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Geneology Archiving Workshop at Wolfeboro Library

WOLFEBORO — Keith Simpson of YourArchivist.com will present a Digital Archiving Seminar at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m.

The program, sponsored by the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group and the library, is free and open to all.

Technological advances in the last ten years have made it possible for anyone to rescue and share priceless photographic, printed, and written family records at little expense. This seminar will include information on the technology and various methods that can be used to preserve their family documents and photos.

Simpson has been a software specialist for over thirty years and for more than ten years has specialized in web applications. He started YourArchivist.com, a digital archiving service, a year ago.

Deborah Shagoury, Dee Ide and Virginia Burke began the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group in 2011. Currently the group presents free workshops at the Wolfeboro Public Library on a monthly basis.

For more information call Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:01

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New Program Patriot Resilient Leader forming to Support Veterans

LACONIA — A group of local military veterans and supporters has begun the initial steps towards creating a support initiative for wounded warriors and injured first responders. Army retiree and Iraqi Freedom veteran Kurt Webber of Gilford was inspired to action after conversations with Gilford resident and West Point classmate Army Major General Gregg Martin and chose the group's working title of the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI).

Webber heads up the group locally. Its mission is to provide wounded warriors and injured first responders the opportunity to come to the Lakes Region for a brief respite of recreation, personal counseling, group seminars and team building.

"Our goal is to use the natural beauty of the Lakes Region with all its amenities and recreational activities to bolster the spirits and help these dedicated individuals as they recover their physical, mental and emotional well-being" said Webber. Joining Webber in this initiative are Army Vietnam Veterans Frank Tilton of Laconia and John O'Brien and Dennis Corrigan of Gilford, Air Force Vietnam Veterans Don Morrissey and John Walsh and Marine Vietnam Veteran Chris Ray all of Gilford. Also on the team are former Gilford Fire Chief John Beland and Frank Tuscano, Manager of the Fireside Inn and Suites in Gilford.

The group has researched the nation-wide network of Wounded Warrior organizations and sites and determined that no such program currently operates in Northern New England. Using Veterans Administration figures, there are over 200,000 Gulf War/Afghanistan era vets in the six New England states with that figure due to rise in the years ahead as more combat veterans leave active military service. The VA estimates that 20% of these veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with a substantial number also having Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). To help New England veterans in these categories re-enter the civilian world and to provide them the day-to-day skills they'll need to be successful out of uniform, the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute was formed.

Plans call for bringing wounded warriors in groups of 10-20 to the Lakes Region for 3-4 day sessions during which the individuals, some accompanied by their family members and/or caregivers, would receive free lodging and meals at a local venue. Their time here will include seasonal recreational activities such as skiing, ice fishing, boating, hiking, scuba diving, swimming, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Apart from the recreational aspects, the groups will receive seminar sessions in a variety of topics which may include financial management, job search skills, avoiding/overcoming addictive behaviors, developing strong family and community relationships and methods to apply the leadership and organizational skills learned in the military to civilian success. The seminars will be presented by experts in the fields, including board member John Walsh, a psychologist, and other experts licensed or certified as appropriate for their subject matter.

Board member John Beland brings his career experience as a First Responder to the group's planning. "Police, firefighters and EMTs, as First Responders to traumatic emergencies, can suffer from a similar type of PTSD as combat veterans" said Beland. "Additionally, the discipline and organizational structure of First Responders frequently mirrors a military organization so it's natural for people from our career area to sit side by side and provide mutual support to our brothers and sisters in the military" he added. The PRLI has initiated contact with the Boston Police Department to identify potential guests for the program.

"The PRLI Team has embarked on a very ambitious initiative which can only succeed with the strong support of the community and corporate partners here in the Lakes Region, in the State and throughout New England" said Board Member John O'Brien. He went on to say that these men and women whom we term "wounded warriors" have made great personal sacrifices in service to our country while first responders work hard to keep our communities safe every day. "We need to do all we can to make their transition from combat service to civilian status or first responder transition back into public safety careers as easy and productive as possible.'' says O'Brien.

The PRLI hopes to schedule its first veterans/responders sessions beginning in May. Currently, the PRLI has no funding other than board donations. Anyone wishing to learn more about this project or make a donation of financial support, goods or services may do so by visiting the group's website at www.prli.us or by calling Webber at 520-3989. Financial donations may also be sent directly to the PRLI Account, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.


(seated L-R) PRLI Board Members John O'Brien, Kurt Webber (standing) Don Morrissey and Chris Ray going over organizational plans. (Courtesy photo)

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LRCC Welcomes Gunstock Ski Club Members

LACONIA — Gunstock Ski Club (GSC) members are involved in the Winter-Term Program at Lakes Region Community College, doing their schoolwork in a small private group while using most daylight hours to train for ski racing events in their age groups U14 (12-13-year-olds) and U16 (14-15-year-olds).

LRCC has made a classroom available for the participants to use in the academic portion of their program. Running from December 1 through April 1, the GSC is responsible for the race training portion of the program. Parents and private tutors are responsible for the classroom work.

"It is great that these GSC athletes are able to pursue their dream of full-time ski training in the winter while still being enrolled in their home town schools," says Turner McLaughlin, responsible for the 175 GSC members who train on weekends and vacations at the Gunstock Mountain Resort. "The winter is so short; these kids will have a leg up on the competition as long as they keep up with their schoolwork at the same time. The academic piece of the program, with the space provided by LRCC, has made this Winter-Term Program experiment a success."

Students must maintain stringent academic standards in order to participate in the Winter- Term Program. "I am so glad to see that LRCC facilities are able to be used by community organizations in whatever capacity that is needed," says Turner McLaughlin. "It sure fills a niche for us."

"LRCC puts community first," says LRCC Admissions Recruiter, Jessica Dade  of Gilmanton, mother of participant, Kat Dade. "Everything is coming together superbly."

GSC President Turner McLaughlin remembers LRCC well when the College was opened in 1967. "I was amazed at how far the school has come from when the doors were initially opened," says Turner McLaughlin, almost in tears when she revisited LRCC for the GSC Mid-Term Program. "Everything has come full circle and my father would be extremely proud if he saw the College and expansions today."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:44

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NH Charitable Foundation Supports Belknap Mill's Summer Concert Series

LACONIA — With funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and other local partners, the Belknap Mill is well on its way to planning the largest summer concert series ever in Rotary Park.
The Mill will produce two concert series to run from June 4 through the end of August. The first series will continue the Music in the Park concerts on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring local artists and five NH Arts Roster artists recommended by the NH State Council on the Arts. The Mill has scheduled 12 groups, ranging from Franco-American artist Lucie Therrien to the Crunchy Western Boys, from children's funny man Michael Zerphy to World Music artist Randy Armstrong.
Then, on Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m., local workers can come to Rotary Park and enjoy energetic music, healthy lunches, a bit of Zumba, and raffle prizes to get them through the work day. The Belknap Mill will play host to a variety of upbeat musicians to get everyone moving. Order ahead and have a healthy lunch waiting for you at the park. (To pre-order, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) Spend time in the sun enjoying music and lunch while you plan your weekend get-away. Don't worry about messy weather: The concerts will not be cancelled. During inclement weather, the concerts will move to the Belknap Mill's third floor where there will be comfortable seats, healthy lunches, and a brand new Friday experience.
To let the Belknap Mill know what you think about the new Friday Live Lunch, email Executive Director Denise Sharlow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 10:55

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