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Adult Fall Hiking Program Continues on Tuesday Mornings

GILFORD —  The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a number of fall hikes for any adults looking for fresh air, fun, exercise and beautiful foliage on Tuesdays this fall.

The scheduled hikes continue on September 17 with a hike at the WOW Trail in Laconia and September 24 with a hike in Weeks Woods in Gilford. Participants will gather each morning at 9 a.m. in the Gilford Town Hall Lobby before departing for the hike.

All interested participants must RSVP at least one day in advance to each trip. The cost of the hikes is $1 per person, per hike.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:06

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NHEC & Northway Bank Launch Campaign to Reduce Hunger in NH

PLYMOUTH —  New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) and Northway Bank are joining forces to help raise a minimum of $150,000 for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Food Bank inventory levels are at record lows while statewide demand is increasing. The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge aims to fill those empty shelves and help the Food Bank prepare for its busiest season – the holidays and winter months.
Beginning September 1 and running through the end of December 2013, NHEC and Northway Bank are soliciting donations from members, customers, businesses and the general public. The first $80,000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar by the NHEC Foundation ($50,000) and Northway Bank ($30,000) giving the campaign an even greater boost. There are three convenient ways to make a tax-deductible donation.
1.Online at www.nhfoodbank.org/NHECNorthwayBankChallenge
2.By mail with a check made payable to the NHEC Foundation, 579 Tenney Mtn. Highway, Plymouth, NH 03264 (write Food Bank Challenge on the memo line), or
3.Stop by any of Northway Bank's 18 branch locations throughout the state to make your donation.
"We chose September, in recognition of Hunger Action Month, to kick off the Food Bank Challenge," said NHEC President/CEO Fred Anderson. "With the commitment by the NHEC Foundation and Northway Bank to match every dollar, even a small donation can go a long way."
The NH Food Bank's purchasing power can stretch one dollar toprovide two meals for an individual. That means a $20 donation will provide 40 meals to the hungry. Given the dollar for dollar match, that $20 donation becomes $40 and quickly turns into providing 80 meals.
"With the downturn in the economy over the past several years, the NH Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients they serve on a weekly basis," commented Bill Woodward, Northway Bank CEO. "Northway Bank has taken an active part in the fight against hunger and is committed to supporting the Food Bank. Please join NH Electric Co-op, Northway Bank, and the NH Food Bank to help end hunger in our State."
As the state's only food bank, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributes food to needy residents in more than 400 locations statewide.
"We are genuinely grateful for the continued generous support of the NHEC Foundation and Northway Bank," said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the Food Bank. "This opportunity to double your gift and quadruple the meals we are able to provide to communities throughout the state is a perfect opportunity to support our neighbors in need. We continue to seek support as demand is out-pacing the need for assistance."
The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge will run through the end of the year.

PHOTO CAPTION:

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (center) helped kick off the NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge on September 5 in Concord at a ceremony during which she proclaimed September to be Hunger Action Month in New Hampshire. Joining Governor Hassan were, from left, NH Food Bank Executive Director Mel Gosselin, NHEC Foundation Executive Director Audrey Goudie, Northway Bank SVP, Retail Banking Executive Dawn Champney and NHEC Foundation Board Vice Chair Jerry Hopkins.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:04

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LRCC to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Health and Science Building

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College will celebrate the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $6.4 million dollar state-of-the-art Health and Science Building on Prescott Hill in Laconia on Wednesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.

"LRCC's new Health and Science Building will add 24,000-square-feet of usable space," says LRCC President, Dr. Scott Kalicki. "Everything is coming together superbly for the LRCC community."

LRCC's new Health and Science Building will house Fire Science, Nursing, Science laboratories, and new student space. There will be four new modern science and hi-tech Nursing labs. The new building will also house two new Fire Science labs, faculty offices, and a 140-seat mini-auditorium.

For additional information on LRCC's Health and Science Building, contact Karen Kurz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 23 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Energy Services, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 08:52

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Belmont Historical Society Program on Wit & Wisdom of Earlier Times

BELMONT — Whatever did New England villagers do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet?

On Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m., humanities scholar Jo Radner will be the Belmont Historical Society guest presenter at the Corner Meeting House in Belmont, and will provide some surprising answers to that question in her presentation entitled, "Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England".

Radner has been studying wintertime amusements in rural nineteenth-century Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It is not surprising that our ancestors warmed up those long, cold evenings with social entertainments from music and dancing to charades, sewing circles, and neighborhood suppers. "What I didn't expect, though," says Radner, "was that so many village traditions were aimed at what people called 'mental improvement' – ways of training their minds" Adults eagerly attended "writing schools" for penmanship lessons provided by itinerant teachers, "singing schools" to improve their choral singing, and even "spelling schools," which were like adult spelling bees.

In the decades before and after the Civil War, however, the most distinctive events created by northern New England villagers were the weekly "lyceums," for which they would prepare formal debates on current or philosophical topics. These farmers and their sons and daughters would also compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers." Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "papers" revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our rural ancestors.

"I first came across a lyceum paper in my great-grandmother's attic in Fryeburg," Radner says. "I didn't know what it was, at first: an odd collection of jokes, parodies, poems, and whatnot. I discovered that I had dug up a major, forgotten tradition." Since that time, Radner has discovered hundreds of these 19th-century community papers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. "They give us the voices of ordinary people, teasing each other, worried about the future, dealing with real-life challenges."

Before returning to her family home in western Maine as a writer, storyteller, and oral historian, Jo Radner was a professor at American University in Washington, DC, teaching literature, American studies, folklore, women's studies, Celtic studies, and storytelling. She has published books and articles in all those fields, and is now writing a book titled "Performing the Paper: Rural Self-Improvement in Northern New England." She is past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network.

This program is open to the public and free of charge and the building is handicapped accessible. Funding for the program was provided by the Humanities-To-Go Program of the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

For additional information, please contact Christine Fogg at 524-8268.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 08:49

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