LRGH Nursery Guild makes donations to charities

LACONIA — Members from local charities recently accepted donation checks from the LRGH Nursery Guild. The Nursery Guild was able to donate $500 to the following: Twin Rivers Food Pantry in Tilton, St. Vincent DePaul Food Panty and Angel Fund, St. Josephs Food Pantry in Belmont, LPD Family Fund and New Beginnings, as well as $1,000 to the Santa Fund.
The LRGH Nursery Guild is a non-profit organization that exists to raise funds for women's and children's services in the Lakes Region area. These fund are raised at the semi-annual Baby/Children's Boutiques that are held each year in April and October. The Boutiques continue to raise over $10,000 each year. This allows the organization to give back to our communities and local hospitals when the need arises. Without the ongoing hard work and dedication of the members and volunteers these events would not be able to be held semi-annually.

The LRGH Nursery Guild would like to express' their sincere appreciation to the Laconia Community Center for allowing the use of their facility, the volunteers from the J. Jill company and many other members and volunteers that contribute many hours of their time over a 4 day period.

The LRGH Nursery Guild is always accepting new members, if you are interested in becoming a member, would like to volunteer at one of the boutiques call 524-3211 ext.3018 or email nursery This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speare Memorial Hospital president & CEO honored by Plymouth State University student group

PLYMOUTH — The President and CEO of Speare Memorial Hospital was honored November 5 by the Plymouth State University student group, Marketing Association of Plymouth State (MAPS). Michelle McEwen '81, was named to the MAPS Alumni Hall of Fame at the Delta Mu Delta annual awards dinner. McEwen, a resident of the Plymouth area for nearly 30 years, said she was surprised and honored to be recognized by her alma mater.

"I'm truly humbled by it," McEwen said. "I think the experiences that I got here were wonderful; I had professors had real-life experience, they could apply what we learned from a textbook to their jobs, whether it was as a tax attorney or a CPA, that really helped. The small classes were also very helpful- it was more of a dialogue than a lecture, which is a great way to learn."

McEwen, a summa sum laude graduate of Plymouth State, is a Certified Public Accountant who has lent her expertise to several local and regional boards of directors, including the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for Healthy Communities, Meredith Village Savings Bank and NH Mutual Bancorp. Previous to her leadership role at Speare Memorial Hospital, McEwen served as the Vice President for Finance at the New Hampshire Hospital Association and as manager at Ernst and Whinney, one of the world's largest accounting firms.

This was the seventh year the MAPS organization has named a PSU alumnus to their Hall of Fame at the annual Delta Mu Delta dinner, which also serves as a networking opportunity for PSU business students and alumni. Previous Hall of Fame recipients include Jason Lyon, '94, CEO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, Larry Haynes, '86, President and CEO of the Grappone Companies and Plymouth business owner Scott Biederman, '75.

Christmas Fair at Tilton-Northfield Methodist Church

TILTON — The Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church located at 400 West Main St.

There will be a coffee hour from 9-11 a.m., and lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will include corn chowder, choice of sandwiches, filled cookies for dessert, and coffee or cold drink.

The fair features tables for crafts, food and baked goods, cookie walk, white elephant items, jewelry, gift items, wreaths and Christmas decorations.


Lakeland School students collect candy for troops

MEREDITH — Lakeland School students Jayda Glines and Michele Loyer once again collected Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude for military troops. Lakeland School students are encouraged to participate in two community service projects during the school year and this seemed like a very sweet way to help.

Jayda, a fourth grader, and Michele, an eighth grader, spread the word through emails and flyers to their schoolmates. The week following Halloween, many students came in with trick or treat candy to donate. Dr. Kennel and Dr. Smith of the Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, invited youngsters to donate their candy in exchange for each pound they would get $1 in cash. The girls brought the candy to them, and once it was all weighed, they had collected 22 pounds.

Jayda and Michele received $22 and the girls chose to donate the money this year to the New Hampshire Humane Society. Through the Lakeland School Community Service Projects they have realized how important it is to help others in their community and also those serving in the military. Last year they donated $26 from the candy they collected, to the WLNH Children's Auction, and they look forward to helping those in their community throughout the years.