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Inter-Lakes Honor Society Offers Turkey Plunge Challenge

MEREDITH — "Giving back to the community to help others....that's what this challenge is all about" said Inter-Lakes High School senior and Honor Society member Spencer Perreault.

Ms Perreault is referring to a challenge the I-L National Honor Society chapter has issued to other Lakes Region High School Honor Societies to join I-L members for the Ninth Annual Turkey Plunge. The Plunge takes place on Saturday November 23 at the Opechee Cove Beach just north of downtown Laconia starting at 11a.m.

Plungers, whether individuals or teams in costume, are invited to raise pledges of support from family, friends and co-workers for the "privilege" of running into Lake Opechee with all proceeds going directly to the Lakes Region Salvation Army.

The local Salvation Army runs numerous programs to benefit the more needy in the Lakes Region including a food pantry, free lunch program, counseling services, fuel assistance and the Belknap County's only homeless shelter, the Carey House. The Plunge is open to the public who are encouraged to join in the family fun event by cheering their favorites on. Following the Plunge,a luncheon will be held in the adjacent Laconia Middle School's Cafeteria where a delicious menu of soups, chowders and chili plus desserts and beverages will be available to Plungers and members of the general public. Plungers eat for free while guests are asked to make a $5 donation to the Salvation Army.

Topping off the post-Plunge luncheon will be a raffle drawing for gift cards generously donated by area restaurants, entertainment venues and retailers. All luncheon attendees are automatically entered into the multiple drawings.

For more information about registering for the Plunge, making an on-line donation to support a Plunger or being a food/services/goods gift card donor, contact the Salvation Army at 524-1834 or go to the Plunge website at www.saturkeyplunge.org.

"I hope every high school honor society in our area will rise to this challenge and join us for this very worthwhile and fun event. Come out November 23 and show your spirit" concluded Ms. Perreault.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:22

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AutoServ Hosting AARP Smart Driver Course (83)

TILTON — AutoServ Dealerships in Tilton is hosting the "Smart Driver Course" which is the new AARP Safety Driving Course.

The one day 6-hour course will be held Monday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a lunch break so participants are welcome to buy lunch in the AutoServ café located at the dealership or bring their own lunch.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Membership card is needed that day.

Call Carolyn at 729-1120 to register or for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:13

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DAK offers Jack-o-lantern BBQ

MEREDITH — DAK Financial invites people to stop in while out trick-or-treating for a complimentary Jack-O-Lantern BBQ on October 31 from 5-7 p.m.

DAK is located on Rte 3 in Meredith (next to Cumberland Farms).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:48

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Lakes Region Community Services Receives Statewide Management Award

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is proud to announce that the agency has received the 2013 Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award. LRCS Executive Director Christine Santaniello accepted the award on September 20, at the Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit.

This award is given annually by The Corporate Fund in tribute to Walter J. Dunfey, New Hampshire business leader and philanthropist. Walter J. Dunfey was a successful entrepreneur and business executive, a co-founder and director of Dunfey Hotels (now known as Omni International Hotels) and subsequently The Dunfey Group.

The Corporate Fund 'Dunfey Award' in partnership with the NH Charitable Foundation recognizes that management in the nonprofit sector is among the most demanding and most important work in our society. Often, effective management within the nonprofit community goes unrecognized. This 'Excellence in Management' award is presented for outstanding management skill and talent within the nonprofit sector.

"The Corporate Fund Nonprofit Management Award applications were very impressive," said speaker Cameron Tease of Markem-Imaje, who presented the award. "It was difficult to make a decision among the distinguished list of nonprofits. The winners stood apart for their excellence. LRCS really impressed the judges with its nimble and innovative work in job development, its depth of commitment to those it serves, its success in selling tax credits to 37 area businesses for its relocation, its caring management practices for a staff of 350 and the effective leadership all around."

Upon reflecting on this honor, Santaniello commented that the dedication and hard work of all agency employees have played a role in achieving this recognition.

"I am extremely proud of the work of all of the LRCS employees," said Santaniello. "As I have said on more than one occasion, everyone associated with the organization contributes their piece to the whole. No one person is solely responsible for the success or trials of the organization. So while I accepted the award on behalf of the organization, it is a tribute to everyone who plays a role in supporting the families and individuals we serve. I am very proud of this organization and who we are."

As a recipient of this award, LRCS also receives and unrestricted award of $3,500. The agency's Board of Directors has decided that these funds will go to the LRCS Employee Assistance Fund in honor of the employees that made this possible.

Lakes Region Community Services is a private nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders and their families.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 07:09

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