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Plymouth Senior Center remains open thanks to $170,000 Community Development Block Grant

PLYMOUTH — A senior center in Plymouth will avoid a shutdown after receiving an emergency grant to replace its broken sprinkler system. The NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has approved an emergency Community Development Block Grant of $170,000 to make necessary upgrades.

“There is an immediate need to correct the problem and get the building code-compliant,” said Kevin Flynn, CDFA Communications Director. “Until these recent failures, the sprinkler system passed all of its annual inspections, so the problem was unexpected and urgently required action. We don’t want to see any interruptions to the services the center affords Grafton County seniors.”

The Plymouth Regional Senior Center provides hot meals to area residents, as well as other services. A letter from Fire Chief Casino Clogston to the center’s director stated, “your current place of assemble permit could be revoked due to violations to the Life Safety Code” without repairing or replacing the sprinklers.

“We’re pleased and relieved to get this grant. It’s import to protect the safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers. We’d like to thank CDFA for quickly responding to the emergency,” said Roberta Berner, the Executive Director of the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council.

The CDBG grant now goes to the Executive Council where it awaits approval. The CDBG program funds provide housing and create jobs primarily for low- and moderate-income people. Funds are provided to the state of New Hampshire by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and administered by CDFA. Each project is evaluated on several criteria, including impact on low- and moderate-income residents and the acquisition of matching funding.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:44

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‘Uncorked’ tickets now on sale

LACONIA —  Tickets are on sale for Lakes Region Uncorked, a unique fall fundraiser supporting Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) held at the Laconia Country Club on Saturday, November 1, 6-9 p.m.

Guests enjoy samples of locally made wine, mead, cider and beer, a variety of fine foods, desserts, and coffee. 'Uncorked' guests also can partake in a wine education and food preparation session, enjoy live music and participate in a silent auction.

"This event is clearly in line with LRCS' commitment and support of our local economy and entrepreneurs. It is the only tasting in the Lakes Region that features a collection of local area wine and beer vendors. Our sponsors and vendors are amazing in their support, generosity and enthusiasm. Uncorked was a fabulous event in its debut in 2013 and everyone is excited for this year's gala. I strongly suggest guests buy their tickets early!" commented Christine Santaniello, LRCS Executive Director.

Vendors include: Canterbury Aleworks; Coffin Cellars Winery; Farnum Hill Ciders; Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard; Haunting Whisper Vineyard; Hermit Woods Winery; Newfound Lake Vineyards; Sap House Meadery; Squam Brewing; The Vineyard at Seven Birches and Woodstock Inn Brewery. Other vendors include The Beerkery; Curt's Caterers, Edible Arrangements, Woodshed Coffee; A Grape Affair; The Mill Fudge Factory and NH2O Spring Water.

Lakes Region Uncorked relies on the generosity and support of the business community for its fundraising success. Bank of New Hampshire is the event's Title Sponsor. Other sponsors include: LRGHealthcare; Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, CPAs; Melcher & Prescott Insurance- Grapes, Grains & Orchard Sponsors; Franklin Savings Bank- Wine & Dine in NH; Curt's Caterers of Gilford – Fine Foods; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England-Dessert Sponsor; Prescription Center –Silent Auction; LPL Financial- Music Sponsor and RMON Networks-Tasting Guide Sponsor.

Ticket proceeds benefit individuals, children and families with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries who receive core supports and services from LRCS and the children and families served by the LRCS Family Resource Center of Central NH. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, space permitting, and include admission to the tasting room, silent auction and wine and food education session. All ticket holders will receive a keepsake Uncorked wine glass and Tasting Guide. Participants must be 21 years or older for admittance.

To purchase tickets online by credit card visit uncorked2014.eventbrite.com, by Mail send checks payable to LRCS to: LRCS-Uncorked, PO Box 509, Laconia, NH 03247. Additional information and print brochures are available by contacting Joanne Piper Lang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 524-8811.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:40

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Nominations being accepted for Community Hero Award

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from the general community for its Community Hero Awards to be presented next month, as well as nominations for its business activity awards to be presented early next year.

The Community Hero event, scheduled to take place Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, is being held to recognize individuals behind a business for their specific commitment and the impact they make to the Lakes Region community.

"In addition to the four Community Hero awards presented in past years," Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford announced, "we have added two very special new awards."

The Chamber will continue to recognize individuals with the Irwin Award, Hurst Award, J. Bart Conners Award and Young Professionals Award.

"This year, we will be presenting an award for public service and a student leader. As an advocate for workforce development and school-to-work, recognizing a student with inspiring entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership qualities is another opportunity to engage local students within our business community," said Gifford.

In January, the Chamber will present awards recognizing growth, new construction, renovation and community investment at the organization's Annual Meeting.

To learn more about the award criteria and to submit your nomination on-line, go to www.lakesregionchamber.org. For more information, call the Lakes Region Chamber at 603-524-5531.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:35

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Get on track to change your life with Wed. night Laconia Adult Education workshop

LACONIA — Are you unsure of what you want your life to be? Even if you do know what you want, are you struggling to figure out how to get it? Laconia Adult Education will be offering a four week workshop that might just help you get on track to change your life. Catherine Turgeon, Certified Life Coach and EFT Practitioner will the instructor for the workshop entitled Life Plan 101: From Dreaming to Doing. The class will meet on four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning on September 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Laconia High School.

The workshop will focus on tips to help participants to clarify and focus on what they truly want their life to be. Participants will be introduced to topics that will help them to identify their personal areas of interest, set goals to achieve the desired change and create an action plan to make it happen. Optional exercises for journaling will be suggested and brought in for discussion. The instructor will help individuals to identify what has been blocking them from moving forward in the ways they desire and use Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) to free the flow of positive personal growth. Participants will leave the workshop knowing techniques they may use on their own to continue progressing toward achieving their heart's desire!

To register or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education office at 603-524-5712.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:27

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