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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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MVSB Employees Choose Voices Against Violence to Receive $3,795 Donation

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) employees recently chose Voices Against Violence as one of ten local non-profit agencies to receive a $3,795 donation. As part of MVSB's commitment to assisting non-profit agencies in the communities it serves, the Bank matched all 2014 employee contributions to the Lakes Region United Way campaign. The $37,950 in matched funds were distributed evenly to 10 deserving non-profit agencies selected by MVSB employee vote.

"We are so thankful that we were selected to receive this generous contribution from MVSB," said Meg Kennedy Dugan, Executive Director for Voices Against Violence. "We rely heavily on our AmeriCorps members and community volunteers to provide crisis services, such as a 24/7 crisis line, crisis counseling, court advocacy and emergency shelter, to those in need. These funds will help us offset the cost of retaining a full time AmeriCorps member, who is invaluable to the work we do."

Voices Against Violence is a crisis services agency located in Plymouth. They provide information and support to victims and survivors, their family and friends, community members, and professionals around domestic violence, children who witness domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment, stalking, human trafficking and bullying. They are Southern Grafton County's resource for the most current information, state and federal guidelines, and best practice around these issues. The agency's services are available for victims, survivors and non-offending family members and friends. For more information or to become a volunteer, please visit www.voicesagainstviolence.net.
Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area. More information can be found at www.mvsb.com.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:30

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