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Franklin Savings grants aid 5 community organizations

FRANKLIN — Spring and summer projects will now benefit from over $22,300 awarded by Franklin Savings Bank through the Fund for Community Advancement. The FSB Fund has awarded 150 grants totaling over $767,600 to non‐profit community organizations and agencies.

Five local groups will be benefiting from this round of grants. They are:

Copper Cannon Camp provides underprivileged kids with an unforgettable experience that includes all the traditional fun of summer camp: swimming, hiking, archery, campfires, team‐building fun, and more. A $2,500 grant from FSB's Fund will help Copper Cannon provide this wonderful experience to campers from central New Hampshire.

Franklin Boys and Girls Club Boys and Girls Clubs serve to compliment vital community resources in providing recreational, social and educational programs for children from grade school through high school. FSB's Fund has awarded a $7,500 grant to the Concord Boys and Girls Club to assist with the opening of an after school and summer camp program at their Franklin location in St. Gabriel's Parish Hall.

Paul Smith School Parent Teacher Organization will also be receiving funds — $2,000. The Garden Project at the Paul Smith Elementary School helps children reconnect with the agricultural roots and traditions of Franklin. Students have built and maintained raised beds for a butterfly garden, a teaching garden, and a food sharing garden. The grant from the FSB Fund will help the Garden reach its goal of growing fresh vegetables and fruits to donate to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Tapply Thompson Community Center and Kelley Park Playground in Bristol. The Kelley Park Playground is the only play space of its kind in the Bristol area and is well used by local schools and families. A park that is loved this much needs frequent repairs and maintenance. A $7,000 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will allow the Kelley Park to refurbish and replace key structures at this busy children's play place.

Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council. The Pines Community Center, which is maintained by the Tilton‐Northfield Recreation Council, provides meeting and function space for more than 45 community groups. Thousands of local people visit the center each year. Programs include youth sports, 4‐H, Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, day care and summer camps, senior luncheons, dance classes, and so much more. A $3,300 grant from Franklin Savings Bank will enable the Pines Community Center to replace the hot water circulating pump, which is so critical to many of the programs, as well as to the safety and sanitation of the Center.

"Awarding the Fund for Community Advancement grants is one of the highlights of our community support," says Jeff Savage, FSB President and CEO. "Franklin Savings Bank is pleased to help our neighbors accomplish such worthy goals. It's an honor to be a part of these organizations' efforts."

For more information on how to apply in the competitive process, visit www.fsbnh.com or call Dorothy Savery at (603) 934‐8316. Connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank for news and community updates.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:29

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Training for CASA volunteers starts May 17

 PLYMOUTH — May 17 is the first day of training for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers. The training covers an in-depth look at what is expected of a CASA volunteer, the laws and statutes they are bound to abide by, instruction on how to write a court report about the case they are working and more.

Those who have questions can direct them to Training and Recruiting Coordinator Jen Buteau at 603-752-9670 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or they can call the Manchester office at 1-800-626-0622. Before a volunteer starts training, they must fill out an application (www.casanh.org/volunteer), have an interview with staff and a criminal background check is run.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:14

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LRCC alums hit 25th anniversary with Body Covers

LACONIA — May 1 was a great day for Body Covers Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery, 94 Primrose Drive North, Laconia, which celebrated 25 years of continuous operations. Owners Aaron and Sarah Gra of Laconia, along with Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Graphic Design Professor, Gail Beane, celebrated the event.

Body Covers, started by Betsy Spencer and Peter Caldwell, was a business that originated in a Manchester basement in 1989 before moving to the Lakes Region in 1993. Aaron and Sarah Gray met as LRCC Graphic Design students, worked as interns with Body Covers, married, and purchased the business in 2003 from Spencer and Caldwell.

Beane, also a LRCC Graphic Design graduate in 1992, has done a number of jobs with Body Covers over the years having worked with freelance logo design and assorted graphics projects layouts for multiple businesses and volunteer groups. "Say I was hired as a freelance graphic designer for a business, I would design the actual logo," says Beane who did an internship at The Citizen while in college and has been employed by Tyler Graphics Printing Company, and the Laconia Daily Sun newspaper doing marketing and advertising before beginning as a LRCC graphics professor three years ago. "Often the business would desire to redo artwork, create a poster, or put their logo on clothing and accessories and I would create a vector and give it to Body Covers for screen printing. I commend Body Covers for creating an outstanding and lucrative business over the past 25 years that has benefitted the Lakes Region and State."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:50

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Rte. 175A traffic delays expected around time of PSU commencement Sat.

PSU Commencement Saturday, May 17

Some Traffic Delays on Route 175-A

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University is alerting the public there will be intermittent traffic delays on Route 175A during the time of the university's undergraduate commencement on Saturday, May 17.

The ceremonies are scheduled to be held at Currier Field on PSU's Holderness campus, beginning at 10 a.m.

Because of the large amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in this location, there will be intermittent delays on Route 175A between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Alternate routes of travel are suggested. The road will be shut down for approximately 15 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. during the graduate and faculty procession from the main Plymouth campus to the event site, and it will also be closed for a short time at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Commencement honorees include Connecticut prosecutor Stephen Sedensky III (a PSU alumnus), bionic limb innovator Hugh Herr, former University System Chancellor Stephen Reno and Gov. Maggie Hassan.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:36

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