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Fresh Air Fund host families needed for this summer

LACONIA — Is there room in your home to welcome a child for a week or two of fresh NH air this summer? The Fresh Air Fund matches children starting as young as 6-years-old, from busy, crowded inner city blocks, with families in bucolic New Hampshire neighborhoods for a summer experience. It's about grass-stained knees and sandy feet. It's about opening your heart, sharing your home, and changing a life.

Every year, thousands of Fresh Air children visit small town communities in the Northeast, called "Friendly Towns". People open their homes for a week or two and each placement is managed by a local volunteer coordinator. Rhu McBee of Tilton is the local coordinator for New Hampshire's scenic Lakes Region. For more information about the FAF, please contact her at 603-286-8416.

"There is no such thing as a 'typical' host family," says McBee. "The common link in our host families is their desire to share simple joys with a Fresh Air Fund child."

Four years ago, Andrew and Donna Hosmer of Laconia signed on to host Justice who was seven at the time. Both Andrew and Donna are lawyers so when they heard they were matched with a boy from the Bronx named Justice, they thought it was a good omen. It was, and Justice has returned to the Hosmer home every summer since.

"Our children — in fact our entire extended family, friends, and neighbors, even my hairdresser — are excited when Justice arrives," said Donna Hosmer. "He brings everyone such joy. We can't wait to see Justice get off that bus each summer. He's always the first one to jump into the lake and the last one out. He teaches us to appreciate how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place, and our family gets as much out of this experience as he does."

Visit www.freshair.org or call Rhu at 603-286-8416 today.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:26

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10th Annual St. Baldrick's event to be held in Gilford on June 7

GILFORD — The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee is holding it's 10th annual event at Gilford Youth Center on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

St. Baldrick's is a volunteer driven organization that raises money for childhood cancer research by asking participants to fundraise and donate money in return for shaving their heads. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids who are fighting their own cancer battles. The Gilford event also includes a pancake breakfast, a silent auction, and a bake sale. People are encouraged to come shave, watch, volunteer, or donate to someone by going to StBaldricks.org and searching for "Gilford Youth Center" event.
Mary Bourgeois, a Gilford resident, is shaving her head this year. She went to an event a few years ago and thought "I wish I had the courage to do that". She was moved by the recent illnesses of several children in our local area and wanted to help. She mentioned it to her husband and he encouraged her to sign up. She states that she then "made it my mission" to raise money. She is currently the top fundraiser for this year's event. She raised funds by using Facebook, asking local businesses for help and setting up donation jars locally. She also decided to join the Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee as a volunteer.
Mary's participation sparked her 6 year old son, Cameron, to also sign up to shave and he has raised a significant amount of money as well. The rest of her family is also helping this year by running the lighting for the event, helping with registration, and selling St. Baldrick's bracelets in the community. Mary said that she is not nervous to go bald for kids with cancer. She is continuing to fundraise and knows that she will likely raise even more money after she goes bald and continues to spread the word about this unique organization.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:22

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Got Lunch Driver Training Friday

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia needs drivers and delivers for year four year of delivering healthy lunches to children's homes in Laconia during the summer school vacation. If you can help one Monday or ten Monday mornings join us Friday June 6 at 5 p.m. in the Church Hall of the Congregational Church of Laconia. The Laconia Police Department will be presenting safety tips and information and drivers will receive complete information about expectations and operations.

GOT LUCNH! Laconia delivers enough healthy groceries for five lunches a week to children in Laconia who don't have enough healthy food during the summer. For more information about the program – registration, volunteering or to donate – visit our website – www.gotlunchlaconia.org or call 524-0668 and ask for Paula.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:16

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Walk NH Week will be observed by city schools

LACONIA — Walk NH Week is designed to encourage people of all ages to get out, get moving and participate in a one to three mile community walk. Several years ago, Governor John Lynch proclaimed June 1-7 as Walk NH Week, as a way to promote walking and help keep New Hampshire residents on a healthy path. The goal of Walk NH Week is to inspire participants to continue walking as part of a healthy lifestyle long after the June event's end.

This yearly event aligns perfectly with the work of Laconia Health and Wellness Academy, an initiative in the Laconia School district to make Laconia Schools some of the healthiest schools in the state.

So get out and join Mayor Ed Engler and Superintendent of Schools Terri Forsten for a walk.

This morning Laconia High School students will walk to the WOW Trail and back with Superintendent Forsten and grade 6 from the Middle School will walk to the WOW Trail and back at 9:30 a.m. with Forsten, Mayor Engler and City Manager Scott Myers.

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday Elm Street School students will walk to Leavitt Park and back and will be led by Nick Ford with Kathy Berman of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Superintendent Forsten, Sally Minkow and Carolyn Muller of LRGHealthcare and Mayor Engler taking part.

Friday morning at 9 a.m. Pleasant St. School students led by Principal David Levesque will be joined by Kathleen Merriam, who is in charge of the CERT program and is a member of the board of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Superintendent Fostern and Mayor Engler for a walk down Pleasant Street to Harvard Street, returning the school via Dartmouth Street.

Also on Friday Woodland Heights School classes will walk a quarter mile loop in the field at the school led by Mitzi Tucker for all time slots with Joyce Cameron of Service Link, Denise Hubbard of Meredith Village Savings Bank, Sally Minkow and Carolyn Muller of LRGHealthcare , Police Chief Chris Adams and Superintendent Forsten taking part.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:06

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