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3rd Annual 'Miles for Smiles' 5k Raises Over $4500 for Dental Care

PLYMOUTH — September17 was a perfect early fall evening for 150 runners, walkers and volunteers who gathered in downtown Plymouth for the 3rd Annual Miles for Smiles 5K fundraiser hosted by Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS). Proceeds from the race help to fund dental care for adults with developmental disabilities. Dental services for adults with developmental disabilities are not covered by Medicaid leaving many unable to access the care they need for good oral health.

This year's race was dedicated to the memory Allison Tucker, a local resident whose untimely death last month touched many in the community. Allison was a former participant of the Smiles event and was known for always 'meeting everyone with a smile'. The Tucker family and friends together donated over $500 to Miles for Smiles in Ali's memory.

"Miles for Smiles is a fabulous event. It shows just how caring our community is", commented Laurie Vachon, Associate Director of LRCS. We had 15 local businesses step forward to donate gifts for the raffle, 11 individual and business sponsors, including 6 major sponsors, along with many LRCS staff and community volunteers."

Runners included the PSU women's lacrosse team and other participants of all ages. Fran Gonsalves, Director of Special Education for SAU 48 and a former LRCS Board member, designed the race course and led the community volunteers again this year. LRCS staff member Erin Pettengill coordinated the event details and staff volunteers.

Major sponsors many of whom have generously supported the event each year include: Dr. Raymond Thomas Finn Jr. Beautiful Smiles in the Lakes Region; Region III Family Support Council; Delta Dental; NH Dental Society; and NH Endodontics.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:13

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Boater Education Safety Classes Offered

CONCORD — The Department of Safety, Boating Education is offering the boating education course to the public at the following locations. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class and because of the limited seating pre-registration is required. Call (603) 267-7256 or (888) 254-2125 to pre-register. Seating is still available in the following courses:


10/12/13 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Concord DOS Concord
10/26/13 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Concord DOS Concord
11/16/13 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Concord DOS Concord
12/14/13 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Windham FD Windham
01/25/14 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Windham FD Windham

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:06

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Gilford Methodist Church planning annual Harvest Supper

GILFORD — A local tradition returns to Gilford once again on Saturday, October 19 with the annual Harvest Supper put on by the folks at the Methodist Church on Rt. 11.

Th supper features an old fashioned boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, baked beans and homemade apple and pumpkin pies.

For over 40 years now the members of the congregation have been putting this dinner on every year in the early fall. They work hard to make the fellowship hall come alive with autumn colors and the smells of slow cooked corn beef fill the air. Over 100 pounds of potatoes and carrots are peeled and chopped and 60 pounds of dry beans are sorted, washed, soaked, and cooked overnight in the bean pits behind the church.

This meal is a huge production for the church and has become a favorite of the church supper crowd in the Lakes Region. It takes about 50 hardworking people to put on this meal. The members of the church do everything from baking pies to tending the fires that will cook the beans in the large cast iron kettles. It is a three day undertaking and the meal is well worth the effort.
Tickets are available by calling the church office at 524-3289 or 528-2369 but they sell out quickly so call early. There are two serving to choose from, one at 5 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m.

Those interested in knowing more about how they make the bean hole beans are more than welcome to come and watch as they are put into the kettles and lowered into the ground on Friday night before the dinner. They go into the holes promptly at 4:30 p.m. so don't be late and be sure to bring your camera to get pictures of this age old New England tradition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:00

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Bank of New Hampshire Offers Assistance to Furloughed Workers

ACONIA — With thousands of federal employees going without pay during the government shutdown, Bank of New Hampshire is offering two ways to give furloughed workers a break.

The first program the bank is offering will waive all fees associated with overdrawing a checking account and will increase the overdraft limit to $1,000. It will also waive the $1 non-Bank of New Hampshire ATM charge and will waive all monthly maintenance/service charge fees related to the account. This will provide customers with an opportunity to pay bills and buy food while they are not collecting a paycheck.

The second program offers consumer installment loan customers the option to skip their next loan payment. Both programs will run from October 7 through November 12,  or until the government shutdown ends. To qualify for the programs, customers need a Bank of New Hampshire account/loan that has been in good standing for at least 60 days, a government ID, and a furlough letter to qualify.

"We are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to help any customer who is facing difficulty as a result of the shutdown," stated Carolyn Peverly, SVP – Administration for Bank of New Hampshire. "Every situation is different so we ask that if a customer is having difficulty that they call us."

For more information, visit www.BankNH.com or call 1-800-832-0912.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:44

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