Family violence prevention officers elected

LACONIA — The Belknap Family Violence Prevention Council met for its annual meeting March 6 at the Laconia Police Department. New Officers were elected: Erica Brough, Chair, Elizabeth Newell, Vice-Chair, and Eliza Phinney, Secretary. Members come from organizations including Lakes Region Child Care Services, Laconia District Court, New Beginnings, Laconia Police Department, Catholic Charities NH, Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, Genesis Behavioral Health, DCYF and Lakes Region Community Services.

The Family Violence Prevention Council was founded in 2003 as part of regional councils around the State of NH. It remains as one of the two councils still active in the State. To further its mission to promote safe and violence-free living environments for children and families throughout Belknap County through education and awareness activities, and advocacy and treatment interventions, Kitty Kiefer will speak at the Tuesday, April 7 meeting about New Beginnings' efforts to address Domestic Violence during April, Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. at a variety of locations. People interested in attending or finding out more information can contact Erica Brough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eliza Phinney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 528-6511. 

Adult Ed holds a Reiki and Spirituality program

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a new and innovative way of looking at the benefits of Reiki. The Reiki and Spirituality class is designed for Reiki practitioners and will be taught by Carol Wallace. This one night class will be held on Monday, March 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Media Center at Laconia High School.

Spirituality will be the main focus, as participants will learn how the most important element of Reiki integrates with all aspects of one's own life. Reiki is not only a method of holistic natural healing but also is a spiritual path which opens each person to their higher spiritual selves, highlighting their true potential as spiritual beings. As a Reiki master each person is a very important part of the healing of the planet and a channel of higher consciousness. Unlike many other spiritual paths which serve a similar function, Reiki is easy to learn and people can become a master it in just a short time.

Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It is helpful in relieving illness and malady, and also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

This class can also be a refresher for those who would like to re-connect with each level and re-establish their own Reiki practice. Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 for tuition information and to register.

Altrusa scholarship applications due March 27

MEREDITH — The deadline for Meredith Altrusa Club scholarship applications is Friday, March 27.

The club will be awarding scholarship money geared to the "non-traditional" student 23 years of age and older (as of March 1), continuing their education and either living or working in Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton or Sandwich.

One of the scholarships given will be in memory of Professor Jeanette Ritzenthaler, Ed.D, and founder of the Meredith Altrusa Club. Another scholarship will be given in memory of Mrs. Marian Touhey, a long-time member, past treasurer and co-chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Applications may be picked-up at the public libraries in Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, New Hampton and Sandwich. Applications may also be picked up at Plymouth State University and the Lakes Region Community College, or can be obtained by emailing a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Altrusa Scholarship Committee will select candidates to interview.

For further information contact chairperson, Lorraine Cahill at 476-5919 or co- chairperson, Shirley Currier at 279-8772.

Quilt Guild to host needlework artist on March 18

MOULTONBOROUGH — Local needle artist Anne Strapp offers a workshop creating small bags for multiple uses during the Wednesday, March 18 meeting of the Country Village Quilt Guild, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Moultonborough Life Safety Building.

There is no charge for this class, but participants are asked to bring 2 pieces of 9x11 inch fabric, a 9x11 inch piece of two sided interfacing, a 9 inch zipper to match fabric colors, a sewing machine, and regular sewing items such as thread and scissors.