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Hannaford launches hunger fighting campaign

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Hannaford Supermarkets today announced the 2014 launch of Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, a charitable campaign focused on helping feed individuals who do not have access to enough nutritious food.

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger is a partnership between the supermarket and its customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to provide food and monetary donations to local pantries and regional food banks. Donations benefit the one in six Americans – 49 million people -- who are "food insecure," without consistent access to all the nutritious food they need.

"This program makes it convenient for Hannaford customers to support neighbors who are struggling," said Eric Blom, company spokesman. "At a time when the need continues to grow, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger allows people to make donations right at the supermarket and purchase food items that trigger matching donations by Hannaford."

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger has three parts:
• Hannaford Helping Hands: Customers purchase a box of food staples for $10, and choose whether to have the box delivered to the local pantry or to donate it personally. With every box purchased, customers receive a "Best of fresh" recipe book with the top dishes from 10 years of the magazine and more than $25 in coupons. Hannaford customers bought a record 92,752 Helping Hands boxes in 2013, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year.
• Register Donation: Throughout December, customers may donate money to their state food bank, in $5 increments, right at the register. Donors will receive a "Best of fresh" recipe book.
• Buy One, Give One: For four weeks, starting Nov. 16, customers can trigger Hannaford donations to food banks by purchasing a particular product on specific days. For each item purchased, Hannaford will donate an identical product to the state or regional food bank. Last year, this program generated 30,332 boxes of spaghetti, 30,977 cans of sauce and 57,095 cans of vegetables for food banks.

Each Hannaford store determines what local food pantries to support. Stores compete with one another to encourage donations, and those supermarkets with the highest level of giving receive additional cash donations from Hannaford to be contributed locally.

Since 2008, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger has contributed a total of more than $5.5 million in food, customer cash gifts and Hannaford cash donations to local food pantries and food banks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:00

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Meat raffle at American Legion Post in Laconia on Saturday will help local family

LACONIA — Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1 will hold a benefit meat raffle on Saturday, Nov. 22, starting at 1 p.m. at the Post Home, 849 North Main St., opposite the Central Fire Station.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Dan Dignan and his family. Dignan has undergone periodic hospitalization at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in recent months and is unable to work.

The raffle will offer something for everyone and there will be plenty of Thanksgiving meat packages, say organizers. This event will be open to members and guests.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:57

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Fred Moyer’s Jazz Trio playing at Brewster Academy on Saturday

WOLFEBORO — The Fred Moyer's Jazz Trio featuring Fred Moyer on piano, Peter Tillotson on bass, and Bob Savine on drums, will perform at Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall on Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Points North Financial, our 2014-2015 Season Sponsor.

In the three decades of Moyer's career he is best known as a dynamic classical pianist, playing Brahms and Rachmaninoff alongside some of the greatest orchestras in the world and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Windsor Castle, England. An Iraklion, Greece, review said of him, "It is easy to call him a 'phenomenon,' - a 'naturally talented genius.'"

Since his pre-teen days Fred has also been a passionate jazzer and in 2007 created his critically acclaimed Fred Moyer Jazz Arts Trio. In the press release for the trio's debut Fred wrote, "The Jazz Arts Trio can safely be called the only jazz trio of its kind, a unique synthesis of classical and jazz traditions that is certain to confound the genre police. They have transcribed note-for-note, recorded transcriptions of such jazz giants as Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans...they will bring to life these works that would otherwise only live on in recordings."

While Moyer was the catalyst for the Jazz Arts Trio, his two buddies of thirty years, Tillotson and Savine, have been intimately involved in the Trio's evolution, bringing their own impressive resumes to the ensemble's performances. Bassist Peter Tillotson's journey has taken him everywhere from garage bands to Lincoln Center and from Be-bop to Bluegrass. He has performed with members of the Boston Symphony, and entertainers such as Don Rickles, Steve Allen, and Suzanne Somers. His expertise in acoustic amplification has kept him busy as a technical consultant to a who's who of artists including Sheryl Crow, Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Mathews, and Paul Simon.

Drummer Bob Savine began his formal musical training at Penn State University, from where he received a B.S. in Music Education. Further studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston led him to his current position as a freelance musician in the Boston area. Savine has performed with a diverse group of singers and instrumentalists including The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Keely Smith, Sheila Jordan, Mike Metheny, David Kikoski, Herb Pomeroy, Jerry Bergonzi and many others.

Tickets are available for $20 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org. Please note WFOM's special policy: High school students with ID will be admitted free of charge. A child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:53

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Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner at Laconia Congregational Church

LACONIA — As the holidays approach, the Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC has much to celebrate in their continued mission to give back the greater community. This year, the annual tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner will be prepared in a totally renovated church kitchen. The renovation is a part of multi-phased project funded by donations from a capital campaign to make church programs more accessible. The first phase kitchen improvements were completed earlier this year, in time for the 46th Annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a beloved Laconia elementary school teacher, Hazel Duke believed all people who might otherwise be alone should have a place to share fellowship and a meal on Thanksgiving Day. Join us at the church at 69 Pleasant Street at 11:30 a.m. November 27. Those planning on attending should call the church office at 524-0668 and put their name on the list so we have an idea of many we will be serving.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:50

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