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Meeting Monday for group interested in health care issues

LACONIA — Medicaid Managed Care and other issues will be discussed at during a gathering organized by Advocates Building Lasting Equality in New Hampshire (ABLE NH). All members of the public are welcome to attend the session scheduled for Monday, March 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Lakes Region Community Services Main office, 719 North Main St., Laconia.

This meeting will consist of an introduction to ABLE NH, a discussion on the implementation of Medicaid Managed Care, and other community concerns. All community members are invited to share their stories and to discuss ways to improve services in the Lakes Region.

Founded in 2007 as the result of a year-long multi-organizational planning process which included the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, the Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Disability Rights Center, ABLE NH is a grass-roots organization which advocates for the full participation of people with disabilities by connecting families, influencing public policy, and improving systems of supports, consisting primarily of self-advocates and family members. ABLE NH members take on the concerns of the communities in which they live.

ABLE NH encourages all those who are interested in the issue of Medicaid Managed Care or other issues of local concern, to contact their local ABLE chapter leader or the statewide organizer, Amanda Miller Johnson. More information can be obtained by callingl 603-731-2045 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or contacting Denise Colby 603-657-4449 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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LRCS Active Parenting Teens program begins April 1st

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire is again offering a free, "Active Parenting of Teens" program for families in the Lakes Region. "Active Parenting of Teens" will meet on Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 29, & May 6, 13 from 6-8 p.m. and includes an optional dinner from 5:30-6 p.m.

This 6-week series is for parents of teens and pre-teens. The series provides parents with the guidance and support the need to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities. Topics include: methods of respectful discipline; skills for clear, honest communication, strategies to prevent risky behavior, how to be an encouraging parent, and insight on issues such as teens online, bullying and depression.

Advance registration is requested for this program. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, to RSVP or for more information call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:07

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Felted ornament class on March 22

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be hosting a class with Chronicle featured fiber artist Carolyn Wright on March 22 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. During this three hour class you will learn how to make a felted sheep ornament that can be cherished for years to come. No experience necessary and this class is for all ages.
Carolyn is a self-taught and began felting after she saw a book with felted animals on it and fell in love with it. Using small straight needles with barbs cut along the shaft, Carolyn creates wonderful animals and eggs by the process of felting wool. The wool comes from sheep at her brother's farm in Vermont.
Tuition is $25 per student to be paid in advance, and with an additional $12 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

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Ambassador Rick Barton to Speak at PSU March 27

PLYMOUTH — The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization will speak at Plymouth State University's Welcome Center at PSU Ice Arena Rt 175A (Holderness Road) Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m.

Rick Barton will speak about how the State Department is advancing national security by helping countries like Kenya, Syria, Honduras and Burma break cycles of conflict and address the causes of destabilizing violence. Ambassador Barton's newly established office focuses on civilian-led peace and security efforts in volatile situations across the world. The Ambassador will also discuss job opportunities in international business.

This presentation is free and open to the community and is hosted by Plymouth State University in partnership with the World Affairs Council of N.H. and the PSU College of Business Administration.

Ambassador Barton is driving the State Department's efforts to improve U.S. government effectiveness in preventing conflict and addressing crises. Mr. Barton leads a team of nearly 200, who are focused on a few countries of special importance or where innovative initiatives can further locally-driven solutions. Previously, Ambassador Barton worked to improve the U.S. and international response to conflict in more than 30 of the world's most unstable places.

He led independent reviews of Iraq reconstruction; developed civilian strategies for Iraq, Sudan, and Sri Lanka; created new measurements of progress in Iraq and Afghanistan; and initiated path-breaking approaches to conflict reduction in Pakistan and Nigeria. He served in New York as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), working on development, peacebuilding, climate change, and human rights.

During that time, Mr. Barton was actively engaged in the creation of UN Women, the advancement of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the Millennium Development Goals summit, the suspension of Libya's voting rights on the UN Human Rights Commission, Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction, Democracy Fund initiatives, and efforts to better align U.S. and UN development country programs.

Ambassador Barton graduated from Harvard College, earned his master's in Business Administration from Boston University and was honored with a Doctorate by Wheaton College of Massachusetts.

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