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Meredith Village Savings Bank Supports Granite State Adaptive with $5000 Grant to Adaptive Ski Program

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce that the charitable fund carrying its name has awarded a $5,000 grant to Granite State Adaptive (GSA) of Mirror Lake. The organization will use these funds to provide scholarships to children at local school districts who would otherwise be unable to afford adaptive ski lessons and participate in their school's winter ski program.

Granite State Adaptive was created to provide individuals of all ages with disabilities in the Lakes Region the opportunities to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in recreational programs such as winter sports, cycling and horseback riding. Beginning in January each year, they serve disabled children who ski at King Pine Ski Area with the following elementary schools: Tuftonboro, Crescent Lake, Ossipee, Madison, Freedom, Brett School, Oyster River, New Durham, Effingham and Lakeview. In 2014, the organization provided 50 disabled students with a total or nearly 200 adaptive ski and snowboard lessons.

"It can require several trained instructors and highly specialized equipment- with a cost of up to $3500- to provide just one disabled child the opportunity to ski or snowboard with their school," said Jennifer Fraser Haynes PT, Executive Director for Granite State Adaptive. "We are so appreciative of this grant, which will help give schools and parents the opportunity to provide outdoor learning experiences to children with special needs."

"For many of our participants this is the first time they've felt the air blowing across their face from outdoor activity," said Granite State Adaptive volunteer, Jonathan Haynes. "Granite State Adaptive's programs give disabled individuals the opportunity to fully participate in experiences that they may normally be excluded from, along with a sense of pride and accomplishment that extends far beyond the training we provide them."

Though the ski season has come to a close, Granite State Adaptive is busy preparing for their warm-weather programs: adaptive cycling and horseback riding. The organization's Mirror Lake location includes a fully accessible barn, office, riding ring and trails. Therapeutic horseback riding lessons, sensory trail rides and Hippotherapy are provided on site by Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Heidi McBride Costello and Level Two Hippotherapy Specialist, Jennifer Fraser Haynes PT.

Granite State Adaptive works with individuals from ages 2 through 80 who have physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities as well as those who are visually impaired, blind or hearing impaired. Targeted outreach is conducted toward physically and developmentally disabled youth and adults, disabled veterans, active service men and women and at-risk youth. It is their mission to provide individuals who have a disability the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in sports, therapy, training and recreation programs. To find out more about Granite State Adaptive and how you can participate or contribute, please visit http://www.gsadaptivesports.org/

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:36

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Jeanne E. Bennett, 68

LACONIA — Jeanne Edna (Ouellette) Bennett, 68, of 103 Blueberry Lane, died at the Concord Hospice House on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Jeanne was born October 11, 1945 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Vallie) Ouellette. She resided in Laconia for most of her life and had been employed in the Housekeeping Department at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia for nineteen years before retiring in 2009.
Survivors include her daughter, Theresa Plummer French, and her husband, Mike, of Belmont; one grandchild, Sabrina J. LaPage, of Belmont; one great grandson, Lucas Houten, also of Belmont; three brothers, William Ouellette and his wife, Lynn, of Hooksett, Joseph Ouellette and Jim Novak and his wife, Denise, all of Laconia; three nieces and one nephew. In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by her partner, Lawrence C. Pouliot, Sr.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the family lot in St. John Cemetery, Tilton, N.H.
A Celebration of Life will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247 or to CRVNA Hospice Program ( Concord Hospice House) 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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AARP Driver Training program offered in Meredith

MEREDITH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program in Meredith takes place at the Meredith Community Center on Wednesday and Thursday June 18-19 from 4-7 p.m.

Conducted in two 3-hour sessions. The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road to name a few. It points out how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

There is no test and those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.

The fee for the two day course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others.

Registration is required, to register for this course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:35

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SmokinStangs Mustang Rally Moved to Late June

LACONIA — The SmokinStangs Laconia - Annual Northeast Mustang Rally will once again return to the Laconia area June 27-29.

After a one year hiatus, the event organizers are excited with anticipation of this year's rally. The rally still in it's infancy, had some growing pains the first two years (2011, and 2012), as participation was lower than projected.

In prior years the rally was hosted in early September, of which is basically the end of the high season for Laconia, but also the start of school season. September posed additional obstacles as well, to include Hurricane based threatening weather (as experienced in 2012). As weather is a very big, and influential factor for our rally participants, event organizers adjusted the rally dates, and now have moved this event to the last weekend in June.

The SmokinStangs Laconia Mustang Rally as it is currently structured, is a moving rally. The rally, by design, is designed to offer "Something for Everyone." Rally participants have the opportunity to come and go as they please, with activities taking place daily at various locations. Many of these activities are coined as motorized so they occur beyond the immediate Laconia area. These locations include New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, and New England Dragway in Epping. See official rally website for more info: www.SmokinStangs.com

The Lobster Pound Restaurant will serve host to a Meet-N-Greet on Friday June 27, starting at noon. The Meet-N-Greet serves as the official start to the rally, as well as a way to welcome rally participants into the region.

2014 marks a major milestone for Ford Mustang as the Mustang celebrates it's 50th anniversary.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:31

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