Gilmanton Thrift Shop holding bag sale during August

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will hold another bag sale in August. Patrons will be able to purchase a brown paper bag full of items for $5. If the items customers select are not enough to fill the bag, then they can buy them at half price.

The workers at the Pantry and Thrift Shop are grateful to those who participated in the recent Annual Yard Sale, whether by donating items, working at the sale and/or stopping by to browse and buy.

The Barnstead/Gilmanton Fire Explorers Post 900 recently held a food drive. As a result, they donated a big box of food items to the Food Pantry.

The program is also thankful to Mark Sisti and his family and friends for their recent generous donations of food and money in honor of Mark's birthday.

The Thrift Shop has partnered with the Helping Hands Shelter in Concord. Items that cannot go on our racks for sale due to tears, stains or other defects, the shelter can salvage many of these things to help the homeless in that community. As part of their outreach, Helping Hands needs tents and/or tarps. Tents, tarps, or other items that can assist in providing shelter can be brought to the Thrift Shop which will then arrange from them to be delivered to Helping Hands.

Correspondence and/or monetary donations should be mailed to Gilmanton Food Pantry, Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N.H. 03237. The Food Pantry and Thrift Shop are located at 1817 Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Parking and entrance to the Shop and Pantry is available at the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot. The hours are Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Telephone number: 603-364-0114.

History of Meredith Center Village talk on Saturday

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach will present a program on the history of Meredith Center Village on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m.

Dan Heyduk, a local historian and member of the Meredith Historical Society who is researching local history, will lead the illustrated program titled "Water Power, Mills and Life in Meredith Center Village Through the Years."

This presentation will include historical slides showing the village of Meredith Center from days gone by.

This lecture is free for members of the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, and $5 for non-members.

Further information is available by calling 603-366-5950 to RSVP. The museum ise located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot.


5th Annual Harvest Festival at Prescott Farm

LACONIA — Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will hold its Fifth Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday September 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free Activities include horse drawn hayrides, music, a petting farm and much more.

Activities that include a small fee are hayrides ($1/per person, kids ages 3 & under are free!) & pumpkins for decorating ($2 small pumpkins & $3 for larger pumpkins and gourds.


LRGH Nurse Practitioner Mary Bidgood-Wilson Honored

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare would like to congratulate one of its own long time providers, Mary Bidgood-Wilson APRN, CNM on being inducted into The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

Mary Bidgood-Wilson is amongst 76 nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who were selected for this honor. The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding contributions.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) established the FAANP program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of AANP.

Mary was recognized for her state and national leadership for policy and legislation changes. She has been a part of the LRGH and LRGHealthcare family for 22 years working as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife at Moultonboro Family Health Care. Mary was the first Certified Nurse Midwife at LRGH and directed the midwifery program until the merger with Caring for Women took place. In 1997 Mary was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Nurse Midwives.