Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox to read from new book ‘Currents in the Stream’

CONCORD — Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox will introduce her newly published first book, Currents in the Stream, at a reading hosted by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. This reading and signing event will take place at Gibson's Bookstore, located at 45 South Main Street in Concord, with parking either on the street or in the Red River Theatre's parking garage.
Currents in the Stream, released last fall by North Star Press, has gathered high praise from New England's poetry luminaries. Patricia Fargnoli, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire 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." 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'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 Widows' Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). Cox has also had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, and Seacoast Living, and she has been a featured reader throughout the Lakes Region. She will be available to sign copies of her book after the reading.

Don Kimball, President of PSNH, says: "We encourage our audiences to participate in the open mic time after the reading, so bring something of your own to share. There will be a large display of books and CDs for sale and browsing, with ample time to meet other creative people. Please join us on March 18 for this special event." For more information contact Gibson's at 224-0562 or

Special Olympics Winni Dip today at Margate resort, high school dip Sunday

LACONIA — On Saturday, Law Enforcement personnel and community members will show their commitment
to the mission of Special Olympics New Hampshire by jumping into the icy water of Lake Winnipesaukee dressed in their best Disney outfits. On Sunday, High School students, faculty and staff will take the "Dip" as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters.

The Winni Dip is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a year round partnership between law enforcement and Special Olympics that raises funds and awareness for the athletes of SONH. "The partnership between Special Olympics and New Hampshire's Law Enforcement is a great one. The members of LETR help us throughout the year – not only by raising funds for our organization – but also by handing out medals to our athletes at competition," said Mary Conroy, SONH President.
Over the course of the more than 30 year partnership, Law Enforcement in New Hampshire has raised more than $3.8 million to support Special Olympics New Hampshire. "The partnership simply makes Special Olympics better," Conroy said.

Winni Dip Saturday, March 14th
The Margate at the Lakefront
Costume Parade & Dip - 11:30 am
The event is open to the public. Dippers will parade in their costumes before dipping into the icy Lake
Winnipesaukee. Admission is free for anyone who wishes to attend.

Post Dip Lunch & Celebration - 12:30 pm
Dippers and their guests will be treated to a warm meal followed by an awards ceremony. Admission is $20 per
person and space is limited.

High School Dip Sunday, March 15th
The Margate at the Lakefront
Costume Parade & Dip - 11:30 am
The event is open to the public. Dippers will parade in their costumes before dipping into the icy Lake Winnipesaukee. Admission is free for anyone who wishes to attend.

Post Dip Lunch & Celebration - 12:30 pm
Dippers and their guests will be treated to a warm meal followed by an awards ceremony. Admission is $20 per
person and space is limited.

The Winni Dip is supported by Merrimack Village Savings Bank, Circle K, Irving, McDonalds – The Napoli Group, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England , Marshalls Tent and Event Rentals , TD Bank , Paul Goyette and Michelle Wheeler of Northeast Planning Associates, Applebee's, Associated Grocer – Sully's/Harvest Market/Vista, WOKQ, WMUR, Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, Hometown Foundation, Special Olympics Project Unify and Special Olympics Healthy Athletes.

For more information on Special Olympics New Hampshire and the Winni Dip visit

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

Hands across the table soupathon set for March 22

LACONIA — Plans are being finalized for Hands Across the Table's 4th Annual Soupathon to be held on Sunday, March 22 at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall on Gilford Ave., Laconia from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

This year's event will have an international theme with All You Can Eat Soups including a French Canadian Vegetable Soup, Brazilian Black Bean Soup, African Soup of the Gods, American Corn Chowder, Japanese Udon Vegetable Soup, and a Polish Kielbasa-Lentil Soup. An avocado citrus salad and Israeli chopped salad will also be served along with hundreds of homemade cookies made from international recipes.

Irene Gordon, HATT President and Ginger Wells-Kay, HATT's Fundraising Chair and are Co-chairing this event. Admission is $9 for adults, $3 for children 3-12 and $25 for a family of 4 or more.

Hands Across the Table provides a free sit-down dinner each Wednesday at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall at 31 Gilford Ave. Doors open at 4 p.m. and dinner is served at 5 p.m. Guests include families, children, singles, adults, the homeless, the elderly, and those in need of a meal, fellowship and support.



Belmont High School students taking part in winni dip

BELMONT —Belmont High School seniors Laura Davies and Cassie Contigiani chose to focus on the promotion of Unified Sports for their senior projects, a required assignment for all high school seniors.

Laura's project focuses on raising awareness about the benefits of Unified sports and developing a "Band of Bears" to participate in the High School Winni-Dip, an annual fundraising event for Special Olympics New Hampshire. Cassie's project was the development and coordination of the First Annual Unified Basketball Jamboree- the first of its kind in the state of New Hampshire.

The girls collaborate in their efforts and are celebrating their successes this season with their Band of Bears – teammates, students and faculty volunteers – who will participate in the High School Winni-Dip on Sunday, March 15 at noon at the Margate Resort. Fundraising efforts yielded in excess of a combined $2,500 to promote unified sports programs, but that outcome only scratches the surface. The best outcomes are still in the making with more Belmont students feeling positive, included, and participating in the spirit of sportsmanship and unity.
People can join Laura and Cassie to learn more about these efforts through the following:
• Observe the Winni-Dip parade as fundraising teams march in costume
• Catch the Belmont "Band of Bears" jumping into Winnipesaukee together in team spirit (look for the team in purple shirts with TEAM LAURA on the back)
• Watch Cassie and Laura presenting their combined fundraising proceeds via large scale check to Special Olympics New Hampshire
• View the video of Laura and Cassie which illustrates positive impact of unified sports and social inclusion.
• Listen to their speech and presentations of awards, along with many other exciting activities.

Laura Davies is a basketball player on Belmont's Unified team, a downhill skier on Team Gunstock, manager of the Belmont girls' varsity basketball and softball teams.
Cassie Contigiani is an Assistant Coach for the Belmont Unified Team, and team captain and three sport varsity athlete (soccer, basketball and softball).
Both girls are members of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Class of 2015 at Belmont High School.