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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event October 20

LACONIA — Greater Lakes Region residents are needed to help change the course of breast cancer forever. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is hosting a 3.5 mile non-competitive fundraising walk, with a five mile option, on Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.. The walk will begin at Opechee Park in Laconia, and will help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

Making Strides walks in nearly 300 communities nationwide, help to raise$60 million dollars for the American Cancer Society each year to save lives from breast cancer. The dollars raised fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer; ensure access to mammograms for women who need them; and provide free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the Society for help and support, including transportation and lodging during treatment.

"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer," said Erinn Drouin, American Cancer Society staff partner for the Greater Lakes Region "The progress we are making is remarkable, but we need volunteers to help us finish the fight."

Sponsors of this year's Greater Lakes Region Making Strides event include: Meredith Village Savings Bank.

For more information call 1-800-227-2345, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.makingstrideswalk/laconianh

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:00

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CASA Guardian Ad Litem Training sessions in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH is holding four training  sessions from October 19 through November 16 in Plymouth to help increase the number of specially trained advocates available.

CASA volunteers advocate for children in our state who have been abused or neglected. Unfortunately, in the last several months, CASA of NH has had to decline working with some of the children who need advocacy the most throughout the Plymouth and Lakes region area due to a shortage of volunteers.

Currently, there are about 400 everyday heroes who voluntarily advocate for kids and youth throughout the state with CASA. These 400 volunteers are able to meet the need of about 80% of the children and youth who have been abused

Training is led by CASA supervisors as well as a local family law attorney, social worker and foster parent, and covers a wide array of topics to best prepare each advocate for the child or sibling group they choose to work with. Once trained, CASA volunteers are appointed a staff supervisor who is available to support them in court and for all questions, concerns and assistance they need throughout the process.

Volunteers do not need a legal or social work background. They do need to be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma, 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 plan to be established for the child or youth. While this amount of time can vary widely, the average length of a case is 22 months. CASA volunteers become the expert on the child, represent their best interests by making independent and objective recommendations and really make a difference to a child or youth in need.

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 Jen at 603-237-8411 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:51

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Residents from Forestview Manor decided to honor Hometown Heroes on September 11 by baking and delivering homemade cookies and treats. Residents stopped by the Meredith Police Department, where Meredith Police Officer Robert Donnelly gratefully accepted homemade baked goods from a group of Forestview Residents, eager to show their appreciation for all of the work the Meredith Police Department does to keep the community safe. Pearl, Terry, Claire, Evelyn, Rita, Marge, and Carolyn came to represent 76 Forestview residents, many of whom pitched in to prepare the homemade goodies. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 07:46

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Shamanic Journeying program at the Fitness Edge

MEREDITH — Grace Wellness Center in Meredith will be hosting an Introduction to Shamanic Journeying at the Fitness Edge in Meredith on Thursday, October 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Shamanic Journeying is an ancient practice of meditation done to the beat of a drum. The beat of the drum is said to make it easier for the mind to journey to another state of consciousness. The meditation is to connect with Mother Earth and the animals.

Participants will be sitting and lying on the floor, comfortable clothes, mat, pillow, and blanket are recommended. Suggested reading for class: Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, or Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer, or any other reference you have.

Light refreshments and coffee will be available at Grace Wellness Center a few doors down from Fitness Edge following the meditation.

The class will be taught by Kimberly, a Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher, a Level II Integrative Energy Therapy Practitioner and a Spiritual Intuitive. She is a recipient of the Munay-Ki Rites, and has attended classes in Advanced Shamanic Reiki.

Cost is $35. Class size is limited. Call  to reserve a space at 603-707-2071.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 11:07

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