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March for Meals Walkathon in Laconia on May 17

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services (NHCAS) is hosting the 3rd Annual March for Meals Walkathon in five locations throughout the state on Saturday, May 17. The five locations are: Center Ossipee, Concord, Laconia, Littleton and Manchester. 

Meals on Wheels Programs deliver hot meals and a check on safety for isolated older adults and people with disabilities. NHCAS members offer services over six counties: Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough and Merrimack. Last year, coalition agencies served over 800,000 Meals on Wheels to more than 5,000 New Hampshire residents.

By coordinating their efforts, the NHCAS agencies are able to create more awareness of the need for Meals on Wheels and, also, the need for support. Major sponsors of this event include: MassMutual Northern New England, Meridian Health Plan, Walmart Foundation, Bank of New Hampshire, Hudson Kiwanis Club, St. Joseph Hospital, Kindred Healthcare-Greenbriar and Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA.

“Nearly 10% of New Hampshire’s older adults are struggling with hunger and the need for our services continues to grow “, said members of the NHCAS. “Fundraising events like this help to ensure we are able to meet the increasing need.”

NHCAS invites people to participate in the event as donors, walkers and volunteers. For more information on how to join a walkathon contact a NHCAS member: Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties (603.225.3295), Grafton County Senior Citizens Council (603.448.4897), Ossipee Concerned Citizens (603.539.6851), St. Joseph Community Services (603.424.9967) and Tri-County Community Action Program (603.752.3010).


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Sanbornton Planning Board to hold public information meetings about proposed zoning amendments

SANBORNTON — The town Planning Board has scheduled public information meetings on Main 1 and May 10 to discuss the six proposed amendments to the Sanbornton Zoning Ordinance which will be voted on by the voters at the May 13 Town Meeting. Included in these six proposed amendments are two dealing with workforce housing.

The Planning Board has already held an official Public Hearing on March 20 as required by state law and has set the final wording of the proposed amendments as they will be listed on the official ballot. By comparison to the Public Hearing, the upcoming public information meetings, according to organizers, aim to provide factual, unbiased information concerning the proposed zoning amendments and particularly the two amendments having to do with workforce housing.

The meetings will be moderated by an impartial moderator to assure that all sides to the issue will be provided equal opportunity to present their views concerning the proposed amendments.

In order to be more convenient to a greater number of Sanbornton voters, two public information meetings have been scheduled: a mid-week evening meeting and a weekend daytime meeting. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m., with the second meeting to be held on Saturday, May, 10 at 10 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the Old Town Hall, 19 Meeting House Hill Road.

The general public is encouraged to attend the meetings and learn more about the proposed zoning amendments in preparation for voting on these proposed amendments at Town Meeting on May 13. Copies of the proposed zoning amendments, as well as general information concerning the State's "Workforce Housing" statute (NH RSA 674:58-61), will be made available to those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Anyone having questions regarding this matter may call the Planning Board Office at 729-8003.

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Meredith Library hosting Rebecca Rule April 29th

MEREDITH — Local humorist and historian Rebecca Rule will speak at the Meredith Public Library on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of rituals, traditions, and history of town meeting, including perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.

This event is paid for through a grant from the NH Humanities Council and the Friends of the Meredith Library. Light refreshments will be served.

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LRCS Honors 9 Area Businesses at Annual Celebration

LACONIA —  Over 100 guests gathered for the Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) Annual Celebration on April 10 at the LRCS Main Office in downtown Laconia. The attendees included board members, employees, individuals served by the agency, family members, community partners, business partners and friends and supporters who together enjoyed celebrating the agency's accomplishments and learning about 'Success at Work' initiatives with area business people talking about their experiences partnering with LRCS to offer training internships for individuals with disabilities.

Keynote speaker Christopher Mongeon, GM of SODEXO Dining Services at Plymouth State University stated, "The STRIDE Internship program at PSU is not only a success for the interns but for its impact on our staff. The positive attitudes and hard work of the STRIDE interns rubs off on our employees who themselves step up to become mentors. As a result of this program we have a stronger work force all around." This sentiment was reinforced by other area businesses on the 'Success at Work' panel representing Centerplate at Gunstock Mountain and Biederman's Deli in Plymouth.

