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St. Baldrick’s wins best overall for Gilford Old Home Day parade

GILFORD — The annual Gilford Old Home Day celebration was held Saturday, August 23 and the weather was beautiful. Annual activities included the parade, entertainers, woodsman competition, pie-eating contest, egg toss, band concert, community dance and fireworks! The parade award winners were as follows:

Grand Prize, Best Overall – St. Baldrick's
Neighborhood Floats – 1st Place to Gilford Public Library, 2nd Place to Street Car Company and 3rd Place to Lake Shore Park
Commercial Floats – 1st Place to Bank of NH, 2nd Place to Franklin Savings Bank and 3rd Place to Belknap County Snowmobilers
Mini Floats – 1st Place to Gilford Robotics, 2nd Place to Lakes Region Chordsmen and 3rd Place to The Thurston's
Neighborhood Marchers – 1st Place to Up With People
Antique Vehicles – 1st Place to Hayden McLaughlin, 2nd Place to Kelly White and 3rd Place to Knights of Columbus
Other Vehicles – 1st Place to Piches, 2nd Place to Laconia Ice Arena
Oxen – 1st Place to Ron Salanitro and 2nd Place to Kathy Salanitro

The Parks and Recreation Department would  like to offer a special thanks to all the people who have worked so hard to make Gilford Old Home Day a success. A special thank you to the Old Home Day Committee for their tireless effort and time, the Gunstock Nordic Association for their assistance with the day before prep and the morning after clean-up, the Bank of New Hampshire for their sponsorship of Paul Warnick and Friends, Franklin Savings Bank for their the King Chrome Band, Shaw's Supermarket for their sponsorship of our annual Pie-Eating Contest and all the Town Departments for their assistance throughout the event.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:41

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Info session for prospective Girl Scouts on Monday night

MOULTONBOROUGH — An information session about the Girls Scouts will take place on Monday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moultonborough Recreation Center, located at 10 Holland St.

The session will be an opportunity for girls between the ages of 5 and 17 to learn about programs and sign up for the Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains offers more than 100 programs for girls. Registration is $30 a year. Through Girl Scouting, girls discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. They have a blast, make friends, and have new and exciting experiences in the pre-eminent leadership development program for girls in the U.S.

Information presenters will also describe how adults can volunteer for Girl Scout programs. Volunteers receive training and learn marketable skills, make new friends and make a difference in girls' lives. See www.girlscoutsgwm.org and click on Volunteer to see the many opportunities available.

It is possible to register online by going to girlscouts.org/join or calling 888-474-9686. More information about the Sept. 8 information sessions or Girl Scouting in general can also be obtained by calling Celeste at 707-9049 or Christine at 856-4533. 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:33

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Quesadillas in ‘Savor the Season’ tent this afternoon

LACONIA — The local produce season is in full swing, offering so many great options for vegetarian meals. This week in the Savor the Season tent we will have Rachael Burklund from Laconia Village Bakery demonstrating how to make two fabulous quesadillas. One will have black trumpet mushrooms, onion, and local goat cheddar, while the other will feature zucchini, eggplant, tomato, basil and local goat feta cheese.

Quesadillas are a great quick meal, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you can stuff them with just about anything. Rachael will be there from 3:30-4:30, so be sure to stop by for a sample and to learn more about how to make these simple but delicious entrees. Next week we'll have Brenda Carey from the UNH Cooperative Extension Service, sharing some of the great menu items she teaches folks to prepare during the Cooking Matters program.

On September 18, Elizabeth White RD, LD, CLC from LRGHealthcare will be sharing healthy recipes and answering your questions about diet, nutrition and health. It has been a great time in the Savor the Season tent this summer, thanks to so many local chefs and others who have shared their time and talents.

Savor the Season is sponsored by the Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN), thanks to a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and support from the Laconia Main Street Marketplace. For more information about LRFN, visit www.lrfn.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:29

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12th Annual Brenda’s Ride raised $10,000

LACONIA — Sixteen-year breast cancer survivor Brenda Ganong recently hosted the 12th Annual Brenda's Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time. The day was a huge success, raising $10,000 to benefit Oncology patients at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Brenda's Ride started in 2003 with just 35 participants and has continued to grow over the years. Nearly a hundred motorcycles convened at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound the morning of August 2, setting off for a ride to Waterville Valley. Lead by Alton and Gilford Police Department volunteers, the convoy arrived back at the Lobster Pound mid-day for a cookout, raffles, and live music courtesy of Matt Langley and band AXIS.

"We were thrilled with the great support from our generous sponsors, all of the bikers who came for this year's ride, and those friends who stopped by for the cookout and afternoon festivities. I am also incredibly thankful to the Lobster Pound and our amazing team of volunteers," explains event founder/planner Brenda Ganong. "Brenda's Ride continues to thrive, and knowing that we're helping patients right here in our own community is very rewarding."

Proceeds from Brenda's Ride are used to assist Oncology patients in a number of ways, to help lighten the financial burden during an already very tough time. Funds have been designated to: help with co-pays for ports (necessary to be put in so they can receive their drugs); assist with co-pays for prosthetics; and to purchase gas cards and cab vouchers to get patients to appointments. In one case a recliner was purchased for one terminally-ill patient who could no longer sleep in a bed.

Brenda's Ride welcomed several high-level supporters including $1,000 Gold Sponsor Winner's Circle Auto Sales; $500 Silver Sponsors Brady Companies, Electrical Concepts, Fire & Iron Station 138, Looney Bin, Nick, Roche Realty, and The Tamposi Family. In-kind donors included the band AXIS, Binnie Media, Body Covers, Crown Design, D'Andrea Foods, Gilbert Block, Great Eastern Radio, Laconia Harley-Davidson, Northeast Communications, Reinhart-Agar (Brad Preston), South Shore Quality Meats, Tylergraphics, Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, 1350AM Radio, and our local police departments (Alton & Gilford). Support also came from Shirt Sponsors, auction donations, and many businesses generously donated goods and services to the event.

"The staff and patients at LRGHealthcare are deeply grateful to Brenda and John Ganong and all of their friends and family who continue to make each Brenda's Ride such a success," states LRGHealthcare Vice President of Clinical Services Marge Kerns. "The folks at the Lobster Pound always go above and beyond for this event. Brenda has the most bighearted friends and LRGHealthcare is very fortunate to be the beneficiary and a part of this great day," says Kerns.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:57

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