TILTON — Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 27, as an adventurous event returns to Tanger Outlets in Tilton. The Easter Seals Scramble is a fast-paced scavenger hunt that will challenge participants to solve clues, complete challenges and experience the outlets in a fun, new way. Teams or individuals can participate in the Scramble competitively, leisurely, or as a family as they visit as least 20 of the Tanger Outlet Center stores. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Scramble will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
During the Scramble, participants will work together to solve mental, visual, physical, comical and even electronic clues (bring your smart phone!) that will lead them on a two-hour uniquely humorous adventure. Trophies, prizes, team costumes and a great raffle await at the finish line including a pizza lunch sponsored by Uno's.
"We are very pleased to host the Easter Seals Scramble for its second year at Tanger Outlets in Tilton." said Eric Proulx, Tanger Outlets General Manager "Tanger believes in supporting the communities we serve and we admire the work Easter Seals NH does across the state."
Event sponsors including major sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank, Tanger Outlet Center, Optical Designs Manufacturing Inc, Ameriprise Financial's Michael Clark, Financial Advisor, Mix 94.1, Planet 100.1 FM, WSCY 106.9 FM, and WPNI & WFTN. This event is being held as a new fundraiser for the Walk With Me to be held later on in June and in partnership with the Easter Seals Community Based Services program.
The cost of the Scramble is only $25 per person or a discounted rate of $85 for a team of four (teams must include as least one adult). You can register by phone at 1-888.368.8880 or for more information or to register online, please visit www.eastersealsme.org/events.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:23
LACONIA — LRGHealthcare recently took part in National Volunteer Week by acknowledging the dedication and hard work of the many volunteers within the organization. This year the week ran from April 6 through 12.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Since then, every U.S. President has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.
"Volunteers are the heart and soul of both Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital. These individuals are the unsung heroes who provide heart-warming care and comfort to patients, families and staff" explains Director of Public Relations and Volunteer Services Sandy Marshall.
There are a wide range of volunteer roles at LRGHealthcare, including, but not limited to: escorting patients through the hospital, running the gift shop, delivering books and magazines, and assisting with administrative tasks. The opportunities are endless and LRGHealthcare is happy to work with individuals to find or create the right position.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:20
LACONIA — The Laconia School District is pleased to announce that McKenzie Harrington-Bacote will become the SAMHSA Grant Administrator-Director this month. Ms. Harrington-Bacote has worked at the New Hampshire Department of Education and was one of the key authors of this significant $8.6 million federal grant for New Hampshire.
Ms. Harrington-Bacote will be responsible for coordinating the administration of the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant in our community. This multi-year $2.15 million grant is focused on increasing the number of New Hampshire children and youth who have access to behavioral health services, decreasing the number of youth who abuse substances, increasing the capacity of our community agencies to provide early childhood development services, improving school climate and reducing the number of children who are exposed to violence. Laconia is one of three communities in the state to receive these funds and to be participating in the process of improving cross agency collaboration to support children and youth.
Ms. Harrington-Bacote has experience and expertise in developing collaborative partnerships with several key organizations in our state, including the Endowment for Health, the Institute on Disability at UNH, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:15
LACONIA — Wyatt Park had been falling into disrepair and was used by few community members because of safety issues. Its basketball court needed resurfacing, there was no lighting, traffic patterns made it dangerous to walk or bike to, and it had become a place where police would regularly respond to late night disturbances and vandalism.
The City of Laconia, led by its Parks & Recreation Department, applied for and received a HEAL community grant in 2012 to help revitalize Wyatt
Park in the South End neighborhood of its city.
The HEAL grant included approximately $10,000 in grant monies and over $80,000 of training and technical assistance over the two-year grant
period. Laconia had selected Wyatt Park as a priority project because there were already several active community champions advocating for
upgrading the park.
Renovation plans were developed in response to feedback from residents and business owners in the Wyatt Park-South End community. Safety
and access to the park were some of the top concerns voiced by the community during several forums conducted by the city and HEAL NH over
nine months. They quickly realized they needed to bring in the Department of Public Works to address these issues. The DPW had just redone
one street near Wyatt Park, and another was on the docket to be repaved. The timing was critical.
Armed with renovation plans for the park and backed by community support, Kevin Dunleavy and Amy Lovisek of the Laconia Parks &
Recreation Department met with the Department of Public Works to make their case for safer access to the park. They were prepared to take
this to the City Council if that did not work.
Amy and Kevin met with Laconia’s Public Works Director, Paul Moynihan, and Assistant Director, Luke Powell, near the park to show them the plans.
“The timing was perfect,” explains Amy. “Two families with strollers were trying to cross the street to get to Wyatt Park. We all watched while the mothers had to remove the children from the strollers, carry their children and drag the stollers behind them, all while trying to dodge traffic.”
While the DPW already had a budget to repair a street in that area, the project was put to the front of the line and an additional $15,000 was
added to include extra safety and accessibility improvements including ADA-compliant tipdowns for the crosswalks.
According to Paul Moynihan, “We had recently done road upgrades on the street sections adjacent to Wyatt Park, but we hadn’t addressed
accessibility improvements to the adjacent sidewalk. The HEAL Grant initiative prompted us to revisit the pedestrian and active transportation
needs at this site and to broaden our view to accomplish similar improvements on other city roadway upgrade projects in the future.”
Support for the park did not stop at the DPW. When the City Council realized the support and momentum the park was receiving by the community, it reallocated $50,000 for improvements to Wyatt Park.
“HEAL was a catalyst for the Wyatt Park project,” said Amy. “The grant helped us get more support and feedback from the community, paid for some of the improvements, but, more importantly, helped us leverage our relationships with the other departments in the City to really make this
park a special place for families to get together.''
Improvements to Wyatt Park included:
• Water bubbler/bottle filling station in the park
• Bike rack and picnic tables
• High visibility signs, new crosswalks, sidewalks with tipdowns with detectable warning devices, and other pedestrian safety and accessibility measures
• New fencing and signage around the park
• Resurfaced basketball court painted for multiple use including basketball,four square, hopscotch, and pickleball
• Lighting inside the park for safety
• Walking path installed around the park perimeter with extra green space
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:04