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5th Annual Harvest Festival at Prescott Farm

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will hold its Fifth Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday September 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free Activities include horse drawn hayrides, music, a petting farm and much more.

Activities that include a small fee are hayrides ($1/per person, kids ages 3 & under are free!) & pumpkins for decorating ($2 small pumpkins & $3 for larger pumpkins and gourds.


Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 09:44

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LRGH Nurse Practitioner Mary Bidgood-Wilson Honored

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare would like to congratulate one of its own long time providers, Mary Bidgood-Wilson APRN, CNM on being inducted into The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

Mary Bidgood-Wilson is amongst 76 nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who were selected for this honor. The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding contributions.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) established the FAANP program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of AANP.

Mary was recognized for her state and national leadership for policy and legislation changes. She has been a part of the LRGH and LRGHealthcare family for 22 years working as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife at Moultonboro Family Health Care. Mary was the first Certified Nurse Midwife at LRGH and directed the midwifery program until the merger with Caring for Women took place. In 1997 Mary was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives.


Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 09:38

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United Way needs projects for annual Day of Caring

LACONIA -- Granite United Way is seeking proposals for work projects for its annual Day of Caring event in September.

During the Day of Caring, participating non-profit organizations are matched with volunteers from local business and community groups. This day also serves as the "kickoff" to the annual United Way workplace campaigns.

The Day of Caring for the Lakes Region and Plymouth areas is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 19. Granite United Way works with community members and the corporate community to support the work of many non-profit agencies throughout the state.

Granite United Way is striving to increase the number of participants and projects involved this year. Last year, more than 1,330 volunteers completed 180 projects for local non-profits. Granite United Way currently seeks non profits to submit projects for these events.

Non-profit organizations that are in need of a helping hand are encouraged to register their projects by emailing Val Guy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Project ideas include painting, washing windows, repairing fences, landscaping/yard clean-up, general repairs and much more. There are many volunteer options available. Any local not-for-profit can request a project.

Volunteers are needed to complete requested projects. Teams can range in size from one to 10. Each team member will receive an exclusive Day of Caring T-shirt. Contact Val Guy at (603)224-2595 ext. 226 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Shifts are available from 9a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m., or all day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Day of Caring will take place rain or shine, as most projects can still be completed regardless of weather conditions.


Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 09:20

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Minot-Sleeper Library announces new director

BRISTOL — A veteran librarian has been named director of the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol.

Sandy Allgood assumed the post on July 28, the library trustees have announced. Allgood comes to New Hampshire from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked as an acquisition librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library. Her 23 years of library experience includes extensive experience in budget operations, acquisition ordering and customer service in working with faculty, staff, students and vendors.

"I believe libraries are the heart and soul of a community," said Allgood. "They are happy and safe places where all people come to find information, and especially to help children build their curiosities and imaginations. My hope as library director, is that every person that walks into the Library feels comfortable and at home and comes back with a friend."

Allgood shared a favorite quote of hers by Peter Golkin of the Alexandria, Va., Public Library: "My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding my bike to the library."

Allgood and her family reside in Plymouth where they enjoy the many outdoor activities available to those who live here.

The Minot-sleeper Library is one of Bristol's oldest functioning activities and has been a cornerstone of learning in the town and surrounding communities since 1885. The facility was a gift to the town from Judge Josiah Minot of Concord,  and Colonel Solomon Sleeper of Cambridge, Mass. Both had grown up in Bristol.

Voters approved construction of an addition to the library at the 2012 Town Meeting. The addition was complete in the spring of 2013.


Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 09:09

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