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Laconia Youth Football and Cheer Sign-up Dates

LACONIA — Laconia Youth Football and Cheer Association will be holding 2014 football, cheer, and flag football sign ups at the Laconia Community Center on Monday, April 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration is free. People can also sign up by going to www.laconiachiefs.com.

By the first practice, a copy of the child's birth certificate, a completed physical form dated after Jan. 2014 (must be signed by the physician) and the last report card for that year will all be needed before the child is allowed to participate.

Laconia Youth Football will also be accepting registrations at Parent-Teacher Conferences on April 10 (1-7 p.m.) at the following schools: Woodland Heights, Elm Street and Pleasant Street in Laconia.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:32

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Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee will meet

BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.

With Republican Joe Kenney's victory in the special election for the Executive Council District One seat now history, the Committee turns its attention to announced candidates and candidate recruitment for the November elections. Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway and congressional candidate Dan Innis were recent guest speakers; announcement of the next guest speaker will be made shortly.

BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire. Per the usual meeting format, those interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m.

The committee reminds you to bring a non-perishable food item (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:29

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Habitat Hosting 'A Roof Over Our Heads' Dinner

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, in association with Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity, will host 'A Roof Over Our Heads', a night of celebration and achievement dinner, on Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Common Man Inn, 238 Main St., Plymouth.

The evening will feature a silent auction, cash bar, entertainment, free photo booth and three course buffet dinner.

Tickets are $45 per person ($330 for table of eight or $170 for table of four) and are available online at www.pemivalleyhabitat.org, by calling 536-1333 or by visiting the Pemi-Valley Habitat ReStore at 1116 U.S. Rte. 3, Holderness. Credit cards will be accepted. You can also send a check payable to Plymouth State University (on the memo line write: Habitat for Humanity) to Pemi-Valley Habitat, PO Box 238, Plymouth, NH 032264.

This event benefits the PSU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, which works with Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity, providing volunteers on Habitat home builds and at the ReStore.

Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 28 homes for needy and deserving families in the Plymouth area. Pemi-Valley Habitat is currently in the midst of building its historic Hedstrom Way Habitat four home sub-division in Bristol, the largest project ever.  Pemi-Valley Habitat is seeking to raise the funds to complete the final two homes in this project, so your attendance at this dinner will help that cause. If you or anyone you knows could benefit from a Habitat home, call 536-1333.

For tickets or for further information, call 536-1333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:22

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Leadership Academy focuses on criminal justice system

PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday, March 5, The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Academy focused on criminal justice.

The day began with "A View from the Bench". Justice Ed Kelly, administrative Judge of the NH Circuit Court System provided an excellent example of ways the circuit court is using technology and streamlining practices to save taxpayer dollars while also improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the court system. Through new technologies to improve operations, Justice Kelly provided his philosophy of compassion, respect, dignity and ways in which having an efficient and proactive system embodies his philosophy.

The first panel discussion of the day focused on Law Enforcement and featured Lt Kevin Duffy, NH State Police Troop Commander of Troop E in Tamworth and Commander of the NH State Police SWAT Unit, Chief Amy Moeller from Thornton, Commander Scott Sweet of the Attorney General's Drug Task Force, and Assistant Director Steve Temperino of the Department of Emergency Planning and Homeland Security.

The panel shared changes in current practices, the need for more proactive resources to lessen criminal activity, the challenges of being a small operation trying to serve many functions, and the importance of inter-collaboration between departments, towns, and agencies. Of particular note, was the number of repeat offenders and our state's need to provide better and more accessible mental health and substance abuse related services, treatments, and education/prevention programs.

From there, the academy traveled to Grafton County House of Corrections. Superintendent Glenn Libby and his team, provided us with a detailed understanding of past facility challenges and demonstrated to us how this new facility has created greater efficiency for the county and also focused on building employability skills and rehabilitation. Of particular note was the community farm that provided additional revenues to the House of Corrections to maintain operations as well as provide the community with a great local market.

The last panel of the day was provided in the Superior Court Complex which focused on moving criminal justice into action. Lara Saffo, Grafton County Attorney, Bob Gasser, Coordinator of Grafton County Drug Court, Shelly Golden, Coordinator of Grafton County Mental Health Course, Colleen Strout, Coordinator of Restorative Justice for Grafton County, and Cathy Brittis, Coordinator of Child Advocacy for Grafton County provided us with overviews of their programs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:19

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