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Dancing with Lakes Region Stars Event Set for March 8

LACONIA — Laura Brusseau and Ashley May Halsey are back at it again.

These two local young women founded Dancing with the Lakes Region Stars Charity Event in 2010 as a way to pay for Inter-Lakes High School students to travel to Denver, CO to participate in a Habitat for Humanity trip. The event raised enough money to send the students free of charge to partake in a life changing volunteer opportunity. Now, four years later,it is a staple event in the Lakes Region that residents look forward to each and every year.

Brusseau and Halsey explain themselves as just two young women wanting to make a difference in the community.

This year seven local professionals were chosen and paired up with a professional dancer. Each pair will be dancing for a Lakes Region Charity that is near and dear to their hearts. The winner of the event will receive 50% of the shows proceeds to his/her charity. The other six dancers will divvy up the remaining 50% for their charities.

This year's event will be held Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium.

Dancers will include:

1. James Abreau, local community volunteer ,with Erica Kloetz, owner of Stages Dance Academy of Laconia, dancing for the WLNH Children's Auction Fund.

2. Bryan Halperin, Executive Director of the Winnipeasaukee Playhouse, with Trista Patten, dance teacher at Stages Dance Academy of Laconia,  dancing for the Winnipesaukee Playhouse Scholarship Fund.

3. Krista Marrs, Editor of the Laconia Citizen, with Christy Dunn, owner of Broadway North in Belmont, dancing for the Laconia Santa Fund.

4. Gina McGuire, local author and educator, with Shelvy Parke, professional dancer out of Meredith dancing for the NH Humane Society

5. Kyril Mitchell of Bank of New Hampshire with Kelsey Piper, pProfessional from the Plymouth State Dance Team, dancing for Hands Across the Table

6. Meghan Noyes, Plymouth Police Officer, with Suzanna Derynioski,professional from the Plymouth State Dance Team, dancing for Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center

7. Kerri Parker , Town Clerk of Meredith, with Jessica White, professional dancer from Lakes Region Dance, dancing for the American Cancer Society NH Branch.

Tickets for the anticipated sell out event will begin in mid-February. Tickets are $15 each and 100% of the show proceeds will go to the seven charities. Also, new this year, community members that bring in a nonperishable canned good will be entered into a drawing to win a one night stay at Mills Falls! Canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry in honor of the Mix 94.1 FM's Cash and Canned Food Drive Program.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:06

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Meredith 250th Committee to hold public meeting

MEREDITH — The Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee will hold a public brain storming session on January 25 from 1-3 p.m, at the Wicwas Grange at 150 Meredith Center Road in Meredith. The purpose of the meeting is to get public input and ideas for the celebration that is being planned for 2018.

The 250th Meredith Anniversary Committee has been meeting since August 2013. Its membership includes nearly 20 Meredith residents, including members representing a variety of local civic and non-profit organizations. The committee is being facilitated by the Greater Meredith Program's Promotions Committee.

Everyone is invited to attend and share their suggestions for the planning of Meredith's anniversary celebration.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. . For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities,  call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:00

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Chili cook off to benefit N.H. Humane Society is Sunday at Lobster Pound

LACONIA — The Sunday before Super Bowl marks the day Weirs Beach Lobster Pound hosts the Annual Chili Cook off, this year slated for Sunday January 26 beginning at noon.

Anyone with a penchant for fire and heat and a willingness to sample many chili offerings, is invited to join the festivities. Admission fee is $10 per person, children under 12 may sample for free, at this family friendly venue.

The official judging panel comprising of Laconia's fire chief Ken Erickson, police chief Chris Adams and the new mayor, Ed Engler, will  award bragging rights to the restaurant fielding the meanest chili in the Lakes Region. Adams, returning judge on the official panel reported. "it's not all law and order in the Lakes Region. My department and I, are very supportive of the mission of the local animal shelter - we are a department of animal lovers, and we all love chili".

Engler also commented "long have the reporters at Laconia Daily Sun covered stories from the Humane Society, I am thrilled to join the panel since this event is for such a worthy charity, near and dear to my heart".

Live entertainment with Paul Warnick and saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz ,will keep the crowds musically limber. All who participate in the chili cook off will be able to purchase tickets for the restaurant raffles and the 50/50 raffle. Awards and raffle drawing will be held 4 p.m.

Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, owned by brothers Rich and Mike Ray, and managed by Bob Wilson, are strong animal advocates and  supporters of the New Hampshire Humane Society. Their own Ambassadog, the beautiful Madison, serves to remind all the importance of stewardship of those who cannot speak for themselves. In support of the local animal shelter, 100 percent of the event proceeds will be gifted to the Laconia based animal welfare agency.

Shelter spokesperson Marylee Gorham said "we are so grateful to the Lobster Pound, many restaurants who have stepped up to the challenge this year, and the judges who agreed to lend their support. Knowing we have so many friends in the community inspires our staff, volunteers and supporters to do the very best they can every day, enriching the lives of the animals we are pledged to care for until adoption."

For more information about the event call Weirs Beach Lobster Pound at 366-2255 or check either www.wblp.com or www.nhhumane.org.


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Laconia Adult Education Offers New Training Opportunity In Energy Healing - REIKI

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering REIKI healing classes in March. In its simplest terms, REIKI is a natural, gentle, non-invasive healing method.

The instructor, Carol Wallace, is a certified REIKI Master Teacher and has a private practice in Alton Bay. She has extensive experience providing one-on-one client counseling, using the REIKI healing process and teaching all levels of REIKI.

A free Reiki Clinic: Learn & Experience Reiki Benefits Demonstration will be offered on Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Laconia High School. Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 to register.

REIKI Level I Training will be held for one week on Monday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. REIKI Level II Training will be held for one week starting Monday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 for tuition information and to register.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 09:34

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