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Baton-twirling classes offered in Gilford this fall


GILFORD — Baton-twirling classes for beginners will be offered this fall on Mondays at the Gilford Community Center.

The half-hour classes, which will run for 12 weeks starting Monday, Sept. 8, will be led by Allie Nault, the feature twirler at Gilford High School. Nault, who started the baton-twirling classes at the Community Center last year, has been a member of Red Star Twirlers in Derry since she was 5 years old. In addition she is also Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen.

The classes will run from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday. Batons will be provided for use in class. Space is limited. Those who wish to register should email Nault at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text her at 603-361-8456.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:02

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Writer April Bernard to give reading at Plymouth State University on Sept. 18

PLYMOUTH — Teacher, novelist, essayist and poet April Bernard will give a reading of her work at Plymouth State University's Eagle Pond Author's Series on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Bernard grew up in New England and was educated at Harvard. Following graduation she moved to New York City to work in publishing. Her most recent collection of poetry is "Romanticism," published in 2009.

Bernard has taught widely and was for many years a magazine and book editor in New York City. As director of Creative Writing, she is a member of the English Department faculty at Skidmore College, and is also on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars.

Her honors include a Guggenheim award, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whitney Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, a Sidney Harman Fellowship, and the Stover Prize. The Whitman Award judge said, "The wit here is corrosive, the ear faultless, the raised voice one to which we cannot but listen."

Bernard has published three other poetry collections: "Blackbird Bye Bye," "Psalms," and "Swan Electric." Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation and Slate.

Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

The Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall will be on hand to introduce Bernard and both will stay after the reading for an author's reception and book signing.

Information about the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is online at silver.plymouth.edu.

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VFW Hosting Meat Bingo to raise cancer benefit funds

LACONIA — On Saturday, September 6,  the Laconia VFW Post 1670 on 143 Court Street will be hosting a Queen Bee meat bingo from 1–3 p.m.

All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides", a breast cancer foundation.

There will be plenty of prizes including a lobster raffle and 50/50's. Food will be served and the bar will be open.

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Committee on Aging kicking off Benefit You Series

LACONIA -- Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is kicking off its 2014-2015 Benefit You Series.

Purpose of this series of 10 monthly talks is to provide information about various benefits available to older citizens. All of the sessions in the series are held at the Wesley Woods Community Room, off Route 11A in Gilford, behind the United Methodist Church.

Louisa Simpson from ServiceLink will kick off the series on Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. with a discussion about Medicare. She will talk about the Medicare system, the changes in the program that are imminent, how to access benefits, and how to understand the program's benefits.

On Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. Sarah Gellert from ServiceLink will talk about Medicaid. Gellert will go over the common misconceptions regarding the Medicaid program as well as the options counseling that is available to everyone.

The session on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. will be about veterans' benefits. A representative from the VA Public Affairs office will participate in this session.

Getting through the "winter blues" will be the topic for the program being planned for Dec. 12.

On Jan. 9 Craig Beane from Wilkinson & Beane Funeral Services will discusses end-of-life issues. There will be information about choosing a funeral service, traditional burial or cremation, costs, funeral, memorial, columbarium and more.

The benefits of a healthy heart and knowing the risks and signs of a heart attack, and stroke will be explored in the program scheduled for Feb. 13.

With March being Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the program on March 13 will look at ways to recognize the signs of dementia, learn how to manage, important planning, find out the benefits of support groups, and other important information about this disease.

On April 10 there will be a program on AARP.

On May 8 Steve Norton from NH Center for Public Policy Studies, will discuss "An aging New Hampshire in a changing policy landscape."

The series will conclude on June 12 with a program on the benefits to staying healthy, in touch, and out in your community.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 12:40

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