Donations needed to feed schoolchildren in Ashland & Holderness this summer

ASHLAND — Got Lunch! of Ashland and Holderness, which is providing lunches for 64 children this summer, is seeking donations to support the program which provides nutritious lunches for needy youngsters.

The corps of volunteer packers and drivers are working well together and the entire operation is proceeding efficiently, say organizers.

Packers meet at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Ashland every Monday morning. The fresh food from Shurfine Market in Ashland is brought to the church by volunteers, sorted, and packed for pick up or delivery. Organizers of the program are grateful to Shurfine for allowing the group to purchase the healthy fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and canned goods that make up each weeks menus at a very special price.

Each week vouchers are included for a variety of dairy products, and each family is periodically given printed information, menu ideas, etc. provided by the University of New Hampshire Extension Office.

This program has a cost. Organizers point out that all of the staff give freely of their time, Shurfine is exceedingly generous. But the bottom line, they say, is that it costs $110 to feed each of the 64 kids for 10 weeks of school summer vacation. Got Lunch gratefully acknowledges the generous donations that have been received, but they have not quite met the need for this year. Your tax deductible donation is solicited and may be sent to Got Lunch - Ashland and Holderness, c/o Anne Lamson, 3 White Mt. Court, Ashland NH, 03217.

Community Caregivers Raffle Winners Announced

MOULTONBOROUGH — Interlakes Community Caregivers is pleased to announce that Paul Cunningham of Philadelphia, PA, won $3,850 from the nonprofit's recent 50/50 Raffle. His lucky winning ticket #47 was drawn on July 4th in Moultonborough.

"The 50/50 Raffle was a success and raised over $3,800 to help support our nonprofit organization. We appreciate all who purchased and all who sold raffle tickets," indicated Sally Dussault, Board Member and Raffle Committee Chair.

Ms. Dussault, who has served as Raffle Committee Chair for the past two years, conceived the idea to have a cash prize for this year's raffle and to have a shorter sales period of 30 days only. Raffle tickets were sold from June 1 – 30 for $100 each with a limited number of 100 tickets available for sale. The organization has run raffles in the past, but changed things this year in order to reach a broader audience, to not ask the already generous business community with requests for raffle prizes, and to create excitement and synergy through a shorter sales period. 77 tickets were sold by board members and other volunteers, and in response to online and media promotions, with one board member alone selling 14 tickets.

"I was happily surprised to have won the cash raffle," said Mr. Cunningham. "My sister Pat McCloskey has volunteered for Interlakes Community Caregivers for years and we know firsthand the value the organization brings to the community."

Formed in 1998, Interlakes Community Caregivers Inc. is a 501(c)3 volunteer nonprofit organization that provides nonmedical supportive services and community information to assist people in their daily lives. ICCI does not charge for services and does not bill any insurance company, the state or any other source for reimbursement for services provided and relies solely on charitable giving, grants, and fundraising events such as this. In 2013, ICCI volunteers provided over 1,200 services, donated almost 5,000 hours, and drove over 48,000 miles helping neighbors in Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor and Sandwich.

To learn more about their services, volunteer opportunities, and how you can support their efforts, call Ann Sprague, Executive Director, at 603.253.9275, ext. 4, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their website at

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center organizing two-week tour of Scottish Highlands

HOLDERNESS — The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is sponsoring a two-week nature tour of the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides Islands next June.

This 13-day trip will leave from Boston. After landing in Glasgow, Scotland, participants will travel by van to Oban and then board a ferry which will take them to the island of Mull where they will stay for five nights at a lakeside inn. Day trips will take include a boat excursion to the Treshnish Isles for lunch among the puffins and a chance to explore Fingal's Cave on Staffa. The itinerary also includes a visit to the village of Tobermory and a day trip to Iona where there will be a tour of the ancient abbey.

Wildlife highlights include white-tailed and golden eagles, otters, seals, and red deer.

On the second part of the trip participants will travel to the beautiful Spey Valley nestled next to the Cairngorm Mountains. Members of the tour will stay at a hotel near Aviemore. From there they will have the opportunity to explore lochs and ancient forests and the shores of the Moray Firth, including a day trip to the Black Isle and Cromarty. They will then travel to Aberdeenshire for the final couple of days. There they will visit Royal Deeside, including a tour of Balmoral Castle, and then proceed to Edinburgh for a free day to explore the historic city.

Further information is available by calling 603-968-7194 ext 23.

Annual Hebron Fair to be held on Saturday, rain or shine

HEBRON — The annual Hebron Fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 26. On that day the quaint Hebron Town Common will be the center of fun activities for the whole family starting at 9 a.m. The fair will be held rain or shine.

With free admission, hundreds of fairgoers will shop from the wares of about 100 craftspeople, the white elephant tent, the Hebron Boutique rummage sale, and a large selection of used books, movies, puzzles and games. Bid on both new and pre-owned items at the ever-popular live auction beginning at 1 p.m., and the silent auction starting at 11a.m. The Rev. "Honest John" Fischer will be auctioning a huge variety of wares from gift certificates and products donated by local businesses to great bargains on used furniture and much more.
Old-fashioned children's games, the dunking booth and pony rides will also be enjoyed. Food items available will include cotton candy, ice cream, fudge, kettle corn, all sorts of homemade goodies. There will be lunch featuring a pot of baked beans, and a chicken barbecue starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to all the homemade goodies, preserves, fresh vegetables and plants, gift baskets will be raffled at the church's food and plant table.
The following day, Sunday, July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the $2-A-Bag Sale will take place in the church basement. There are always great clothes left over from the Hebron Boutique.

The Union Congregational Church of Hebron sponsors the event.

For additional information, call 603-744-5883 or visit