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Sunflower Natural Foods Community Cookbook Successful

LACONIA — Sunflower Natural Foods has had great success with the sale of its Community Cookbook. Released in November, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the cookbook have been donated to local food pantries and organizations that help to feed the hungry.

Sunflower owner, Ana Gourlay, presented a check for $1,000 the Salvation Army. Captain Sally Warren accepted the check on behalf of the organization. A total of $2,600 was raised from the sale of the cookbook. All remaining proceeds have been donated to the following organizations: St. Vincent DePaul Society, Hands Across the Table, Bread & Roses Kitchen, First Fruit Food Pantry, Vineyard Food Pantry, and the Gilmanton Food Pantry.

The cookbook contains 80 varying recipes from Sunflower customers and local businesses.

Sunflower Natural Foods has proudly served the Lakes Region of New Hampshire since 1985 by providing quality supplements, whole foods, and products to complement a green lifestyle. They are well known for their knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:42

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Wolfeboro's First Night will include Tuckermans at 9

WOLFEBORO — The rockin' a cappella of Tuckermans at 9 returns to Wolfeboro on December 31.

"We've kinda lost track of how many times we've appeared at First Night Wolfeboro," says Tuckermans at 9 founder and baritone Mark Miller from Dover.

"It's always a blast and we're in a new space this year!" Based in the New Hampshire Seacoast, the group dubbed "T9" by fans will perform two entirely different shows, at 9 p.m. and again at 10 p.m., at the Village Players Theater.

"We recently celebrated nine years as a group," explains charter member and tenor Walt Porter of Brentwood. "And in that time, the T9 sound has evolved into a huge variety of material from pop to rock to blues to light jazz, including our own customized versions of songs people know and love."

At First Night Wolfeboro, the T9 shows will include Manhattan Transfer's "Trickle, Trickle"; the Wilson-Phillips hit "Release Me"; Bruno Mars' "Grenade"; "Smoke from a Distant Fire", originally by The Sanford-Townsend Band; and audience favorite "29 Ways (To Make It To My Baby's Door). "And again," reminds Porter, "all a cappella!

Rounding out the group's New Hampshire roster are soprano Ashley Gove (Nashua), altos Kam Damtoft (Durham) and Fran Lipe (New Durham), tenor Shay Willard (Dover), and bass Bill Hersman (Durham). Sound technician Tony Berke hails from Exeter and assistant sound technician Kevin Consaul from Nashua.


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School Choice Celebration at Belknap Mil


LACONIA — The Network for Educational Opportunity will hold its inaugural School Choice Celebration at the Belknap Mill on Saturday, Feb. 1, during National School Choice Week.

The event will kick off NEO's second year of providing needs-based scholarships for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 who are seeking education in a school that better fits their learning needs. The organization awarded more than $125,000 in education tax credit scholarships during the 2013-2014 school year.

Open to the public at no charge, the NEO School Choice Celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m., featuring "Wayne from Maine" performing sing-along music and White Marriot entertaining with balloons. There will be presentations on scholarships and the NH Education Tax Credit law as it applies to tuition for private schools, public schools outside a student's home district, and homeschooling. The event is intended for children, parents, community leaders, and others interested in educational choice.

National School Choice Week 2014 runs Jan. 26 - Feb 1.

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Hosmer recognized for his efforts to protect NH loons

CONCORD — On December 17 the Loon Preservation Committee ("LPC") and NH Lakes Association ("NH LAKES") recognized Senator Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia) for his role in legislative efforts to protect New Hampshire's loon population from toxic lead (Pb) fishing sinkers and jigs.

Between 1989 and 2011, at least 124 adult New Hampshire loons—a threatened species—died from lead poisoning after ingesting lead tackle. Whereas loons are slow to breed and often require many years to produce even one or two chicks, the loss of these adults has had a significant negative impact upon our state's loons. Survival of adult loons is the most important factor in ensuring the continued viability of New Hampshire's small loon population.

At the State House, LPC and NH LAKES presented Senator Hosmer with a loon photo, bearing an inscribed plaque recognizing him for co-sponsoring Senate Bill 89. Senator Jeanie Forrester was the prime sponsor of the bill, which closes a gap in current state law banning the sale and freshwater use of smaller lead sinkers and jigs by adding jig sizes up to one ounce. Lead sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less are by far the largest cause of documented NH adult loon mortality, causing almost half of all NH adult loon deaths.

Sheridan Brown, LPC's Legislative Coordinator said, "These types of legislative successes don't happen without citizens making their voices heard on behalf of loons and other wildlife species who can't speak for themselves. More importantly, they require effective legislative champions who hear those voices and act thoughtfully and decisively. We are tremendously grateful that Senator Hosmer provided his strong support for efforts to protect the Granite State's iconic loons."

For more information about Senate Bill 89 and the lead fishing tackle threat to loons, visit www.loon.org.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:16

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