Gilford Village Candlelight Stroll events on December 13 are open to all

GILFORD — All are invited to Gilford Village on Saturday, December 13th, from 5:00-7:00 pm for the third Candlelight Stroll. Hundreds of candles will light the street from the Library and along Belknap Mountain Road from the 1857 Grange to the 1838 Rowe House.

The road will be closed to traffic with plenty of free parking in the elementary school parking lot behind the Rowe House and in the Library, Youth Center/Church parking lots.

The Stroll is free and open to all. Relax and enjoy a stroll, enjoy listening to carolers, enjoy s'mores by a bonfire, enjoy the activities offered at the Library and at the three historical buildings, and enjoy a horse and wagon ride.

At the Library there will be line dancing and young people will have the opportunity to make a holiday ornament. The Library and the Rowe House, at each ends of the stroll, are where visitors may choose to take a horse and wagon ride.

The next stop could be either the Store or the Grange. The historical 1836 Village Store (which is still run as a store) will be offering refreshments.

Across the street, visit the 1857 Grange Building. In the kitchen you may enjoy a warm cookie. In the Store Area there are many items depicting its origins as the Morrill Store. There is also an old-fashioned printing press, come and learn how newspapers and pamphlets were printed. Visit the Homestead Room and see how a family could live in a one room home when they first settled in a new area before they built a larger home.

Stop at the 1834 Meetinghouse (once a church) to warm up, admire the tree and perhaps partake of a cup of hot mulled cider. There are many museum items to look at, such as quill pens and school slates, old dolls. There will be a choral group entertaining from 5:00-6:00 pm, and carolers shortly afterward.

Across the street at the Village Field there will be a big bonfire where you may make s'mores. Some homes along the way are participating, be surprised as you stroll.

Finish off the Stroll with a visit to the 1838 Rowe House and enjoy some hot mulled cider in the kitchen. Its four rooms are fully furnished as a farm house would have been, with an icebox, butter churns and molds, glass milk bottles, rope bed, fireplaces, soap stone to warm the bed, and many other items that may bring back memories of grandparents homes. Your young ones may be amazed at how families lived in the 1800's and even into the 1940's. They may even appreciate our modern life more fully
In the parlor from 5:00-6:00 pm. young visitors may enjoy making a candy cane ornament. From 6:00-7:00 pm enjoy listening to some holiday music as sung by one of our local artists.

Special holiday programming for LRPA

LACONIA — Lakes Region Public Access is adding special holiday programs to its schedule, including the Laconia Holiday Parade.

Laconia City Councilor Bob Hamel and real estate broker Nancy LeRoy, both board members and volunteers at LRPA Television, are ready for special and signature holiday productions. The Saturday, Nov. 29, the Laconia Holiday Parade, featuring commentary by LeRoy with Pat Kelly of NH1 - WLNH, will be videotaped and available on LRPA-TV
(MetroCast Channel 25) and on demand at [1].

The Laconia parade, organized by the Downtown Laconia Main Street Initiative and the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to step off at 1 p.m. from Wyatt Park.

LRPA-TV will cablecast and videostream the 39th Children's Christmas Auction Dec. 9-13 daily, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., allowing everyone to view, bid and support one of the most important efforts for children in Lakes Region communities.
Participation for more than a decade has grown each year from the community television station, supporting the auction founded by Warren Bailey in 1982.

LRPA encourages the public to visit www.lrpa.prg [2] for holiday programming, including seasonal concerts throughout December and [3] for complete auction information.


Urgent care medical facility to open at Belknap Mall

BELMONT — ClearChoiceMD continues its expansion in New Hampshire when its open its third Urgent Care center in New Hampshire at its new state of the art facility at 96 Daniel Webster Highway in Belmont on Monday, December 1.

The Belmont location, near the Belknap Mall, is the third of four locations ClearChoiceMD is introducing to New Hampshire. The Portsmouth facility opened in October and the Lebanon center opened in November. The other location, in Keene, is scheduled to open later this month.

ClearChoiceMD, owned and operated by physicians, currently has four locations in Vermont (Berlin, St. Albans, Rutland, Brattleboro) and is also planning new facilities in South Burlington, VT and Scarborough, ME.

ClearChoiceMD treats urgent, non-life-threatening medical needs – from cold, flus, fevers, rashes, aches, pains and backaches to minor burns and cuts to simple broken bones - in a timely fashion and is open seven days a week, 12 hours a day. The average time from check-in to checkout is expected to be less than an hour. Appointments are not necessary.

All insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.  Self-pay visits are a flat $100, while X-rays, lab work or a procedure like stitches would be an additional $25-50.

ClearChoiceMD centers offer expert, affordable treatment for a wide range of medical needs in a facility equipped with X-ray capabilities, laboratory and pharmacy. Urgent Care centers help alleviate the burden on emergency room departments and offer patients care when their primary care physician in not immediately available. Urgent Care also offers many services which a doctor’s office may not provide like X-ray, stitches, IV fluids and IV medications.

“Emergency rooms are becoming overcrowded with patients who, through no fault of their own, either don’t have a primary care physician or can’t get in to see their PCP for an acute visit. The end result for the patient is a very costly and inconvenient trip to the Emergency Room,” ClearChoiceMD owner Dr. Marcus Hampers said.

Irwin Auto gives 100 turkeys to St. Vincent de Paul pantry

LACONIA — With Thanksgiving right around the corner there are many families in the Lakes Region who need a little extra help around the holidays therefore, Irwin Automotive Group, of 59 Bisson Avenue, donated 100 turkeys to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Staying true to Irwin's interest in being involved in the community, the donation of turkey's for Thanksgiving has become an annual tradition. The food pantry has a goal of receiving 800 turkeys in order to meet the demand this year. St Vincent DePaul is asking the Lakes Region community to show their support to their fellow neighbors. They are very thankful for Irwin's annual participation, and Irwin is "proud to be on the noble list of donors to such a worthy cause that directly impacts and supports the community," says, Chris Irwin Vice President of the Irwin Automotive Group. The Irwin Automotive Group stands behind the community not only during holiday times, but is a true supporter throughout the year.