Meredith Bay Colony Club donates 8 wheelchairs to A Light for Zimbabwe

MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club donated eight wheelchairs and other items of durable medical equipment to A Light for Zimbabwe who will transport and distribute these badly needed items to Africa where healthcare is primitive and modern equipment is scarce. 

A Light for Zimbabwe (ALFZ) is a nonprofit organization that operates out of Wolfeboro Falls. Since it started in 2007, ALFZ, in cooperation with other organizations and churches in New England, has sent eight shipping containers filled with medical and school supplies to Zimbabwe and is now filling another. Its items are distributed in multiple communities, always with representatives of ALFZ present. Sue Happenstall, a registered nurse from Loudon, the Founder and President of ALFZ spends 3 to 4 months in Zimbabwe each year at her own expense to assure responsible use of the equipment.

ALFZ also funds primary and secondary education to orphans. Children are often orphaned due to AIDS, malaria, call her rear, and malnutrition ALC is currently sponsoring 64 children, providing them not only school supplies but also required school tuition and fees uniforms and food. One of the first students ALC sponsored has just graduated from college.

Irwin Auto hosting event on Wednesday to showcase the 2015 Camry

LACONIA — A special event, showcasing the new 2015 Toyota Camry, will be held at the Irwin Automotive Group's Bisson Avenue location on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event will give people a chance to see the many features of the redesigned 2015 Camry. In addition there will be food and prizes.

The 2015 Camry has new features both inside and outside the vehicle. There are many new safety features as well.

All are welcome to this special event. Irwin's is requesting those who are planning to attend to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-581-2935.

Lakes Region Tourism Association scholarship given to LRCC student

LACONIA — The Mel Borrin Lakes Region Tourism Association (LRTA) Scholarship was received by Heidi Follansbee during the LRTA's Annual Business Meeting recently.

"I was honored to be recommended by Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Business Management Professor, Max Brown, and thankful to the Borrin family for their hospitality at the LRTA event," says Follansbee. "I am thankful for their investment in my future education as I pursue my higher business degree. Being a non-traditional student, I am also thankful to have my children and husband supporting me, not only that evening, but throughout my pursuit of further education."

The Mel Borrin award is named after an extremely influential Lakes Region entrepreneur who built a substantial real estate business with his wife, Tina Borrin, that operated throughout the Lakes Region and central New Hampshire.

Follansbee, President of LRCC's Phi Beta Lambda chapter, is graduating from LRCC with a double major in Business Management and Accounting and presently holds an impressive 3.96 grade point average. Her intention is to continue for the Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management at Plymouth State University.

The LRTA Mildred A. Beach Scholarship was awarded to LRCC Culinary Arts Honor Student, Marguerite Kennish the same evening. Kennish was the first LRCC student to compete in the National SkillsUSA Culinary Arts Competition in Kansas City, MO. She achieved a 10th place finish out of the top 50 Culinary Arts post- secondary students in America.

Stand Up Laconia to host substance misues forum on Thursday

LACONIA — In the wake of three recent drug overdose deaths in the city and fatal car crash, allegedly related to substance abuse, an organization of local religious leaders and other local groups are planning a public forum for Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:15 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School to discuss the problem.

The Greater Laconia Ministerial Association (an interfaith regional clergy group) feels passionately about raising awareness about this problem and bringing hope to all those affected. The association believes the first step for all of us is to acknowledge that it is a problem, learn about it, and then do something about it.

The event's organizers point out that the Laconia Police Department reports a total of eight substance related deaths this year alone.

The Greater Laconia Ministerial Association is partnering with Stand Up Laconia (a substance misuse prevention coalition), The Laconia Middle School, JAG (Jobs for Americas Graduates) to host an informational presentation about substance misuse in our community and what we each can do to help. The Laconia Police Department, Laconia School District and Stand Up Laconia will be the presenters for the evening.

The event will take place in the Laconia Middle School cafeteria.

More information can be obtained by calling the Rev. Paula Gile (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524-0668).