Patriot Resilient Leadership Group acheives state & federal non-profit status

A local wounded warriors and first responders support group has received federal and state recognition in the form of 501-c (3) non-profit tax status, the organization's chairman has announced.

"This is a milestone for any non-profit group of volunteers to achieve" said Kurt Webber, the chairman of the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute. "It enables us to accept tax deductible donations in the furtherance of providing recreational and life skills experiences for veterans referred to us by the VA as well as other social agencies catering to veterans' needs," he added.

Webber made the point that the PRLI's mission also includes first responders who have suffered physical and emotional stress in the performance of their life-
saving duties. The PRLI, which was only formed in the past year, consists 100 percent of volunteers, all veterans themselves or veteran/first responder supporters.

The PRLI has co-sponsored a disabled veteran ski visit to Gunstock and recently conducted a multi-day visit for training and recreation for 17 veterans referred by the Boston VA Center. This second event, named Camp Resilience, was a major success with intense community financial support. Plans are under way to conduct another multi-day event for a new group of veterans this fall.

The PRLI website,, has additional information. Webber encourages any individual or group interested in helping to fund the next veterans visit event to visit the website or mail a check payable to the PRLI, c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246.

"A Vet is a Vet no matter where he or she was born or currently resides," said Webber. "We're especially reaching out, with our new non-profit status, to any veteran who may be visiting our beautiful Lakes Region this summer, for their financial support of our brothers and sisters who have served in harm's way as they did," he said.

Northfield Historical to host ‘They Sawed Up a Storm’

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Historical Society presents "They Sawed Up a Storm" on Monday, August 18 at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall located at 21 Summer Street. 

Hear the story, told through photos, of the Women's Sawmill on the shores of Turkey Pond, Concord, New Hampshire in 1942. The sawmill, operated by a group of women, was built to saw logs salvaged after the 1938 hurricane. Presenter Sarah S. Smith is the Forestry Industry Specialist with the UNH Cooperative Extension. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Forestry and a Master's in Adult Education, and has authored the book "They Sawed Up a Storm".

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 286-4795.

Gov. Hassan and Live Free and Start Program visit Enterprise Center at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and members of the Live Free and Start business advisory group met August 5 at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) to learn about the ECP's activities and to talk with local business leaders about how the state can partner with them on job creation strategies. The Live Free and Start initiative was formed last month to help make it easier for high-tech companies to start up. The advisory council's goal is to spur economic growth.

The ECP is a business incubator and accelerator, a partnership between the Grafton County Economic Development Council and Plymouth State University; it is home to start-up companies that will have created 18 jobs by September. Governor Hassan said that he ECP is a great example of job creation, and creating high-tech startups is a goal everyone can support.

"I want to make sure we're an attractive place to start businesses. I also want to make sure we're an attractive place to stay and grow a business," Hassan said. "Everybody knows the future of our state is with the entrepreneurial spirit of our people."

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said the success of the ECP partnership dovetails with the Live Free and Start objectives–to create good jobs in the region. "Live Free and Start ties well with what we're doing here," said Steen. "We too want to make central and northern New Hampshire home for high-tech businesses. And if we want those businesses to locate here, we need to talk about innovation, and bringing government, education and private businesses together."

Those attending the meeting suggested New Hampshire needs to improve its internet connectivity and cell phone service, particularly in rural areas, and create business-ready infrastructure, such as building space, to attract entrepreneurs. Leaders discussed the importance of education, bridge funding for businesses, and health care in rural communities. For more information contact Bruce Lyndes, at 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Zulu necklace class at Meredith Fine Craft Gallery

MEREDITH — Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, August 23 from 12 noon to  4 pm for a Zulu Flowerette Necklace class with juried artist Deb Fairchild. Learn and explore in the rich beading tradition of the African Zulu tribes and see how the necklace is a wonderful introduction to their culture. The 'flowers' are lightweight and make an excellent choice for summertime jewelry for any occasion.
Make one and you will be tempted to experiment with simple modifications to create stunning and unique variations. This is an ideal class for anyone who would like to experiment with beading or for experienced beaders who are looking for a new perspective. No prior experience required. Students should bring eyeglasses or magnifiers if they use these for close work.
The tuition for the class is $30 per student and must be paid in advance. There will be an additional $25 materials fee that will be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register for this workshop either call the League of NH Craftsmen – Fine Craft Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.