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Sled Dog Club Announces Concession Provider for 85th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby

LACONIA — Steeped in tradition from the beginning in 1929, the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club is excited to announce its partnership with Chef Kevin Halligan, owner-operator of The Laconia Village Bakery and The Local Eatery restaurants, as the concession provider for the 85th Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby on February 7-9.

Chef Kevin Halligan is a very active member of the Lakes Region community. He believes in supporting locally and regionally sourced items and is committed to sustaining the vitality of economic growth here in the Lakes Region. He is a partner with the LNH Children's Auction, supplying his culinary creations to auction volunteers. Together with his staff, opened up The Local Eatery and hosted the Veggie Round Up Project fundraising breakfast, raising money to help bring fresh, local produce to families with limited incomes.

He was chosen by the Laconia Main Street Initiative and the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce to be the Grand Marshall of the 2013 Laconia Holiday Parade.

Established in August 2012, Local Eatery, a quaint local restaurant that seats 36 diners providing quality NH and New England products and produce, features a year-round menu using as much local food as Halligan can find. Chef Halligan is a 2002 graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, and owner of Laconia Village Bakery since 2007.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:22

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Popular Cooperative Co-Parenting Series Returns to Family Resource Center

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, located at 719 No. Main Street, Laconia, NH is again offering a free, "Cooperative Co-Parenting" program to families in the Lakes Region.

"Cooperative Co-Parenting" will meet on Thursdays, January 30, February 6, 13, and 20 from 6-8 p.m. and includes an optional dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. This free, 4-week series is for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households.

Presenters Jay Apicelli, MS, Family Mediator and Human Services Educator, Attorney and G.A.L. Janice L. McLaughlin, and Tammy Emery, Step Ahead Family Support Specialist, LRCS, will cover: coping through separation and transition; skills for dealing with stress and anger; positive communication strategies; how to reduce and resolve conflict, negotiating agreements, and mediation and guardianship.

Advance registration is requested for this program. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Attendance certificates are provided at the parenting programs sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services, Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.

Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.


Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:20

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Local Photographer Donates to Genesis Behavioral Health

PLYMOUTH — Genesis Behavioral Health's Plymouth Children & Family Program was the recent recipient of a donation to provide winter clothing for children in need. Local photographer Jon Secord of J Secord Photography donated 25% of his print sales throughout the month of December to the program.

"It's a great feeling to have an idea and see it grow into reality," said Secord, "I was able to sell enough prints so the team at Genesis Behavioral Health can purchase winter clothing for local families who may have otherwise gone without this winter. The final total of $225 was way beyond what I had initially hoped to raise, and I am so grateful to everybody who helped this cause and purchased my artwork."

"Every year, the needs of the children and families we serve seem to exceed the resources we have available," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development & Communications at Genesis Behavioral Health, "Mr. Secord's generosity will make a difference for many of the children and families in our Plymouth program. We are once again humbled by the support of our community, and are so grateful for their efforts on our behalf."

J Secord Photography recently launched a new website at www.jsecordphoto.com and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jsecordphoto.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit organization, Genesis serves over 3,000 individuals each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 524-1100 or visit the website at www.genesisbh.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:12

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Meeting Wednesday about Hawkins Brook Trail in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Friends of Meredith Library and the Friends of Parks and Recreation are hosting a joint meeting on Wednesday, January 29, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Meredith Library. The meeting will feature a presentation by the Village Pathways Committee, which is spearheading a new project known as the Hawkins Brook Eco Trail. For further information contact Margie Kreitler at 279-6150.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:09

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