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'Veteran's Forum' seeks personal accounts of wartime experiences

TILTON — Bob Stevens, an 89-year-old World War II Seabee currently residing in Manchester, has partnered with the NH Veterans' Home and the Liberty Independent Media Project to continue his Veteran's Forum series of oral history interviews, produced in cooperation with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

The US Congress established the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The project aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American wartime veterans so future generations may hear directly from the veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Stevens got involved with the Veterans History Project shortly after its inception and, while still living in Massachusetts, he began producing The Veteran's Forum at the Pittsfield (Mass.) Community Television station PCTV. As host, he has interviewed veterans who served in any of the wars, from World War II to the present day. The veterans have shared their memories of war, many of them doing so for the first time.

"The reactions of the vets, families, friends, and viewing public has been very heartwarming and highly complimentary," said Stevens. "Many of the vets have told me that the act of telling/sharing their memories has enabled them to 'unload' memories that they have kept locked up for these many years. The stories are first-hand accounts of what really happened, told by the guys and gals who made it happen."

Now Stevens is working with the Liberty Independent Media Project to continue that series of interviews in New Hampshire. He will be conducting initial interviews at the NH Veterans' Home and is asking all war veterans — male or female — to consider sharing their stories. Copies of those interviews will go to the participants and their families as well as to the Library of Congress, and the shows also will be distributed to public access stations and libraries, as well as appearing on the Liberty Project website, www.libertymedianh.org.
For more information on how to participate, contact Bob Stevens (318), 200 Alliance Way, Manchester NH 03102, phone 603-232-2691, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact the Liberty Independent Media Project, PO Box 969, Winnisquam NH 03289, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.libertymedianh.org.

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Aimee Kolomick receives Seavey Community Service Award

PLYMOUTH — Voices Against Violence (Voices), a regional crisis services agency based in Plymouth, is please to announce the selection of Aimee Kolomick, a child and family therapist at Genesis Behavioral Health in Plymouth, as recipient of the 2014 Beverly S. Seavey Community Service Award. The award is presented annually to a community member who has demonstrated commitment to victim safety.

In presenting the award, Voices Executive Director Meg Kennedy Dugan described Kolomick as "a leader whose dedication and compassion is unparalleled and without whose help countless survivors would not find their way out of the cycle of violence."

Kolomick, who is from Lincoln and has lived in the Plymouth area for more than 20 years, was selected for the award as someone who understands the struggles and barriers that victims face and works collaboratively with Voices to consult with advocates on co-occurrence cases. She invites Voices advocates to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault in classes and groups, volunteers her own time for evening consults with advocates about safety planning and best practices and rearranges her schedule to fit in a new referral or teen in crises.

"All of us at Genesis Behavioral Health are so proud of Aimee for receiving this award," said Kristen Welch, director of development and communications at Genesis. "Aimee has been a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence throughout her career, and this honor is certainly well deserved."

Kolomick says it is an honor to be recognized for her work by Voices Against Violence. "Voices is a dedicated and hard working group of people I have had the privilege of collaborating with for the past 10 years. Working together to educate, provide support and advocacy to victims, we can stop domestic violence. I encourage people to learn more, explore volunteer opportunities or donate at www.voicesagainstviolence.net.

The Seavey Award honors Barbara Seavey, a dedicated member of the board of directors of Voices Against Violence from 1998-2004.

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Committee on Aging holding discussion on Health care

GILFORD — Friday April 11 at 10 a.m. Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will discuss "The State of Healthcare". Tied into the program will be an overall discussion about wellness, and how you live, even where you live, can affect the costs of your healthcare.

Kevin Comick, Vice President of Operations from New England Deaconess Association/Abundant Life Communities will be our speaker. Mr. Comick draws on more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. This program is open to the public and open to all ages.

The Mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs / issues affecting wellbeing, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire's goal to keep seniors healthy, helping us to realize full potential.

The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meetings start at 10 a.m., the 2nd Friday of each month. The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. All are welcome.


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Welcome Spring with the New Hampshire Boat Museum

WOLFEBORO — Come celebrate spring at the New Hampshire Boat Museum's kick-off event of the 2014 season, the annual Spring Fling. This fundraising event, sponsored by People's United Bank, will take place on Friday, April 25 in the Barn at Inn on Main in Wolfeboro beginning at 6 p.m. Reserve your tickets ($42 per person for museum members/$45 for not-yet-members) by calling 603-569-4554 or on-line at www.nhbm.org. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 18.

The evening begins with a cash bar at 6  p.m. with hors d'ouevres. A silent auction with exciting offerings such as baseball tickets, vintage boat rides, gift certificates from area stores plus much more will be offered. To see the full list of auction items with photos, visit the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org.

A buffet dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and includes salad, sirloin with peppercorn brandy sauce, grilled chicken with pinenut butter, parmesan risotto, potatoes, vegetable medley and assorted desserts.

Following dinner a live auction will be held that will include an aerial tour of the Lakes Region, a print on canvas by Sandy Martin, a spring garden consultation, a boat survey package, a trip to a Porsche Rally in a vintage Porsche, and a 3-day getaway to a beachfront cottage in Kennebunkport, Maine to name a few items. Guest auctioneer Jaime Laurent will be leading the live auction in spirited bidding to raise funds for the Museum.

The Boat Museum's Spring Fling Committee including Travis Carloni, Sabra McBride, Joyce Nelson and Lisa Simpson Lutts, wish to thank the many vendors and individuals who have contributed to the auction to date: Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard, Sandy Martin Gallery, MilliCare carpet cleaning, George Sperry surveyor, Rick Kourian, Jeannie and Duff Lewis, Don McBride, Len Finethy, Runabout Restorations, YMAA Winnipesaukee Tai Chi, Emma Taylor's, Chris Kaiser, Joyce and Joel Nelson, People's United Bank, and Mark Whitehead.

The Museum will open for the season on Saturday, May 24. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a not-for-profit organization focusing on New Hampshire's fresh water boating heritage and life. It is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen "A" Resort dance hall/theater building. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , via the web at www.nhbm.org or via Facebook

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