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Belmont fire chief earns his credentials

BELMONT -- Fire Chief David Parenti has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) officially conferred the designation on Parenti earlier this month.

Parenti is one of only 961 CFO's Worldwide.

The commission awards CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization's criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant's education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

Parenti has a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and has far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officers positions.

Parenti has been a member of the Belmont Fire Department for four years. He is currently the President of the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs and resides in Concord.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the CFO Designation Program. The CPC consist of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about CPC, visit www.publicsafetyexcellence.org


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:56

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Fishing guide Glen Leathers to speak at Taylor Community on Monday

LACONIA -- New Hampshire fishing guide Glen Leathers will give a talk on fishing Lake Winnipesaukee for lake trout and landlocked salmon on Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building.

Leathers is the owner of Island Fishing Charters, out of Meredith, and has 40 years of experience fishing in the Lakes Region. Space for the lecture can be reserved by calling 524-5600, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:52

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Donations needed to feed schoolchildren in Ashland & Holderness this summer

ASHLAND — Got Lunch! of Ashland and Holderness, which is providing lunches for 64 children this summer, is seeking donations to support the program which provides nutritious lunches for needy youngsters.

The corps of volunteer packers and drivers are working well together and the entire operation is proceeding efficiently, say organizers.

Packers meet at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Ashland every Monday morning. The fresh food from Shurfine Market in Ashland is brought to the church by volunteers, sorted, and packed for pick up or delivery. Organizers of the program are grateful to Shurfine for allowing the group to purchase the healthy fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and canned goods that make up each weeks menus at a very special price.

Each week vouchers are included for a variety of dairy products, and each family is periodically given printed information, menu ideas, etc. provided by the University of New Hampshire Extension Office.

This program has a cost. Organizers point out that all of the staff give freely of their time, Shurfine is exceedingly generous. But the bottom line, they say, is that it costs $110 to feed each of the 64 kids for 10 weeks of school summer vacation. Got Lunch gratefully acknowledges the generous donations that have been received, but they have not quite met the need for this year. Your tax deductible donation is solicited and may be sent to Got Lunch - Ashland and Holderness, c/o Anne Lamson, 3 White Mt. Court, Ashland NH, 03217.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:49

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Community Caregivers Raffle Winners Announced

MOULTONBOROUGH — Interlakes Community Caregivers is pleased to announce that Paul Cunningham of Philadelphia, PA, won $3,850 from the nonprofit's recent 50/50 Raffle. His lucky winning ticket #47 was drawn on July 4th in Moultonborough.

"The 50/50 Raffle was a success and raised over $3,800 to help support our nonprofit organization. We appreciate all who purchased and all who sold raffle tickets," indicated Sally Dussault, Board Member and Raffle Committee Chair.

Ms. Dussault, who has served as Raffle Committee Chair for the past two years, conceived the idea to have a cash prize for this year's raffle and to have a shorter sales period of 30 days only. Raffle tickets were sold from June 1 – 30 for $100 each with a limited number of 100 tickets available for sale. The organization has run raffles in the past, but changed things this year in order to reach a broader audience, to not ask the already generous business community with requests for raffle prizes, and to create excitement and synergy through a shorter sales period. 77 tickets were sold by board members and other volunteers, and in response to online and media promotions, with one board member alone selling 14 tickets.

"I was happily surprised to have won the cash raffle," said Mr. Cunningham. "My sister Pat McCloskey has volunteered for Interlakes Community Caregivers for years and we know firsthand the value the organization brings to the community."

Formed in 1998, Interlakes Community Caregivers Inc. is a 501(c)3 volunteer nonprofit organization that provides nonmedical supportive services and community information to assist people in their daily lives. ICCI does not charge for services and does not bill any insurance company, the state or any other source for reimbursement for services provided and relies solely on charitable giving, grants, and fundraising events such as this. In 2013, ICCI volunteers provided over 1,200 services, donated almost 5,000 hours, and drove over 48,000 miles helping neighbors in Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor and Sandwich.

To learn more about their services, volunteer opportunities, and how you can support their efforts, call Ann Sprague, Executive Director, at 603.253.9275, ext. 4, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit their website at www.interlakescommunitycaregivers.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:44

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