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091313CADYGrantMVSB (331): 3X CADY grant

MEREDITH — Communities for Alcohol-and-Drug-free Youth (CADY) was selected as one of 19 local non-profit agencies to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) charitable fund in 2013. CADY will use this $5,000 grant to support the LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship Program, an employment program serving the youth of the Newfound and Pemi-Baker Regions.

CADY, Inc.'s LAUNCH Program is an innovative youth development program that combines workforce development training and substance abuse prevention strategies. Since its inception in 2005, the program has provided over 200 local youth with the education and skills needed to help them earn their first summer job and paycheck. Throughout the year-long program, youth participate in weekly skill-building workshops to develop life, leadership and other pre-employment skills. The program concludes with paid summer employment at Frosty Scoops ice cream shop, developed in collaboration with Alex Ray and the Common Man Family of Restaurants.

In May 2012, the White House and Office of National Drug Control Policy selected the LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship Program to serve as its featured youth program for the National Summer Job and Campaign.

"CADY's community prevention work is purposeful, meaningful, and significant as is MVSB's commitment to youth. The MVSB award of $5,000 will build life, leadership, and preemployment skills throughout this academic year and culminate in paid summer employment for 20 local youth from June through August," said Deb Naro, Executive Director of CADY, Inc. "This grant has opened opportunities for local youth to develop confidence and decisionmaking capacity, acquire new skill sets in real-world settings, and build the healthy community connections that help prevent substance use. CADY is very grateful to MVSB for building possibilities, potential, and promise."

CAPTION — (From left to right) Nancy Mardin, MVSB Branch and Business Development Manager presents a $5000 check to CADY, Inc representatives Tim Tyler, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Deb Naro, Executive Director, Linda Kaminski, Administrative Assistant, and Ann Stark, Data Coordinator. This check represents a $5000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund to support CADY’s LAUNCH Youth Entrepreneurship Program. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:12

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082313 Mary Butler Chapter Celebrates 95th Anniversary (128 w/2 col DAR)

LACONIA — The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR celebrated its 95th anniversary with a special commemorative cake when it met last month at  the Gilford Community Church.

Hostesses for the special celebration were Helen Holbrook, Carole Johnson, and Florence Merrill.

The Mary Butler Chapter welcomed three new members at the meeting: Nancy Castellon, Brittni Ekholm, and Christine Rosset. The total chapter membership is now 81. The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR meets the third Monday of every month. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more information contact Marion Ekholm at 603-293-0429.

The program was a Workshop on National Committees presented by Mary Butler Regent, Rosalie Babiarz. A history of the many National Committees was also part of the program.



Mary Butler Chapter 95th Anniversary Cake (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:04

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090113 Child and Family Services Relocates Laconia Office (250)

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services recently welcomed the Laconia Office of Child and Family Services to the newly renovated Federal Building at 719 North Main Street in downtown Laconia.

LRCS and the LRCS Family Resource Center occupy most of the more than 20,000 square foot building, however additional office space became available when the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region moved to its own larger building. "We are very pleased to have CFS join us in this centrally located and accessible building. The move allows us to fully use this wonderful community resource and is cost effective for both organizations," commented Christine Santaniello, LRCS Executive Director.

"As the oldest children's charitable organization in New Hampshire, Child and Family services has always flourished in collaboration with other like-minded organizations," says Maria Gagnon, SVP/COO of Child and Family Services. "Now under one roof with LRCS, Lakes Region children, youth and families will have access to an array of services that can help them through the challenging times and enhance quality of life."

Lakes Region Community Services is a nonprofit, comprehensive family support agency with a primary focus of providing supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families.

LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. To learn more about the Lakes Region Community Services contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-5224-8891 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:01

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082313 082313 34th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in Meredith this weekend (441 w/3 col arts festival) MeredithCraftFair pick a photo for 3 col.

MEREDITH — Arts and crafts enthusiasts will want to be in this community on Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25 as the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank presents the 34th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

This event will transform the Main Street of the quaint lakeside village as well as the upper parking lot of the Mill Falls Marketplace into an out door art gallery featuring the works of more than 70 painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters. Spectators will be impressed with the variety and quality of exhibits this Festival has to offer.

Booths will include wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather projects, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors. All items are original creations and the artists and craftsmen will be available throughout the weekend to meet and converse with customers. Over the years, the Festival has gained a solid reputation among New England arts and craftsmen and is the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area.

Live music will fill the air for those walking through the Festival. Performing at this year's event on both Saturday and Sunday will be Marc Elbaum and Christine Chaisson who will play jazz, classic rock and great American songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Simplicity The Clown will entertain the younger fairgoers as well as adults on Saturday with comedy magic and balloon entertainment. Phil and Janet Sanguedolce as well as Ray Porcell will round out the Saturday entertainment with Classic Folk and Rock.

Sunday's entertainment will feature songs from the Great American Songbook and at 11 a.m. Christine Chaisson will entertain with Kindermusik. During the afternoon from noon time until 2 p.m. an added attraction, the twenty piece Lakes Region Big Band, with a repertoire ranging from the swinging standards of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to contemporary charts by Gordon Goodwin, will delight the crowd. The Lakes Region Big Band embraces everything one would expect from a big band.

Culinary delights and tasty treats will be available from the Meredith Kiwanis Club, the Chocorua Lodge of Masons, and the Sno Streakers. Featured will be the popular sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, soda, homemade pies and ice cream, and sno cones.

Free shuttle bus service will be available from both the north and south sides of Route 3 and will run continuously both days. Admission is free and for more detailed information contact the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-279-6121.



Stained glass will be among the many arts and crafts at the 34th annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:31

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