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MVSB's Mitten Tree Program collected 1,620 items

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce the results of this year's Mitten Tree Program with contributions of $3,240 to local non-profit organizations. Thanks to the generous support of the community, 1,620 winter weather accessories - including hats, mittens and scarves - were also collected and distributed to local families in need.

The Mitten Tree Program has been an MVSB community tradition for many years. In the weeks before Christmas, each of MVSB's 11 offices accepts and proudly displays donated handmade or purchased mittens, hats and scarves. For each item donated, MVSB provided a $2 contribution to local charitable organizations within the communities the Bank serves.

Financial contributions and all items donated by customers, community members and businesses are distributed at the beginning of January. All hats, mittens and gloves donated are given to members of the community who need help staying warm during the winter season. Numerous groups and individuals participate in the distribution of donated items, including the Visiting Nurses Association, local school nurses and childcare centers.

Non-profit organizations benefiting from the program this year fell into 3 different categories. Local senior service organizations shared a total amount of $1,228. Local humane societies split $738 and local food pantries benefited with equal distribution from $1,274.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:34

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Laconia School District & LRCS again offering READY! for Kindergarten

LACONIA — The Laconia School District and Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) Family Resource Center, in partnership with Granite United Way, are again offering READY! for Kindergarten classes for parents who have children newborn to age 5. The classes will be offered on Thursday, January 16, at Pleasant Street School.

All first time attendees are required to attend an orientation from 5:30-6 p.m. to receive their READY! notebook and other materials. Classes immediately follow orientation from 6-7:30 p.m. 

This program shares information about the lively early-learning years before a child enters school, which lays the foundation for all future learning. READY! teaches parents how to "Play with a Purpose" which builds strong minds and relationships. Parents learn activities and receive materials to make learning at home fun and effective.

Ready! Classes are free to families in Laconia, and child care is provided. Infants under the age of one attend classes with their parents. Parents pick one class to attend based on the age of their child.

Registration is open now. Space is limited, and registration will be taken on a "first come, first served" basis. Families that have previously attended must re-register each season to secure their spot. Registration is now open on-line at www.readyforkindergarten.org/laconia. Families can also contact Kaitlyn Salome at 524-5710 to register or contact Shannon Robinson-Beland at 581-1571 for more information.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:22

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010714 Gilford Middle School to Present 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.'

GILFORD — The Disney inspired musical, "Beauty and The Beast Jr." will be coming to the stage at Gilford Middle School this January. This will be the first time this classic, fan-favorite musical will be presented at Gilford Middle School.

After hosting heavily attended auditions in late November, Director Matt Demko and Vocal Coach Denise Sanborn selected a cast of over 70 talented students and began rehearsals right away.

Vocal Coaches Sanborn and Sherry Vansteensberg has worked with the singers on the classic music, while choreographer Lauren Camella (a talented 8th grade student) will be providing toe tapping choreography for the great tunes including "Gaston," "Belle," and "Be Our Guest."

Heading up the technical side of things will be long time GMS art teacher Aaron Witham who has designed and built the set with the help of talented middle school students. Also on hand are high school production assistants who have provided help with costume, props, and publicity. Denise Sanborn, music teacher at GMS and GHS, will also provide vocal instruction to the cast.

Beauty and The Beast Jr. marks the 4nd time GMS Theatre will feature two entirely different casts presenting the same show. The Belle and Beast casts each perform on alternate nights.

Featured in lead and supporting roles are: Kasey Moore and Julie Auld as Belle, Connor Leggett and Bryce Cote as The Beast, Michael Wernig and Shea Therrien as Gaston, Kaia Langathanois and Taryn Fountain as Lumiere, Sammy Sawyer and Ryan Witham as Cogsworth, and Kaelin Cegeliski and Cyndal Vansteensberg as Mrs. Potts.

The Ensemble is comprised of 50 talented GMS Students ranging from 5th to 8th grade.

The Show will be presented on January 23, 24, and 25  at 7 p.m. and January 25 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Gilford High School Auditorium and tickets will be $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 09:36

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LRGH Live Well Workshops begin Jan 15

LACONIA — Learn how to manage an ongoing health concern such as chronic pain, diabetes, or arthritis with the Better Choices, Better Health workshop presented by LRGHealthcare. Free sessions are available at Franklin Regional Hospital each Wednesday, beginning January 15-February 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, and at the Taylor Community, Woodside each Wednesday, beginning March 5-April 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Workshop leaders will guide participants through this proven program developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine. These sessions are ideal for anyone living with a chronic health condition or a caregiver of someone with a chronic health condition.Those attending the workshops will apply skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition, learn to set weekly goals and develop a practical step-by-step plan for improving health and quality of life. Weekly topics include healthy eating, physical activity, relieving stress, pain and fatigue management, and more. 

For more information or to register for this upcoming workshops, please call LRGHealthcare Education Services at 527-7120.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 04:12

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