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Cross-country ski lessons offered at Bolduc Park

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be offering four weeks of Cross Country Ski Lessons at Bolduc Park this winter. Lessons begin on Saturday, January 10, and will continue through January 31 (in the event a day is cancelled because of poor weather, it will be made up the week(s) following January 31). Lessons begin at 10:00 a.m. and rental skis may be picked up at 9:00 a.m. at Piche's Ski Shop!

Registration forms are available at the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department, Bolduc Park and Piche's Ski Shop. Mail, fax or drop off your registrations directly to Piche's Ski Shop.

Cost: $70.00 per person includes rental equipment, $40.00 per person if you have your own equipment.

If you have any questions, contact Bob or Pat Bolduc at 524-2068.

The Gilford and Belmont Parks and Recreation Departments are co-sponsoring a Bus Trip to Boston to see the Celtics take on the Chicago Bulls on Friday, January 16. Cost of the trip is $123 for lower level Loge seats and $93.00 upper level balcony seats and includes round trip motor coach from Gilford or Belmont and tickets to the game. A deluxe motor coach will depart from Gilford High School at 5 p.m.  and the Belmont Park & Rideshare (Route 106) at 5:15 p.m.

Participants will have time to visit the pro-shop and dinner on their own prior to the game. Seats are in section #5 (Loge) and 303 (Balcony) for the 7:30 p.m. game. Seats are limited; a registration form must be completed accompanied by payment and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722 or visit their website at www.gilfordrec.com .

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 10:50

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Leadership Lakes Region donates to Care Closet at Laconia Middle School

LACONIA —The Leadership Lakes Region group recently conducted its annual Social Issues Day. This is one of eight program days conducted throughout the year for a class of area professionals in a variety of subject areas. In anticipation of the day designed to foster a better understanding of the social issues impacting the Lakes Region, this year's class of 23 was asked to bring in donations for the Laconia Middle School's Care Closet.

Run by school nurse, Kerriann Reynolds, the Care Closet is a confidential place where students from families struggling economically can get basic supplies, personal hygiene items, clothing and other day to day essentials. Leadership Lakes Region first learned of the existence of the Care Closet when the then Middle School Principal briefed the Leadership Class of 2012 on its purpose and the struggles that a lot of his students had to deal with to get ready for school each day. Class member Rosa Michaud, an employee of Bank of New Hampshire, was especially moved by the Principal's description. Ms. Michaud then spoke to her fellow classmates and encouraged them to bring some much needed items to the next Leadership Lakes Region meeting for delivery to the Middle School Care Closet. Thus was born a connection between a school staff working hard to meet its students' basic needs outside of the classroom and a leadership class willing to pitch in.

Each year since, the Leadership Lakes Region class has purchased items from Nurse Reynolds' Needs List and brought them to the Care Closet. Ms. Michaud has also continued the new tradition by placing collection bins at local Bank of New Hampshire offices so other bank employees can donate. When asked to describe the purpose of the Care Closet, Nurse Reynolds stated "The Middle School Care Closet supports students to perform at their fullest potential by providing access to items that meet their basic needs. This enables the students to focus on academic success."

Any member of the public or civic group can also donate to the Middle School Care Closet. Simply contact Nurse Kerriann Reynolds at (603) 524-4632 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and a copy of the current Needs List.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 11:09

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Two local projects get funding from wetlands protection program

 

Two projects in central New Hampshire are among 10 statewide which will share more than $1 million in wetlands protection grants, the state Department of Environmental Services has announced.

The local projects which will receive the funds are:

-- $64,236 for the protection of 27.44 acres of land and one mile of shoreline on Lake Wicwas in Meredith. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and Lake Wicwas Association will permanently protect four separate parcels in the northeast part of the lake. The parcels protected include four potential vernal pools, an island, and the largest marsh area (12.5 acres) within the lake that provides habitat for the only nesting loon pair.

-- $197,707 to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust to permanently protect approximately 86 acres of land located on Guinea Ridge Road in Gilmanton. The parcel is located within the focus area of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) and will protect approximately 21 acres of wetlands and 65 acres of upland along a significant wetland and perennial stream resource located in the BRCC Focus Area.

The funds come from the Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation -- or ARM -- Program.  The fund is a mitigation option for certain projects impacting wetlands which are unable to provide other forms of mitigation. An ARM Fund Site Selection Committee is charged with identifying proposals to be funded by selecting high priority projects that most effectively compensate for the loss of functions and values from the projects that paid into the Fund. According to the law, the projects determined to be appropriate for receipt of ARM Fund monies are subject to approval by the Army Corps of Engineers and the NH Wetlands Council.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:41

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Tire sales at Irwin Automotive raised $1,157 for Children’s Auction

LACONIA —  The Irwin Automotive Group is committed to making a difference in the Great Lakes Region community. Last month the Irwin Automotive group set out to raise money for the WLNH Children Auction by donating $1 for every tire that was sold. With the help and support from Irwin Automotive group customers who purchased new tires for the often treacherous winter driving conditions in the Lakes Region, we were able to raise $1,157 for this great cause.

The NH1 Children's Auction on WLNH began as the simplest of ideas, and WOW what a journey this has been. The phenomenal growth due to the many people that have contributed to this worthy event has created many challenges along the way. Far from simple has been the challenge of how to distribute the funds that you the citizens of the Greater Lakes Region have invested in this annual event. The Irwin Automotive group is looking forward to supporting this great cause next year.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:35

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