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Laconia VFW hosting meat bingo on Saturday

LACONIA — The Laconia VFW will be hosting a raffle Saturday, February 7 to benefit Renee Jesseman and her courageous battle against cancer. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the raffle starts at 2 p.m.

This will a meat bingo type format with a lot of prizes and gift cards to go along with two 50/50's. Food will be provided and all are welcome.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:08

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Republican group to meet in Barnstead on Tuesday

CENTER BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant, 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.

State Representatives from the three towns have been invited to be the guest speakers at the meeting; Rep. Ray Howard and Rep. Guy Comtois have indicated they plan to attend. Rep. Peter Varney and Rep. Dave Russell are unable to attend due to prior commitments that evening; however, they have indicated that they plan to speak at a future meeting.

In addition, the Committee will provide an update regarding the various events featuring potential Presidential candidates in New Hampshire, and discuss how to get involved in the campaigns of your favorites. BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire.

Those interested in eating dinner interested in having dinner or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. The Committee reminds attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Landscaping workshop sponsored by Belknap County Conservation District

GILFORD — A free workshop on soil friendly landscaping techniques will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gilford Public Library.

The program, sponsored by the Belknap County Conservation District, will feature a talk by Peter Howard of Steve Smith & Associates who will discuss do-it-yourself landscaping projects aimed at preventing soil erosion, and when a project may call for a little professional assistance.

In addition, Michael Skolnick, a student intern at the Conservation District will introduce a user-friendly on-line tool that calculates the reduction in soil and nutrient erosion afforded a property owner by installation of the soil friendly landscaping methods discussed.

The workshop will offer an introduction to various landscaping methods that help prevent rain water, snow melt, and foot traffic from eroding the soil.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP with the Conservation District by calling 527-5880 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

This on-line tool, titled "What's Your P?" ("P" refers to the nutrient phosphorus), is being promoted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) as a Lakes Region specific version of the NH Residential Loading Model first unveiled by the state Department of Environmental Services and later adapted by LWA through a public/private partnership. Those who are interested in a one-on-one walk-through of the on-line "What's Your P?" model tailored specifically for their property, are invited to visit with Skolnick at the Gilford Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Monday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., or Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. The length of the one-on-one session is up to the landowner.

This workshop is part of a larger project dedicated to addressing soil erosion and water health within the Gunstock Brook watershed through a collaboration between the Town of Gilford Conservation Commission, various Gilford municipal departments, and BCCD. Funding for this project was provided in part by a Watershed Assistance Grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the work being done through the EPA 319 funds please contact BCCD.

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PSU educator recognized by Wellness Council

PLYMOUTH — The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has recognized Plymouth State University health educator Denise Normandin as one of the nation's Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals.

Normandin, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, is the Program Manager for Healthy PSU, the institution's program promoting positive health for PSU employees and their families. The Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals are chosen based on peer voting and on the empirical review of a distinguished judging panel.

"I am honored to be recognized as one of the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals by WELCOA," Normandin said. "This is a true testament that hard work achieves results. However, without the support of family, friends and colleagues this achievement would not have been possible. I am grateful to be in a profession that I love and to be able to help and motivate individuals to live healthier lives."

A year ago, Normandin established and nurtured a thriving group of employee "Wellness Champions" to help promote and lead campus-wide health behavior initiatives, including engagement, physical activity, healthy eating, stress reduction and benefits cost containment. The most successful program to date is a "Walking at Work" program that nearly one in four employees have participated in. Last July, the Healthy PSU program was awarded the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Award, another tribute to Normandin's leadership and hard work.

"Denise is a true health promotion professional," said Caryn Ines, PSU's Interim Director of Human Resources. "Her passion and creativity are integral to the success of Healthy PSU. This recognition as one of the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals is well-deserved."

Before arriving at PSU in 2013, Normandin had more than 15-years' experience in nutrition and health promotion expertise at LRGHealthcare, in Laconia, New Hampshire and Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro. While at Huggins Hospital, she managed outpatient nutrition services as well as engaged the community and employees in health and wellness activities.

WELCOA is one of the nation's most-respected resources for creating healthy workplaces. For more than a quarter-century, WELCOA has worked with hundreds of businesses and organizations in developing, delivering and sustaining a healthy workforce.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:58

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