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10th Annual St. Baldrick's event to be held in Gilford on June 7

GILFORD — The Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee is holding it's 10th annual event at Gilford Youth Center on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

St. Baldrick's is a volunteer driven organization that raises money for childhood cancer research by asking participants to fundraise and donate money in return for shaving their heads. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids who are fighting their own cancer battles. The Gilford event also includes a pancake breakfast, a silent auction, and a bake sale. People are encouraged to come shave, watch, volunteer, or donate to someone by going to StBaldricks.org and searching for "Gilford Youth Center" event.
Mary Bourgeois, a Gilford resident, is shaving her head this year. She went to an event a few years ago and thought "I wish I had the courage to do that". She was moved by the recent illnesses of several children in our local area and wanted to help. She mentioned it to her husband and he encouraged her to sign up. She states that she then "made it my mission" to raise money. She is currently the top fundraiser for this year's event. She raised funds by using Facebook, asking local businesses for help and setting up donation jars locally. She also decided to join the Lakes Region St. Baldrick's Committee as a volunteer.
Mary's participation sparked her 6 year old son, Cameron, to also sign up to shave and he has raised a significant amount of money as well. The rest of her family is also helping this year by running the lighting for the event, helping with registration, and selling St. Baldrick's bracelets in the community. Mary said that she is not nervous to go bald for kids with cancer. She is continuing to fundraise and knows that she will likely raise even more money after she goes bald and continues to spread the word about this unique organization.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:22

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Got Lunch Driver Training Friday

LACONIA — GOT LUNCH! Laconia needs drivers and delivers for year four year of delivering healthy lunches to children's homes in Laconia during the summer school vacation. If you can help one Monday or ten Monday mornings join us Friday June 6 at 5 p.m. in the Church Hall of the Congregational Church of Laconia. The Laconia Police Department will be presenting safety tips and information and drivers will receive complete information about expectations and operations.

GOT LUCNH! Laconia delivers enough healthy groceries for five lunches a week to children in Laconia who don't have enough healthy food during the summer. For more information about the program – registration, volunteering or to donate – visit our website – www.gotlunchlaconia.org or call 524-0668 and ask for Paula.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:16

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Walk NH Week will be observed by city schools

LACONIA — Walk NH Week is designed to encourage people of all ages to get out, get moving and participate in a one to three mile community walk. Several years ago, Governor John Lynch proclaimed June 1-7 as Walk NH Week, as a way to promote walking and help keep New Hampshire residents on a healthy path. The goal of Walk NH Week is to inspire participants to continue walking as part of a healthy lifestyle long after the June event's end.

This yearly event aligns perfectly with the work of Laconia Health and Wellness Academy, an initiative in the Laconia School district to make Laconia Schools some of the healthiest schools in the state.

So get out and join Mayor Ed Engler and Superintendent of Schools Terri Forsten for a walk.

This morning Laconia High School students will walk to the WOW Trail and back with Superintendent Forsten and grade 6 from the Middle School will walk to the WOW Trail and back at 9:30 a.m. with Forsten, Mayor Engler and City Manager Scott Myers.

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday Elm Street School students will walk to Leavitt Park and back and will be led by Nick Ford with Kathy Berman of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Superintendent Forsten, Sally Minkow and Carolyn Muller of LRGHealthcare and Mayor Engler taking part.

Friday morning at 9 a.m. Pleasant St. School students led by Principal David Levesque will be joined by Kathleen Merriam, who is in charge of the CERT program and is a member of the board of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Superintendent Fostern and Mayor Engler for a walk down Pleasant Street to Harvard Street, returning the school via Dartmouth Street.

Also on Friday Woodland Heights School classes will walk a quarter mile loop in the field at the school led by Mitzi Tucker for all time slots with Joyce Cameron of Service Link, Denise Hubbard of Meredith Village Savings Bank, Sally Minkow and Carolyn Muller of LRGHealthcare , Police Chief Chris Adams and Superintendent Forsten taking part.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:06

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Plymouth Chamber offers members Tiered Investment Program

PLYMOUTH — Under a new membership structure, Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce's members are realizing new benefits.

''Historically, chamber membership costs has been determined by the number of employees,'' said Scott Stephens Plymouth's Executive Director. ''Following a new national model, the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is now offering a tiered membership investment program that is based on the values the Chamber offers the company and not by the number of employees.''

Chamber members can now select from five investment packages based on how the chamber can best serve their membership needs, or continue to choose a la carte from the many benefits provided. Becky Parks, Banking Office Manager of Bank of NH in Plymouth, selected the Premium Membership Level. ''The Premium Level offers my company the best assortment of services including a continuous appearance on the Chamber's web site, advertising in the Chamber's Map & Guide Business Directory as well as strategic sponsorships of area events that offers us extra exposure to our customers and prospects.''


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:56

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