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Laconia PD Grateful for Victim Services Unit Volunteers

LACONIA — April 6 marks the beginning of Volunteer Appreciation Week. The Laconia Police Department is fortunate enough to have several volunteers who assist them in their day-to-day operations.

The Victim Services Unit works closely with the Prosecutor's Office to aid victims of crimes through the Court process. There are also administrative volunteers who assist with copying, filing, and shredding.

Some months the department is lucky enough to have forty plus hours of volunteer time afforded to them. All of these hours are uncompensated and yet the volunteers keep coming back.

The Laconia Police Department's Victim Services Unit has been alive and active for the last eleven years. The members of the unit have worked in court, made calls , sent letters, and have met with victims of crimes; such as, domestic violence and others.

The unit meets once a month to discuss ways to improve communication, how to handle caseloads, and share examples of practices to better serve the public. Some of the members have attended workshops offered for victim advocates in Maine and New Hampshire. The group serves as a liaison among the victim, law enforcement, and the LPD prosecutor.

The unit was started by former Chief Thomas Oetinger and it was suggested an hour a week be served by each member of the unit. Many of the VSU members have gone above and beyond to serve many hours a week. The members feel very appreciated by both the public and the Laconia Police "Team." There are always volunteer opportunities available. If anyone is interested, contact the Prosecutor's office at 524-2330.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:53

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Senior Momentum Canvas Painting

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um canvas painting program on Monday, April 7. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Art Escape on Union Ave in Laconia.

An art instructor will take participants step by step in creating their own masterpiece. All abilities are welcome but this is geared toward the novice painter.

The cost is $10 per person and includes all of the supplies. Participants are welcome to bring a snack or light lunch. All interested participants are asked to RSVP by April 4. For more information or to RSVP please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 527-4722.


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Inter-Lakes students help others learn in Career Partnerships

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program continues to make great strides bringing together the Inter-Lakes high school students and community businesses.

With some students, there seems to be one common goal for their second semester: Helping the other students of Inter-Lakes School. Cammy LaBonte, a junior at ILHS, has been shadowing and helping the 3rd grade co-teach class with Ms. Billera and Mrs. Greenlaw for the third quarter. Cammy also shadowed Mrs. Geib's kindergarten class a couple of times to see which age group she may want to teach after college. She is now pursuing a quarter 4 internship with Mrs. Howard's 5th grade class.

These opportunities not only help the high school student decide to study education in college, but they also help to foster great relationships between the older/younger students at Inter-Lakes. Dani Arceno is a junior at Inter-Lakes High School. She visits Mrs. Browher's 5th grade class daily to help students with their school work. They are currently learning the states and their capitols. They think of Dani as a big sister and look forward to her visits.

Alicia Peverly is a senior at Inter-Lakes and visits Mrs. Meier's 2nd grade class three times each week to help with classroom projects, reading and one-on-one student learning time. Alicia really enjoys her time spent with the younger group and the students like learning from a 'big high schooler'. Natalie Duffield is a senior at Inter-Lakes and shadows Mrs. Towne in the Occupational Therapy Department at ILES twice per week. Natalie helps with various students in and out of the classroom. She is currently trying to decide which major to pursue in college: Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy and this internship is helping her decide just which one to choose.

John Findlay is also a senior at Inter-Lakes and has been helping Ms. Eynon in the Music Department and Ms. Hill in theatre for 2 years now. John helps to teach the younger students music and helps them with their instruments and also lends a helping hand with the various plays put on by the middle school theatre. John is a phenomenal leader and has definitely earned the respect of the students he helps. Jack Williams is a freshman at Inter-Lakes and heads down to the elementary school four times per week to help a few students in the 6th grade with their homework in the after school homework club. Jack enjoys discussing strategies with these students to help them manage their work in a more timely manner. Jack is also interested in education and believes that this mentorship may help him decide just what he would like to pursue in college.

The Career Partnership Program is proud to help facilitate this process for these and many other students. For additional information about the program, contact Executive Director Rhonda Hanaway at 279-6162 x 304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the Greater Meredith Program (GMP), contact Liz Lapham, Executive Director at 279-9015 or visit www.greatermeredithprogram.org .

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Laconia Historical and Museum Society elects 4 new officers to board

LACONIA — Laconia Historical and Museum Society announced that four new directors were elected to the Society's Board of Directors, returning the board's size to 16 members. The Annual Meeting of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society was held on March 24 at the Laconia Public Library.

As part of the annual proceedings, Brenda M. Kean, Executive Director welcomes the new directors to the LHMS Board - Benjamin Perkins, Gerald Bourgeois, Brenda M. Kean, Executive Director, Pat Tierney and Tom Scribner.

"This group brings with them a wealth of experience and knowledge each with their own area of expertise. They will all be great additions to our board," said Kean.

The Laconia Historical and Museum Society, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of all aspects of the history and culture of the City of Laconia, New Hampshire including Lakeport and The Weirs. Founded originally as the Laconia Historical Society in 1951, the organization was restructured in 1980 as a New Hampshire Voluntary Charitable Organization. In 1994, a second group, known as the Laconia Museum Society was incorporated in the city. The two organizations merged in 1998 and the surviving entity was named the Laconia Historical and Museum Society (LHMS).

For more information about The Laconia Historical and Museum Society, call 603.527.1278, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

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