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Walk MS Laconia event will set out from Opechee Park on May 10

LACONIA — The first time Army Capt. Alicia Burrows took part in an Multiple Sclerosis walk, it was in the dark, in the desert, in Kuwait. She was stationed there, but wanted to participate in the MS Challenge Walk, in honor of her mother Suzanne who has MS. She walked/ran on a track on the base overnight, coinciding with the walk on Cape Cod. Four years later and more than 6,100 miles closer, Burrows, now stationed in New York, will join her mother, father, sister, and brother for Walk MS Laconia on Saturday, May 10.

"I am proud of all my kids," said Suzanne Burrows. But it was her daughter's determination to help the cause, despite being so far away, that inspired Suzanne to join the Laconia walk two years ago. Her team, Suzie's Slow Pokes, has raised more than $11,000 in two walks.

This year's Laconia walk will take place at 10 a.m., starting from Opechee Park.

Suzanne said the National MS Society was there for her when she needed help making her bathroom handicapped accessible, now she wants to return the favor.

"Hopefully this is giving back -- putting some money back in the coffers."

The Walk MS Laconia follows a five-mile route.

MS (multiple sclerosis) interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. It is typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, but teenagers and even young children can have the disease. More than 2,500 individuals and families are affected by MS in New Hampshire alone.

Those interested in taking part in the walk can access information and sign up online at walkMSgne.org

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:15

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GOT LUNCH! Laconia registrations now available

LACONIA — Registration forms for GOT LUNCH! Laconia are available online or at each of the Laconia schools.

GOT LUNCH! Laconia is a summer healthy lunch program that delivers enough groceries to provide five lunches a week, for each registered child, directly to family's homes in Laconia. All Laconia school-age children are eligible.

The program reaches out specifically to those who qualify for "free and reduced" lunch at the school, however any family is eligible to register their child or children).

Registration forms were sent home with school children on April 11. Forms can also be accessed online at www.gotlunchlaconia.org, stop by the Congregational Church of Laconia's office at 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, or from local schools.

The forms can be returned to any of the schools or mailed to GOT LUNCH! Laconia 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:09

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March for Meals Walkathon in Laconia on May 17

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services (NHCAS) is hosting the 3rd Annual March for Meals Walkathon in five locations throughout the state on Saturday, May 17. The five locations are: Center Ossipee, Concord, Laconia, Littleton and Manchester. 

Meals on Wheels Programs deliver hot meals and a check on safety for isolated older adults and people with disabilities. NHCAS members offer services over six counties: Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough and Merrimack. Last year, coalition agencies served over 800,000 Meals on Wheels to more than 5,000 New Hampshire residents.

By coordinating their efforts, the NHCAS agencies are able to create more awareness of the need for Meals on Wheels and, also, the need for support. Major sponsors of this event include: MassMutual Northern New England, Meridian Health Plan, Walmart Foundation, Bank of New Hampshire, Hudson Kiwanis Club, St. Joseph Hospital, Kindred Healthcare-Greenbriar and Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA.

“Nearly 10% of New Hampshire’s older adults are struggling with hunger and the need for our services continues to grow “, said members of the NHCAS. “Fundraising events like this help to ensure we are able to meet the increasing need.”

NHCAS invites people to participate in the event as donors, walkers and volunteers. For more information on how to join a walkathon contact a NHCAS member: Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties (603.225.3295), Grafton County Senior Citizens Council (603.448.4897), Ossipee Concerned Citizens (603.539.6851), St. Joseph Community Services (603.424.9967) and Tri-County Community Action Program (603.752.3010).


Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:02

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Sanbornton Planning Board to hold public information meetings about proposed zoning amendments

SANBORNTON — The town Planning Board has scheduled public information meetings on Main 1 and May 10 to discuss the six proposed amendments to the Sanbornton Zoning Ordinance which will be voted on by the voters at the May 13 Town Meeting. Included in these six proposed amendments are two dealing with workforce housing.

The Planning Board has already held an official Public Hearing on March 20 as required by state law and has set the final wording of the proposed amendments as they will be listed on the official ballot. By comparison to the Public Hearing, the upcoming public information meetings, according to organizers, aim to provide factual, unbiased information concerning the proposed zoning amendments and particularly the two amendments having to do with workforce housing.

The meetings will be moderated by an impartial moderator to assure that all sides to the issue will be provided equal opportunity to present their views concerning the proposed amendments.

In order to be more convenient to a greater number of Sanbornton voters, two public information meetings have been scheduled: a mid-week evening meeting and a weekend daytime meeting. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m., with the second meeting to be held on Saturday, May, 10 at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the Old Town Hall, 19 Meeting House Hill Road.

The general public is encouraged to attend the meetings and learn more about the proposed zoning amendments in preparation for voting on these proposed amendments at Town Meeting on May 13. Copies of the proposed zoning amendments, as well as general information concerning the State's "Workforce Housing" statute (NH RSA 674:58-61), will be made available to those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Anyone having questions regarding this matter may call the Planning Board Office at 729-8003.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 07:59

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