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Distracted driving talk Sept. 26 at Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — On Thursday, September 26 nationally-recognized Distracted Driving Speaker Jennifer Smith will lead a discussion on the risks of talking or texting while driving. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Laconia (719 North Main Street).

Jennifer Smith has been an advocate against distracted driving since 2008 when her mother was killed by a preoccupied driver talking on his cell phone. She now travels the country speaking at schools and giving public presentations on the dangers of cell phone use and driving.

Smith has worked closely with Oprah Winfrey on her No Phone Zone Campaign – appearing on her first episode 'American's New Deadly Obsession' in January, 2009. She has become one of the nation's experts on the dangers of distracted driving, also appearing on Fox News, CNN, Larry King Live, 20/20, and Rock Center. Smith also works with families who have lost a loved one by helping them to turn their senseless tragedies into constructive action.

Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams and Dr. Jean Petterson of the Laconia Clinic have collaborated to bring this important program to the Lakes Region.

"As a Pediatrician safety education is a very important focus. If we can make the public aware of how dangerous distracted driving is, we can save lives," explains Petterson. "No conversation is worth losing your life, or taking the life of another. Let your voicemail pick up your call, or pull over to talk. We hope Jennifer Smith's message will resonate to help keep everyone safe on the road."

"The evening with Jennifer Smith will be an opportunity to open a dialogue on talking and texting while driving," states Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams. "Distracted driving is a national epidemic that kills thousands each year. Our hope is to educate our friends and neighbors, encouraging them to hang up and drive, in order to save lives on our roadways."

For more information on the Hang Up & Drive presentation please call the Office of Public Relations & Marketing at LRGHealthcare at 527-2895 or visit www.jennifersmith-distracteddriving.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:11

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Meredith Library Celebrates Banned Books Week 2013

MEREDITH — Did you know that since the year 2000, there have been 5,450 official attempts to remove books from school and public libraries across the United States? Over the past year alone, there were over 450 attempts in the U.S. to control what books and information you and your family have access to. From classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Great Gatsby," to contemporary favorites like "Harry Potter" and "Captain Underpants," few titles have been immune to the effects of attempted censorship.
The Meredith Public Library's mission statement and core values lay out how the library and its staff are here "to provide fair and equal access for all... to knowledge in various media formats." And it was with similar intent that Banned Books Week was founded in 1982, when public libraries, along with educators and book sellers from all over the country, began uniting during the final week of September to mount informative displays and host free-speech events in order to raise awareness for censorship in our country, both attempted and successful. Banned Books Week serves as a reminder for all Americans that reading is not something that we should take for granted, and that censorship in any form is a dangerous act along the edge of a slippery slope.
This year, the Meredith Public Library is excited to have a variety of programs planned for Banned Books Week 2013, which takes place over the week of September 22-28.

The library will be kicking off the week by hosting a "Read-Out!" on Tuesday, September 24 from 3-4 p.m., when the public is invited to come in and read a passage from their favorite banned or challenged book. If you'd like, we'll even be equipped to record your reading, and then upload it to the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out page on Youtube.com, where your video might get posted alongside anti-censorship messages from authors like Judy Bloom, James Patterson, and Lauren Myracle.
Patrons of all ages are invited to participate in Banned Books Week events at the Meredith Public Library. More information on these and many other library events can be found on our website at Meredithlibrary.org, or by calling 279-4303.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:07

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Alternative Process Photographic Images on Display at New Hampton School


NEW HAMPTON — New Hampton School's Galletly Gallery is featuring photographic images in alternative process by Northwood artist Scott Bulger now through October 12.

The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Friday, September 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In "Memento Mori", or "Remember you will die", Bulger's large scale photographic images ask us to remember that we will all someday cease to exist, as will everything around us. "In examining our mortality and our uncertainties, and confronting them, hopefully our fear can be replaced with understanding. We exist for but a blink of an eye. The world is not about us, we are about the world."

Bulger's previous work has been displayed in many exhibits, published in text books, won numerous awards, and is included in many private collections. In 2001, "A Portrait of the Yucatan ", a collection of photographs from Mexico was published. His second book, "Khronikos" was published in July, 2010.

Scott currently teaches "Photo I" and "Photo II" as an adjunct professor at NHTI, Concord Community College, and has previously taught "Introduction to Photoshop". Before joining the faculty at NHTI, he taught "Black and White Darkroom" and "Introduction to Digital Photography" at Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in Concord.

The Galletly Gallery is located on the second floor of New Hampton School's Moore Center. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.



Photographic images in alternative process by Northwood artist Scott Bulger are on display at New Hampton School. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:04

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Laconia Adult Education Gluten-Free Cooking Class

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will offer a class on Gluten-Free Cooking Made Simple. The class will begin on Tuesday, September 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. and will run for a period of five weeks.

Sarah Baldwin-Welcome, a culinary graduate of Newbury College, will teach the class. She is the owner of Provincial Palate Inc. specializing in mustards and specialty catering.

Over 1 million Americans may have intolerance for gluten, a common ingredient in more foods than people may realize. Gluten is a protein found in all wheat, rye, barley, and oat products. The only medically acceptable treatment for gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease is to eliminate all gluten from the diet. Many people with other conditions may also benefit from a gluten and wheat-free diet, including Attention Deficit Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Lactose Intolerance, Autism, chronic fatigue, indigestion and malnutrition.

Wheat allergy is an abnormal immune system reaction to one or more proteins found in wheat. Allergy to wheat is one of the more common food allergies in children. Avoiding wheat is the primary treatment for wheat allergy. Wheat allergy is different from a disorder known as Celiac Disease, an immune system reaction that causes inflammation in the small intestines when a person eats any food containing gluten, one type of protein found in wheat.

So many people are discovering or being diagnosed with intolerance to wheat and gluten products. Many of life's culinary enjoyments are eliminated from their daily diet. People can learn to live without some of these things by replacing them with Wheat/Gluten-free ingredients and still enjoy pasta, pizza and crepes. Learn how to prepare basic recipes with gluten-free replacements as well as how to explore new gluten-free ingredients.

Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 to enroll in this exciting and innovative Gluten-Free cooking class that begins on Tuesday, September 24.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:59

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