082413 Gilford-based Team A2Z Raises Over $10,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (534 w/ 3col TeamA2Z)
GILFORD — On Saturday July 13, the 15 members of Gilford-based Team A2Z participated in bicycling and walking events at The Prouty fund raising event in Hanover, and raised over $10,000 for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
Team A2Z was founded in 2012 by Jim Zimmermann of Gilford in honor of his wife, Anne Marie Zimmermann, who has been receiving treatment for ovarian cancer at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for the last six years. When Anne Marie was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at LRGH, the doctor immediately referred her to Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Since the original diagnosis, Anne Marie has undergone five major surgeries and dozens of chemo treatments at the center. She is still currently undergoing treatments at the Center.
Team A2Z members include Gilford residents Jim Zimmermann, Tim Zimmermann, Douglas Doyle, Cynthia Palage, Katie McCutcheon, Diane Hanley, and Mike Dowe. Other team members came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania and included Tom Zimmermann, Paul Zimmermann, Edie Wagner, Walter Zimmermann Jr., Lou Paolini, Nancy Paolini, Linda Zimmermann, and Robert Strong.
Jim Zimmermann, the founder and captain of Team A2Z, had been doing the Prouty as an individual participant for four years before he started the team; "Each year I tried to raise a little more money for the center which has been providing such incredible care for my wife. Last year I realized the best way to increase the amount raised was to create a team and invite others who have been touched by cancer to participate. In the first year the team raised about $5,000, and this year we added new members and more than doubled the amount of money we raised. We hope to at least double the number of team members and the amount we raise for the 2014 event."
The Team received donations from well over 50 individuals, families and businesses, and donations came in from people that Jim works with all over the world, including one donation from New Zealand.
Employees of Skillsoft (Jim Zimmermann's employer) in Nashua, donated over $2,500 to the team and Skillsoft is providing a corporate match donation of nearly $2,000. Petersen, Mann & Associates Ameriprise Financial Advisors of Meredith and Lakes Region Dental Care of Gilford also made generous donations to support Team A2Z and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
According to the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, this year's event featured 5800 registered participants (a record), 3240 Bikers (a record), 1906 Walkers (a record), 1300 Volunteers (a record), 183 Rowers (a record), 109 Prouty 200 mile 2-day Ultimate Riders (tied the record), 141 Golfers (new event), and 215 virtual participants. The event also broke its fund raising record with over $2,650,000 in donations.
Gilford-based Team A2Z before the start of the 2013 Prouty fundraising event for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Standing, left to right: Katie McCutcheon, Tom Zimmermann, Edie Wagner, Walter Zimmermann, Tim Zimmermann, Robert Strong, Nancy Paolini, Lou Paolini, Doug Doyle. Front row, left to right: Cynthia Palage, Linda Zimmermann, Paul Zimmermann, Jim Zimmermann. Not pictured: Diane Hanley, Mike Dowe. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 11:58
LACONIA — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) was recently awarded $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program to assist Lakes Region communities with assessments of vacant and underutilized sites that remain in that state due to concerns about environmental contamination from hazardous materials.
According to Kimon Koulet, LRPC Executive Director, our goals for the funding include, "Creating and preserving Open Space, increasing economic opportunities in the Lakes Region, and reducing the threat to human health and the environment. Our previous Brownfields funding led to the clean-up of sites in Bristol, Franklin, and Tilton, as well as a special assessment for the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia. EPA has given this region another opportunity to work on more eligible properties, which we appreciate."
The new award will enable LRPC to hire a qualified environmental firm to conduct Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies of Brownfields in the Lakes Region. Phase 1 assessments examine current and former uses of a property in order to determine the potential for environmental issues. Phase 2 studies involve collecting laboratory samples and data necessary to confirm or dismiss any environmental questions identified during Phase 1. These studies are important steps before cleanup and reuse can occur.
Brownfields sites are defined under the Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002 as "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant."
The LRPC plans to initiate the program this fall, and to conclude the program within the next three years. An association of 30 communities, the LRPC has active programs in land use and environmental planning, transportation, watershed protection, economic development, technical assistance, and information services.
For additional information about the federal Brownfields program in New England, see http://www.epa.gov/region1/brownfields/index.html. For other questions, please contact the LRPC at 279-8171.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 11:38
On Wednesday, July 31, CLiF’s (Children’s Literacy Foundation) Summer Readers program came to Paul Smith School in Franklin. On that day all children had the opportunity to attend a special literacy and storytelling presentation by Simon Brooks. At the end of the presentation, each child was able to select two new books to keep from a collection of several hundred books provided by CLiF. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 11:35
LACONIA — Over 500 participants enjoyed the sunshine as they traveled on or around Lake Winnipesaukee at this year's 13th Annual HK Powersports Land and Lake Poker Run at the Naswa Resort on July 20.
Participants traveled by cars, motorcycles, boats, personal watercrafts, and trucks, and raised over $60,000 for Easter Seals programs and services to help people of all ages with disabilities and special needs, bringing the 13 year total to more than $750,000.
Participants collected sealed playing cards from a variety of fun checkpoints with games and raffles on and around Lake Winnipesaukee before heading to the Naswa Resort to play their poker hand and enjoy the huge beach party loaded with a buffet by Sysco, a DJ, water games by Coors Light and Kids Only, and other family-fun activities throughout the day.
"The atmosphere of the Poker Run this year was so exciting and fun," said Christine Pederson, Easter Seals NH Director of Event and Corporate Relations. New this year to the event was the High Roller's Club, sponsored by Irwin Marine, which raised the stakes for serious players.
Sue Haydock (Manchester), was the land winner, and Steven Delucca (Windham), the lake winner, for the best poker hands. High Roller's Club winner, Wayne Pinhu (Barrington), who won a $1,000 prize. Harley-Davidson of Manchester and Nashua sponsored the cash prizes for each winning hand.
Grand prize raffle winners were: Brian Lacourse (Epsom) won the Seadoo Jet Ski donated by HK Powersports, Rene Normand (Nashua) won the BBQ set, Carol Labbe (Manchester) won the canoe, and Paul Rheault (Pelham) won the kayak.
In additional to HK Powersports, sponsors of this event include The Naswa Resort, Mix 94.1 FM, Brady Sullivan Properties, SeaDoo, Lakes Region Casino, Metrocast, Irwin Marine, Bank of New Hampshire, Zero Waste & Recycling Services, Inc., SYSCO of Northern New England, Inc., Kids Only, Harley Davidson Motorcycles of Nashua and Manchester, Tanger Outlets of Tilton, Belknap Subaru, SouthEnd Media, Plastic Distributors and Fabricators, Inc., Stonyfield Yogurt, Baron's Major Brands Appliances, Coors Light, Corona, Samuel Adams, The Citizen of Laconia, LTD Company, Pepsi, CVS, Patrick's Pub and Eatery, Winnipesaukee Marine Construction, Weirs Beach Lobster Pound and Pederson Flooring & Refinishing.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 11:32
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