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Happy Tails Dog Park Hoping to win $100,000 'Bark for Your Park' Contest

LACONIA —  The dogs in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire have long dreamed of wide open spaces and a place to call their own. Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region has been working hard for several years to try to make that dream a reality and has nominated Laconia in the Petsafe "Bark for Your Park" contest to further that effort.

PetSafe, a leading innovator in pet behavior and lifestyle solutions, invited all U.S. communities to participate in the third annual "Bark for Your Park" contest on May 7. One city will be awarded $100,000 to build a local dog park and four other pet passionate finalists will also receive $25,000. Almost 1,000 U.S. communities have been nominated in the contest.

"After searching the Lakes Region for land for a dog park, the City of Laconia offered that there was a plot of city-owned land that would be suitable," explained Ginny Martin, president of Happy Tails Dog Park of the Lakes Region. "We presented a preliminary concept plan to the Laconia City Council in July 2013 and were encouraged to move forward contingent on a fully engineered site plan and financial plan being presented, since our group is planning to manage the park. We have been actively raising money so we can take the next steps. If we could win any amount of money in the Petsafe contest, we could move forward."

As they determine the 15 Finalists, PetSafe will review the availability of land and civic leaders' support. Civic leaders and other local organizations may upload letters of support on the contest page for Laconia. Citizens are also able to vote every day to help their city move forward in the contest. These votes will also be counted to pick the Finalists. For the best chance to become a finalist, Laconia should excel in all three of these categories.

The 15 Finalists will be announced on June 13, when they will be asked to produce a video and continue barking for their park. The finalist city with the most votes will receive $100,000 to build a PetSafe dog park. Three runner-up and the city with the highest percentage of votes to its population will each receive $25,000. Winners will be announced on August 7.

Anyone in the Lakes Region will be able to use the Laconia park since it will be available to the region and not just Laconia residents. You don't have to be a resident of Laconia in order to vote in the Petsafe contest. Two votes can be cast by each individual each day, once on the Petsafe site www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark and once on the Petsafe Facebook page.

With the closing of the "unofficial" dog park at Woodland Heights Elementary School this month, the need for a dog park in the area is even more urgent. By voting twice a day, and getting your friends and family to vote, a real dog park in the Lakes Region could become a reality.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:48

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Free strength & balance workshop Friday

MOULTONBOROUGH — Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc. (ICCI) will host "Strength and Balance," an educational workshop, on Friday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Moultonborough Lions Club building, 139 Old Route 109, Moultonborough. RSVP by contacting ICCI at 253-9275, Ext. 3.

"Whether you sit at a desk all day, are a couch potato or an avid hiker, this presentation will benefit all who have an interest in gaining or maintaining their strength and balance," stated Ann Sprague, Executive Director.

The workshop will provide some simple ways for attendees' strength and balance through the practice of T'ai Chi and Yoga.

Frank Wilson studies and teaches Yang family long form T'ai Chi Ch'uan. He has been studying this discipline about thirteen years. Frank studies in Ashland, ith a Master Teacher as well as with Master Tung Kai Ying, one of the original people to bring Yang Family Tai Chi to the United States. Frank teaches at the Sandwich Town Hall. For further information contact Frank at 284-7123 or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ..

Pasha Marlowe, MFT, has been a fitness/yoga/personal training professional for 25 years and is the owner of Holland Hill Studio for fitness and yoga in Moultonborough. She enjoys introducing people to yoga and other gentle ways to exercise, prevent injuries, improve posture and reduce stress. For more information, visit the studio in Moultonborough, email to hollandhillstudio.com or call 476-2476.

This educational workshop is also made possible by grant funding from Skrungloo Farm Grant Program, NH Electric Co-op Foundation and the Cogswell Trust.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:45

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Gilmanton Thrift Shop to hold annual Yard Sale

GILMANTON — The newest sale at the GCC Thrift Shop will be held during the month of June. Father's Day is approaching, all men's clothing will be 50 percent off.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will be holding its annual yard sale on Saturday, July 14. If you have any items in good saleable condition that you would care to donate, you may drop them off at the Pantry/Thrift Shop during open hours. Please call ahead if you have any large items as our storage abilities are limited. We respectfully request no electronics, items with broken or missing pieces. Everything must be in good saleable condition. Proceeds from this sale are used to support and supplement the Food Pantry.

The GCC Food Pantry extends a special thank you to the Postal Service "Stamp Out Hunger" initiative. 178 non perishable items were donated to help keep our shelves stocked.

We also wish to recognize and give thanks to Gilford High School students Max Troiano, Nate Mulé, Kyle Gaudet, Maddie Laflamme, Alex Harris, Randal Coulstring, Zach Poisson, Patrick Snow, Keaton Quigley, Danielle Maupin, and Nicayla Pineau who arrived at our Food Pantry Thrift shop and helped weed, clean and other needed chores on May 22. Good Job students, we greatly appreciate your help.

Correspondence and/or monetary donations should be mailed to GCC Food Pantry, Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237. Our physical location remains the same at 1817 NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Parking and entrance to the Shop and Pantry is available at the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot.

Hours: Mondays, 1 – 5 pm; Wednesdays, 3 – 7 pm and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm. Telephone number: 603-364-0114.

Donations of unexpired food, clothing and monetary donations are always welcome and needed. Please deliver during open hours and please do not leave food or clothing outside of the door when we are closed. Thank you for all of your help and patronage.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:42

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ACE Academy Enrollments Continue to Rise

GILFORD — This summer's ACE Academies operated by the non-profit WinnAero, are nearing capacity for enrollments. Interested students and parents should file an application as soon as possible for consideration.

Applications and course descriptions, faculty backgrounds and other pertinent information are available for download at www.winnaero.org. Seats are still available for the elementary age students Academy which is scheduled to run at the Laconia Airport August 4-8, mornings only. The Middle School session and advanced ACE for high school students will run simultaneously from July 28-Aug 1.

"We are very pleased that enrollments for Summer 2014 are up" said WinnAero President Bill Seed. "I am especially pleased because this year, based on previous years' successes and feedback, we've expanded the format to run three ACE Academies with instruction and hands-on activities geared to varying age groups" Seed added. He cited parental and youth interest in STEM-related hands-on learning in a fun environment as one factor in the high enrollment.

The second factor is  faculty Seed said. Led by WinnAero Educational Programming Director Dan Caron, a teacher with 35 years' experience in teaching technology and engineering, the staff includes a 24 year technology educator, an 11 year engineering and physics teacher, a certified counselor and a retired airline captain who began his flying career in 1960 and is still flying light aircraft.

"The depth of experience our faculty offers in STEM-related aviation subjects is amazing" Seed said. He noted that Caron was the Air Force Association's Christa McAuliffe Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire in 2004 and the Civil Air Patrol Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire in 2014.

Anyone seeking more information about the ACE Academies or WinnAero is invited to visit the website. As WinnAero is a federally recognized 501-c (3) non-profit staffed 100% by unpaid volunteers, donations are welcome. See the secure donor button on the website to help WinnAero bring aviation and aerospace-related learning to area youth.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:39

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