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Fogarty scholarship established for children & grandchildren of employees at N.H. Veterans Home

LACONIA — The family of Daniel Charles "Chuck" Fogarty of Laconia, who died on July 12, 2013, at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, has transferred all the memorial gifts received in his honor to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation to set up a permanent fund in his memory that will support scholarships for the children and grandchildren of employees of the home.

Mr. Fogarty's widow, Natalie, explained, "My husband was a resident at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, for almost two years. He was affectionately known as 'Coach' by most staff members because of his football coaching experience. His love of sports was apparent, but his military experience and education contributed in large part to the fullness of his life. He always placed great value on education. For this reason, and as a way of recognizing the staff of the New Hampshire Veterans Home for the skilled and loving care given to New Hampshire Veterans, our family has established this scholarship fund for the children and grandchildren of active employees of the New Hampshire Veterans Home."

Veterans Home Commandant Margaret "Peggy" LaBrecque extended her appreciation on behalf of the staff saying, "I feel everyone at the Veterans Home strives to fulfill the spirit of our motto, 'Still serving those who served'."

Scholarship Foundation President, Paulette Loughlin said, "We have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Fogarty when he served as donor representative for the Laconia Rotary Club. We know first-hand his commitment to helping students fulfill their educational and career goals and we are pleased to administer this ongoing fund in his honor."

Memorial donations may be forwarded to the Fogarty Fund at LRSF, PO Box 7312, Gilford NH 03247-7312.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:07

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Irwin Automotive to Collect Boots, Gloves, and Hats for Salvation Army

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive looks to help the less fortunate and brighten their winter by hosting a boot, glove, and hat drive to benefit the Salvation Army and the local community. Boots, hats, and mittens enable children to dive into the snow, build a fort and make a snow angel. Both Irwin locations at 59 Bisson Ave and 446 Union Ave in Laconia will have specified drop off containers for these donations from December 9 through Monday, December 23.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive says, "It always important go give back to the community and help in any way that you can, but the holidays in particular make us think of others and how important it is to be warm and safe. Your support is crucial in helping many who often lack comfort during these winter months. The holidays are much happier when everyone is safe and warm, so drop off your donations of all different sizes.''

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:54

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Tilton Updating Hazard Mitigation Plan

TILTON — The Tilton Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee has begun the process of updating its 2008 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and man-made hazards that put Tilton at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.

The committee will have its next meeting on December 13, at the Tilton Town Hall, 250 Main Street starting at 10 a.m. Residents of Tilton and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances.

For more information call Chief Robert Cormier, Tilton Police Chief and Emergency Management Director at 286-8207 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:50

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Lakes Region Food Pantry to Hold Open House on December 14

MOULTONBOROUGH — The members of the Board of Directors of the Lakes Region Food Pantry (LRFP) would like to invite the general public, as well as all donors and volunteers, to a special Open House to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 marking  its first anniversary.

LRFP opened its doors on December 17, 2012 and is located at 61 Whittier Highway in Moultonborough next door to Galaxy Gym and Stephens Landscaping.

The Thrift Store located upstairs above the food pantry will be open during the Open House.  All items for sale in the Thrift Store were donated and every dollar raised by the Thrift Store is used to support the Food Pantry.

The Thrift Store is also open during all hours that the Lakes Region Food Pantry is open for clients. The general public is welcome to shop in the Thrift Store on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays and from 4-6 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items and items to be sold in the Thrift Store are also accepted during these hours.

Over the past year, 250 different families in need living throughout the Lakes Region have accessed the food pantry for non-perishable canned and boxed foods, household items, frozen foods, and dairy products. Individuals or groups interested in donating food and household items to Lakes Region Food Pantry should contact Executive Director Amy Norton by calling 603-986-0357.

The Lakes Region Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are charitable donations as per the IRS. Anyone interested in making a monetary donation to support the food pantry can write a check payable to Lakes Region Food Pantry and mail it to: Lakes Region Food Pantry, PO Box 1132, Moultonborough, NH 03254.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:47

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