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Gilmanton Food Pantry Walk on Oct. 5

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry's annual Pantry Walk will be held on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. Participants will gather at the Smith Meeting House and will walk from there to the Gilmanton Community Church in the Iron Works.

During the walk, walkers pick up trash on the side of the road. At the end of the walk, pledged food may be dropped off at the Pantry and a spaghetti supper will be provided to all walkers free of charge. For non-walkers there is a $5 donation.

People and/or organization wishing to participate in the walk may obtain a pledge form from Beth Lavin by calling 267-1934 or by picking one up at the Pantry during regular hours. Correspondence and/or monetary donations should be mailed to Gilmanton Food Pantry, Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237. Our physical location remains the same at 1817 NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, N. H. Parking and entrance to the Shop and Pantry is available at the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:14

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Fund raiser at Fratello's on Monday to support Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


LACONIA -- Fratello's restaurant in Lakeport is hosting a fund-raising event the evening of Monday, Sept.2, to help a local woman who is working to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

Patrons who come to the restaurant between 4 and 9 p.m. will have half of their food bill donated to benefit a fund-raiser for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that typically affects the lungs.

The money raised on Sept. 2 will help local resident Brooke Swanson participate the first annual Northern New England Chapter Xtreme Hike Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis, a fund-raising challenge. Swanson needs to raise at least $1,500 in order to participate in the three-day hike later in September.

Swanson, a hair stylist at LiSachas Beauty Shop in Gilford, became active in programs promoted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because two of her friends have a daughter who has been dealing with the disease since the girl was 18 months old.

Swanson hopes to be part of Team Haileys Heroes in upcoming walk and working to ensure that her team is represented at the top of Mount Washington. She plans to walk along with the girl's great aunt and about 12 other hikers to complete a 10-mile loop along trails in the White Mountains on Sept. 12-14.

Donations can be made directly thru the CF Foundations websites searching for Team Haileys Hereos or Brooke Swanson or by the link http://bit.ly/Udaa1e

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:05

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7th Annual Circle Triathlon is Sunday in Ashland

ASHLAND — Circle Program's 7th Annual Circle Triathlon is taking place this Sunday, August 31 at the host sponsor site of Riveredge Marina in Ashland. Check in time begins any time after 6:45 a.m. the day of the race, or between 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 30. 

Echoing the long-standing mission of the Circle Program, the Circle Triathlon promotes an opportunity for competitors to demonstrate "...the Skills, Courage, and Confidence to Tri." Making the event possible, The Common Man is the Event Sponsor alongside many other local supporters, including the Founding Sponsor, Sippican Partners.

The Circle Triathlon is a unique athletic event in that it offers three levels of competition, individual or team relay-style, and families and friends are encouraged to compete together. All are welcome to join the fun with individuals competing in a race on their own or joining together in on a tri-team where each member completes a separate leg of the race. The Circle Triathlon spans the ages and ability levels and includes an adaptive division! The goal of the event is to promote fitness and sportsmanship for all while introducing people to the triathlon sport.

Youth and beginners are encouraged to start with the Rattlesnake Race; intermediate level athletes will try the Mt. Morgan and the more comfortable athletes will tackle the Mt. Chocorua Race -- the most difficult level of the three. Maps may be found on the Circle Triathlon website. Visit www.circletriathlon.org for more info and to register. 

Proceeds from the race will provide financial support and scholarships for the girls participating in the Circle Program. The Circle Program is a non-profit organization (www.circleprogram.org ) which provides new opportunities for New Hampshire's disadvantaged girls to develop the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. The Circle Program offers girls a unique combination of adult and peer support imparted through a residential summer camp experience and a year-round mentoring program. Girls learn to develop their potential and character by learning leadership skills, team-building and communication skills as they build positive relationships with peers and adults. Not unlike the goals of any tri-athlete, Circle girls join the Circle Program to find their personal best.

For more information about the Circle Triathlon, call the Circle Program office at (603) 536-4244 or e-mail Circle's Special Events Coordinator, Brooke Wakefield at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:55

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Alan MacRae to address Lakes Region Camera Club

MEREDITH — On Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. local photographer Alan MacRae will present a program on 'Lighting and Photography' to the Lakes Region Camera Club located at The Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith. 

While MacRae is best known for his project Portraits of Laconia - a photographic salute to residents of Laconia and surrounding towns who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, he is a talented portrait photographer in studio or on location, and also photographs local events.

As all photographers know, photography is really all about light. LRCC members will take away more knowledge about how to use and manage light in a variety of shooting situations. For more information and samples of MacRae's work, visit his website at http://alanmacrae.photography.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:44

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