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NHEC Foundation, Northway Bank Donate $258,427 to NH Food Bank

CONCORD — At a ceremony attended by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, officials from the New Hampshire Electric Co-op and Northway Bank capped one of the largest-ever fundraising campaigns for the New Hampshire Food Bank with the presentation of a check for $258,427.

The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge was launched in September 2013 with the goal of raising $150,000 for the state's only Food Bank, which annually donates nearly 10 million pounds of food to be distributed at 400 agencies across the state to the estimated one in nine residents in the state who are considered "food insecure."

The campaign got a big boost when the NHEC Foundation announced it would match up to $70,000 of the total raised and Northway Bank would match an additional $40,000. Donations came from all over the state – from businesses and individuals, including employees of New Hampshire Electric Co-op and Northway Bank who participated via a payroll deduction program.

On March 24, officials from both companies met with Governor Hassan in the Executive Council chambers to present the donation check to NH Food Bank Executive Director Mel Gosselin.

"We have so many thank you's to make as we wrap up this hugely successful campaign," said Earl Hansen, Chairman of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Board of Directors. "The size of this donation and the number of people involved in making it happen says a lot about this state and the generosity of its people. The power of partnering with Northway Bank and the NH Food Bank proved to be a great match."

"We couldn't be prouder of the partnership with the NH Electric Co-op and the NH Food Bank. Our customers and associates opened their hearts and their wallets in amazing ways. We have a 133 year history of serving the citizens of the Granite State and are committed to doing our part in eliminating food insecurity within our communities." said Dawn Champiny, Senior VP of Northway Bank.

"The generosity of NH Electric Co-op, Northway Bank, their employees and the many businesses and individuals who supported the NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge is truly inspiring. We are so grateful to everyone who took part in this very successful challenge and helped to provide 516,854 meals to the one in nine men, women and children in need in our state." said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the NH Food Bank.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:09

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Squam Lake Receives Travel Award from Outside Magazine

HOLDERNESS — The Lakes Region Tourism Association is proud to announce that Squam Lake was designated as one of the "best lakes" in the OUTSIDE magazine's annual Travel Awards presented March 4. Squam Lake is the second largest lake in New Hampshire, with 6,791 acres. This pristine lake is often referenced as the "Golden Pond" lake made famous by the well-known 1981 movie.

The award-winning OUTSIDE magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness since 1977. Their April issue will feature some 50 top destinations, determined by the OUTSIDE global network of correspondents, who traveled across America and beyond, identifying the best adventures, stunning lakes, gorgeous lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways and foodie hotspots. Their 2014 Travel Awards recognized Squam Lake in the "Best Lakes" category.

Lakes Region Tourism Association member, Rockywold-Deephaven Camp, located on Squam Lake was noted as a top lake destination, providing 60 rustic cottages and all-inclusive meals served family-style in a post-and-beam dining lodge.
OUTSIDE writers also directed travel enthusiasts to try the NH Lakes Region's new Inn-to-Inn bike tour along the 59 mile Northern Trail. The Inn-to-Inn bike tour is an outdoor venue that provides bicyclists a pleasant and safe ride without the hazard of a busy road as well as offers packages for visitors that are inclusive of bike rentals, shuttle services, inns and restaurants and country stores.

Amy Landers, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Tourism Association reports, "It's an honor that our members are receiving some national spotlight! This award recognizes our century-old gem, RDC Resort, as well as our new Inn-to-Inn bike tour, we couldn't be more pleased."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:02

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Gilmanton Cub Scouts First to Achieve New Health Patch

GILMANTON — Cameron Hamel, a Committee Chair for Cub Scout 242 in Gilmanton, is making a difference in the health of her Cub Scouts. Last fall, thanks to funding support from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Hamel was invited to attend a training given by Healthy Kids Out of School, an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University, working with out-of-school-time programs to promote healthy snacks and physical activity. Since that training, Cameron has been working with her Cub Scouts to achieve the Healthy Unit Patch - a patch created by Healthy Kids Out of School to reward Scouts for having water, healthy snacks, and physical activity during their meetings.

In New Hampshire more than 25% of school age children are overweight or obese, and a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that as a result of this epidemic, children today may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Cameron Hamel's story is just one example of how Healthy Kids Out of School is combating childhood obesity across New Hampshire. And, her efforts are paying off - Hamel's Pack recently became the first in New England to complete the Healthy Unit Patch – and she hopes her Pack will be an inspiration for others.

Hamel started by selecting fun and engaging games that would allow the Scouts to be both physically and mentally active. A guessing game called Zero In, where the kids use body movements to accelerate gameplay, was a rampant success with her den. Not only did the game fill the Scouts with excitement, but it had the additional benefit of helping them focus the Scout's attention during the rest of the meeting. She now begins each meeting with Zero In as part of their warm up routine.

Hamel also served fresh fruits such as grapes, blueberries and apples, to get the kids excited about eating them together. "It's very important that children are exposed to new and healthy foods," says Hamel. "Oftentimes, a child may be resistant to trying something new, and that's why Cub Scouts is such a powerful platform for making these introductions. Children are much more likely to try something new when they're surrounded by friends who are also participating. The more we can expose them to these experiences now, the more receptive they'll be to making healthy choices in the future."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:53

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LHS Concert Choir, Symphonic Band earn high marks at music festival

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Music Department's Concert Choir and Symphonic Band received high marks at the in the NH Music Educators Association Large Group Festival held at Plymouth Regional High School.

The students prepared three pieces of music that were adjudicated by national judges. After they were graded they then entered another level of the competition by sight reading a piece of music they had not prepared.

The Chorus received a rating of excellence with two A’s and two B’s. The Band received a rating of superior with three A’s and one B. Congratulations to both groups. They will be taking these selections to Toronto, Canada in April to participate in the Festivals of Music in Toronto.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 10:42

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