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LRGH holds its annual Tree of Love and Remembrance Service

LACONIA — The LRGH Auxiliary is pleased to once again offer the holiday 'Tree of Love,' and Remembrance Service on Thursday, December 12 at 1 p.m. in the atrium at LRGH.

From now through the Christmas holiday, the auxiliary will place an angel on the Tree of Love with the name of someone you would like to honor or remember. Angels are decorated by the students of Mrs. Bergman's 4th grade class at Woodland Heights Elementary School and cost $3 each. Angels may be purchased in the LRGH Gift Shop.

Proceeds from the Tree of Love will benefit the LRGH Auxiliary to help fund programs and services at LRGHealthcare. Any questions, please call the LRGH Auxiliary Gift Shop at 524-3211, ext. 3172.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 07:46

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Taylor Community to Hold Free, Confidential Memory Screenings November 19

LACONIA —  As part of National Memory Screening Day—an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)— Taylor Community in Laconia will offer free, confidential memory screenings on November 19. Screenings will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Woodside building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia.

Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.
"We are pleased once again to offer this free service for seniors who live here at Taylor as well as any others seniors living here in the Lakes Region." said Liz Pomeroy, vice president of health services and organizational development at Taylor."
AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.
Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:36

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Moultonborough Historical Society November Program

MOULTONBOROUGH — All veterans and their spouses are invited to join the members of the Moultonborough Historical Society at their November meeting on Monday evening, November 18, at 6 p.m. at the Life Safety Building (fire/police station) on Route 25 in Moultonborough for a free potluck supper for any and all veterans who wish to attend, followed by a short program to honor our veterans.

The supper will be free to all veterans and their spouses; just bring your own place setting, and call Fran Vincent at 253-6250 or Kathy Garry at 476-2349 before November 16 to make a reservation, so we can be sure and have enough "potluck" for all to enjoy. All others who wish to attend, please bring a dish to share, along with your place setting. Beverages including coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:33

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Wolfeboro's DesMarais wins national Leadership Award

LACONIA — NeighborWorks America announced that Edith DesMarais of Wolfeboro is a recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award, an honor that this year recognizes six leaders from around the country for their outstanding contributions to their communities.

NeighborWorks America announced the honorees during its Community Leadership Institute (CLI), held this year in Sacramento, CA. A team from the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition (ELRHC) of Wolfeboro attended. The CLI is an event that strengthens the skills of local leaders and provides grants for these attendees to return home and improve their communities with the knowledge they gained.

"Edith DesMarais and all of the Dorothy Richardson award recipients have shown a commitment to transforming the lives of others," said Eileen M. Fitzgerald, CEO of NeighborWorks America. "Each of the honorees is working to strengthen the communities where they live."

DesMarais also received the President's Volunteer Service Award, created to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. For her work in affordable housing, DesMarais received an official President's Volunteer Service Award lapel pin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Linda Harvey, Executive Director of Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) nominated DesMarais for the NeighborWorks award given in recognition for a Pittsburgh-based pioneer in the community-development movement. She said, "Edie embodies all the characteristics of a committed community builder who translates vision into action and successful outcomes."

Harvey explains that DesMarais spent nearly 10 years building regional support for affordable housing in Wolfeboro, including regulatory changes and the creation of ELRHC. The result is the Harriman Hill development, with 24 completed units built in Phase I and another 24 units currently under construction for Phase II. The units are preserved as permanent community assets. Prior to her remarkable achievements in housing, DesMarais provided leadership in childcare which led to the creation of the nonprofit Wolfeboro Area Children's Center for which she served as longtime founding director.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:19

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