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Thrift Shop Holding Valentine's Day Sale

GILMANTON — In celebration of Valentine's Day, the Gilmanton Community Church Thrift Shop is having a new sale.

Starting February 5 and continuing through February 26 every item in the store with a red barb will be 50% off. The Thrift Shop has a large selection of good quality clothing and adds new items weekly.

Hours are Wednesdays, 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, parking is available in the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot and the Thrift Shop is open to the public.

Telephone number: 603-364-0114. If no one is present, leave a detailed message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Monetary donations may be mailed to GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837.

Donations of food and clothing may be brought to the Thrift Shop during hours that we are open.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:30

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Now is the Time: MLK Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail at New Hampton School

NEW HAMPTON — In celebration of Black History Month, New Hampton School's faculty and students lend their voices to the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Members of the New Hampton community from around the world present the Letter from Birmingham Jail as a series of Monologues. The performance is directed by Meredith C. Brown, who is a member of the History and Performing Arts Departments. The public performance is set for Friday, February 7, at 7:30 pm. with a suggested donation of $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.

The performance runs about 1 hour and contains language that may not be suitable for students under 10. Brown was motivated to stage the letters "to help our students and our community be more in tune with the words and power of Martin Luther King Junior.

"Many will never read the Letter in its complete form and this is an opportunity to bring it to life, to make it memorable, in a way that is more accessible and real then simply reading it for a class," Brown explained. "I want to give his words life, and set them in a context that brings history and art together. His words are about equality, persistence and moral obligation. They are simply about doing what is right and this applies to everyone in 1963 and today. It is my hope that this performance helps our community to understand that.

"What fascinates me about this work is that it was never written to be spoken, it is meant to be read, but the power of the words is no less poignant then those in better known speeches. Each word is chosen so carefully as to paint a painstaking picture that they cannot be ignored. Sometimes with movements it can be easy to lose sight of the individuality of a cause in his Letter King makes it personal, he gets upset, but at the same time makes use of levity and humor to further his point. This work is something that shows King as more than a great leader that we put high on a pedestal but also as a minister, a husband, a father and a man; which I think is something that can be forgotten."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:14

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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)

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 06:57

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