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Free prom dresses available at Gowns for Girls

MEREDITH — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation is pleased to announce that they will be hosting again their signature event Gowns or Girls on Saturday, April 12.

This is an event open to all high school aged girls (no questions asked) where they will get to pick out a free prom dress. This year the event will be held Saturday, April 12 from 1-4p.m. at the Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith, located at 21 Upper Hill Road. The ground level of Meredith Bay Colony Club will be turned into a one-day only boutique for girls to pick out the dress of their dreams, free of charge.

The day will kick off with an inspirational talk by co-founders of F.H.L; Jessica Dutille and Laura Brusseau, after this the girls will have the chance to get hair and makeup tips for their big night, pick out a prom dress and accessories with one of the personal shopper volunteers on hand.

Brusseau said that the event was the brain child of co-founder Dutille and Board Advisory Member Whitney Carabillo. With today's tough economic issues and the average girl spending well over $600 for one night the foundation thought up the idea of recycling the dresses. The Co-Chairs of the event Aimee Lee and Lara Gruner have been working diligently on the event since November.

The dresses are all donated by local community members and past prom goers. Special thanks go out to our dress drop off locations: Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, Sunday's Salon and Spa in Laconia, The Barn Doggie Daycare in New Durham, the Nashua YMCA, The dress barn at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton and Divine Inspirations in Meredith. These companies are generous enough to not only join the cause, but set aside space to collect dresses the month leading up to the event.

This is our 8th year for the event, each year bringing girls from all over New Hampshire. In the past eight years the Foundation has given out over 700 dresses and given out over $20,000 in grants for enrichment and survival funds.

The Foundation was established in 2006 by Brusseau, a teacher of Laconia and Dutille The Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth.

For more information about volunteering at the event, F.H.L grants, scholarships, or giving opportunities, visit their website at www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org or check them out on facebook

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'Veteran's Forum' seeks personal accounts of wartime experiences

TILTON — Bob Stevens, an 89-year-old World War II Seabee currently residing in Manchester, has partnered with the NH Veterans' Home and the Liberty Independent Media Project to continue his Veteran's Forum series of oral history interviews, produced in cooperation with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

The US Congress established the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The project aims to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American wartime veterans so future generations may hear directly from the veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Stevens got involved with the Veterans History Project shortly after its inception and, while still living in Massachusetts, he began producing The Veteran's Forum at the Pittsfield (Mass.) Community Television station PCTV. As host, he has interviewed veterans who served in any of the wars, from World War II to the present day. The veterans have shared their memories of war, many of them doing so for the first time.

"The reactions of the vets, families, friends, and viewing public has been very heartwarming and highly complimentary," said Stevens. "Many of the vets have told me that the act of telling/sharing their memories has enabled them to 'unload' memories that they have kept locked up for these many years. The stories are first-hand accounts of what really happened, told by the guys and gals who made it happen."

Now Stevens is working with the Liberty Independent Media Project to continue that series of interviews in New Hampshire. He will be conducting initial interviews at the NH Veterans' Home and is asking all war veterans — male or female — to consider sharing their stories. Copies of those interviews will go to the participants and their families as well as to the Library of Congress, and the shows also will be distributed to public access stations and libraries, as well as appearing on the Liberty Project website, www.libertymedianh.org.
For more information on how to participate, contact Bob Stevens (318), 200 Alliance Way, Manchester NH 03102, phone 603-232-2691, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact the Liberty Independent Media Project, PO Box 969, Winnisquam NH 03289, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.libertymedianh.org.

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Aimee Kolomick receives Seavey Community Service Award

PLYMOUTH — Voices Against Violence (Voices), a regional crisis services agency based in Plymouth, is please to announce the selection of Aimee Kolomick, a child and family therapist at Genesis Behavioral Health in Plymouth, as recipient of the 2014 Beverly S. Seavey Community Service Award. The award is presented annually to a community member who has demonstrated commitment to victim safety.

In presenting the award, Voices Executive Director Meg Kennedy Dugan described Kolomick as "a leader whose dedication and compassion is unparalleled and without whose help countless survivors would not find their way out of the cycle of violence."

Kolomick, who is from Lincoln and has lived in the Plymouth area for more than 20 years, was selected for the award as someone who understands the struggles and barriers that victims face and works collaboratively with Voices to consult with advocates on co-occurrence cases. She invites Voices advocates to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault in classes and groups, volunteers her own time for evening consults with advocates about safety planning and best practices and rearranges her schedule to fit in a new referral or teen in crises.

"All of us at Genesis Behavioral Health are so proud of Aimee for receiving this award," said Kristen Welch, director of development and communications at Genesis. "Aimee has been a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence throughout her career, and this honor is certainly well deserved."

Kolomick says it is an honor to be recognized for her work by Voices Against Violence. "Voices is a dedicated and hard working group of people I have had the privilege of collaborating with for the past 10 years. Working together to educate, provide support and advocacy to victims, we can stop domestic violence. I encourage people to learn more, explore volunteer opportunities or donate at www.voicesagainstviolence.net.

The Seavey Award honors Barbara Seavey, a dedicated member of the board of directors of Voices Against Violence from 1998-2004.

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Committee on Aging holding discussion on Health care

GILFORD — Friday April 11 at 10 a.m. Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will discuss "The State of Healthcare". Tied into the program will be an overall discussion about wellness, and how you live, even where you live, can affect the costs of your healthcare.

Kevin Comick, Vice President of Operations from New England Deaconess Association/Abundant Life Communities will be our speaker. Mr. Comick draws on more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. This program is open to the public and open to all ages.

The Mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs / issues affecting wellbeing, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire's goal to keep seniors healthy, helping us to realize full potential.

The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meetings start at 10 a.m., the 2nd Friday of each month. The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. All are welcome.


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