Local man to be honored for service to autistic children

LACONIA — An avid hugger at a center for children with autism is a vital part of the team. On Thursday, Nov. 20, Roger Kosits will be recognized for his contributions to the lives of New Hampshire children and families. Kosits has been a volunteer for three years at the Autism Center at Lakes Region Community Services. His significant service supports children with autism between the ages of 18 months to 5 years.

Presenting the award on Thursday at the Lakes Region Community Services, 719 Main Street, Laconia is Julie Day, Strengthening Families director at New Hampshire Children's Trust, the state's lead in preventing child abuse, and Lucy Breed. Public attending the award ceremony should arrive at 4:30 pm.

Every year, the New Hampshire Children's Trust honors an outstanding direct service volunteer with the Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Volunteer Award. The award celebrates an exceptional individual who volunteers for a New Hampshire nonprofit serving children and families.

"Roger always portrays a caring, positive, and energetic outlook and takes each set of challenges and needs of the children and their parents in stride," says Nicole M. Bushaw, who nominated Kosits for the award. Bushaw says he demonstrates an ability to work with families to make them more resilient and is supportive of parents in their willingness to try new approaches to help their child succeed.

She says, "These children often seek him out when needing comfort, recognition, or just a plain old hug."

The Lucy Fowlkes Breed Family Service Award was created in honor of Lucy Fowlkes Breed, of Hopkinton, upon her retirement from the NH Children's Trust Board of Directors. Breed has been a dedicated volunteer in advocating for children and families. She served for over 20 years as the facilitator of the New Parents Support Group at the Children's Place and Parent Education Center in Concord. Lucy was also a founding trustee on the board of the New Hampshire Children's Trust, devoting 14 years of service, 8 of them as board chair.


Christmas Fair Sat. for St. James Episcopal Church

LACONIA — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its shared space with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road.

The day will begin with homemade doughnuts and coffee and will be followed by a luncheon of homemade soups, chowders or chili with a dinner roll.

Members of the congregation have been meeting for months working on beautiful arts and crafts which will be sold at reasonable prices. Those who come yearly for wonderful deals on current books for children and adults will be pleased with the large selection.

Other items on sale will include plants, jewelry, baked goods, pickles, jams and fudge made by parishioners and new-to-you items which have been gently used and are being recycled. Raffles feature a $400 gift certificate from American Eyecare, up to $350 in heating oil or gasoline at Stafford Oil, a Quilt of Valor made by parishioners, a colorful counted cross stitch sampler of New England by Judy Farr, a collectible hand-crafted teddy bear created by Betty Lacroix of Betty's Bears, and a $100 gift certificate to Gilford Home Center.

Information on the fair may be obtained by calling Karen Vliet at 524-1693.

Holiday open house at the Loon Center

MOULTONBOROUGH — The 22nd Annual Holiday Open House at the Loon Center in Moultonborough will be held on Saturday, November 29  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun for the whole family, including hayrides, balloon animals, face-painting, warm refreshments and treats. Santa arrives at noon! Admission is free.

The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will have a Discovery Table full of interesting wildlife artifacts. Jay Hurd is back this year with his horse-drawn hayrides.  There will also be special holiday sales in The Loon's Feather Gift Shop featuring 10% off for every visitor, 20% off for members and new members.

To reach The Loon Center from Route 25 in Moultonborough turn onto Blake Road at the Moultonborough Central School. Follow Blake Road one mile to the end at Lee's Mill Road. Turn right and The Loon Center is on the left, #183. For more information call (603) 476-5666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laconia VFW hosting pub mania event on Sat.

LACONIA — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670 on Court Street will hold a Queen B pub mania benefit event this Saturday, Nov. 22, from noon to midnight.

Seven teams will be competing to raise money for Liberty House in Manchester, a homeless veterans shelter.

There will be burgers, hot dogs and french fries sold in the kitchen plus plenty of raffles and 50/50s.

Jackie Lee, Bill Noland & Matt Langley will performing live music all day.