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Wolfeboro's DesMarais wins national Leadership Award

LACONIA — NeighborWorks America announced that Edith DesMarais of Wolfeboro is a recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award, an honor that this year recognizes six leaders from around the country for their outstanding contributions to their communities.

NeighborWorks America announced the honorees during its Community Leadership Institute (CLI), held this year in Sacramento, CA. A team from the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition (ELRHC) of Wolfeboro attended. The CLI is an event that strengthens the skills of local leaders and provides grants for these attendees to return home and improve their communities with the knowledge they gained.

"Edith DesMarais and all of the Dorothy Richardson award recipients have shown a commitment to transforming the lives of others," said Eileen M. Fitzgerald, CEO of NeighborWorks America. "Each of the honorees is working to strengthen the communities where they live."

DesMarais also received the President's Volunteer Service Award, created to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. For her work in affordable housing, DesMarais received an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Linda Harvey, Executive Director of Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) nominated DesMarais for the NeighborWorks award given in recognition for a Pittsburgh-based pioneer in the community-development movement. She said, "Edie embodies all the characteristics of a committed community builder who translates vision into action and successful outcomes."

Harvey explains that DesMarais spent nearly 10 years building regional support for affordable housing in Wolfeboro, including regulatory changes and the creation of ELRHC. The result is the Harriman Hill development, with 24 completed units built in Phase I and another 24 units currently under construction for Phase II. The units are preserved as permanent community assets. Prior to her remarkable achievements in housing, DesMarais provided leadership in childcare which led to the creation of the nonprofit Wolfeboro Area Children's Center for which she served as longtime founding director.

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Pitman's Marking First Year Anniversary of Comedy

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room celebrates its one year comedy anniversary with a tripleheader show Sat. Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. starring Tommy Gilmore, Jimmy Walsh and Joe Espi. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Thus far, Pitman's has seen the likes of comedy stars Kenny Rogerson, Joe Yannetty, Robbie Printz, Jim Lauletta, Brad Mastrangelo, Mike MacDonald, Artie Januario and more.

"It's really been a pleasant surprise," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell of the comedy nights. "The shows have been great and the people of the region have really supported these events. We started last November with our first comedy crowd of about 86 people. We've regularly been over 100 people frequently at 150 and once we had 202 people in here.

"We're starting our second year of comedy and look to continue to bring in great shows," added Mitchell. "We lost our October comedy show and some music events due to the fire, but we're not going to let anyone or anything stop us from bringing quality shows to Laconia."

The Nov. 16 show features Tommy Gilmore, who has worked the nation's top clubs, appearing in Las Vegas and working cruise lines as well as having been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, Comedy on the Road. He has performed with the likes of Lewis Black, Steven Wright, Louis Anderson, Dennis Miller, Robert Klein, and more of the top names in the business.

Along with Gilmore will be Jimmy Walsh, a Boston based comic that has worked up and down the east coast at major clubs from Caribou, Maine to Miami, Fla. He has worked with such well known figures as Lewis Black, Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live, Pam Stone, Stephen Wright, Jonathan Katz and Lenny Clarke. He has also hosted the Boston leg of "Next Big Comedy Star Search."

Opening the night will be Joe Espi, a regional favorite who has appeared in comedy festivals as well as the Comedy Connections, Kowloon, and other top clubs in New England.

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Cub Scout Pack 242 collects 663 Food Items

 

GILMANTON —  Thanks to the generosity of the community and the hard work of members of Cub Scout Pack 242 and their families, Pack 242 collected 663 nonperishable food items Nov. 9 as part of the Scouting for Food program.

Scouts around the state hung signs on doors November 2 which promised they would return November 9 to pick up nonperishable food items. As part of the Good Turn project, this year's "Scouting for Food" effort will benefit more than 150 food pantries, kitchens and closets throughout New Hampshire.

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Historical Society and Mill Society Co-host Rebecca Rule Visit

 

LACONIA — Laconia Historical and Museum Society and the Belknap Mill Society have received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to present Rebecca Rule - "That Reminds Me of a Story" which will be presented on Tuesday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. at The Belknap Mill.

Rule will lead a discussion as part of the "Write Your Family History at the Belknap Mill" series coordinated by the two groups. Rule tells and gathers stories in New England, especially New Hampshire. Her books include "The Best Revenge: Short Stories", "Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies", and a new book "Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire".

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Space is limited so pre-register if possible by calling The Belknap Mill at 524-8813.

 

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