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Grand Exhalted Ruler to visit local Elks Lodges on Sept. 23

LACONIA — John D. Amen, the national leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, accompanied by his wife Marcia, will visit the New Hampshire State Elks and their Lodges on Tuesday, September 23.

Grand Exalted Ruler Amen, a native of Denver, Colorado, and now the highest ranking officer of this organization which has close to 1 million men and women in its ranks, is coming to New Hampshire as part of a tour through New England during the month of September.

His trip to the Granite State will include a luncheon at the Laconia Elks Lodge #876 at 1:30 pm and a reception-banquet given in his honor at the Plymouth, NH Elks #2312 which will start at 6 pm. In Plymouth,  Amen will speak on his objectives and goals for the Order. Elks from all over New Hampshire will be in attendance to meet John and his wife Marcia.

The Elks, who contribute millions of dollars in the form of philanthropic programs every year, are best noted for their work with veterans, youth and the promotion of many youth activities. Through the Elks National Foundation, the organization sponsors numerous scholarships, youth projects, drug education and awareness programs, a national "Hoop Shoot" basketball free throw contest, a youth soccer shoot off contest and assistance for children through major projects of some of the State Associations.

The Elks have ldges in 14 New Hampshire towns and cities with a statewide membership over 7,000 members. The Elks provided over 36,908 hours of volunteer help in the Granite State last year. Members and their helpers also traveled 209,774 miles in New Hampshire in conjunction with the Order's programs. The Elks total contribution to the state of New Hampshire last year amounted to $1,357,608.02

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:29

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Guys’ Night Out to hear from UPS supervisor

GILFORD — The first Guys’ Night Out program since the spring begins on Thursday, September 18 at 6 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church, located at 19 Potter Hill Road. 

Tony DeBlasie, IE Supervisor for UPS, will be talking about the UPS system that moves packages from businesses to homes. He will address how UPS has had to re-invent itself in order to accommodate the increase in online ordering and will explain how UPS manages the Christmas season with its inclimate weather.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and then the program by Mr. DeBlasie. The cost for the evening is $12. Resevations are requested before Monday, September 15. To RSVP call 524-6057 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. t. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:04

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Sanbornton Baptist Church holding benefit dinner & auction on September 20

SANBORNTON — The Second Baptist Church will hold a benefit dinner and auction in Laconia on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. to raise funds for the renovation of the 200-year-old church.

The event, which will feature antiques, gifts and certificates, will be held at the Grace Capitol Church in downtown Laconia. Tickets for this event are $25 per person. This donation will help rebuild an old church that has a heart for serving our communities. Included with this ticket is an opportunity to take home some terrific bargains and enjoy an Italian buffet-style dinner catered by Contigiani's of Laconia.

Auction items include paintings and prints, boating and fishing excursions, restaurant gift cards, pottery and baskets, furniture and tools, amusement tickets, and crafts.

Donations are greatly appreciated, say event organizers.

The Silent Auction starts at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m., with the Live Auction scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

Early ticket purchase recommended as seating is limited. Information about tickets is available by contacting Sandy Leighton at 524-5992.


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Reach Out and Read program receives donation

LACONIA — Moultonborough resident Gloria Briggs recently made a very generous donation to the Reach Out and Read program. The goal of this program is to encourage literacy from a very early age and to promote reading as a part of everyday life for all children.

Now in its 25th year nationally, the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program has seen a revival over the past five years here in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions of New Hampshire. LRGHealthcare employees and ROR program co-directors Mary Bidgood-Wilson, FNP, CNM and Karen Davis, RN work with publishers and organizations such as the United Way to purchase books at a reduced cost. Personal donations are also appreciated to ensure the continued success of the program.

Every patient, ages six months through five years, receives a brand new age-appropriate book at each Well Child visit. There are a total of seven participating practices/clinics in the area.

"I am pleased to support the Reach Out and Read program, which promotes literacy and a love of books from a very early age," explains Ms. Briggs. "This gift is a tribute to the late Bob Lappin. Bob and I have supported this program over the years and have always felt that as grandparents and members of this community the health, growth, and well-being of children in particular is so important."

More than 2,000 ROR books are distributed to LRGHealthcare pediatric patients annually. The donation from Ms. Briggs will buy 1 ½ years' worth of books for the Reach Out and Read program, and will undoubtedly motivate hundreds of children and parents to make reading an everyday practice.

For more information or to learn how you can make a donation to this program or to LRGHealthcare, contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare at 737-1042 or visit our website: www.lrgh.org.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 08:00

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