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Business & Professional Women offering scholarship

FRANKLIN — Franklin Business and Professional Women is sponsoring the Velma Smith Dalphond Scholarship again this year. Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 24.

Through the years Franklin Business and Professional Women has continuously presented the award to a woman for use toward her education.

The scholarship is awarded to an applicant based on financial need, to a woman 25 years or older who works or lives in the Franklin BPW membership area, and who is working toward advancing her skills and career with additional education. In recent years, we have awarded a scholarship of $500.

An application can be found on the Franklin BPW website at www.bpwfranklin.org, see programs. Scroll down to the Scholarship information and click on application form. Please return applications by the May 24 deadline to Christine Dzujna, 158 Sterling Drive, Franklin, New Hampshire 03235.

The winner will be notified in June and invited to the club's June meeting.



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Youth Leadership group helps clean up Prescott Farm

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Youth Leadership students recently attended a leadership class at Prescott Farm, coordinated by Bob Ewell from the Lakes Region Rotary Club. Part of the day was spent doing some spring clean-up at the center.

Every year, for the past several years, this group consisting of 30 sophomores from five local schools including Belmont, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Moultonborough has taken part in a leadership class at Prescott Farm, then helped with spring cleaning on April 16.

"We focus on helping kids improve their leadership skills. The goal is to boost their confidence to be future leaders," said Ewell. In the morning students gathered in the Center and listened to a brief presentation by Michael Seymour, COO of Meadowbrook and former Lakes Region Youth Leadership student. Afterward, the group learned more about leadership through games, presentations and eventually headed outside where they were able to get dirty.

While outside students helped with picking up debris along the trails, spread bark mulch and woodchips around the Center, taking down sugaring equipment and collecting trash along the road and Center driveway. "This group is a big help to us and we look forward to having them here every year," stated Kimberly Drouin, director of marketing at Prescott Farm.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond.

Prescott Farm is open year-round, seven days a week from 9-4 p.m. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the "green" building.

For more information about Prescott Farm and/or volunteer opportunities please visit their website at www.prescottfarm.org.


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Autism Center’s annual Walkathon will be on May 18 in Laconia

LACONIA — With April being recognized as National Autism Awareness Month, organizers and participants are busy  preparing for the annual Autism Center Walkathon, which will be held on Sunday, May 18, in downtown Laconia.

The Walkathon begins and ends at Lakes Region Community Services in downtown Laconia, the home of the Autism Center, on Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30). LRCS's main office is located at 719 North Main St. (across from the Laconia Clinic and adjacent to the entrance of the WOW Trail). Participants walk the length of the WOW Trail then turn around and return to LRCS. The route is approximately 3.2 miles.

There is limited parking available on site, but ample parking is available on the street, in municipal lots and across from LRCS at the Laconia Clinic. Please join us and enjoy a brisk walk on a spring day for a great cause.

A unique aspect of the Walkathon is its very special group of sponsors. Every business sponsoring the Walkathon – Kara Financial, Syl Lapierre Masonry, Peanuts Auto, and Right Angle Construction, is connected to a child who has been enrolled in the Autism Center. The Region III Family Support Council, which works with Lakes Region Community Services to support individuals and families receiving services from the agency, is also an event sponsor.

Those wishing to participate can go to www.lrcs.org to register online through Eventbrite. This will let organizers who is  coming, their T-shirt size (raise at least $25 and get an official Autism Center T-shirt) and whether they will be attending the lunch following the walk.

The Region III Family Support Council is sponsoring lunch immediately following the Walkathon. There will be grilled hotdogs, snacks and soft drinks.

Walkers can also set up a charitable page through GoFundMe to be able to collect online donations. Visit the www.lrcs.org for instructions on how to set up your own page.

The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that one in 68 children are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is an increase of 30 percent since 2008.

Jennifer Doris, LRCS's Early Childhood Manager oversees the Autism Center, stresses the importance of early developmental screening and praises New Hampshire's Watch Me Grow developmental screening system.

"Developmental screening is imperative to assisting all children grow and develop as close to their expected milestones as possible," said Doris. "Parents who wish to have their child screened should visit www.watchmegrow.org for more information. Forty-four percent of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were three years old."

The Autism Center empowers parents to educate, encourage, support and advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In a natural, child-friendly environment, the Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies that they can incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives. Staff works with each family to meet its specific needs.

"One of the best parts about being involved with the Autism Center for families is not only the support they receive from staff, but the opportunity they have to connect with other families who have similar needs and experiences."

For hundreds of families living in the Lakes Region each year, the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, a program of LRCS, offers education and support to help families meet basic needs, keep children safe, and make positive connections. The Family Resource Center believes strong families lead to strong communities. Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth throughout their lifespan. At the core of LRCS' work are inclusion, acceptance, and building strengths and partnerships – whether at the individual, family or community level.

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QuickBooks workshop offered at community college

LACONIA — Charleen Smith, the owner of Support Services LLC, will be teaching a two-day basic QuickBooks I workshop on Monday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lakes Region Community College. Smith will also be teaching a two-day basic QuickBooks II workshop on Monday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

"I specialize in assisting small businesses, non-profits, and individuals in keeping track of their finances using QuickBooks, one of the most commonly used accounting software programs," says Smith, an LRCC Accounting Honors Graduate in 2010. "I am excited about the opportunity to pass my QuickBooks' knowledge along to others in the community. The best way to assist businesses is to help them understand how to set up QuickBooks to maximize efficiency."

For more information about LRCC's workshop offerings, call 524-3207. One may also call toll-free 1-800-357-2992.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 06:28

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