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Franklin Boys & Girls Club to open in January

FRANKLIN — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will launch an afterschool program and summer day camp at the St. Gabriel's Parish Center (formerly St. Mary's School) on Elkins Street in Franklin, starting January 2.

Open to students in grades 1-8, the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin will offer a safe place to belong, caring mentors and enriching activities like homework assistance, community service and leadership development, health and life-skills programming, physical fitness activities, arts and crafts and much more.

The Club will be open Monday through Friday after school until 6 p.m. with extended vacation and snow day hours. Free transportation from local schools will be provided. The income-based membership fee ranges from $5 to $65 per week ($45 to $105 for school vacation weeks).

Afterschool Program applications are currently being accepted; summer day camp applications will be available in February. For more information and an application visit concordkids.org or call 224-1061. Unit Director Tom Charbono can be reached at 998-9984.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:11

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AFL Sponsors Live Coverage of the LNH Children's Auction

BELMONT — AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, is helping to sponsor the televised portion of the annual WLNH Children's Auction which raises funds for a number of community organizations in the central New Hampshire area.

Seán Adam, general manager for AFL's Noyes test and inspection division, presented the sponsorship funds to Denise Beauchaine, executive director for Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA), an organization that provides public access services to towns and cities. The sponsorship is made possible by AFL's Community Outreach Program.

"The annual Children's Auction has become a major campaign in this area dedicated to improving the lives of area children in need or at risk," commented Adam. "With early intervention and support by these organizations and programs, children who might otherwise 'fall through the cracks' can receive help and support from the community and, in the long run, be guided toward productive and rewarding lives."

Over the past 31 years, more than $2 million has been raised for local charities, all through volunteer efforts, community donations and corporate sponsorships. Nonprofit organizations that have benefited include the Salvation Army, Greater Lakes Region Santa Fund, Laconia and Gilford Police Departments Relief Family Funds, St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation, Genesis Behavioral Health, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Central NH VNA Pediatric Program, Lakes Region Child Care Services, Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, and the Health First Family Care Center.

The Children's Auction is scheduled for today through Saturday on LRPA, and will be televised in its entirety. Those who want to watch the auction can tune into MetroCast, channel 25, or watch online at www.lrpa.org. Click on the "Watch CH25 Live!" link to access the live video stream. For more information about the Children's Auction, visit www.childrensauction.com.

AFL's Community Outreach Program was created in response to the growing need for support in our communities and the desire to make a difference. The program consists of grants, employee engagement projects, tree planting initiatives and more.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:07

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Gilmanton Man New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

 

CONCORD — The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was recognized during a ceremony Tuesday, December 3, in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House.

Peter Burdett, Gilmanton Iron Works, was selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to represent the State of New Hampshire.

CASAs, who were formally recognized in 1922, have become a vital part of the Army, promoting good relations between the Army and the public and advising the secretary about regional issues.

Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.

Burdett retired from the U.S. Navy in August 1993 at the rank of Commander. He works for Merrill Lynch and is a financial advisor, an Assistant Vice President and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
He graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education and Health, 1972. He received a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Manpower Management from Golden Gate University in 1980. He also received a Certificate in Financial Planning from Merrimack College 2001.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:16

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Holy Trinity Staffer Receives Youth Ministry Award

 

LACONIA — Holy Trinity Catholic School's own Mrs. Maggie Gibbs is the latest recipient of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Award.

The Companions on the Journey Award, the highest recognition from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, is presented to adults who exemplify the best attributes of ministry and Catholic teaching to youth. The Companions on the Journey Award is conferred on adults who demonstrate: Excellence in youth ministry, Commitment to ongoing education and formation, Longevity in ministry, Commitment to young people, Outstanding leadership at the local and/or diocesan level. Gibbs received the award during he World Youth Day ceremony held in St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Oct. 20.

"Maggie Gibbs has faithfully served and touched the lives of students of Holy Trinity School for 28 years as school secretary, and for many years," said Holy Trinity Principal Jack Fortier. "Maggie guided the faith lives of the young people of Our Lady of the Lakes and St. Andre Bessette Parish as Director of Religious Education. In all things, Mrs. Gibbs has been a wonderful witness to the love of Christ — her leadership and presence to the youth of our community was celebrated with the gift of this prestigious award presented on World Youth Day."

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Bishop Peter Libasci presents Maggie Gibbs of Laconia, long-time administrative secretary at Holy Trinity Catholic School, with the Diocesan Youth Ministry Award. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:02

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