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ASTRA Club brings Holiday Cheer to many in the Lakes Region

MEREDITH — In the midst of the holiday season, the ASTRA Club of Meredith remains as active as ever, participating in many community service events.

Part of an international community service organization for young adults, ages 12 to 25, the ASTRA club of Meredith club has sixteen members representing Meredith and Moultonborough.

For Thanksgiving, the ASTRA girls decorated and filled six Thanksgiving boxes for families in need, providing a turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, and other classic dishes for each family to enjoy.

Rolling right into the Christmas season, the ASTRA club participated in the annual Festival of Trees, a humanitarian event organized by the Altrusa Club of Meredith. Decorating a tree benefiting the humane society, helping out at the children's event, and checking coats at the gala event, the ASTRA girls were busy volunteers. In addition to these activities, the ASTRA girls went caroling at the Golden View Health Care Center.

The ASTRA girls are very active in their community not only during the holiday season but year round, participating in events such as Gowns for Girls, Weenie Weekend: selling hot dogs and cold drinks for the Altrusa Club of Meredith, Caregivers Mini Golf Tournament, as well as making care packages for veterans, cards for Meals on Wheels, and flower pots for the elderly.

The club meets on every second Monday of the month at the Meredith Community Center. Always looking for new members, the club offers many fun and positive community service and leadership opportunities.

For more information about how your teen can get involved with the ASTRA Club of Meredith contact club chairs Kara Martinez at (603) 273-2843 or Karen Truberg at (603) 253-3167.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 09:01

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MacRae's 'Faces of Laconia' at the Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Lakes Region photographer Alan MacRae will present a program about his ongoing project, "Faces of Laconia", on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Belknap Mill. The ongoing project so far includes the portraits of 19 people who have made significant contributions to Laconia and the surrounding area.

Working with Brenda Kean of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, MacRae contacted and interviewed the people they felt had made a difference through their unique contributions to the city. "The interviews brought depth and a whole new dimension to the project," MacRae said. "After the first photo session, I really realized how powerful and engaging that was. Catching the essence of the person was what I set out to do, and the conversation produced the rapport to do that."

MacRae and Kean interviewed most of the people at their own homes or place of work, where MacRae could get more telling shots at a location where the subject were the most comfortable.

MacRae said, "Every conversation I had validated the reason I chose them to be included."
The "Faces of Laconia" portraits are on display at the Belknap Mill through January.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 08:55

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Craftsmen offer Carnival Felt Necklace class

MEREDITH — A Carnival Felt Necklace class with Nancy Evans will be offered at the NH League of Craftsmen shop on Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will learn to work with wet felt and make this fun necklace, using new wool on the market that felts very quickly and leave class with a completed work of art.

Bring to class: an old towel, a bar of soap (ivory or glycerin soap work well), round elastic cord (I found black cord at Joann's and colored cord at Michaels), a small bowl for water, and a lunch if you wish.
Tuition is $45 per student, and there is an additional $5 materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 08:52

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Eastern Star Donates to Community Caregivers

CENTER HARBOR —  The local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ellacoya Chapter #43, recently presented a check for $673 to Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc.

"We are very grateful for this generous donation raised by our local Eastern Star organization," stated ICCI Executive Director, Ann Sprague. "We appreciate our being selected as the local charity to receive the proceeds from their recent fundraising event."

The recent Craft and Pie Sale, held on a cold and windy day in November, was the first sponsored by the Ellacoya Chapter. The Chapter expressed thanks to all the vendors and patrons who supported the event and, due to its success, is planning to hold this event again next year. Other popular events sponsored by their members are the bean suppers held every month from April through November which the public is invited to attend.

Eastern Star is a worldwide fraternal organization whose mission includes helping others in their community and beyond. The Order, as part of the Masonic Family, is composed of women and men who have a Masonic relationship and also supports the youth organizations, Rainbow and DeMolay. Ellacoya Chapter meets in the Squam Valley Masonic Building on Route 3 at the Holderness/Center Harbor town line.

For more information, contact Nate and Kristen Fuller at 603-968-9340 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc., is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit volunteer organization that provides supportive services and community resource information to assist neighbors in their daily lives. Services are provided to residents in the towns of Center Harbor, Meredith, Moultonborough and Sandwich and include transportation to medical appointments, friendly visits, errands, respite care for primary caregivers, and light household chores.

For more information on ICCI services and volunteer opportunities, call 603-253-9275, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at interlakescommunitycaregivers.org.



Eastern Star, Ellacoya Chapter, recently presented a check to Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc. Pictured presenting the check to ICCI Executive Director Ann Sprague is Kristen Fuller, Worthy Matron. Also in attendance at the presentation were: representing Eastern Star, Pam Schofield, Associate Matron, Maurice Schofield, Associate Patron, Nate Fuller, Worthy Patron, and George Leavitt, Past Patron, and representing Interlakes Community Caregivers Ken Greenbaum, ICCI President, and Phil Dillingham, ICCI Board Member. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 08:43

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