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Popular Cooperative Co-Parenting Series Returns to Family Resource Center

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, located at 719 No. Main Street, Laconia, NH is again offering a free, "Cooperative Co-Parenting" program to families in the Lakes Region.

"Cooperative Co-Parenting" will meet on Thursdays, January 30, February 6, 13, and 20 from 6-8 p.m. and includes an optional dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. This free, 4-week series is for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households.

Presenters Jay Apicelli, MS, Family Mediator and Human Services Educator, Attorney and G.A.L. Janice L. McLaughlin, and Tammy Emery, Step Ahead Family Support Specialist, LRCS, will cover: coping through separation and transition; skills for dealing with stress and anger; positive communication strategies; how to reduce and resolve conflict, negotiating agreements, and mediation and guardianship.

Advance registration is requested for this program. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Attendance certificates are provided at the parenting programs sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services, Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.

Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.


Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:20

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Local Photographer Donates to Genesis Behavioral Health

PLYMOUTH — Genesis Behavioral Health's Plymouth Children & Family Program was the recent recipient of a donation to provide winter clothing for children in need. Local photographer Jon Secord of J Secord Photography donated 25% of his print sales throughout the month of December to the program.

"It's a great feeling to have an idea and see it grow into reality," said Secord, "I was able to sell enough prints so the team at Genesis Behavioral Health can purchase winter clothing for local families who may have otherwise gone without this winter. The final total of $225 was way beyond what I had initially hoped to raise, and I am so grateful to everybody who helped this cause and purchased my artwork."

"Every year, the needs of the children and families we serve seem to exceed the resources we have available," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development & Communications at Genesis Behavioral Health, "Mr. Secord's generosity will make a difference for many of the children and families in our Plymouth program. We are once again humbled by the support of our community, and are so grateful for their efforts on our behalf."

J Secord Photography recently launched a new website at www.jsecordphoto.com and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jsecordphoto.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit organization, Genesis serves over 3,000 individuals each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 524-1100 or visit the website at www.genesisbh.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:12

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Meeting Wednesday about Hawkins Brook Trail in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Friends of Meredith Library and the Friends of Parks and Recreation are hosting a joint meeting on Wednesday, January 29, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Meredith Library. The meeting will feature a presentation by the Village Pathways Committee, which is spearheading a new project known as the Hawkins Brook Eco Trail. For further information contact Margie Kreitler at 279-6150.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:09

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Candlelight Stroll Committee Already Making Plans for December Event

GILFORD – Gilford's Candlelight Stroll committee recently held its first meeting of the year at Gilford Public Library and planning for this year's stroll is underway. The committee has announced that the third annual Candlelight Stroll will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Gilford Village.
The 2013 Candlelight Stroll was an overwhelming success and was enjoyed by hundreds of residents of Gilford and the Lakes Region. Held in December of last year, the event was very well-attended despite the forecast of a major snowstorm.
The event was successful due to the generosity of local donors and the many volunteers who worked in frigid temperatures as they set up and lit the over 1,000 candles that flickered along the streets of Gilford Village. Volunteers from the stroll committee and from Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society welcomed visitors to all three buildings of the historical society. Many residents living on Belknap Mountain Road in the village opened up their homes to the general public. Members of Gilford's police and fire departments were present, and the fire department offered attendees S'mores as they were warmed by a bonfire in the village field.
Committee members have made it their goal to make this year's stroll better than in previous years. The committee invites all those who are interested in helping with this event to attend one of the committee's meetings. Stroll committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Gilford Public Library. The library is located at 31 Potter Hill Road in Gilford.
For more information about Gilford's Candlelight Stroll committee, contact Dee Chitty at (603) 527-4732.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:20

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