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Plymouth Rotary Donates to Area Community Closet

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Rotary recently invited Sarah Sutherland to their morning meeting, to speak in her capacity as a board member of the Plymouth Area Community Closet.

Sutherland explained that four critical programs are organized by the Plymouth Area Community Closet to assist local families that are struggling financially and who find themselves with unmet needs. These programs include: the Food Pantry, Meals for Many, the Financial Assistance Program (for such things as fuel purchase), and the Thrift Shop. Proceeds from Thrift Shop sales help support and fund the other three programs.

The work of the Food Pantry is of particular importance at this time of year when so many are finding it difficult to put adequate, nutritious food on the table, and the Food Pantry shelves have emptied quickly. Learning of the dire need, the Plymouth Rotary Board voted to donate $1,000 to the Food Pantry and President Kathy Kearns handed Sarah Sutherland a check to help the cause.

However, the Rotarians didn't stop there. Rotarian Moe Lafreniere, CFO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, created a Food Donation Box located at the Plymouth Common Man Inn and Restaurant (where Plymouth Rotary meets every morning at 7 a.m.. Moe urges members of the club and like-minded community members to join him in filling the box many times over. In the spirit of holiday giving and following the lead of the Common Man's initiatives to "Do Good" in the community, the Food Donation Box will be accessible in the lobby right through the holidays.

If it is more convenient, community members may also send a check of support to the Plymouth Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 393, Plymouth, New Hampshire with "food support" listed in the memo. At the end of the food drive, the Plymouth Rotary will ensure that the food collected, and the monies received, will benefit those who need it most.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:41

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Lakes Region Orthopaedic Conference a Huge Success


LACONIA — Boasting record attendance, with participants from throughout New England, the Second Annual Practical Orthopedics for Primary Care Conference held recently in Meredith, was a huge success. Conference faculty included seven board-certified surgeons from Advanced Orthopaedics Associates, a department of Lakes Region General Hospital.

Held annually, this continuing medical education conference provides an excellent opportunity to bring together healthcare providers to further their education, and renew best patient outcomes. Conference participants, including primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and occupational and physical therapists enjoyed a dynamic and informative program, including discussion of back and knee pain, diagnosis of the arthritic hip and knee, sports related injuries and concussions, as well as tips and pearls on the assessment of shoulder and hand problems.

Participants gave the conference very high marks—expressing appreciation for the clear, concise information about recent diagnostic and treatment advancements, as well as practical tips focused on helping patients to better understand treatment options. With close to 100 attendees this year, plans are already underway for next year's conference.

Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists offers traditional and groundbreaking orthopaedic care with offices in Gilford, Franklin, Glen, New Hampton, and Meredith. For more information, visit www.advortho.org or call 528-9100.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:37

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121213 Boys and Girls Club Holding Inaugural Craft Fair

LACONIA — The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region's  First Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held at the Saint Andre Bessette Parish Hall on Gilford Avenue this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is made possible by the generous donation of the use of the facility by St. Andre Bessette Parish following the recent vandalism which damaged the Boys & Girls Club facility.

''Our club has received an outpouring of support from our community and New Hampshire artisans. We are thrilled to have such a diverse group of crafters to share their handcrafted items and homemade confections. There is something for everyone and a dose of good cheer with holiday music by Lakes Region musician, Bill Parker. We hope you will join us and shop local this year,'' says Dana L. Meade, Director of Arts & Media for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

All proceeds will be donated to the Capital Campaign at www.lakeskids.org for the benefit of the children of the Lakes Region.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:30

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GCC Food Pantry Assembling Christmas Baskets

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Community Church Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is putting together Christmas baskets and items like ham, pineapple, jelly, coffee, juice, cereal, peanut butter, pickles, cake and frosting mix are some of the special items that are needed. Any item, in any amount, is genuinely appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at collection sites located at the Gilmanton School, Gilmanton Year Round Library, and Academy Building or at the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop during regular hours.

Some toys are still on the wish list of a few of the children being sponsored by the Adopt-a-Child program.

The Food Pantry & Thrift Shop can be reached at 603-364-0114.

The GCC Food Pantry recently received a large food donation and generous cash donation from Grace Capital Church of Laconia.

The 50% off sale for all items tagged with a red or green barb continues through December 21.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop is located on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works and parking is available at the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot. Hours are Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monetary donations may be mailed to GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop, PO Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:05

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