But the strongest voice for employment opportunities for adults with disabilities came from panelist Ashley McClay, a young woman who shared her personal story through a digital presentation showing just how important employment is to a person's quality of life. The video of 'Ashley's Story' began with her just out of High School facing many challenges and few prospects. Through Ashley's determination and with support from LRCS, she completed training internships and has made remarkable strides. Ashley now has a job at Biederman's Deli 'the coolest place to work in Plymouth', her own apartment, a fiancée, a drivers license and is saving for her first car.

Christine Santaniello, Executive Director of LRCS and Gary Lemay, President of the Board of Directors thanked everyone for their support over the past year- a year that saw LRCS receive the prestigious Dunfey Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, grow its programs and services, and expand its community connections, donors and supporters. "We don't do any of this work alone nor should we, noted Santaniello, as our mission is to serve the community by promoting independence, dignity and opportunity. Tonight we want to especially recognize Community Partners – businesses, organizations and individuals, who were nominated by our employees for supporting our mission in an extraordinary way this year."

Community Partner Awardees:

Biederman's Deli and Pub of Plymouth and Patti Biederman led the list of Community Partners awardees for their work with employment internships and support to graduates to help them find successful employment.

Centerplate at Gunstock Resort in Gilford received recognition for the CRAVE internship program a twelve –week program that just recently graduated its first class. Accepting the award were managers Mary MacDonald and John Timbrook.

Curt's Caterers of Gilford was recognized for supporting the LRCS Family Resource Center's Annual Young Author's Tea – a family event that promotes early childhood literacy. Curt's has donated their catering service s to this event for the last three years offering a wonderful children's tea presentation. Julia Chesley accepted the award on behalf of her family's business.

The Region III Family Support Council was cited for their tremendous support and efforts to build employer awareness and job opportunities for adults with disabilities including an ad campaign and financial support to employment initiatives. Council Chair Susan Gunther thanks the Council members for all their hard work.

City of Laconia Police Department was recognized as a valuable community partner and supporter of the LRCS mission. The LPD provides support, assistance and training to those served by LRCS and to the staff and is understanding and collaborative in its approach to problem solving. Chief Adams accepted the award.

Julie Moore, Manager of Normandin Square Apartments received a community Partner Award for her efforts and patience, knowledge and caring in helping those served by LRCS to successfully live independently.

Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) organized a community solar raising together with the NH Electric COOP to install a solar hot water heater system on a residential home in Plymouth supporting individuals with disabilities who require 24/7 care lowering energy costs for LRCS. Co-founders Sandra Jones and Peter Adams were on hand to receive the recognition.

Smoke N Barley of Tilton and Ryan Dickson, co-owner was recognized for hosting the LRCS business DAWGS2GO hot dog cart outside of his store, providing support and opportunity for several paying jobs.

Bob Manley, Co-founder of Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith joined the award presentation by Skype from his new Meredith store opening. A former LRCS employee, Bob lent his expertise to the planning of the LRCS signature fund raising event- Lakes Region Uncorked a celebration of locally produced and hand crafted products.

Longevity Awards

The LRCS Annual Celebration concluded by honoring long term employees and Shared Family Living (SFL) providers who hit milestones this year in their service to the community – 25 Years: Gladys Mooney, (SFL); 20 Years: Cynthia Adams and Scott Fox; 15 Years: Debbie Judd; Cheri Ann Kenneson; Darlene MacPherson; Karen Potter (SFL); Kathleen Sharp (SFL); and Doran Tibbets 10 Years: Linda Clevesy (SFL); Steve Copithorne; Jane Cote; Nicole Cutter (SFL); Cheryl Geiger; Nancy and Norman LaBrecque (SFL); Kerri Lowe; Richard Maltais (SFL) ; Dawn Watson; Patricia Sirles ; Irene Tyler and Sue Woods.

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