Expanded Gilford Walmart set to open Wednesday

GILFORD — An expanded Walmart is re-opening Wednesday, October 29, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The larger store is open 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. T

The expanded 130,000 square foot store (60,000 of which is new) employs approximately 200 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Paula Hamilton began her Walmart career in 1993 as an hourly cashier.

"Walmart is excited to open the doors of its expanded Gilford store," said Hamilton. "The new space allows for an improved shopping experience."

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections perfect for a holiday meal.

In addition to groceries, the store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including electronics and toys. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at Walmart.com and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Gilford store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Gilford residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

"The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is extremely pleased to see Walmart's expansion and grand opening in Gilford," said Karmen Gifford, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. "Walmart is a valued employer in our region and the jobs that have been created are important to the vitality of our community's economy."

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of grants from Walmart to local community groups.

Walmart is happy to be part of the Gilford community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, November 1. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Hamilton and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.


Youth Basketball Registration Night on Wed. Oct. 29

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the Youth Basketball Program for Gilford children in grades 1-6. The Recreation Department will be holding a Registration Night on Wednesday, October 29th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Parks and Recreation Office. Registration deadline for all divisions is Wednesday, November 13th.

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director, Herb Greene at 527-4722.

LRGHealthcare commits to serving meat without unnecessary antibiotics

LACONIA — On Friday, October 24, Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital will serve over 200 meals that feature meat raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics.

Joining alongside Health Care Without Harm and more than 200 other hospitals across the country (49 in New England and 1 of 2 in the state of New Hampshire), LRGHealthcare is celebrating Food Day through its efforts to eliminate the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and build a healthy, sustainable food supply.

"Over a year ago we made a change for the better and started purchasing all ground beef from Miles Smith Farm in Loudon," said Shirley Valley, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, "All of their beef is locally raised without hormones and antibiotics; we are proud to take this opportunity to showcase our commitment through Food Day on Friday."

"In order to solve the growing antibiotic resistance crisis in medicine we need to transform animal agriculture," said Gary Cohen, president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm. "Hospitals – like LRGHealthcare and others participating in Food Day – can lead this transformation by using their purchasing power to serve healthier food to their patients and employees as well as drive healthy, sustainable practices in the communities they serve."

Across the country on Food Day alone, participating hospitals will collectively spend thousands of dollars on 9,000 pounds of chicken, 6,300 pounds of beef, and 2,700 pounds of pork and other meats that are raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics.

LRGHealthcare will be serving Shepherd's Pie as their special item of the day on Friday for patients and in their cafeterias.

Bristol Baptist’s annual Turkey Supper is on Nov. 1

BRISTOL — On Saturday, November 1 the Bristol Baptist Church will be serving its annual Turkey Supper from 5-7 p.m.

The meal will consist of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, squash, rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, beverages, and homemade pies. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children between 5-12 years of age, free for children 5 and under. Families of four or more are $25. Take-outs are available by calling 744-3885 after 3 p.m. on Saturday.