Central N.H. VNA & Hospice holding Tree of Memories celebrations on Dec. 13

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will hold its annual Tree of Memories celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 13 in five towns throughout the Lakes Region.

Ceremonies will occur simultaneously at 11 a.m. at Huggins Hospital Medical Arts Lobby in Wolfeboro, Moulton Farm in Meredith, Main Street Building in Ossipee, and the town halls in Wakefield and Alton. Everyone is welcome to attend.

This event provides an opportunity for family, friends and neighbors to remember a loved one by placing an inscribed porcelain dove, a symbol of serenity, peace and tranquility on a lit tree. At each celebration, the names of those being remembered will be read aloud and prayers will be offered.

Hundreds of doves are requested each year. Proceeds from the Tree of Memories are used to improve the quality of life for people who are served by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice.

The hospice philosophy recognizes that the dying process is a part of the normal process of living and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care and the promotion of a supportive community, individuals and their families discover that though sorrow lingers, love is stronger.

To purchase a dove in the name of a loved one or friend, contact Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice at 603-524-8444 or visit our website www.centralvna.org. Organizers urge that to ensure that a requested dove will be ready for the ceremony, the request should be made by Dec. 8.

Winni Players holding auditions for production of All My Sons

MEREDITH — Each February since 2005, the Winni Players Community Theater has produced a classic American drama and this year is no exception. On Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m., they will be holding open auditions for Arthur Miller's play, All My Sons.

All My Sons is based upon a true story, which Arthur Miller's then mother-in-law pointed out in an Ohio newspaper. The news story described how in 1941–43 the Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use. The story of defective engines had reached investigators working for Sen. Harry Truman's congressional investigative board after several Wright aircraft assembly workers informed on the company; they would later testify under oath before Congress.

The production will be directed by Neil Pankhurst and produced by Dana Gardner and Doreen Sheppard. There are parts for four adult women, five adult men, and one young boy. The production will be performed on February 5-8 and rehearsals will be held on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings beginning after Thanksgiving.

Character descriptions, audition sides, more information are available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org/auditions.html.

7th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Race & Walk in Gilford

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center will be holding its 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race and Family Walk on Thursday, November 27. The race will begin at 8:45 a.m. for walkers and 9 a.m. to for runners. The course will go through Gilford Village.

The GYC encourages runners of all ages. Runners will be timed, and results will be posted on our website and on coolrunning.com on the same day as the race. Along with the "Overall Times", times will be posted for age brackets: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, and 60 and Over.

The course is a registered 5K course, and is considered flat and fast. It is ideal for both runners and walkers. Pets on leashes and children in strollers are welcome.

Cost of registration is $24 per person or $65 per family (up to five people). Turkey Trot long-sleeve shirts are also available online for $12/shirt. For more information contact Scott at 524-6978.

Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan meeting on Friday


BRISTOL — The Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will begin the process of updating its 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan when it meets on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Bristol Town Office building, 230 Lake St., starting at 1:30 p.m. Residents of Bristol and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and offer ideas.

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests, will focus on the natural and manmade hazards that pose a risk to Bristol, as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well-being of town residents.

Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Bristol will be determined as a result of this process. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Bristol one step closer to that goal.

Those who wish to have more information may call Chief Steve Yannuzzi, Bristol Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director at 744-2632 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.