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Hands Across the Table Sustainability campaign successful

LACONIA — Hands Across the Table's first Annual Sustainability Campaign was very successful. Individuals, businesses and local organizations were invited to make a donation including the option of sponsoring one or more of the weekly free hot meals. The meals, now offered at the Parish Hall at St. Andre Bessette on Gilford Avenue each Wednesday night attract well over 100 guests and as many as 20 volunteers. Over 7,000 meals were served in 2013 and this year's numbers are up over 30%.
According to Ginger Wells-Kay, Fundraising Chair, "The response to the appeal was overwhelming. Over half of HATT's annual budget of approximately $15,000 was raised over a four week period. We are grateful to the many businesses, individuals and service groups who responded generously to our campaign." Wells-Kay added that the second Annual Sustainability Campaign will roll out after Thanksgiving this year.
This community meal program began when several local women came together with the common goal of providing a free, weekly hot supper to those in need in the Greater Laconia area. Their goal was to create a warm, friendly atmosphere of giving and receiving, similar to that of a big family meal. They designed the program for those in need of food and/or friendship and support. The ambiance, organization and service of Hands Across the Table are structured to support these principals. The first meal was served in June 2011.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 08:15

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Levey Park program for Alton Historical

ALTON — The Alton Historical Society program for Tuesday, August 19 will feature Executive Board member Nancy Downing, Chairman of the Levey Park Trustees. Her presentation titled Alton Bay's Best Kept Secret will begin at 7 p.m. on the lower level of the Gilman Library.  

The presentation will regard the history of Levey Park, a ten acre woodland nestled between the Merrymeeting River and Route 11. It will include an introduction to the namesake and benefactors of the park, followed by the development of the park, including the role of the Trustees, and finally, today's Levey Park.

The Alton Historical Society Programs are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the program and our Museum, also located on the lower level of the Library, will be open before and after the program. There will be a short business meeting before the the program.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:19

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Local Mystery Author and NH's Poet Laureate to Visit Meredith Library


MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library is hosting two special literary event this month.

First, The Mystery Book Group welcomes award winning mystery author Paul Doiron on Thursday, August 14 from 10:30-Noon. Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher's Son, which won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel.

He will be leading the discussion on his newest book The Bone Orchard. Copies of the book can be picked up at the main desk, but you do not have to read the book to attend the discussion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Meredith Library.

On Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. we welcome New Hampshire's State Poet Laureate, Alice B. Fogel. Ms. Fogel will be leading a workshop based on her book Strange Terrain: a Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader and will show the group how not to get poetry, but to let it get you. Have you always wanted to understand and feel more comfortable reading poetry? Then this presentation is not to be missed and is paid for by a grant from the NH Humanities Council and by the Friends of the Meredith Library.

Both events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 09:11

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Inter-Lakes Collaborative for Seniors plans Active Living Fair for Sept. 25

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes Collaborative for Active Seniors (ICAS) is planning an "Active Living Fair" to be held on Thursday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Center.

The Inter-Lakes Collaborative for Active Seniors (ICAS) was incepted in late May when the Community Action Program (CAP) renounced its affiliation in Meredith. As a newly established organization whose mission is to "make the lives of seniors more livable by promoting education, fitness, collaboration and fellowship", the collaborative has partnered with local businesses to promote their mission. Local presenters include massage therapists, nutritionists, yoga instructors, alternative pain managers, registered nurses, aging population specialists, and financial advisors.

Additional local business are encouraged to become involved in the fair by presenting or sponsoring the event. To get involved please contact Bob Franks at 279-8267 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 08:31

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