch.org. These workshops are an opportunity to dig deeper into how best to use Family Search for genealogical research.

The individual sessions will include: June 24, Navigate FamilySearch/Family Tree and Add/Edit Information; July 1, Quickly Add, Edit and Merge Ancestor's Records and Easily Locate and Attach Ancestor's Supporting Records; July 8, Capture and Attach Ancestor's Records from Free Internet Sites; and July 15, Locate Photos, Documents and Stories and Attach Them.

The Library has one hundred fifty plus computers for patrons to use. One-on-one assistance is available to patrons helping them to use the center's resources as they research their ancestors.

For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:39

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LRGHealthcare purchases hydraulic lift for Laconia Fire Department ambulance

LACONIA — It was just three months ago when Laconia Fire Chief, Kenneth Ericson approached LRGHealthcare President & CEO, Tom Clairmont about the possibility of the hospital making a substantial purchase for the Laconia Fire Department. After hearing about the hydraulic lift the Chief hoped to purchase for their primary ambulance and all the benefits that came with it, Clairmont was quickly sold.

At a cost of $11,000, LRGHealthcare happily showed its support for the Laconia Fire Department and purchased the hydraulic lift which was recently installed. Manufactured in California, the lift has the ability to lift the stretcher and a patient from ground level to the ambulance at a weight capacity of 1,100 pounds. The lift also collapses and slides in between the chassis rails making it easily accessible for the EMTs.

Not only does the lift provide more stability and safety for larger patients, but it's a great benefit for the EMTs as well. "This will save a lot of backs," stated Deputy Fire Chief, Shawn Riley. Many injuries have occurred to EMTs when attempting to lift a larger patient into the ambulance and it's made for high costs for the Fire Department to treat them. The hydraulic lift eliminates the cause of those injuries. Laconia Fire Department is currently the only Fire Department north of Boston to have this valuable piece of equipment.

LRGHealthcare and Laconia Fire Department have had a long standing relationship working together to keep Laconia safe. "Once again, we appreciate the outstanding support of LRGH," Laconia Fire Chief, Kenneth Ericson comments. "They continually go above and beyond in this partnership."

LRGHealthcare President & CEO, Tom Clairmont says, "These guys are on the front line every day. So, if we can make their job a little safer, it's the right thing to do."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:30

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Visiting Vets Reflect on Camp Resilience Experience

GILFORD — Seventeen Boston-area veterans, all clients of the Boston VA Center, recently visited the Lakes Region at the invitation of the newly-formed Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI).

While here, the veterans participated in the first-ever Camp Resilience. This effort combined recreational activities, team-building exercises and practical computer skills in the areas of job searching and creating resumes which translate military experience into civilian job titles. The Camp utilized facilities at Lakes Region Community College, Gunstock, Gilford Town Beach, Lake Winnipesaukee and the Gunstock Inn.

All seventeen guests were unanimous in their praise of the efforts put forth by the PRLI Team which was augmented by Alton and Gilford Rotarians, boat captains, Gunstock staff and Business Department Chairperson at LRCC, Carlene Rose. Individual feedback sheets from the visitors reflected comments such as "I came with high expectations and you've exceeded them. The treetops course, Segway, boat tour, cookout and jobs seminar are memories. (Reflecting on the Gunstock Inn) Excellent service. On a scale of 1 to 10, this experience is an 11! Very calm and serene here. We are lucky to have people like you (the PRLI crew)". Work has already begun for the PRLI Team on the next visit by another group of wounded warriors. That is expected to be early August.

The funds to pay for this first visit came from the Gilford Rotary, Lakes Region Dental, the State of NH VFW, Laconia Knights of Columbus, Tim and Maura O'Connor and numerous other generous local individuals. Tim O'Connor was a West Point classmate of PRLI founder, Kurt Webber, Lt Col, US Army (ret.)

Deep discounts and/or goods and services for the veterans were provided by the Gunstock Inn, Fireside Inn and Suites, Shaw's of Gilford, Gunstock Resort, Fay's Boat Yard, Gilford Rotary, Island Fishing Charters, NH Fish & Game, Lakes Region Community College, Hector's Restaurant and Abe Dadian,who volunteered his time and expertise over two days to help the vets work on their resumes and job skills.

Anyone who wishes to support future wounded warrior initiatives of the PRLI is encouraged to make a donation via credit card or PayPal at www.prli.us. Checks may also be mailed to the PRLI, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:26

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