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Central N.H. VNA & Hospice offering 7-week bereavement support groups

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering 7-week Bereavement Support Groups in two locations beginning in July 2014.

One group will meet in Laconia on Mondays (early evening) and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Tuesdays at (early eveing). Each group consists of a series of 1½ hour meetings held each week for 7 weeks.

Support Groups give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads we all share when going through grief.

Pre-registration is required / The support group is offered free of charge. To register for the group or for more information, call or email James Miller, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, to schedule an appointment. Phone: 603-524-8444 x 2390 / 603-569-2729 x 256, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Squam Lakes Association Holds First Adventure Ecology Outing on Squam

HOLDERNESS — Join the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) on Friday, June 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for the first Adventure Ecology trip of the summer. The SLA's Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson, along with Conservation Intern Emily Gross, will lead participants on a morning paddle for a discussion of aquatic ecology and the impacts of invasive aquatic species.

"Aquatic plants play an important role in lake ecology," says Hanson. "We'll discuss various aquatic species during this upcoming excursion. We'll also keep an eye out for invasive species."

Participants will learn to identify various aquatic plants common to Squam, and will learn what a healthy lake ecosystem looks like. At the end of the adventure, participants will also be able to continue as Weed Watcher volunteers in Squam. Weed Watchers are part of the first line of defense against invasive species infestations. By observing the plant growth around the lake, they can detect new growths of invasive species. The Squam Lakes already have areas with the invasive variable milfoil, but no other invasive plants have been identified.

"The Weed Watcher program is critical to keeping other invasives from establishing themselves on Squam," Hanson explains. "Weed Watchers also help to identify new infestation of variable milfoil that are not yet on our radar."

Participation is free but limited to eight. A boat rental is included. Call or email to reserve a spot. (603-968-7336; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

The SLA will offer a number of other guided Adventure Ecology trips on Fridays throughout the summer. Visit the SLA website to learn more: squamlakes.org.



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Plymouth Congregational UCC Installs the Rev. Paulo Gustavo França as Pastor

PLYMOUTH — The Rev. Paulo Gustavo França will be installed as pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), one of the oldest continuously active Christian communities in Central New Hampshire, on Sunday June 15 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rev. França was the first Protestant Christian in his family. After graduating from Pharmacy School in Rio de Janeiro, Rev. França embarked on a journey of discernment that led him to the United States to pursue a Master's in Divinity at the Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He also completed a Master's in Theology at the same institution.

In 2000, Rev. França joined a group of "promising young pastors" as a Pastoral Resident at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois where he served as a Lily Fellow. Thereafter he served churches large and small in places as diverse as Copacabana, Brazil, Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT and Cleveland Heights, OH. It was during his time in Ohio that Rev. França aligned himself with the more progressive, inclusive and social justice oriented United Church of Christ (UCC).

Rev. França is committed to an inclusive, welcoming, mission oriented and Spirit-filled church. He is passionate about social justice, human rights and a theology that affirms God's extravagant love for all creation. He has sought to work in churches that seek to enlarge their understanding of the sacramental essence of life and that are willing to blur the boundaries between the sacred and the secular to minister to all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation or social status.

Excited about the long history and ministries of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and looking forward to the possibilities the future has for his congregation, Rev. Paulo Gustavo França invites all to join him and his Open and Affirming congregation in worship on Sundays. Services are held at 9:30 a.m. at the white Meeting House located on the commons.


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Gilford middle schoolers honored as ‘Scholar Leaders’

GILFORD — Kaya Beland and Matthew McDonough, students at Gilford Middle School were honored at the Fifteenth Annual Scholar Leader Awards Banquet held at the Center of New Hampshire Manchester on May 29.

The students were presented with an award whose criteria included demonstrating academic initiative and scholarship, providing service to classmates and school, exemplifying positive attitudes and demonstrating leadership in the classroom and school.

Over three hundred seventy-five guests, including students, educators, and parents attended this year's banquet, which celebrated the achievements of middle school leveled students who are representative of the many outstanding young adolescents in middle level schools in New Hampshire. The guests included seventy eight students from thirty-nine schools from all over the state.

The Middle School Level Leaders Award is organized annually by the New Hampshire Association for Middle Level Education (NHAMLE) and New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) with supporting sponsorship from Lifetouch National School Studios.

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