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Gilford Community Church Tree Lighting Ceremony Sunday

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church will once again offer a Christmas Tree Lighting service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. There will be carols, scripture readings, and the lighting of the outdoor Christmas Tree. There will be light refreshments afterwards.

Gilford Community Church is located at 19 Potter Hill Road in the village of Gilford.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:21

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Genesis Behavioral Health Elects New Board Members, Announces Award Recipients (668 w/ 2 three col photos Genesis Holbrook, Genesis Harris)

LACONIA — The Board of Directors of Genesis Behavioral Health welcomed two new members at its 47th Annual Meeting, held on October 22 at The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth.

The new members include Cinda Shepard of Gilford and Kim Sperry of Meredith. Ms. Shepard is employed by Wellpoint – Blue Cross of California in the Information Technology department, and is pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Plymouth State University. Ms. Sperry is the Executive Vice President of the Lakes Region Tourism Association, and brings experience in fundraising, public relations, and marketing to the Board.

Susan Stearns, Board President, said "With the addition of their leadership, we are well-prepared to meet the challenges facing the community mental health system in New Hampshire."

Genesis Behavioral Health honored two community leaders for their commitment to mental health. Each year, the Helen Holbrook Leadership and Service Award is presented to an individual who leads by example and gives of themselves to strengthen the cause of mental health in the Lakes Region. This year's recipient was Ellen Wolff, RN, MS, who serves as the Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice-President of Patient Care Services at LRGHealthcare. Ms. Wolff was instrumental in advocating for and establishing the Designated Receiving Facility at Franklin Regional Hospital and has been a partner in ensuring a continuum of care for people with mental illness.

"It's an honor to receive an award named after Helen Holbrook, one of our community's true leaders," noted Ms. Wolff, "I will continue to be a champion for mental health and look forward to a continued partnership between LRGHealthcare and Genesis Behavioral Health."

Genesis Behavioral Health also recognizes an individual who promotes increased awareness, sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of mental health issues in the Lakes Region with the Dr. George "Pete" Harris Community Service Award. This award, named after the physician who founded Genesis Behavioral Health, was presented to Deb Naro, Executive Director of CADY, Inc. and a former State Representative.

Ms. Naro is an advocate for mental health and substance abuse, and her work helps local youth make safe and healthy choices by partnering with schools, parents, youth, and communities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. "The Harris award is very meaningful and personally significant because my heart is dedicated to community," stated Ms. Naro, "I believe the most effective solutions come from the grassroots, and the award represents this ideal."

"It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with these two women, both of whom have done so much for their community and for mental health," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "Their energy, leadership, and perseverance are an asset to the Lakes Region, and our organization is fortunate to have them as advocates and friends."

Attendees participated in the last night of bidding for Genesis Behavioral Health's 3rd Annual Mental Illness Awareness Auction, which raised over $8,500 to support programs and services for people living with – and recovering from – mental illness.

"The auction isn't possible without the generosity of our community," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development & Communications, "We are grateful to Bank of New Hampshire, 98.3 LNH, WEMJ, The Hawk, Northway Bank, and The Standard for serving as sponsors for this event, to the many businesses and individuals who donated items and services, and to the bidders. We look forward to another successful auction in 2014."

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the State of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit organization, Genesis serves over 3,000 individuals each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 524-1100.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 08:56

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LRPA–TV program focuses on two local restaurants

LACONIA — Two long-time family-owned restaurants are the focus of "Lakes Region Spotlight" on LRPA-TV, Metrocast Channel 25. The new feature program is produced and hosted by Carol Granfield of Meredith and begins Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

This program spotlights two popular restaurants in the Lakes Region – Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant and Rossi's Italian Ristorante. Both have been family run – for 60 and 30 years. For a daily program schedule visit www.lrpa.org or view LRPA-TV bulletin board on channel 24. Lakes Region Spotlight is aired daily Monday through Saturday. Granfield welcomes ideas and opportunities for future shows and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 11:23

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Thomas Galante joins Bank of New Hampshire's Investment Services Team

LACONIA —  Cydney Shapleigh-Johnson, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management Services has announced that Thomas Galante has joined the Investment Services team at Bank of New Hampshire as a financial consultant.

Galante has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. His expertise has concentrated in identifying and managing risk and assisting clients with their estate plans. He joins BNH with a broad knowledge of the markets and client relationship building. As a financial consultant, Galante uses his knowledge and experience to partner with individuals, families and businesses to manage portfolio risk while developing and monitoring financial plans in accordance with the client's objectives and goals.

Galante is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he earned a BS in Economics. He is active within his community supporting youth athletics throughout Southern NH and the Seacoast region in addition to supporting various local charitable organizations. He resides in Epping, with his wife Katelyn and their three girls.

His office is located at our Gilford Village location at One Country Club road and can be reached at 527-7266.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 11:14

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