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Volunteer with CASA and make a lifelong difference for a child

CONCORD — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH believes that every child deserves a safe, permanent home. CASA of NH is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens and trains everyday citizens from the community to be the voice of abused and neglected children in the courtroom, seeking to ensure them a safe and permanent home. Often referred to as the "eyes and ears of the court", CASA volunteer advocates are assigned by family court judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group.

They conduct monthly, face-to-face visits with their child(ren), make independent, objective observations about the child's safety and well-being, and submit a written summary report to the appointing judge at each hearing, to help that judge make decisions about the child's permanent placement. Most importantly, CASAs are often the only consistent, positive adult in the lives of these children during a time of chaos, confusion, and hurt. Currently, there are nearly 400 everyday heroes throughout the state with CASA. These amazing men and women are able to meet the need of about 83% of the children and youth who have been abused. Our goal is to provide an advocate for every child in New Hampshire that needs one, but we cannot do that without your help.

Volunteers do not need a legal or social work background. They do need to be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, the ability to attend court hearings approximately every three months, the time to meet with the child once a month and the time to talk with various people involved in the child's life. Transportation and computer skills are essential. Volunteers are expected to commit to the length of time that it takes for a safe, permanent home to be established for the child or youth. While this amount of time can vary widely, the average length of a case is 24 months.

To be eligible to take the training an application must be completed along with various background checks and an interview. Applications and further information can be found at www.casanh.org or contact Diane at 603-626-4600 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Upcoming trainings are scheduled for Berlin/Gorham, Manchester, Keene and Conway.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:11

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'Haircuts for Meaghan' today at Laconia Christian Academy

LACONIA —A fund raising event is being held today to benefit the family of a local teenager recently diagnosed with cancer. Meaghan Aubut is a 16 year-old student at Laconia Christian Academy whose bone cancer was discovered shortly before Christmas and she has already begun chemotherapy treatment. "Haircuts for Meaghan," which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Laconia Christian Academy gymnasium, will help the Aubut family cover their mounting medical expenses.

Several local hair stylists and barbers have offered their time to provide haircuts in exchange for a donation to the family. In addition, many local businesses have donated items to a raffle which will also be held during the event. Raffle items include an Xbox, two full-length snowboards, two skateboards, an Ipad mini, four sets of tickets to the Boston Bruins, a Victorian tea set, two computer bags, a custom-made leather belt, gift certificates to The Local restaurant, two vests, and more. Shaw's Supermarket has also offered to cater the event.

All proceeds raised during the event will be given to the Aubut family. The event is about more than just medical bills, however. Organizers encourage anyone to stop in to offer Meaghan a hat, a card, or simply their well-wishes and emotional support. Laconia Christian Academy is located at 1386 Meredith Center Road in Laconia.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:00

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Class on pet health Jan. 29 at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Taylor Community and Healthy Pets New Hampshire are teaming up to offer a Knowing Your Pet's Health Class, Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building. The class will teach pet parents how to do a Snout to Tail Wellness Assessment in combination with a massage on their pets.

April Begosh, a certified Pet Tech Instructor of Healthy Pets New Hampshire will teach participants howto assess their pets' baseline health so they can be more vigilant about changes indicating problems. In addition to learning about vital signs, Begosh will demonstrate a routine that can be used as a massage for pets while helping to strengthen the bond between pet and owner.

To register for the class, please call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please do not bring pets to this program.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 02:37

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7th Annual Robbie Mills Memorial 8 Ball Tournament set for Feb. 1

LACONIA — The 7th Annual Robbie Mills Memorial 8 Ball Tournament will be held Saturday, February 1 at the Funky Monkey.

The tournament will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region & WLNH Children's Auction. A $25 donation includes entry, practice, lunch and chance for door prizes.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. ($30 after 10:45) or pre-register and receive a free commemorative T-Shirt. The tournament starts promptly at 11 a.m. and is double elimination using BCA rules.
There will be trophies, cash prizes, food, raffles, 50/50 and a live auction.

The event  is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region and The Cafe Deja Vu Pub Mania Team.

For more info or to pre-r\Register contact: Tony Felch 998-1418 or Boys & Girls Club 527-0198


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:25

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