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Sen. Forrester to Host Panel Discussion on New Hampshire's Minimum Wage

PLYMOUTH —  Senate Finance Chairman Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will host a panel discussion in Plymouth to discuss the state's minimum wage and proposed legislation coming before the Senate later this session. Senator Forrester will be joined by David Juvet, Senior Vice President at the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, Jeff McLynch, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, and Bruce Berke, of the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group, who represents a number of small New Hampshire employers, including businesses in the tourism, lodging, retail, and restaurant industry.

Time will be allotted for a question and answer period following the panel. The event will be held at the Pease Public Library from 6-7: 30 p.m.

The panel discussion is open to the public but seating is limited. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Liz Sheil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 271-4980 by Monday, April 14 at noon. The event is open to the press.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:19

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Garden Club brings agriculture to the classroom

NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Garden Club once again participated in the NH Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom project.

Each year the Ag in the Classroom committee chooses an accurate agricultural book to share information with students. The book chosen this year by NH Ag in the Classroom for Ag Literacy Day was Down On the Farm: Chickens by Hannah Ray". This book was purchased by New Hampton Garden Club, read to several classes at the New Hampton Community School by Phyllis Schofield and Linda Dowal and presented to the school for their library.

The book provides an introduction to chickens by taking a look at why they are farmed, anatomy life cycles, different breeds, eggs and related customs. One classroom is already involved in this learning project by hatching eggs. The fifth graders at the school are Jr. Garden Club members and have their own greenhouse in which they have seeds already planted. This endeavor is supported by the ladies of the New Hampton Garden Club in aiding them with planting, watering and general gardening chores.

They will be having a plant sale in a few weeks to raise funds for other greenhouse projects. During the holiday season they raised Christmas Cactus plants for sale to the public. Visitors to the greenhouse are welcome, check in at the office at the New Hampton Community School.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:16

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Lady Grace Appointments Available for April

LACONIA — The latest prosthetic breast forms from Lady Grace Intimate Apparel are available right in your community.

If you or a loved one has had a lumpectomy or mastectomy and would like to find breast prosthesis to fit your needs, a certified breast prosthesis fitter from Lady Grace Intimate Apparel will be at Lakes Region General Hospital on Tuesday, April 22.

Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling LRGHealthcare's Breast Health Program Coordinator, Ginny Witkin at 527-2940.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:09

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Free prom dresses available at Gowns for Girls

MEREDITH — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation is pleased to announce that they will be hosting again their signature event Gowns or Girls on Saturday, April 12.

This is an event open to all high school aged girls (no questions asked) where they will get to pick out a free prom dress. This year the event will be held Saturday, April 12 from 1-4p.m. at the Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith, located at 21 Upper Hill Road. The ground level of Meredith Bay Colony Club will be turned into a one-day only boutique for girls to pick out the dress of their dreams, free of charge.

The day will kick off with an inspirational talk by co-founders of F.H.L; Jessica Dutille and Laura Brusseau, after this the girls will have the chance to get hair and makeup tips for their big night, pick out a prom dress and accessories with one of the personal shopper volunteers on hand.

Brusseau said that the event was the brain child of co-founder Dutille and Board Advisory Member Whitney Carabillo. With today's tough economic issues and the average girl spending well over $600 for one night the foundation thought up the idea of recycling the dresses. The Co-Chairs of the event Aimee Lee and Lara Gruner have been working diligently on the event since November.

The dresses are all donated by local community members and past prom goers. Special thanks go out to our dress drop off locations: Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, Sunday's Salon and Spa in Laconia, The Barn Doggie Daycare in New Durham, the Nashua YMCA, The dress barn at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton and Divine Inspirations in Meredith. These companies are generous enough to not only join the cause, but set aside space to collect dresses the month leading up to the event.

This is our 8th year for the event, each year bringing girls from all over New Hampshire. In the past eight years the Foundation has given out over 700 dresses and given out over $20,000 in grants for enrichment and survival funds.

The Foundation was established in 2006 by Brusseau, a teacher of Laconia and Dutille The Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth.

For more information about volunteering at the event, F.H.L grants, scholarships, or giving opportunities, visit their website at www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org or check them out on facebook

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 08:05

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