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HomeAssist program available to local community members

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) was called upon to fill a service gap in 2012, which lead to the creation of HomeAssist services to people in southern Grafton County. The highly successful program recently expanded to cover all of Belknap County when the previous service provider, Central NH VNA, declined to pursue their contract with the State Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS).

HomeAssist provides non-medical hands-on services for aging seniors such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping and laundry, escort and transportation, medication reminders, assistance with personal care, household responsibilities and general companionship. Experienced personnel from the Central NH VNA program have joined the LRCS HomeAssist assuring a smooth transition of services and increasing the capacity to serve more clients in Belknap and So. Grafton Counties The program enables Lakes Region seniors and individuals living with chronic illnesses in Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties to access the supports they need to be able to stay in their homes.

"The HomeAssist Program is grounded in the values and experience that LRCS brings as a local provider that knows first hand how to support families. We understand the importance of building relationships and our approach is both resourceful and flexible. We treat people how we would want to be treated," said Shannon Kelley, Director of Community Support Services.

Whether one can pay for the services privately or qualify for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Care Choices for Independence Program, the BEAS Title 20 Block Grant or have long term health insurance options, the LRCS HomeAssist Program provides the framework and supports to meet the individual's needs as directed by the individual or their representative.

For more information or to get assistance through HomeAssist call Lakes Region Community Services 524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:41

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Family Resource Center Offers Workshop on 'Borrowing and Credit'

LACONIA —  The Family Resource Center of Central NH with support from the Bank of NH is excited to host a financial literacy workshop titled "Borrowing Basics" at the Family Resource Center, 719 North Main Street, Laconia on Thursday, November 21 from 6-8 p.m.

This free, one-time workshop is for anyone who wants to understand how credit works, the types of credit available, and if they are ready to apply. Information on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) will also be provided. The class will be facilitated by Karen Wilson of the Bank of NH. Optional dinner is provided at 5:30 and child care is available upon request.

"Borrowing Basics" is based on an evidence-based curriculum titled "Money Smart." On November 21, participants will learn how to define "credit" and "loan", identify three types of loans, the costs associated with getting a loan, and learn why it is important to be cautious of rent-to-own, payday loans, and refund anticipation services.

Those interested in registering or for more information can contact the LRCS Family Resource Center at 581- 1577 and speak with Erin Klasen or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card and will be given a certificate upon completion. Those who attend 3 out of out of 5 of the upcoming "Money Smart" workshops will be entered into a drawing for an even larger prize. Save the date for upcoming workshops to be held every 6th Thursday throughout the year: January 30, March 20, and May 15.

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 603-524-8891or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:39

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Make a Radio-Controlled Model Sailboat this Winter

WOLFEBORO —  Back Bay Skippers were established in 2008, with the assistance of the New Hampshire Boat Museum and the Laconia Model Yacht Club, to promote radio-controlled sailing in the Wolfeboro area. Their mission is to build and sail a fleet of sailboats, also known as 1 M Solings, while providing participants and spectators an avenue to enjoy this fun and engrossing hobby.

The NH Boat Museum is accepting applications for the winter Model Yacht Making Workshop. The schedule starts in January and runs for 6-7 weeks. Dates are determined by the group after all applications are received. The cost to participate is $395.
During the course, people build their own model sailboat with guidance from members of the Back Bay Skippers. The group meets once a week in the Museum's heated workshop for the work sessions. Everything needed, except paint and batteries, will be supplied, and model-building experts will guide paerticipants every step of the way. Participants do not need any woodworking or model building experience.

Participants can register and pay on-line at the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org/model-sailboat-building/model-yacht-building or call the Museum at 569-4554. Application forms may also be requested via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The deadline to register for the course is November 30. For questions about the program,  call Mark Whitehead, Commodore of the Back Bay Skippers at 539-4973 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:35

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Cascade Spa at Mill Falls is hosting its annual Spalidays Holiday Event

MEREDITH — Cascade Spa at Mill Falls is hosting its annual Spalidays Holiday Event at Church Landing on December 4, from 5-7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be sold to the Spalidays event with proceeds going to support a Spring 2014 Skin Cancer Screening Clinic in partnership with the LRGH Oncology Department.

"The Cascade Spa has been kicking off the holidays with Spalidays for the past eight years and as the event has grown year after year, we aim to keep it fresh and exciting each time," said Martha Zyla, Cascade Spa Director. "This year we will have an all time record of vendors from across the country with many of them offering a free gift with purchase like Moroccanoil, Pure Fiji, Comfort Zone and GM Collin. In addition we are unveiling the launch of two new items; the Cascade Spa Bracelet Collection and Pure Inventions, a unique line of green tea and fruit extracts."

Tickets for the event will cost $10 and can be purchased by stopping by or calling the Spa at (603) 677-8620.

"We invite everyone to join us in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom as the Cascade Spa celebrates its annual Spalidays gathering, said Zyla. The event attracts people from all over the region and brings world class industry experts and personalities to Meredith."

On Thursday, December 5, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Richard Boudreault, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of OCEAN+ skin care will speak to "Collagen Strikes Back After Years of Darkness". In addition to Boudreault's address, Meredith's own Dr. Capron will speak to the detection and screening of skin cancer as well as preventative skin care.

Tickets to the OCEAN+ luncheon are $15 per person and can be purchased by stopping by or calling the Spa at (603) 677-8620.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:17

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