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Annual celebration of Franklin Mayor’s Drug Task Force to be held on March 12

FRANKLIN —  LRGHealthcare and the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force invite the public to share in an evening celebrating of the work of the task force and its partners on Thursday, March 12 from 5-8 pm at the Franklin Opera House.

This annual celebration will highlight substance abuse prevention efforts in Franklin and will focus on achievements and partnerships. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force, celebrate in the task force successes, visit partner booths, and also view the film The Hungry Heart, a new documentary film by Bess O'Brien from Vermont.

The Hungry Heart film provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the eyes of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes, who works with young patients struggling with this disease. Inspired by this film, Dr. Paul Racicot of LRGHealthcare will lead a panel discussion on addiction and recovery following the film. Call 998-5337 to reserve seats for this event or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 07:22

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Conservation Commission hosting free ‘Soak Up the Rain’ program

LACONIA — The Laconia Conservation Commission will be hosting a free program titled Soak Up the Rain — NH on March 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Laconia Middle School. Members of the Commission will discuss various do-it-yourself landscaping methods that help prevent rain water and snow melt, also known as storm water runoff, from contributing to flooding and soil erosion within Laconia's many streams and brooks.

You don't have to live near a stream, brook, pond or lake to have a great impact on the health of the water we all share. Also part of the program will be an introduction to the user-friendly online tool "What's Your P?" ("P" refers to the nutrient phosphorus) that helps landowners calculate how much soil, and the nutrients it contains, they can prevent from washing away by installing the landscaping methods to be discussed. This online tool is being promoted by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) as a Lakes Region specific version of the NH Residential Loading Model first unveiled by the NH Dept. of Environmental Services and later adapted by LWA through a public/private partnership. In addition, program attendees will have an opportunity to view the online tool titled Web Soil Survey, a tool that identifies for landowners the soil types existing on their property along with management suggestions, and can prepare a printable report. Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served. There is no deadline to register but an RSVP is suggested by contacting Commission member Lisa Morin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at telephone number 603-527-5880. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 07:19

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LRCC plans ‘Chef’s Table’ fund raising events

LACONIA — A Chef's Table event will be held on Friday, March 27  from 6-9 p.m. at Lakes Region Community College in the Academic Commons.

The special dining event features four well-known New Hampshire chefs who will prepare a meal in your presence inviting audience interaction and engagement. Each course will be paired with a wine sampler.

Cost is $75 per plate. Tables of 4 (limited to 80 people)
All proceeds go to Lakes Region Community College Student Scholarship Fund.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 10:36

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Bag sale this month at Gilmanton Thrift Shop

GILMANTON — Despite inclement weather and cold temperatures, the Valentine Musical Sweets event for the benefit of the Gilmanton Food Pantry was a success. Many people braved the weather to enjoy an evening of music, beverages, delicious desserts and camaraderie.

Congratulations to Scott & Holly Danby of Gilmanton Iron Works who won the Cupid raffle basket. The Food Pantry Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank Fratello's Ristorante, Mill Falls Inn, Walgreen Drugstore, Smitty's Cinema, Headlines Creative Hair, the Gilmanton Winery, and the Suncook Valley Sun newspaper for their donations and support.

Looking ahead to Spring, during the month of March, the Thrift Shop will be holding our ever popular bag sale. All the clothes you can put in a paper shopping bag for $7.

Spring/summer clothing will be available starting in April and the pantry/thrift store will be re-opening on Mondays beginning April 6th, from 1-5 p.m.

Winter hours are Wednesday, 3–7 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm. Telephone is 364-0114.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 10:33

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