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Benefit Hike will aid effort to stop child trafficking

LACONIA  — A benefit hike up Mount Major will be held Sunday, May 25 to benefit LOVE146, an international non-profit that is working to bring an end to child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Participants can register and donate between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Mount Major parking lot. A suggested $25 per family tax deductible donation is welcomed according to Katrina AuCoin, who can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more more information. She says more than $1,500 was raised at last year's hike.

Rob Morris, president and co-founder of LOVE146, will be speaking Sunday at the 8:30 am. and 10:30 a.m. services at the Lakes Region Vineyard Church at 175 Mechanic Street, Lakeport.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:01

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First Annual Meredith Trash Pickup Day hosted by DAK Financial

 MEREDITH —  Volunteers took to the streets with trash bags and gloves on Saturday, May 10 for the First Annual DAK Financial Group, Trash Pickup Day.

Upwards of 50 people came together for this day of community service to take pride in our town's appearance and enjoy the company of other like minded individuals. "This was a wonderful opportunity to teach our children, our families and friends to respect our community and not to litter", said DAK Financial Group, President, David Kutcher.

Sponsored by DAK Financial Group, the event ran from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and persevered despite the looming rain..

Volunteers were treated to a delicious barbeque after the event and amazing Cider Belly donuts in the morning. In addition to an awesome showing by the Meredith Rotary Club, volunteers included many DAK clients from the area, Meredith Selectman, Hillary Seeger and State Senator Jeanie Forrester.

Organizers hope this will be the first of many years of this wonderful event.


More than 50 volunteers took part in a trash cleanup day in Meredith sponsored by DAK Financial Group. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:48

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Allen Wins Habitat for Humanity Cupcake Competition

LACONIA — LRCC Pastry and Culinary Arts Professor, LaShunda Allen of Meredith won the Second Annual Habitat for Humanity Cupcake Challenge for the Lakes Region recently.

Owning her own business, Ooo La La Creative Cakes, located right after the Meredith traffic circle, keeps her busy. When Professor Allen adds teaching Bakery Production, Baking and Pastry Technologies, and Advanced Cake Decorating classes at Canterbury Shaker Village, Allen certainly has her hands full.

"Owning my own business and teaching culinary and pastry classes at LRCC is a dream come true for me," says Professor Allen, who is in her third year of teaching at the College. "I started in the industry when I was 14 and just turned 37. It has been a great journey for me doing what I love to do, baking and teaching; I'm a pretty happy individual."

Allen met LRCC Culinary and Pastry Arts Department Coordinator, Pat Hall when she was 19 working at the Westin 5-star hotel and restaurant in Providence, RI. "Pat and I had fun times working together at the Westin," says Allen. "Patrons generally were not too, too famous there. Teaching with Pat Hall has also been great fun!"

LRCC's Culinary, Pastry Arts, and Restaurant Management programs have been extremely successful with almost 100 students at Canterbury Shaker Village, a national historic site. The Shaker Table, a student-run gourmet restaurant at the Village, is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday evenings the Shaker Table Restaurant is also open 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. For reservations, call (603) 708-1192. One may also visit LRCC's website at www.lrcc.edu.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:35

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AARP Smart Driver Course Scheduled for May 29

LACONIA — The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 30 years, the course has taught millions of drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.

The new, updated course is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. Class size is limited to 20 people. To sign up, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The nominal fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, payable the day of class. AARP members should bring their cards. There will be a break for lunch and the Woodside Café is available for dining.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:11

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