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Local Photographer Donates to Genesis Behavioral Health

PLYMOUTH — Genesis Behavioral Health's Plymouth Children & Family Program was the recent recipient of a donation to provide winter clothing for children in need. Local photographer Jon Secord of J Secord Photography donated 25% of his print sales throughout the month of December to the program.

"It's a great feeling to have an idea and see it grow into reality," said Secord, "I was able to sell enough prints so the team at Genesis Behavioral Health can purchase winter clothing for local families who may have otherwise gone without this winter. The final total of $225 was way beyond what I had initially hoped to raise, and I am so grateful to everybody who helped this cause and purchased my artwork."

"Every year, the needs of the children and families we serve seem to exceed the resources we have available," said Kristen Welch, Director of Development & Communications at Genesis Behavioral Health, "Mr. Secord's generosity will make a difference for many of the children and families in our Plymouth program. We are once again humbled by the support of our community, and are so grateful for their efforts on our behalf."

J Secord Photography recently launched a new website at www.jsecordphoto.com and can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jsecordphoto.

Genesis Behavioral Health is designated by the state of New Hampshire as the community mental health center serving Belknap and southern Grafton Counties. A private, non-profit organization, Genesis serves over 3,000 individuals each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 524-1100 or visit the website at www.genesisbh.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:12

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Meeting Wednesday about Hawkins Brook Trail in Meredith

MEREDITH — The Friends of Meredith Library and the Friends of Parks and Recreation are hosting a joint meeting on Wednesday, January 29, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Meredith Library. The meeting will feature a presentation by the Village Pathways Committee, which is spearheading a new project known as the Hawkins Brook Eco Trail. For further information contact Margie Kreitler at 279-6150.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:09

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Candlelight Stroll Committee Already Making Plans for December Event

GILFORD – Gilford's Candlelight Stroll committee recently held its first meeting of the year at Gilford Public Library and planning for this year's stroll is underway. The committee has announced that the third annual Candlelight Stroll will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Gilford Village.
The 2013 Candlelight Stroll was an overwhelming success and was enjoyed by hundreds of residents of Gilford and the Lakes Region. Held in December of last year, the event was very well-attended despite the forecast of a major snowstorm.
The event was successful due to the generosity of local donors and the many volunteers who worked in frigid temperatures as they set up and lit the over 1,000 candles that flickered along the streets of Gilford Village. Volunteers from the stroll committee and from Gilford's Thompson-Ames Historical Society welcomed visitors to all three buildings of the historical society. Many residents living on Belknap Mountain Road in the village opened up their homes to the general public. Members of Gilford's police and fire departments were present, and the fire department offered attendees S'mores as they were warmed by a bonfire in the village field.
Committee members have made it their goal to make this year's stroll better than in previous years. The committee invites all those who are interested in helping with this event to attend one of the committee's meetings. Stroll committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Gilford Public Library. The library is located at 31 Potter Hill Road in Gilford.
For more information about Gilford's Candlelight Stroll committee, contact Dee Chitty at (603) 527-4732.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:20

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Volunteer with CASA and make a lifelong difference for a child

CONCORD — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH believes that every child deserves a safe, permanent home. CASA of NH is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens and trains everyday citizens from the community to be the voice of abused and neglected children in the courtroom, seeking to ensure them a safe and permanent home. Often referred to as the "eyes and ears of the court", CASA volunteer advocates are assigned by family court judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group.

They conduct monthly, face-to-face visits with their child(ren), make independent, objective observations about the child's safety and well-being, and submit a written summary report to the appointing judge at each hearing, to help that judge make decisions about the child's permanent placement. Most importantly, CASAs are often the only consistent, positive adult in the lives of these children during a time of chaos, confusion, and hurt. Currently, there are nearly 400 everyday heroes throughout the state with CASA. These amazing men and women are able to meet the need of about 83% of the children and youth who have been abused. Our goal is to provide an advocate for every child in New Hampshire that needs one, but we cannot do that without your help.

Volunteers do not need a legal or social work background. They do need to be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, the ability to attend court hearings approximately every three months, the time to meet with the child once a month and the time to talk with various people involved in the child's life. Transportation and computer skills are essential. Volunteers are expected to commit to the length of time that it takes for a safe, permanent home to be established for the child or youth. While this amount of time can vary widely, the average length of a case is 24 months.

To be eligible to take the training an application must be completed along with various background checks and an interview. Applications and further information can be found at www.casanh.org or contact Diane at 603-626-4600 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Upcoming trainings are scheduled for Berlin/Gorham, Manchester, Keene and Conway.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 09:11

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