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Taylor Community increases United Way contributions by 15%

LACONIA — Granite United Way has congratulated Taylor Community for its major contributions to the latest United Way campaign.

Taylor Community increased its United Way fundraising in the latest campaign by 15 percent. They did this through fundraising events, such as Jeans Day, offering incentive prizes, and arranging for someone whose life had personally been touched by the United Way to speak to Taylor Community staff members.

In addition to the employee-giving campaign, this past year Taylor Community made its first corporate gift of a 20 percent match to Granite United Way.

"With Taylor Community's long-standing tradition of caring for seniors in the Lakes Region, I'm so proud our staff members continue this by supporting individuals and families in the local area through their United Way donations," said Bob Selig, Taylor Community President and CEO.

"The team at Taylor Community recognizes the importance of working together to bring about positive change in our community. We are proud to partner with them to provide access to critical initiatives and programs throughout the Central region," said Scoop Welch, Director of Major Gifts for Granite United Way. "They asked United Way to be present at their all staff meeting and their team was visibly touched when they heard directly from a young woman, Sabrina, whose life had changed for the better because she was able to access a United Way funded program."

 

 

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Local poet Charlotte Cox to read at the Laconia Public Library on Thursday

LACONIA — Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox will read from her newly published first book, Currents in the Stream, at the Laconia Public Library's poetry evening on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotary Hall auditorium. This event is free and open to the public, and it will offer time for audience members to share their own writing or music. The library is located at 695 Main Street, just north of downtown.

Currents in the Stream, released this past fall by North Star Press, has already gathered high praise from New England's poetry luminaries. Patricia Fargnoli, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2006-09, says: "Here among the wealth of these poems, you will find . . . childhood memories, family relationships, lyrical poems of nature, of marriage, of travels, of loss and, finally, of a woman alone in the world redefining her place in it. These poems glow with clarity, close observation, and a sensitive perception of the world." In addition, John-Michael Albert, editor of the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, declares: "The highs and lows, the tragedies and comedies, of Charlotte Cox's rich life compress beautifully into the structures of lyric poetry. This is poetry that leaves plenty of room for us, her readers, to fire up our sympathetic memories."
Cox's writing has won prizes in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's National and Member Contests and in the River Run Seacoast Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, The Poets' Touchstone, Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology, and The Widow's Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). She has had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, and Seacoast Living, and she has been a featured reader throughout the Lakes Region. Cox will be available to sign copies of her book after the reading.

The second part of the Laconia Public Library's poetry event will provide an open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience. Listeners are encouraged to participate, so bring something to share, and plan on Jan. 15 as a good occasion to meet other creative people in the area.
For more information, call the Library at 524-4775.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 10:15

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Meditation class offered by Laconia Adult Education

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four-week program on using meditation as a way to relieve stress.

The class, Meditation: Focusing Within, will begin on Monday, Jan. 26. The class will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Huot Technical Center: Room CTC H-234. The class will be taught by Helen McConnell.

McConnell is a health educator who has seen firsthand the health issues associated with stress. This course is designed to help people cope with, and in some instances, eliminate the stressors in their lives. Those attending the course will learn simple but very effective techniques to minimize the effect of stress on your body. McConnell says she has found that the most effective and easiest way to ease or eliminate your stress is by learning to meditate and to understand the different methods of breathing which will help to relax and calm you.

The class will explain the physiology of stress and why meditation really works. You will learn about a variety of different meditations and breathing methods so that you can chose the one that works the best for you. The goal of the class is to teach students how to control the stressors in life in order to achieve better health and ways in which to use these techniques in your everyday life.

Those wish to enroll in the class or who want more information, can call the Laconia Adult Education office at 524-5712.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 10:08

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Musical comedian Bucky Lewis performing at Margate Resort on January 31

LACONIA —  Laconia native Bucky Lewis brings his outrageously funny musical comedy show back home with a special show at the Margate Resort on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. to benefit the Half Moon Sober Festival (HMSF). In its twentieth year, HMSF, held at the 4H Youth Center in New Boston on Memorial Day Weekend, is a three-day celebration of clean and sober life, with live music, children's activities, sobriety workshops and 12-step meetings onsite.

HMSF is a non-profit charitable organization and Bucky is happy to help raise operating funds for the group. "Drugs are such a big problem for children, youth and families and clean and sober, family-oriented events like the Half Moon Sober Festival are a great way to support the sober lifestyle," said Bucky. "I am looking forward to the show and expect a great turnout in my home town."

Tickets are $20 and include entry in a raffle for a 32-inch flatscreen TV; entrants do not need to be present to win. The show will be held in the Blackstones Lounge at the Margate Resort, 76 Lake Street in Laconia, and there will a cash bar, raffle. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. For tickets and further information, contact HMSF by calling 603-393-7875 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Margate. Bucky Lewis Show information and photos from recent performances are on the Web at www.buckylewis.com.

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