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Liquor stores collecting donations for N.H. Food Bank

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) is currently collecting nonperishable food donations for the New Hampshire Food Bank at all of its 77 New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores throughout the state. This is the second year that the stores will serve as collection points for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Collections will run now through December 31.

The New Hampshire Food Bank is a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities and is the state's only food bank. The Food Bank relies on donations to serve more than 140,000 New Hampshire residents who are hungry. Specially-designated collection boxes will be prominently placed in each store to accept non-perishable donations of the following items: Canned soups, vegetables, fruit and proteins such as tuna and chicken; all types of boxed pasta; pasta sauce; packaged macaroni and cheese; ramen noodles; and peanut butter and jelly.

"We appreciate this continued partnership with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission," said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director at the New Hampshire Food Bank. "The need for food assistance in New Hampshire is greater than many can imagine – one in nine individuals and more than 40,000 children under age 18 are considered food insecure. Donations from the public are crucial to helping us provide meals to people throughout our state."

Joseph W. Mollica, Chairman, New Hampshire Liquor Commission said, "The New Hampshire Food Bank helps provide essential nourishment to thousands of New Hampshire residents who are nutritionally in need. We are committed to doing our part to help the Food Bank meet this significant challenge, and proud that our New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets will once again serve as collection points for food donations."

The New Hampshire Food Bank has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1985. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food through 400 partner agencies and nearly 150 mobile food pantries. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs and day care centers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:31

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Local Children's Dentists Take a Stand Against Sweets this Halloween


GILFORD — One area dental practice is redefining the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their excess candy to Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Melissa Kennell and Dr. Matthew Smith are leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars in exchange for cavity-provoking candy.

"Ditch the candy, that's what we're saying. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost," says Dr. Kennell from Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region. "Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well."

Candy will be collected at Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region on Tuesday November 5 only from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The candy must be unopened. Please no bites. It will then be shipped to troops overseas.

The staff at Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region are available to provide more information at 603-527-2500, or visit Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region on Facebook for details.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:28

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Ashland Residents Honored by PSU

PLYMOUTH — Two Ashland residents are among seven people recently recognized by the Plymouth State University Alumni Association for their professional success within the campus community and the Lakes Region.

Jason Lyon received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award recognizes the graduate who through unselfish devotion and loyalty has served Plymouth State University. Lyon, class of '94 and CEO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, is a current board member of the national Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers, focusing on member education. He is also on the executive committee of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association (NHLRA), serving as Vice President of Lodging.

Lyon is also a member of the New Hampshire Youth Council, appointed by former Governor John Lynch, and works with fellow members towards the council's mission of sustaining and improving New Hampshire's competitiveness in the global market by developing a skilled and flexible workforce.

Lyon also is one of the organizers of the popular Common Man Apprentice program, which requires business students to form "companies" and develop and market a new flavor of ice cream. Lyon has served as a mentor to more than 1,000 Plymouth State students since the inception of the Apprentice program in 2005, inspiring many students – and many great ice cream flavors.

Terri Dautcher is the recipient of the Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence, which is awarded to a PSU faculty or staff member who exhibits a commitment to supporting alumni and student connections in a campus environment. She exemplifies this commitment through creativity she employs in her courses, and in her commitment that goes above and beyond the outlines of job description and the boundaries of the academic calendar.

Dautcher has been on the faculty of PSU's College of Business since 2007. Her work with Plymouth State students is shaped by 25 years of corporate experience in a broad range of service-sector industries. She now teaches marketing and professional development classes at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Experiential opportunities are the hallmark of Dautcher's teaching, and perhaps nothing exemplifies this as well as the Annual Chili Cook-off, which was developed by her Event Marketing class. This event has quickly become a campus and community tradition. Competitors include local businesses and alumni groups, along with students, faculty, and staff members, and it's a must-attend event for students and community members.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:26

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Children's Auction & Food Panty Benefit at Patrick's Halloween Baseball Bash

GILFORD — Red Sox fans, costume wearers, live music fans and Pub Maniacs – you are all invited to Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford this Saturday night as Patrick's once again hosts their Halloween Bash to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and the Children's Auction.
Get your costume on, or at minimum, your favorite Red Sox gear on, and enjoy a great evening of music with Paul Costley and Brooks Hubbard beginning at 8pm along with game 3 of the World Series between the Sox and the Cardinals. Anyone in costume (or Red Sox attire) is eligible to win some fun prizes in a raffle.
Donate $10 to the Pub Mania team of your choice (100% goes to the Children's Auction) and receive a complimentary beverage of your choice along with entry into the Grand Prize drawing featuring a 2-night stay at your choice of destinations with InnSeason Resort and a 1-night overnight with breakfast at the Woodstock Station in Lincoln.

Grand Prizes will be awarded at 9 p.m. and 10 p..m.
Patrick's will also be collecting non-perishables for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and all customers are invited to drop-off whatever they can.
For more information, call or email Patrick's at 293-0841 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:22

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