Congresswoman visits Veterans Home to pass out ‘Holiday Cards for Heroes’

TILTON — Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) delivered student-made holiday cards to residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton as a way of thanking them for their service to our country. Kuster delivered the cards as part of her second annual "Holiday Cards for Heroes" Drive; through this program, Kuster partners with local schools to help New Hampshire students make holiday cards for New Hampshire veterans.

"I was so honored to get a chance to visit the New Hampshire Veterans Home, where I handed out lovely holiday cards made by local New Hampshire students and visited with the courageous veterans who reside there. Our veterans sacrificed so much to protect the rest of us, and I'm happy to have the opportunity to give a small token of our appreciation back to them," said Kuster. "I'm proud that so many students helped spread holiday cheer to these men and women who bravely served our country. During the holidays, it is inspirational to see our young people showing such generosity of spirit, and commitment to honoring our state's veterans."

Over the past few weeks, the students made holiday cards to honor New Hampshire veterans. Congresswoman Kuster recently stopped by schools in Nashua and Concord to visit classes and encourage students that participated in the program.

The daughter of a WWII veteran, Congresswoman Kuster currently serves on the U.S. House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Lakes Region Realtors give more than $4,000 to local food pantries & charities


LACONIA — Lakes Region Realtors distributed food plus more than $4,000 in cash this past week to help area food pantries, churches and service organizations feed hungry children and adults during the holidays.

"This donation comes at a time of great need, when demand intensifies and our resources are taxed," said Susan Colby, executive director of Bristol Community Services. "We're very grateful to realtors who are committed beyond the purchase and sale of a home."
The 2014 holiday food drive continues the Lakes Region Board of Realtors decade-long commitment to the fight against local hunger. This year, it's food and fundraising effort has set an all-time Board record in cash and food donations to organizations striving to keep pace with an ever growing demand for food among the region's poor, said Paula Hinckley, co-chair of LRBR's Community Service Committee, which is spearheading the drive on behalf of the entire organization.
"With more than 50 million Americans now living in poverty and millions of households, according to published reports, attempting to survive on incomes of no more than $2 per person a day, there is much to be done to continually meet the challenge of hunger in the communities we serve," Hinckley said.
Food pantries, churches or service organizations in LRBR's service areas of Carroll, Belknap and Grafton counties received canned and packaged foods plus cash to be used primarily for the purchase of perishable food items, such as turkeys and vegetables, according to Randy Hilman, Realtor and fellow LRBR Committee member.
"Hunger in America, like homelessness, is painfully real," Hilman said. " Our food pantries are reporting that usage is increasing across our area and that recipients include single adults, senior citizens and families with children.
"While we cannot solve the larger issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness here at home, we intend in our small way to contribute food during the holiday season to the real men, women and children in our midst who are hungry."
Added Colby: "As a professional group promoting the dream of homeownership, its members also have compassion for those who struggle to meet their basic daily needs."
LRBR is the local governing body of the New Hampshire and National Associations of Realtors. It has more than 800 active Realtors and affiliate members. The Board, through its committee system, supports broad-based community activities and programs, such as the annual food drive.

UNH professor to give multimedia tour of Spain at Rey Center on Jan. 16

WATERVILLE VALLEY — A multimedia tour of Spain will be given by a UNH Spanish professor on Friday, Jan, 16, at 7 p.m. as part of the Rey Center Winter Lecture Series.

 "Spain: A Magical Mystery Tour" will feature John Chaston, an associate professor of Spanish at the University of New Hampshire, as he takes the audience on a magical mystery tour of Spain through video, pictures, music and commentary.

Chaston's presentation will include insights into the life, history, fiestas, art, architecture, music, sports and cuisine (pictures and a few recipes only, unfortunately no samples) of this wondrous country. Attendees will learn about some of the wonders, legends, and characters of Spain from the beginning of its history to the present day.

Chaston currently teaches linguistics and culture and is the director of the UNH Study Abroad to Granada, Spain program. He has spent a significant time in Spain including four semesters (1995, 2001, 2006, 2010) as resident director of the semester long UNH-Granada program.

The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series are free, but donations help support the Rey Center's art, science and nature education programs. All lectures are held in the center's Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square.

The 2014-15 Winter Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Lisa Reid.

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Family Resource Center offering several parenting courses this winter

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire is offering a wide variety of parenting programs this winter for parents of children of all ages.

Most classes are held in the early evenings and are offered free of charge, with free dinner and childcare available at the center located at 719 North Main St. Advance registration is requested for each program as space is limited. Assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval.

Parenting classes beginning in January include:

-- Active Parenting of Teens (six weeks) which offers parents the guidance and support needed to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth, covering topics such as respectful discipline, clear, honest communication, preventing risky behavior and bullying. 

-- Tenant 101 (four weeks) supporting individuals in overcoming negative landlord references and learning to be the best tenant they can be.

-- Cooperative Co-Parenting (four weeks) for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households, covering topics such as positive communication, reducing and resolving conflict, and negotiating agreements.

-- Understanding Children's Growth & Development: A Nurturing Skills Module (six weeks) focuses on understanding the stages of growth and development and on establishing nurturing routines. This class will be available during daytime and evening hours.

-- Transforming Stress...Simple Steps, Not Always Easy (four weeks) guiding participants in ways to reduce the physiological impacts of stress and slow the busy mind. This daytime class will be held at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center.

Further information about these courses can be obtained by calling Tricia Tousignant at Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or visit the center's website at and review the Schedule of Current Parent Education Programs at the Family Resource Center page.

Attendance certificates will be provided at all parenting programs sponsored by the LRCS Family Resource Center.