T-N Firefighter boot drive raised $2,400 for MDA

TILTON — Members of the Tilton Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #4659 raised $2,400 during the annual Fill the Boot drive to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout New Hampshire.
"For six decades, fire fighters have fueled MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases, and this year's Tilton Fill the Boot results are a perfect example of the true dedication Tilton Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #4659 has toward supporting the families we serve," said MDA Fundraising Coordinator Michele Masse. "We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who provide life-saving help that will fund research, advocate for children and adults affected by muscle disease, and rally our community to fight back."
Funds raised through 2014 Tilton-Northfield Fill the Boot event's will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support – which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Allen in Bedford, NH.
As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases.
The IAFF is a major contributing sponsor of the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, and IAFF contributions from charity baseball games and other local events help support MDA's efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million. To date the IAFF has raised $530 million for MDA.

Granite State Glass gave $10,000 to Children’s Auction

LACONIA —  Granite State Glass recently presented a $10,000 check to the 2014 NH1 Children's Auction in support of the annual five day event held every December in Laconia with the help of countless volunteers and donors who have helped turn it into a major campaign on an annual basis since 1982.

"We've supported the Children's Auction for years and this year we really wanted to take it to the next level" said David Ryan from Granite State Glass who was on hand with Drew Marcotte to present the check. "This was a great opportunity to give back to the communities who have supported GSG over the years and join so many other organizations who help make this event possible."

Local companies and volunteers support the WLNH Children's Auction by providing cash donations, sponsorships, and staff, allowing employees to serve the community at the WLNH Children's Auction during what would normally be work hours. Binnie Media, Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook, MetroCast, Franklin Savings Bank, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Bank of New Hampshire, Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, Patrick's Pub and Eatery and many other organizations contribute their priceless support.

Everything for the event is donated; phone service, trees, lights, auction items, computers, the location where the auction is held. Even the food is donated by local restaurants which provide meals for the all volunteer staff throughout the week.

Annual Art Walk in Meredith is Thursday

MEREDITH — The Meredith Village Galleries will be holding their fifth annual Art Walk on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., in partnership with The Greater Meredith Program which will be hosting a Christmas Stroll in the Village.

The Meredith Village Galleries include Gallery 51 (51 Main St.), the lakes gallery at chi-lin (17 Lake St.), Bleu Waves Gallery (38 Main St., Unit 3) and VynnArt Gallery and Art Supplies (30 Main St.).

Gallery 51 will feature original art of owner Christine Hodecker-George. Gallery 51 also features custom framing and private art instruction.

Share the Holiday Spirit with gifts from International Non-profits at the lakes gallery at chi-lin. Owner, Suzanne Lee also features fine art from several artists, custom framing and group workshops.

VynnArt Gallery is featuring more than 80 small paintings by 40 members of the Lakes Region Art Association. VynnArt also features fine art from dozens of local artists and art supplies.

Carole Keller, owner of Bleu Waves Gallery, will be celebrating her grand opening. Bleu Waves features Carole's fine art, commissions and lessons.

For questions or more information on this Holiday event please contact Vynnie Hale at 279-0557.

Local water quality activist receives Spirit of NH Volunteer Service Award

NEW HAMPTON — Janan Hays, who has devoted considerable time to water quality issues in the Meredith, New Hampton and Center Harbor area, has been honored by the State of NH with a Spirit of NH Volunteer Service award.

The announcement of Hays' selection was made by Deb Corr and Dave Reilly, cochairmen of the Waukewan and Winona Watershed Protective Association.

The Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer Service award is given annually by Volunteer NH in collaboration with the Office of the Governor. Spirit of NH awards honor outstanding contributions to volunteerism in New Hampshire that strengthen communities and improve the lives of citizens of NH.

Hays, the vice chairman of the Waukewan and Winona Watershed Protective Association, was recognized for her exemplary contributions to volunteerism and to the betterment of life in NH for her work in environmental protection and education and the numerous environmental projects she has undertaken over the past few decades. A sampling of her environmental endeavors includes spearheading, conducting and often funding environmental protection and education projects in cooperation with local and state government and agencies.

She began and continues a NHDES VLAP program for Snake River, served on a board where she worked to stop development along Snake River, helped bring a lake host program to Waukewan and continues as a volunteer lake host, developed a weed watcher program with NHDES for Waukewan, and conducts annual training sessions which she expanded to include other water bodies in the Waukewan/Winona watershed; has been an active LPC volunteer since the mid 1980s.

"It takes tremendous energy and dedication to be an environmental steward of Janan's caliber," according to Ms. Corr. "Janan has dedicated her life to the often difficult and contentious work of protecting the environment for current and future generations. We consider ourselves very lucky to have her participation in our organization" said Dave Reilly.