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Donna Kuethe to be honored by Every Child in Ours organization

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Parks and Recreation Director Donna Kuethe will be honored on Friday, September 19th at 6pm at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith by the national organization Every Child Is Ours (ECIO) as the New England Women of the Year.

Kuethe will be honored for her significant contributions to the national organization Every Child Is Ours and her 40-years of service to international, national, state, and local municipal/community recreation.

Every Child is Ours was created in 1997 to complement President Clinton's "America Reads" initiative. The mission is to promote educational opportunities through fostering relationships by working as an outreach program that matches up local resources with children in need. While Every Child Is Ours is well known for its work in South Dakota and Northeast Arkansas, it is also an international organization by partnering with schools in Acuña, Mexico and Kanana, South Africa. It provides services through collecting and distributing basic educational tools and supplies such as pens, paper, books, recreation supplies, and ensuring that children have proper food to fulfill their nutritional needs.

Kuethe has demonstrated her passion by serving on the ECIO board of directors, filling containers with supplies to be shipped to sites in need and even volunteering in Kanana, South Aftica and New Orleans. Donna is certified in FEMA Disaster Command, Save the Children: Child Friendly Spaces, and American Red Cross Disaster Relief/Shelter Operations. She also serves on the New England National Parks and Recreation Council as the committee chair of Operation Recreation Relief, a task force that provides recreation services to areas affected by national disasters. Nationally, she is working with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) on Save the Children, Green-Play Code Red, and Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation on Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness Project.

While she has had an significant impact on the international and national forum, she is proactive in the state of NH with the Children in Nature Initiative, NH State Parks Great Park Pursuit, NH HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living), CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children's Health), the Governor's Commission of Disabilities: ADA Recreation for All, Adaptive Skiing, and the NH Hershey Track and Field program. She has served on the House/Senate Committee on Child Care Licensing and as Chair of the Legislative Committee for New Hampshire Parks and Recreation, regularly monitoring, testifying for and advocating on behalf of legislative issues affecting Parks and Recreation at the state and national level.

Locally, Ms. Kuethe has been fundamental in the establishment and foundation of the parks and recreation in Moultonborough. Her distinct contributions include the Moultonborough Pathway, rehabilitation of the Moultonborough Youth Soccer field, a community before school (CATCH) and after school drop in program, youth sports and day summer camp, senior programs, community trips and local events such as Summer Concert series, Town Block Party, Edith Tennis Tournament, Pathway Road Race, Winter Bingo and environmental rehabilitation of lakefront. Her caring and visionary character has paved the way for innovation and implementation that has positively affected diverse populations across generations. The quality and value of her contributions will leave a long term legacy and positive impact on the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:15

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Incumbent & challenging candidates for District 2 County Commission to visit Republican meeting in Barnstead

BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead-Alton-Gilmanton Republican Committee (BARC'G) has announced that their next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm at J.J. Goodwin's Restaurant (upstairs dining room), 769 Suncook Valley Highway (Rt 28), in Center Barnstead.

With the September 9th Primary only one month from now, attention remains focused on those candidates hoping to have the opportunity to represent the towns of Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton. The winners of the primary will go on to run against their Democrat opponents in the November General Election.

Of particular note is that incumbent Republican District 2 County Commissioner John Thomas of Belmont, and his Republican opponent, Dick Burchell of Gilmanton, will be attending and speaking at this month's meeting. District 2 encompasses the towns of Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, and Gilmanton. In addition, other local candidates (in a primary or not) are encouraged to attend this meeting; it will be the last opportunity for local candidates to address the Committee's members and guests prior to the Primary.

BARC'G meetings are open to Republicans and like-minded Independents from Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton, and any other towns in New Hampshire.

Per the usual meeting format, if you're interested in having dinner (at your option) or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:30 pm.

The Committee reminds you to bring a non-perishable food item (cans of soup, tuna fish, etc, etc) to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.


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AMTP Pathways to Leadership Program Develops Outdoors Skills


WOLFEBORO — On July 21st participants from the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project's Pathways to Leadership: Outdoor Leadership Pathway departed for Errol, for their culminating Pathways experience, a multi-day canoe trip on Lake Umbagog. The leadership and technical skills that participants acquired throughout the year were put to the test when they were asked to create schedules and emergency action plans, set up and break down camp, cook and clean up meals, and monitor group morale and well being, all of which they excelled at.

Pathways to Leadership: Outdoor Leadership Pathway participants graduate with the training and know-how to serve as co-leaders in next years' Pathways program and will teach future participants the skills they need to know to have a fun and safe backcountry experience.

On August 8 participants in the Pathways to Leadership: Service Learning Pathway will gear up for their culminating Pathways experience. They will volunteer on the Community School Farm, visit the Victory Gardens exhibit at the Wright Museum, and spend Saturday volunteering at the Moose Mountain Woods, Water and Wildlife Festival.

AMTP is a community-based, nonprofit organization committed to supporting healthy development and resilience in youth, families and communities throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:01

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New Fiber Group at Shepherd's Hut Market

GILFORD  — Joyce Keyser, owner of the Shepherd's Hut Market, located at Ramblin' Vewe Sheep Farm, has announced that the market now has a fiber group meeting on Friday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

"I'm pleased to offer an opportunity for those who love working with wool to join with others for crafting, and sharing what they have learned about their craft. The meetings are a great time for conversation and education." Joyce says. "One of the best parts of having this business is that it opens doors to those who are interested in wool crafting, and that it caters to a very special group of people."
Joyce has enjoyed the learning experiences she has had working with the Sanbornton Fiber group, and has been helping others learn more about felting and spinning, including groups from Ag in the Classroom and 4-H.
Often found spinning at the Laconia Farmer's Market on Thursday afternoons, Joyce is passionate about wool, especially the Targhee fiber that she raves about. "Targhee fiber is very soft and is known for having elasticity. It is a great fiber for beginning spinners, and works very well for felting as well."
The Shepherd's Hut Market is open Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 -6 pm. More information can be learned by checking the Shepherd's Hut Market Facebook page, or calling Joyce at 393-4696. You may also e-mail inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:52

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