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Charles P. 'Chick' Vuzvunis, 87

LACONIA — Charles "Chick" Paris Vusvunis, 87, of 59 Cottonwood Avenue died at Lakes Region General Hospital on Monday, April 21, 2014 surrounded by his family.

Mr. Vusvunis was born September 3, 1926 in Worcester, Mass., the son of the late Paris and Marianne (Alexiou) Vusvunis.

Mr. Vusvunis served in the U. S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific onboard the USS Bunker Hill. He was a longtime resident of Laconia and was owner of the Bluebird Motel.

Mr. Vusvunis was a member of the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church. He loved gardening and birds.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-three years, Arlia "Nancy" (Prouty) Vusvunis, of Laconia; a son, Peter Vusvunis, of Hempstead, New York; two daughters, Cheryl Gunnerson of Gilford and Lisa St. Laurent and her husband, Thomas, of Center Sandwich; two grandchildren, Diane Liakas of Gilford and Michael Gunnerson of Northwood; four great grandchildren and a niece, Marianne Morrissey, of Lynn, Mass.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.

A Greek Orthodox liturgy will be conducted at Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, 811 North Main Street, Laconia, N.H. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, N.H.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Bank of New Hampshire helps to teach children to save

LACONIA — On April 11th the Bank of New Hampshire partnered with many local elementary schools to celebrate the 18th annual Teach Children to Save Day. More than 100 local youths will explored the value of money and learn the difference between needs and wants with the help of hand puppets Dime the Alligator and Nicole the Owl.

The Bank of New Hampshire recognizes the importance of teaching children to save at an early age. In addition to participating in Teach Children to Save Day, Bank of New Hampshire has recently launched an I Love Saving club for kids with an account for children age 13 and younger. This new account matches the first five dollars deposited, provides a piggy bank at account opening, allows the kids to pick a toy from a treasure box each time they make a deposit, rewards kids with a quarterly gift for bringing in their good report card and includes a quarterly newsletter mailed to all members with fun activities and tips for saving.

Established by the American Bankers Association in 1997, Teach Children to Save has reached more than six million young people through the commitment of 134,200 bank volunteers.

"Being financially literate is one of the most important skills a young person can develop," said Karen Wilson, VP – CRA Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. "Through this program we can motivate students and instill positive habits at a young age, creating a community of lifelong savers."

Bank of New Hampshire offers the following tips for money-savvy parents raising money-smart kids. These tips include: setting the example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscientious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents' personal finance habits. Talk openly about money with your kids. Communicate your values and experiences with money. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them – even the tough ones. Explain the difference between needs and wants, the value of saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so.

Parents are also encouraged to open a savings account for their children and take them with to the bank make deposits, so they can learn how to be hands-on in their money management. It is also important to let friends and family know about the child's savings goal, as they will be more likely to give cash for special occasions, which means more trips to the bank.

The American Bankers Association provides financial education programs and resources that help bankers make their communities better. The association's signature programs, Teach Children to Save and Get Smart About Credit, bring bankers and students together to increase financial literacy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:54

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Gilford Officer Named K9 Handler of the Year

GILFORD — The Working Dog Foundation held its annual dinner last week in Portsmouth to recognize the hard work of the Police K9 teams that receive their training and certification through the program. Every year the Foundation, through its committee, chooses a K9 team that has gone above and beyond for their efforts while training and their performance while on duty.

This year's recipient of that award was Gilford Police K9 Officer Adam Vansteensburg and his K9 partner IKE. This is Vansteensburgs second year as a K9 handler and he trains with some very skilled and experienced teams from around the State of New Hampshire as well as Maine.

The Gilford Police Department is both proud and excited for the award and feels that it is a true representation of our K9 team.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:49

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Local Authors will be at Book Signing at Innisfree

MEREDITH — Innisfree Bookshop at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith is pleased to be hosting a local author signing event. Lisa Olech and K.D. Mason will be appearing on Saturday May 3,  from 2-4 p.m. All are welcome to attend and meet the authors.

K.D. Mason, having recently released his fifth book, Evil Intentions, will be signing all of his releases Harbor Ice, Changing Tides, Dangerous Shoals and Killer Run in his popular Jack Beale Mystery Series. He is now working on his sixth book in the series, as yet untitled, and is scheduled for release in November 2014.
A lifelong runner and sailor, K.D. Mason lives on the New Hampshire seacoast with his wife of over 40 years and two cats. Retired from a lifetime of working in the restaurant business, he now weaves compelling tales of mystery, romance and suspense set on the NH Seacoast. Years of sailing in the Caribbean and New England as well as hanging out with an active running community have given him a wealth of story ideas. This summer, audio versions will become available starting with Harbor Ice.

Living and working in the Lakes Region, Lisa Olech is one of our own. Her debut novel is Picture Me Naked. This author/artist loves writing fun and steamy contemporary and historical romance. She believes in ghosts, silver linings, and the power of a man in a tuxedo. Picture Me Naked is the first in her five-book Stoddard School of Art series.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:45

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