Guys’ Night Out to hear from UPS supervisor

GILFORD — The first Guys’ Night Out program since the spring begins on Thursday, September 18 at 6 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church, located at 19 Potter Hill Road. 

Tony DeBlasie, IE Supervisor for UPS, will be talking about the UPS system that moves packages from businesses to homes. He will address how UPS has had to re-invent itself in order to accommodate the increase in online ordering and will explain how UPS manages the Christmas season with its inclimate weather.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and then the program by Mr. DeBlasie. The cost for the evening is $12. Resevations are requested before Monday, September 15. To RSVP call 524-6057 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t. 

Sanbornton Baptist Church holding benefit dinner & auction on September 20

SANBORNTON — The Second Baptist Church will hold a benefit dinner and auction in Laconia on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. to raise funds for the renovation of the 200-year-old church.

The event, which will feature antiques, gifts and certificates, will be held at the Grace Capitol Church in downtown Laconia. Tickets for this event are $25 per person. This donation will help rebuild an old church that has a heart for serving our communities. Included with this ticket is an opportunity to take home some terrific bargains and enjoy an Italian buffet-style dinner catered by Contigiani's of Laconia.

Auction items include paintings and prints, boating and fishing excursions, restaurant gift cards, pottery and baskets, furniture and tools, amusement tickets, and crafts.

Donations are greatly appreciated, say event organizers.

The Silent Auction starts at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m., with the Live Auction scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

Early ticket purchase recommended as seating is limited. Information about tickets is available by contacting Sandy Leighton at 524-5992.


Reach Out and Read program receives donation

LACONIA — Moultonborough resident Gloria Briggs recently made a very generous donation to the Reach Out and Read program. The goal of this program is to encourage literacy from a very early age and to promote reading as a part of everyday life for all children.

Now in its 25th year nationally, the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program has seen a revival over the past five years here in the Lakes and Three Rivers regions of New Hampshire. LRGHealthcare employees and ROR program co-directors Mary Bidgood-Wilson, FNP, CNM and Karen Davis, RN work with publishers and organizations such as the United Way to purchase books at a reduced cost. Personal donations are also appreciated to ensure the continued success of the program.

Every patient, ages six months through five years, receives a brand new age-appropriate book at each Well Child visit. There are a total of seven participating practices/clinics in the area.

"I am pleased to support the Reach Out and Read program, which promotes literacy and a love of books from a very early age," explains Ms. Briggs. "This gift is a tribute to the late Bob Lappin. Bob and I have supported this program over the years and have always felt that as grandparents and members of this community the health, growth, and well-being of children in particular is so important."

More than 2,000 ROR books are distributed to LRGHealthcare pediatric patients annually. The donation from Ms. Briggs will buy 1 ½ years' worth of books for the Reach Out and Read program, and will undoubtedly motivate hundreds of children and parents to make reading an everyday practice.

For more information or to learn how you can make a donation to this program or to LRGHealthcare, contact the Office of Philanthropy at LRGHealthcare at 737-1042 or visit our website:

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.

Belknap Sheriff to speak at GOP meeting

BELMONT — Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin will address the serious drug problem at the next meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road.

Wiggin will explain how serious the drug problem is in the county and describe the steps which are being taken to address it.

Because the committee's monthly meeting will be taking place the day after the Primary Election the initial topics will be election results, party unity, and preparation for the November election.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded independents. As usual, those interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m.

The committee again is reminding those planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to one of the local food pantries.

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