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Lakes Region Community Services Announces New Board Members

LACONIA —  Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) announces two new members recently joined its volunteer Board of Directors. Captain Matthew Canfield of the Laconia Police Department and Laura Main of Laconia are the newest members of this governing board, a representative body of the communities and consumers served and the services offered by LRCS.

Captain Canfield is a career law enforcement officer in his 17th year with the Laconia Police Department having previously served in Meredith and Center Harbor. Canfield is a strong proponent of community policing and understands the importance of being involved and integrated into the community-at-large. "I am familiar with many of the programs and services offered by LRCS and look forward to becoming involved in leadership to gain a deeper understanding. I also look forward to bringing my experience and influence with the Laconia PD to the table. It is a great opportunity to build stronger community. I jumped at the chance to serve," stated Canfield.

As a recipient of services from the agency, Laura Main is familiar with LRCS from a consumer's point of view. A resident of Laconia, Main enjoys her work at Taylor Community in Laconia. She is very pleased to be a new member of the board. "I want to learn more and to help by giving back to LRCS," said Main.

LRCS Executive Director, Chris Santaniello commented "We welcome Matthew and Laura to the Board of Directors. They join a board whose members not only fulfill their governance role and obligations, but contribute their time, talents, knowledge and experience to advance our goals and mission, enriching all we do here at LRCS."

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. A dynamic human services organization, LRCS offers other essential and critical services to individuals in the Lakes Region from birth through a lifespan.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. To learn more about the Lakes Region Community Services contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:50

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FHL scholarship deadline is February 14

LACONIA — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation announced that it will be awarding its eighth annual $1,000 college scholarship to a deserving high school senior. Applications must be in the foundations PO BOX by February 14, 2014.

Criteria for scholarship: Applicants must be a high school senior in the state of New Hampshire, must not be involved in or accused of any illegal activity, must have and show documentation of income and financial needs that make them eligible for funding, must have three letters of reference (all sent in together with application in one packet), must have a letter explaining how awarded funds will impact their life and how they are willing to give back to the community.

To apply visit www.faithhopeandlovefoundation.org no later than Friday, February 14, 2014. All applications must be received by the above date in order to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Applications and requested documentation must be sent all in one packet to the FHL P.O. Box 64 Laconia NH 03247.

Those who make it to the top five will be notified and then interviewed by the Scholarship Committee at a location to be determined on Sunday afternoon March 16, 2014. The scholarship will be awarded at the 2014 Benefit Dinner and Donor Reception on April 26, 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:45

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New Hampshire Boat Museum Seeks Memorabilia for Smith River Canoe Race Exhibit

WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum is organizing an exhibit for the 2014 season that will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, May 24 and remain on view through Monday, October 13.
Staff are currently seeking memorabilia to display in the exhibit. They are looking for photographs, awards, costumes worn by participants, or any other items of interest. In particular, they are seeking items from the 1970s such as t-shirts and awards. The staff is also looking for one canoe and one kayak that were used in the race to put on display.
Lenders must be willing to allow their items to be displayed from May 24 - October 13. Smaller items will be displayed in a locked case, and all items on loan are covered by the Museum's insurance policy.
Those who have potential items to lend or have questions about the exhibit should contact the Museum's Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts, before April 1 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 960-4488.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 08:35

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$5 Early Bird Registration for Raft-a-Palooza (250). Rafting Event

LACONIA — A $5 early bird registration to Raft-a-Palooza at NH LAKES' LakeFest 2014 provides a New Year's resolution-friendly experience like none other – the opportunity to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks on New Hampshire's own Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit nhlakefest.org to register and be among the anticipated 2,100 canoes and kayaks.

On August 3, LakeFest 2014 features a Guinness Rematch as part of Raft-a-Palooza at Endicott Rock Park in Laconia. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of 2013's paddlers are slated to return, along with additional family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in order to successfully seize that Guinness gold for NH – the goal is 2,100 canoes and kayaks to form the largest free-floating raft of canoes and kayaks in the world.

Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 11:53

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