Bone marrow registry info session at Lakes Region Community College on October 15

 LACONIA -- Lakes Region Community College's (LRCC) Compassionate Advocates for Reform and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Society is sponsoring a "Be The Match," information session about donating bone marrow on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in LRCC's Center for Arts and Technology Academic Commons.

"Be The Match" Registry members, Kathryn "Kat" Rapp and Jackie Mcloon will discuss their personal experiences with the bone marrow donor process.

"'Be The Match' facilitates thousands of bone marrow transplants annually," says Rapp. "The 'Be The Match' Registry is the world's largest and most diverse donor registry. They have 11 million potential marrow donors on the 'Be The Match' Registry and access to 22.5 million donors worldwide. It is a great organization of people who care deeply about one another."

The Information Session will precede the actual LRCC C.A.R.E. Marrow Donor Day to be held in LRCC's Turner Building Cafeteria on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.

"At the October 21 Bone Marrow Drive, those interested in joining the Registry complete paperwork which includes contact information and a brief health history, and a cheek swab is done," says LRCC C.A.R.E. Advisor, Linda Ferruolo. "No blood is taken and there is no out-of-pocket cost for someone who wants to join the "Be The Match" Registry.

For additional information about the "Be The Match" Information Session on October 15, contact "Be The Match" Account Executive, Jennifer St. Peter at (401) 248-5762. One may also email St. Peter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gilmanton Food Pantry begins winter hours on October 13


GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will begin operating on a winter schedule beginning Monday, Oct. 13.

The new winter hours will be Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop will be closed on Mondays throughout the winter.

During October the thrift shop will be selling women's pants at a price of two pairs for $1. Everything else in the shop will be on sale at half price.

The pantry and thrift shop can be reached by calling 603-364-0114, or on Facebook at

Tri Rivers NRA holding fund raiser on October 4

FRANKLIN — A fundraiser to benefit the NRA Foundation will be held on the evening of Saturday, October 4, at the Elks Lodge in Franklin. Doors open at 5:30 and there will be door prizes, bucket raffles, silent and live auctions and games.

The meal features roast prime rib and baked stuffed chicken breast and tickets to the event are $40 per person.

The NRA Foundation is a 501-c-3 (tax code) Charitable Foundation (separate from the NRA organization) and was formed in 1992 to provide grants for the promotion and enhancement of the shooting sports and firearms safety.

100% of the monies raised is given out in grants each year as the NRA pays Foundation expenses and the salary and expenses of the NRA rep who coordinates the events in NH and the events are all organized and run by volunteers.

The Gun of the Year this year is a Matched Set pairing Colt XSE Model .45 ACP and .380 ACP Mustang pistols. This will be by a drawing limited to 300 tickets at $10 each. Also, note that there will again this year be an African photo safari for two to Zulu Nyala and an African hunting safari for two with Diekie.on the auction block.

With a limit of 180 attendees this event will be a sell-out. For further information call Fred Allen, Co-Chair, Tri Rivers FNRA Fundraising Committee, at 603-968-9944 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local restaurants to join WOW Fest on Saturday

LACONIA — WOW Fest '14, presented by Bank of New Hampshire, takes place this Saturday, September 27th at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. WOW Fest is a fundraiser for the WOW Trail, with all proceeds going to help construct Phase 2 of the trail.

Events include a fun walk, a 5K and 10K road race along Lake Opechee and a 15 mile (Paugus Bay) and a 67 mile (Lake Winnipesaukee) bicycle challenge all starting and ending at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club. Following the events there is a festival with delicious food generously served from Fratellos, T-Bones, Common Man and Patrick's. The event also features live music with Justin Jaymes, a beer garden with Contigianis Catering and more.

Event schedule is:

Take the Lake Bicycle Challenge: (67m) 7am start
Take the Bay Bicycle Challenge: (15m) 10am start

Take Opechee 5K Road Race: 9am start
Take Opechee 10K Road Race: 9am start

Take the Trail Fun Walk: 10:30am start

Festival, Food & Music: 11am to 1pm

Pre-registration and complete event information is available at