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Laconia one of four NH communities receiving a grant to plan for immigrant integration

CONCORD — – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, announced grant awards of more than $350,000 for the quarter. Seventeen grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

"Four of the Endowment's recent grants will focus on a place-based initiative to create welcoming communities in New Hampshire," said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe. "Additional grants will be used to help bolster the capacity of the state's advocacy organizations, create infrastructure to support children's behavioral health, and track data related to early childhood development," he added.

Some of the recently awarded grants illustrate the Endowment's strategy in these areas, including the following projects:

Immigrant Integration Initiative Community-Based Planning – A total of $44,000 was awarded to four New Hampshire communities, including Greater Laconia, Manchester, Concord and Greater Nashua. The grants will support a collaborative planning process that will help advance the integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire.

"Across the United States, a growing number of cities and towns are recognizing the economic and social benefits of fostering a welcoming culture for new and diverse populations," said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme. "As New Hampshire's communities diversify and our native population ages, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on the infusion of youth, talent, energy, and innovation that immigrants bring to our state," she said.

The lead organizations receiving $11,000 planning grants in each community are as follows:

Greater Laconia – Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc.
Manchester – Organization for Refugee & Immigration Success (ORIS)
Concord – Second Start
Greater Nashua – United Way of Greater Nashua, Inc.

Each community will engage in a collaborative local process that includes the perspectives of local government, neighborhood leaders, providers, and the community at large.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:14

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Pitmans Hosting Bruce Marshall Group Friday Night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce that the Bruce Marshall Group will be performing Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m.

The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalog of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether it's pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and taste. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of Blues, R&B, Rock and Southern Boogie.

The interplay between Bruce and longtime guitarist Dave Cournoyer is the heart and soul of their performances. The songs are mostly upbeat, but even those dealing with love lost and missed opportunities, carry an underlying sense of hope and optimism. The band features original music by Bruce plus a high energy mix of Allman Brothers Southern Rock, Blues, Soul and Funk. Bruce is a member of The Toy Caldwell Band (Marshall Tucker) and has performed with Dire Straits, BB King, James Montgomery, Kate Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and more. Bruce Marshall on lead guitar and vocals, Dave Cournoyer on guitar and vocals, Pete Premo on drums and Andrew Renault on bass.

Admission $12, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a catered dinner buffet ($10). Call 527-0043 or 494-3334 for dinner details and reservations. Pitman's is a BYOB venue. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:53

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Family Resource Center tenant and parenting series to return

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, located at 719 N. Main Street, Laconia is offering "Tenant 101" and "Cooperative Co-Parenting" programs to families in the Lakes Region this June. . Both 4 – week series are free and include an optional dinner from 5:30-6:00 p.m. Space is limited in these popular offerings.

"Tenant 101" will meet on Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, & 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This series is open to all and aims to support tenants who may have poor or negative landlord references. Many area landlords accept Tenant 101 Certificates as a willingness to be a better tenant, which can offset a prior poor landlord reference.

Presenters Captain Steve Warren of the Salvation Army, Tammy Emery of LRCS Family Resource Center, Priscilla Bean of H&P Apartments, Leonard Campbell of Catholic Charities NH, Sheri Minor of Don Minor Rentals, Kerri Lowe of LRCS Family Resource Center, and Dan Feltes, New Hampshire Legal Assistance Housing Project Director will cover - what to look for in an apartment, what to expect in an interview, how to know if an apartment is affordable, tenant rights, the eviction process, and being a good neighbor.

"Cooperative Co-Parenting" will meet on Thursdays, June 6, 12, 19, & 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This series is for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households. Presenters Jay Apicelli, MS, Family Mediator and Human Services Educator, Rob Hunt, Attorney at Law, and Tammy Emery, Step Ahead Family Support Specialist, Lakes Region Community Services, will cover - coping through separation and transition; skills for dealing with stress and anger; positive communication strategies; how to reduce and resolve conflict, negotiating agreements, and mediation and guardianship.

Advance registration is requested for these programs. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Attendance certificates are provided at the parenting programs sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.

LRCS is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve individuals and families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811or visit www.lrcs.org.

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Belknap County Dems hosting grassroots training event May 22


LACONIA —  The Belknap County Democratic Committee is planning a grassroots training program designed to bring together volunteers, activists, and community members dedicated to electing strong, Democratic leaders in Belknap County. On May 22 Democrats will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center to participate in training sessions including persuasive neighbor-to-neighbor communication strategies, tactics to maximize a social media presence, and effective fundraising methods.

The training sessions, discussions, and presentations will be led by staff representatives from the NH Democratic Party. Summit participants will be provided with materials and contact information to ensure that local groups have access to resources needed to build successful campaigns.

All local Democrats are welcome to attend this Summit hosted by the Belknap County Democrats and the NH Democratic Party. Please join us!

For more information contact Kate Miller, Chair at  491-6913.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:19

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