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Area Businesses Recognized for Employment Leadership

LACONIA — New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation recently announced the 2013 Employment Leadership Award (ELA) recipients.

Sodexo PSU, which partners with Lakes Region Community Services and Plymouth State University to offer an internship for individuals with disabilities, was named a Top 10 Employer. All Top 10 businesses were honored for making recruiting, hiring and retaining people with disabilities a top priority. The awards ceremony was held in October, commemorating National Disability Employment Awareness month. The ELA Awards program also recognized a number of nominees from throughout the state, including Café Déjà Vu in Laconia.

In the summer of 2012, LRCS Associate Director Laurie Vachon approached Sodexo PSU General Manager Chris Mongeon to establish an internship program for adults with disabilities interested in food-related businesses. Four interns – Haley, James, Ann and Jeremiah, were selected and began training that September. The 15-week ceremony concluded with a graduation ceremony. Sodexo's ongoing commitment to the interns is evident as three of the four were offered jobs. STRIDE graduates have been working between 15 and 25 hours a week. The first STRIDE program was so successful that Sodexo and LRCS are offering another 15-week internship program currently in progress.

Brenda Dupont purchased Café Déjà Vu on Court Street from her mother, Barbara, in October of 1997. Twenty-two years ago, Barbara interviewed Clyde Trask for a position and although he had little to no restaurant experience, his gentle personality and motivation convinced her to take a chance. When Dupont  purchased the restaurant six years later, she was happy to keep Clyde on her team. He was initially hired as a bus boy and did not have any employment supports from LRCS at that time, so Barbara and her team trained and encouraged him themselves.

Clyde developed into an exceptional employee. He is always on time or early. He has been the head dishwasher for years. His responsibilities include training new dishwashers. He continues to flourish in other aspects of his life as well. He maintains his home, manages his affairs and has many friends. Frequent patrons ask about Clyde if they don't see him at work. Except for Brenda, Clyde is now the longest serving employee at Café Déjà Vu.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 08:41

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Gilford Celtics Bus Trip on March 1

GILFORD — The Gilford and Belmont Parks and Recreation Departments are co-sponsoring a bus trip to Boston to see the Celtics take on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

The cost of the trip is $90 per person and includes round trip motor coach from Gilford or Belmont and tickets to the game. The deluxe motor coach will depart from Gilford High School at 5 p.m. and the Belmont Park & Rideshare (Route 106) at 5:15 p.m. Participants will have time to visit the pro-shop and get dinner prior to the game.

The seats are in section #303 rows 11-13 for the 8 p.m. game. Seats are limited; a registration form must be completed accompanied by payment and tickets are non-refundable.

For registration forms or for more information contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation at 527-4722 as well as on their website at www.gilfordrec.com Belmont Parks & Recreation at www.belmontnh.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 09:53

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Gilford Rotary Aids Typhoon Haiyan Relief with Sheltebox Donation


GILFORD — Members of Gilford Rotary have donated $1,000 to provide a Shelterbox to aid in disaster relief following the typhoon in the Philippines.

International disaster relief organization, Shelterbox, is working in the Philippines following what meteorologists are calling the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. The charity has provided humanitarian assistance following more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries.

Shelterbox instantly responds to typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and other disasters or conflict by delivering emergency shelter and other humanitarian supplies. Each green Shelterbox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filter, among other tools for survival.


Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 09:45

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Interlakes Summer Theatre Offering Christmas Fun for All Ages

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre helps kick off the Holiday Season with two shows this year. For grown-ups and their families "A Broadway Christmas Carol" is a hilarious version of the traditional Dickens story using parodies of well known Broadway show tunes.

This musical production will feature Interlakes favorites Thom Caska, Mikey LoBalsalmo, and Corey Scheys and will be directed by Mary Kate Burke, all of NYC. Performances are on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m.  at the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium at One Laker Lane in Meredith All tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 1-888-245-6374 or online at interlakestheatre.com. or at the door.

For younger theatre audiences and their families, the Interlakes Children's Theatre will present "A Charlie Brown Christmas" featuring local teens and tweens Emma Scott of Chocorua, Skylar Alexander of Grafton, Kellee Gilcreast, Tyler Winsor, Michelle Winsor, Joey Marra of Moultonboro, Kelli Goewy, Ruby Preisendorfer of Sandwich, Robbi Sassan, Kayla Sassan, Juliana Salamanca, Noah Salamanca of Meredith.

All tickets for Charlie Brown are $8. Performances will be Friday, December 6 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. at the ILHS Community Auditorium at One Laker Lane in Meredith. There will be a craft session for kids 1/2 before the shows and punch and cookies with the cast after the shows. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-888-245-6374 or at interlakestheatre.com or at the door.

Gift certificates for theatre tickets to summer theatre productions (single tickets or season/flex passes) are available now and can be ordered over the phone, online or at the theatre on December 5,6,7.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 09:40

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