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Disabled Vets Ski at Gunstock

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Disabled Sports (LRDS) at Gunstock group recently partnered with the newly-formed Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI) of Gilford to offer two days of skiing to seven disabled veterans and their VA escorts.

The veterans, all referred by the Boston VA Center, are part of the New England Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Veterans. The LRDS group organized the event and paid for the lunches when the Vets arrived plus adaptive ski lessons for the Vets while Gunstock chipped in with complimentary lifts and rentals.

Following skiing at Gunstock on the first day, the Vets enjoyed dinner donated by Patrick's Pub & Eatery. They then had overnight accommodations donated at a huge discount by the Fireside Inn & Suites. The Fireside management also provided free breakfast the next morning before the Vets left for another day on the slopes. Lunch was donated by Shaw's of Gilford after which the group headed home.

All costs for the disabled veterans' excursion were covered by in-kind donations or cash donations from a variety of local people and organizations contacted by either the LRDS group or the PRLI. The PRLI covered the minimal costs of the hotel while generous donations from Lakes Region Dental Care, the Knights of Columbus Council 428, individual members of the Gilford Rotary Club, as well as some other civic-minded individuals in the community, covered all the remaining incidental costs for this visit.

The disabled veterans were sincerely appreciative and expressed their thanks for the outstanding support and welcome they received from the numerous Lakes Region venues, businesses, clubs and individuals.

Anyone wishing to make a donation for future Vet trips or simply seeking more information about the Lakes Region Disabled Sports Program at Gunstock or about the PRLI Veterans Support Group may visit the respective websites at www.lrdisabledsports.org or www.prli.us. The Lakes Region Disabled Sports group is a recognized 501-c-(3) non-profit organization and operates mainly through the financial generosity of donors. The PRLI is working on plans to host another 20 vets in May who will combine recreational activities with business and job search workshops during their visit. Recognized by the State of New Hampshire as a non-profit charitable organization, the PRLI is currently finalizing its application for federal non-profit status.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:44

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Moulton Farm Workshops begin March 22nd

MEREDITH — To help local gardeners prepare for a plentiful summer and fall gardening season, Moulton Farm is once again offering "Good Gardening Workshops". These free workshops begin on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

"Your garden will have a hard time feeding you or providing beautiful blooms, if you haven't taken the proper steps to care for the soil," cautions Moulton. He will discuss ways to preserve and care for the soil to limit diseases and poor harvests. "Focusing on caring for our soil is a key part of our sustainability plan for the farm," explains Moulton. "We'll share what we've learned so home gardeners can care for their soil."

The second "Good Gardening Workshop" will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 10 am to noon. During this workshop Moulton will answer questions and make recommendations about varieties of seeds and plants that perform well in different conditions found in the Lakes Region. "Spending time considering varieties and planning succession plantings can pay off in better tasting vegetables as well as a longer harvest season," explains Moulton. The workshop will also include a preview of the different varieties of plants, including heirloom vegetables, which will be available from the farm's greenhouses a little later in the planting season.

The farm is also offering a "Plant 'N Grow" package that Moulton designed for both beginning vegetable gardeners and more experienced gardeners. "In addition to plants, seeds and soil amendments, the package includes a detailed gardening plan that maximizes the amount of vegetables a person can grow in just 400 square feet. Plus it comes with ongoing advice from our experienced farm team. That's really important," explains Moulton. "It's something you can't get from many places." The deadline for signing up for the package is May 1.

To receive information Moulton encourages people to visit the farm's website and Facebook page as well as sign up for their newsletter at moultonfarm.com.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:27

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Hands Across the Table at Temple B'nai Israel

LACONIA — Due to continuing repairs at the Boys and Girls Club, Hands Across the Table will be holding its free hot meal on tonight at Temple B'nai Israel, 210 Court St. in Laconia. Parking is available on Kensington Court and at Memorial Park.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. with dinner being served at 5 p.m. Representatives from LRGHealthcare will be available from 4 to 5:30 to answer questions on Healthcare Enrollment .

Those with questions can call 455-7206.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:22

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Nationally known comic Joe Yannetty at Pitman's Saturday night

LACONIA — In what has become one of the most popular tickets in the region, the monthly Comedy Night at Pitman's Freight Room (94 New Salem St. Laconia) will take place Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m starring Joe Yannetty (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime), Ryan Gartley (Las Vegas), and Abishek Shah. Tickets are $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

The last Pitman's show drew a sellout of 215 with another 30 having to be turned away after the last seat was filled. The show marked the second time that Pitman's had topped the 200 mark for a comedy night and reinforced the idea that comedy fans of the area will support high level shows.

As for the show this Saturday, the headliner, Joe Yannetty, is making his second appearance at Pitman's. Yannetty appeared last June when he was joined on stage by Rory, the dog belonging to Pitman's owners Dick and Connie Mitchell. The photo of Yannetty and Rory on stage made its way through Facebook and other social media.

"I love that room," said Yannetty, who is a national comedian whose diverse act and crowd interaction has taken him across the country and around the world performing at the largest and most prestigious comedy clubs in America. "The first time I was there the dog walked up on stage and laid down next to the stool. He was great and the crowd got a kick out of it.

"I'm looking forward to this," added Yannetty who has made more than 40 television appearances. "The crowd last summer was fun."

Also appearing will be Ryan Gartley, who is a 20-year veteran of the Boston comedy scene having played Las Vegas, New York and virtually every major club in the region. Gartley has been a semifinalist in both the Boston and the Portland Comedy Festivals, and he has opened for national acts such as Jeff Dunham, Steven Wright, and Lenny Clarke.

The night's opener, Shah, has quickly climbed the ladder and has become one of the region's favorite opening acts, setting the plate for some of the top comedians in the business.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:19

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