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Kuster in Plymouth today to discuss efforts to end homelessness with local veterans, advocates

PLYMOUTH — Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will meet with local veterans and advocates to discuss homelessness and other issues facing retired service members during a visit to the Bridge House Shelter today at 11 a.m.

Kuster, a member of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee, will provide an overview of efforts currently underway in Congress and within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to end veteran homelessness. She will also seek input and feedback from local veterans and other roundtable participants, including officials from the Bridge House, who will discuss the agency's inclusive service model, among other topics.

The Bridge House, which serves veterans and civilians alike and their families, originally opened in 1989, licensed to serve eight people. Since then, the agency has relocated to its current Highland Avenue location, which often serves as many as 30 people and features a range of counseling, job training and parenting program, among others.

Cathy Bentwood, the agency's director, is also working with other local leaders to develop Soldier On New Hampshire, the state's first permanent housing community, which could house up to 50 formerly homeless veterans.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 08:32

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Christian musicians to perform at benefit concert in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH —  Moultonborough United Methodist Church is hosting a monthly fundraiser concert series featuring some of New England's most talented Christian musicians. The series "Wake The Lake" is a monthly fundraiser concert series with different groups performing each month. All of these events are free admission, and will have a free-will offering to be taken to raise money to complete the modernization of the church sanctuary's audio/visual systems.

For the month of August the church will be hosting a Family Fun Evening on Saturday, August 24, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Moultonborough Lions Club featuring three New Hampshire-based bands and a magician from The Dialogue Church in Manchester.

The Ossipee Mountain Boys,  a Country/Bluegrass Band from Moultonborough, will open followed by Cryin' Shame which will be taking the stage at 5:30 p.m, they are a Christian Rock Band based out of Raymond, and recently performed at Rock The Park in Ashland. The final band is Delivered, another Christian Rock Band based out of Laconia.

There will also be a BBQ and family oriented activities for everyone in attendance. 

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 08:23

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Laconia Adult Ed offering nursing program prerequisite courses

LACONIA — Laconia Academy, the adult evening high school diploma program, will be offering high school level Chemistry with a Lab, Algebra I, Algebra II/Accuplacer/Assistments.org and Human Biology with a Lab courses beginning the week of August 26-August 29. These courses are required pre-requisites for anyone desiring to enter a nursing program.

"In the Lakes Region area the interest and need is very high for people wanting to enter the nursing or health care related professions," explained Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director. The Laconia Adult Education Program. 

The New Hampshire State Nursing Program requires a High School level Chemistry with a Lab, Algebra I, and Human Biology with a Lab as entrance level courses for those people going into the nursing profession. It is also recommended that future nurses who have been out of high school for six years or more, take a refresher course in these subjects. There is a shortage of nurses in New Hampshire and these classes meet the entrance requirements for people wishing to become an RN or LPN. These required courses are also necessary for anyone desiring to become a Radiology Technician or going into Dental Hygiene.

Laconia Academy will be offering these classes over a fifteen week period. Algebra I meets on Tuesday evenings and Human Biology & Lab meets on Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Algebra II/Accuplacer/Assistments.org meets on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m. The Chemistry with a Lab class will meet two nights per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. Each class is worth one high school credit.

Pre-registration is required in all three classes. Anyone interested in enrolling or obtaining more information should contact the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 08:12

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Photographers to exhibit at the VynnArt Gallery (180)

MEREDITH — Tamworth photographers Mike Porter and Susan Brewer will display their works at the VynnArt Gallery located at 30 Main Street in Meredith, on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. A meet the artists reception will be held on Saturday from 2-5 p.m.

The show will include some of their favorite works and will feature several large pieces printed on aluminum that give the photographs wonderful luminosity and an almost three dimensional appearance.

It was photography that brought the pair together. Susan was the owner of a Cafe in Marblehead, MA and showcased local art on the Café walls, changing the work out on a monthly basis. Mike, a captain at the Marblehead Fire Department, had his first show at the Café and he was an inspiration for Susan to get reacquainted with the camera, and better acquainted with him. The couple splits their time between Tamworth and Marblehead and are grateful to call two areas so rich in natural beauty, home.

They have both since won multiple awards for their work. Their photos include enticing images of landscapes and wildlife, shot using High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography as well as more traditional methods.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 08:05

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