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Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Franklin on Saturday

FRANKLIN — The public in the Twin Rivers area will have its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during a Drug Take-Back event on Saturday.

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a representative of the Franklin and Tilton Police Departments, along with the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force will be manning the collection site in the lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 861 Central St.

This Drug Take-Back event is a collaborative effort by the Franklin and Tilton Police Departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force.

There is no charge for disposing unneeded medications at this event, and participants may do so anonymously.

The hope is that many area residents will take advantage of this valuable opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs. If you are unable to make it on April 26, you can access the Franklin Police Department's Medication Collection Box in the lobby of the department located at 5 Hancock Terrace in Franklin. The Collection Box is available 24/7 and anyone can anonymously drop pills and patches into the box, no questions asked.

"We are glad to participate in the annual DEA Take-Back event as an effort to create awareness of the prescription drug abuse issue, and we are very pleased with the response to the permanent collection box," says Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein. "The simple act of safely disposing of unneeded or outdated prescription drugs goes a long way toward creating a safer environment for our community," states Goldstein.

For more information on prevention of prescription drug abuse and how to talk to your kids about this dangerous problem, click on the link for the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force at www.franklinnh.org.

While over-the-counter and prescription medications can be brought to collection sites, the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or other sharps.


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LRCC Climanomics Panel to Be Held On Wednesday

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College is scheduled to offer Climanomics: The Good, the Bad and the Opportunities, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 3:30-5:30 p.m., in the Academic Commons on Prescott Hill. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists include Dr. Cameron Wake, research associate professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, at the University of New Hampshire, and who also serves as director for Climate Solutions New England. Also on the panel are Sam Evans-Brown, environment reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio; Peter Adams, co-director of Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative; and Wes Golomb, professor of Energy Services and Technology at Lakes Region Community College.

"Climanomics is about the challenges and opportunities of climate change," says Dr. Andy Duncan, LRCC EST Department chair, who organized the event. "This will be a lively panel of experts who will shed light on how climate change is affecting New Hampshire. There will be plenty of opportunities for participation with the panelists."

LRCC's Scholarly People Educating and Encouraging Knowledge for Society (S.P.E.E.K.S.) club is co-sponsoring the Climanomics panel along with LRCC's EST department. After the panel there will be a Light Eats S.P.E.E.K.S. fundraiser as well as tours of LRCC's Energy Lab.

For additional information, contact Duncan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 603-366-5329; or Golomb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 603-366-5363.

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Annalee Thorndike Art Competition Winners Announced

LACONIA — On Thursday evening, April 10, at the Belknap Mill in Laconia, the winners of the Annalee Thorndike Art Competition Scholarships were announced following a presentation by Karen and Chuck Thorndike. The competition involved students from a number of area high schools, all of whom are planning to major in art or an art related field in the fall.

The evening began with a brief presentation about Annalee Thorndike, the benefactor of the scholarship. It focused on her life and the business she created in the Lakes Region, with an exhibit of some of her original dolls as well as later dolls made in Meredith.

Following this presentation, the judges announced the winners. First place went to Lydia Swedberg of Inter-Lakes High School, second place to Brandon Sheppard of Belmont High School and third place to Holly Smith, also from Belmont High School. The other six students in the competition included: Michael Xiao, Kelsey Jarvis, Emily Wernig and Kelsey Burbee from Gilford High School, James Horne from Moultonborough Academy and Alyssa Woods from Belmont High School. All of these participants received gift certificates for art supplies from the Frates Creative Arts Center in Laconia.

This is the thirteenth year that scholarships have been awarded with funds provided by the Annalee Thorndike Foundation. Over the years, the Annalee endowment has awarded over $28,000 to students planning to study art or something in an art related field. The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, to whom Mrs. Thorndike entrusted the funds for her endowment, administers the scholarship competition.

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Lakes Region Planning Commission to hold hazardous waste meeting on Monday

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission is hosting a commission meeting, which will feature a presentation on the region's household hazardous waste disposal program, its role in protecting our water bodies and water supplies, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

The meeting will be held Monday, April 28, starting at 6 p.m., at the Northfield Town Hall, 21 Summer St., Northfield.

Much has been done over the years to protect the quality of the surface and ground water throughout the state and region. Great progress has been made in curtailing the discharge of deadly chemicals and human wastes directly into rivers and lakes.

There are, however, other sources of pollution around us — household hazardous wastes. These include items such as kitchen and drain cleaners, automotive products, pesticides, fertilizers, and oil-based paints.

For more than 25 years LRPC has coordinated a program to enable Lakes Region residents and property owners to safely dispose of toxic products from their home, reducing the likelihood of contamination of surface or ground water. At this meeting LRPC staff will lead a presentation about this successful, regional program.

Other topics of the commission meeting will include a presentation by Rep. Scott Burns of Franklin who is the prime sponsor of the pending HB 1570-FN regarding Paint Stewardship and a proposed budget revision to commission's FY 14 budget.

As association of 30 communities, the LRPC has active programs in land use and environmental planning, transportation, watershed protection, economic development, technical assistance, and information services.

Commission meetings are open to the public. For additional information or special accommodation, please contact the LRPC: 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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