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Citizens Bank Foundation awards $2,500 to New Beginnings

LACONIA — Citizens Bank Foundation has awarded grants totalling $72,500 to help individuals and families facing homelessness

Among the grant recipients were New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse which was awarded $2,500 for the Changing Patterns, Changing Lives program, which works with victims to increase financial literacy, food security and overall well-being so they can lead a more self-sufficient life.

"At a time when they are experiencing a significant increase in demand, homeless shelters remain committed to assisting the many individuals and families requiring guidance, help and support," said Joe Carelli, President of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire. "We recognize the challenges these shelters face and hope these grants will ensure safety and stability, warm meals and other essential services for those in need."

According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services, the state's total homeless population was 2,576 as of January 2013, a 5.4 percent increase over 2012. This included 1,243 sheltered and 442 unsheltered homeless, and 891 who were temporarily residing with family or friends. 418 families are currently homeless in New Hampshire.


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:34

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Inter-Lakes Math Teams Perform well in Gilford Meet

MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes High School math teams did very well at at the December 11 meet in Gilford.

The I-L White team placed first with 117 points, followed by Belmont with 114 points, and the I-L Blue team placed third with 94 points (with only 8 out of 10 members present).

The top scorer for the White team was Jonah Steiss with 7 out of 9 problems correct. He mad perfect scores in Geometry and Algebra II. He was closely followed by Hayley Roth and Sarah Sundius, each with 6 out of 9 problems correct. Hayley made a perfect in Algebra II and Sarah made a perfect in Geometry. Johnny Cox and Liam Donohoe, both had 5 problems correct. Johnny made a perfect in Geometry. Danial Thomas, Cameron Daly and Arian Lopez each made 4 points, with Arian making a perfect in Algebra I. Josh Simpson and Catherine Quimby rounded out the team's scores with 3 points and 1 point respectively.

The I-L Blue team was led by Finnian O'Connell and Isabel Cunningham, each with 7 out 9 problems correct. Finnian mad a perfect in Algebra II and Isabel made a perfect in Algebra I. They were followed by Ben Jaques with 6 correct problems and a perfect in Algebra I. Matt Schneberger followed with 4 points and a perfect in Algebra II. Dorothy Crowell, Natalie Johnson, Angelo Burgess, and Josh Schmalle all finished with 2 out of 9 problems correct.

At the end of the three meets, the I-L White team is still in first place overall, out of eight teams, for small schools in the Lakes Region Math League. The teams are coached by Diane Megan and Bob Marcoux.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:09

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Rey Center lecture series is 'Infatuated with Snow'

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Rey Center winter lecture series, titled "Infatuated with Snow," kicks off with a documentary film that covers an amazing story that has unfolded over the past 100 years. The program will take place at the Rey Center on the second floor in Town Square on Friday December 27 at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion

Passion for Snow is based on a 2010 book by the same name by Dartmouth College graduate Stephen Waterhouse, class of 1965. The documentary explains how the college and many of its alumni have contributed to virtually every aspect of the formation and continuing developments in today's $25 billion snow sports industry. Highlights include a segment on U.S. Ski Hall of Fame member Tom Corcoran discussing founding Waterville Valley; and Olympic gold medalist Hannah Kearney discussing her win in the World Cup while enrolled at Dartmouth. The film will be shown in the Margret and H.A.

Fee for this lecture is $10 per person. All proceeds support the Rey Center art, science and nature education programs.

The "Infatuated with Snow" winter lecture series also includes: Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine by Jeff Leich, Executive Director of the Ski Museum in Franconia presented on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. Getting to Know Snow by Mary Stampone, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire State Climatologist presented Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. Moose on the Edge by Kristine Rines, TWS certified wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.

For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit www.thereycenter.org or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Keep the Heat On Auction Promises to be the Best Ever

PLYMOUTH — Ticket sales for the January 15, 2014, Keep the Heat On Dinner Auction are off to a brisk start at Chase Street Market.

The Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) and the Keep the Heat On (KTHO) Committee thank their generous friends who have responded to the urgent appeal for fuel assistance funds for our neighbors.
The live auction by Lisa Lovett will be the culmination of a fun-filled evening that will also include a silent auction and a buffet dinner supplied by over 20 local restaurants and their chefs—all to raise money for local families in need of heating fuel assistance.

As the snow flies, are you dreaming of a getaway to the beach? One generous donor has given a Nantucket seaside getaway for 4 people. Is a day on the lake more to your taste? We have a boat trip and barbeque on Lake Winnipesauke for you. Perhaps a stay in a secluded mountain cottage? Five nights in the "Coop," with its glorious views of Newfound Lake sunsets, are yours to bid on. How about a trip to the city? You'll have your choice of Boston or New York for a 2-night stay at the Westin Hotel.
For those who prefer to stay at home, there are such diverse offerings as a dinner party prepared in your home by renowned chef Franz Dubach (including fine wines to complement each course), custom stone design for your yard and garden, a beautiful hand-made queen size quilt by the Heartfelt Quilters Guild, or dance lessons for 6 by the Lakes Region Scuffers.
The silent auction will feature products, services, and gift certificates donated by numerous area businesses and craftspeople. They range from practical (like an oil change or chimney cleaning) to luxurious (an onyx & gold necklace or hand knit sweater) to funky (an Art Deco mermaid lamp or jigsaw puzzle featuring President Obama). If you've been to KTHO in the past, you'll truly appreciate the expanded browsing space that the new location at PSU's Prospect Hall will provide.

Tickets for KTHO on are on sale now at Chase Street Market for $35 each, and are limited again this year. Call Veronica Barba Doroat 536-7207 or Doug Grant at 536-5823 to reserve tables. Keep the Heat On is organized and sponsored by the Plymouth Area Democrats partnered with Plymouth Area Community Closet in their continued mission to provide assistance to our neighbors.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 09:41

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