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Children's Auction Giving Guidelines described at June 17 meeting

LACONIA — Following an amazing 2013 WLNH Children’s Auction which raised $510,801 to benefit local children and families, the Auction’s Distribution Committee is holding a public meeting to outline its giving process and priorities for the 2014 auction on Tuesday, June 17 at 9 a.m. in the Taylor Communities Woodside Building, Elm room.

All current and formerly funded organizations, as well as 501 C-3 organizations which provide services to children across the WLNH Children’s Auction service area (broadly defined as Lakes Region out to Bristol, up to Campton, over to Wolfeboro and across to the Franklin area), are welcomed to attend.

Many of the thousands of individuals who donate to the Auction each year are unaware of the process by which their donation is distributed to assist children and families. The distribution of their donation is separated into distinct categories (A, B, C +D). Category A is for immediate needs such as holiday toys, coats, boots, food and items that are essential for those in immediate need. The Salvation Army is an example of a Category A organization.

Category B is for those community services which provide support that ultimately will prevent people from requiring the types of immediate needs outlined in Category A. “B” services would teach people the skills necessary to be independent of social services over time, such as Lakes Region Community Services.

Category C funds are utilized for organizations’ capital needs such as Lakes Region’s Boys and Girls Club recent transition to the former Saint James Episcopal Church building in Laconia. Category D funds are for recreational activities for children such as the Circle Program.

The important thing for community members to understand isn’t the specific categories, but that the WLNH Children’s Auction invests their donations across a wide continuum of community services. The application process demands that organizations have local governance and can quantifiably demonstrate that they have produced the results your donation has made possible. “The process by which the WLNH Children’s Auction distributes funds really is extensive,” sited Distribution Co-Chair Christopher Boothby. “All Auction donations are strategically reinvested into our communities to insure that collectively, we get the best outcomes for our children and families in need”.

A complete list of funded organizations, along with funding criteria and application information can be found at www.childrensauction.com. To RSVP, or for more information about the Distribution Committee’s public meeting call 520-8185.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 08:56

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Willie J Laws Band at Tower Hill Tavern


LACONIA — The Willie J. Laws Band returns to Tower Hill Tavern in Weirs Beach  to play the "Real Deal" Blues" this  Saturday May 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The band will be back again at Tower Hill Tavern on June 18 and August 31.

Often referred to as the "Real Deal", this born and raised Texas guitar-slinger, songwriter and vocalist creates a sound "which will grab you from the inside out". Willie makes music that is a soulful mixture of South Texas Blues/Funk, classic R&B, Country, Tex-Mex, Zydeco and Rock & Roll. " Think Robert Cray meets BB King, visiting Jimmy Hendrix ".

Willie J Laws toured with Phillip Walker and opened for many of the Blues Greats: BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy and many more. Winner of the 2011 Massachusetts Blues Society challenge, continuing on to the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and subsequently was selected to compete in the 2012 King of Beale Street Challenge. Willie has held down House gigs at Blind Melon's San Diego, CA , Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville in New Orleans, LA , House of Blues Las Vegas, NV , and regular appearances at HOB New Orleans.

Willie is also a member of the Grammy Award winning group and internationally touring, Los Texmaniacs. He currently resides in New England, plays from Maine to New York and beyond. This Is Texas Blues/Funk reminiscent of Freddie King, Johnnie Winter and other artists who hail from the Lone Star State and Louisiana.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 08:52

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International Film Series – Life, Above All, Monday, June 2

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Life, Above All, Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.

In a dusty town in South Africa, near Johannesburg, life is simple, yet it can be complicated by family ties. A prevailing sense of pride tightly binds the community together so long as one stays 'in line'. Twelve-year-old Chanda is a promising young student, who is left to care for two younger siblings when an infant sister dies and her mother becomes gravely ill. Her step-father drowns himself in alcohol. The town turns against Chandra with rumors that her family carries a deadly disease. When her mother disappears, she demands answers but gets stubborn silence.
Chandra sets out to fight the fear and shame that have poisoned her community and to find her mother. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and courage against severe odds. The film is based on the award-winning novel, Chandra's Secret, by Allan Stratton.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring a cushion for comfort in viewing the movie.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee is a committee of the mayor of Laconia dedicated to expanding our horizons for the appreciation of the diversity found among us and in the wider world. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:38

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Globe Manufacturing honored for long-time sponsorship of annual ‘Kick for Cancer’ martial arts tournament

GILMANTON — Since the first tournament back in 1989, Globe Manufacturing Company has been the sole corporate sponsor for White Dragon Martial Art's annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts tournament. This event has brought in enough revenue to donated $150,000 to local area hospice centers.
Since the start of the tournament it has grown to become the largest and oldest charity martial arts tournament in the State of New Hampshire. Throughout the years, this has become an international event, drawing martial artists and competitors from Florida, Michigan, Canada, New York, and all of the New England states.
Former martial arts teacher, Georganne Verigan who later became the Grandmaster or head of the martial arts system, wanted to do something to honor friends and family that she had lost to cancer, therefore she started the tournament.

When White Dragon Martial Arts, moved from Pittsfield to Gilmanton, the school continued the tradition of hosting the annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament. This year because of the generosity of our sponsors and participants, the total donation to local hospice programs was over $16,000.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:34

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