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Free Christmas Dinner Reservations Still Available

GILFORD — People who are alone for the holiday can brighten their day by taking part in a free Christmas meal at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford.

The members of the congregation along with about 50 or so community volunteers have been serving a free meal on Christmas afternoon for the last 17 years. The meal consists of ham and all the trimmings including candied carrots, stuffing, potatoes, salad, beverages and homemade pie. Carols are sung and good memories are shared of holidays past. There are homemade goodies and plenty of laughter.

Meal organizer Jessica Alward says, "We try to do this meal up right. It is really top drawer. China place settings and linen table cloths are part of how we try to make this feel like a very special Christmas dinner at home. The folks seem to love it, especially the Christmas tree in the dining room and singing carols during the fellowship hour prior to dinner. I just love hearing all the laughter in the room and seeing the smiles on people's faces."
The doors open on Christmas Day at noon for fellowship and dinner is served at 1 p.m Thosen who like to reserve a spot at the meal or volunteer to help either on Christmas Eve for prep and set up or on Christmas day to serve or cleanup can call the Alward family at 527-0152 or send them an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Dec. 20.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 11:24

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Moultonborough Burn Permits available online

MOULTONBOROUGH — Residents and Taxpayers in need of an Open-Burning permit can now obtain one 24/7 on-line. Applications for an Open-Burning permit can be made on the Town website of www.moultonboroughnh.gov.

From the home page, one should click on Departments andBoards, and then click on Fire & Emergency Services, and then click on Open-Burning Permits. People can also go to https://nhdflweb.sovsportsnet.net, fill out the required information, and print off a permit, all without leaving their home. The cost of an on-line permit is $3. The

For those who prefer they may continue to apply in person for the no cost fire permit at the Town's Public Safety Building at 1035 Whittier Highway or at Chick-A-Dee Station at 473 Whittier Highway. Commercial Permits still require an in person application to the local Fire Warden at the Town's Public Safety Buildings who will process it in accord with current practice.

The Town of Moultonborough is one of 15 cities and towns across the State chosen to participate in this trial web-based fire permitting system. The system was recently launched by the NH Division of Forests and Lands based within the Department of Resources and Economic Development. It is expected that the permit system will be launched statewide next summer. The system was created by Sovereign Sportsman Solutions based out of Tennessee. This same company handles on-line fishing and hunting licenses for the NH Fish and Game Department.

Joel Mudgett, Chairman of the Moultonborough Selectmen said, "This is but one more way in which the Town continues to expand people's access to Town services anywhere anytime. I want to thank the Town Administrator, Carter Terenzini, and Fire Chief, David Bengtson, for turning their idea of last summer into reality."

For more information, questions or comments on how you think the on-line process might be improved, you may contact the Chief David Bengtson at the Moultonborough Fire & Emergency Services Department at 603-476-5658 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Division of Forests and Lands at 603-271-2214.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:48

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Plymouth Rotary Donates to Area Community Closet

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Rotary recently invited Sarah Sutherland to their morning meeting, to speak in her capacity as a board member of the Plymouth Area Community Closet.

Sutherland explained that four critical programs are organized by the Plymouth Area Community Closet to assist local families that are struggling financially and who find themselves with unmet needs. These programs include: the Food Pantry, Meals for Many, the Financial Assistance Program (for such things as fuel purchase), and the Thrift Shop. Proceeds from Thrift Shop sales help support and fund the other three programs.

The work of the Food Pantry is of particular importance at this time of year when so many are finding it difficult to put adequate, nutritious food on the table, and the Food Pantry shelves have emptied quickly. Learning of the dire need, the Plymouth Rotary Board voted to donate $1,000 to the Food Pantry and President Kathy Kearns handed Sarah Sutherland a check to help the cause.

However, the Rotarians didn't stop there. Rotarian Moe Lafreniere, CFO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, created a Food Donation Box located at the Plymouth Common Man Inn and Restaurant (where Plymouth Rotary meets every morning at 7 a.m.. Moe urges members of the club and like-minded community members to join him in filling the box many times over. In the spirit of holiday giving and following the lead of the Common Man's initiatives to "Do Good" in the community, the Food Donation Box will be accessible in the lobby right through the holidays.

If it is more convenient, community members may also send a check of support to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire with "food support" listed in the memo. At the end of the food drive, the Plymouth Rotary will ensure that the food collected, and the monies received, will benefit those who need it most.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:41

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Lakes Region Orthopaedic Conference a Huge Success

 

LACONIA — Boasting record attendance, with participants from throughout New England, the Second Annual Practical Orthopedics for Primary Care Conference held recently in Meredith, was a huge success. Conference faculty included seven board-certified surgeons from Advanced Orthopaedics Associates, a department of Lakes Region General Hospital.

Held annually, this continuing medical education conference provides an excellent opportunity to bring together healthcare providers to further their education, and renew best patient outcomes. Conference participants, including primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and occupational and physical therapists enjoyed a dynamic and informative program, including discussion of back and knee pain, diagnosis of the arthritic hip and knee, sports related injuries and concussions, as well as tips and pearls on the assessment of shoulder and hand problems.

Participants gave the conference very high marks—expressing appreciation for the clear, concise information about recent diagnostic and treatment advancements, as well as practical tips focused on helping patients to better understand treatment options. With close to 100 attendees this year, plans are already underway for next year's conference.

Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists offers traditional and groundbreaking orthopaedic care with offices in Gilford, Franklin, Glen, New Hampton, and Meredith. For more information, visit www.advortho.org or call 528-9100.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:37

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