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Lakes Region Realtors give more than $4,000 to local food pantries & charities


LACONIA — Lakes Region Realtors distributed food plus more than $4,000 in cash this past week to help area food pantries, churches and service organizations feed hungry children and adults during the holidays.

"This donation comes at a time of great need, when demand intensifies and our resources are taxed," said Susan Colby, executive director of Bristol Community Services. "We're very grateful to realtors who are committed beyond the purchase and sale of a home."
The 2014 holiday food drive continues the Lakes Region Board of Realtors decade-long commitment to the fight against local hunger. This year, it's food and fundraising effort has set an all-time Board record in cash and food donations to organizations striving to keep pace with an ever growing demand for food among the region's poor, said Paula Hinckley, co-chair of LRBR's Community Service Committee, which is spearheading the drive on behalf of the entire organization.
"With more than 50 million Americans now living in poverty and millions of households, according to published reports, attempting to survive on incomes of no more than $2 per person a day, there is much to be done to continually meet the challenge of hunger in the communities we serve," Hinckley said.
Food pantries, churches or service organizations in LRBR's service areas of Carroll, Belknap and Grafton counties received canned and packaged foods plus cash to be used primarily for the purchase of perishable food items, such as turkeys and vegetables, according to Randy Hilman, Realtor and fellow LRBR Committee member.
"Hunger in America, like homelessness, is painfully real," Hilman said. " Our food pantries are reporting that usage is increasing across our area and that recipients include single adults, senior citizens and families with children.
"While we cannot solve the larger issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness here at home, we intend in our small way to contribute food during the holiday season to the real men, women and children in our midst who are hungry."
Added Colby: "As a professional group promoting the dream of homeownership, its members also have compassion for those who struggle to meet their basic daily needs."
LRBR is the local governing body of the New Hampshire and National Associations of Realtors. It has more than 800 active Realtors and affiliate members. The Board, through its committee system, supports broad-based community activities and programs, such as the annual food drive.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:27

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UNH professor to give multimedia tour of Spain at Rey Center on Jan. 16

WATERVILLE VALLEY — A multimedia tour of Spain will be given by a UNH Spanish professor on Friday, Jan, 16, at 7 p.m. as part of the Rey Center Winter Lecture Series.

 "Spain: A Magical Mystery Tour" will feature John Chaston, an associate professor of Spanish at the University of New Hampshire, as he takes the audience on a magical mystery tour of Spain through video, pictures, music and commentary.

Chaston's presentation will include insights into the life, history, fiestas, art, architecture, music, sports and cuisine (pictures and a few recipes only, unfortunately no samples) of this wondrous country. Attendees will learn about some of the wonders, legends, and characters of Spain from the beginning of its history to the present day.

Chaston currently teaches linguistics and culture and is the director of the UNH Study Abroad to Granada, Spain program. He has spent a significant time in Spain including four semesters (1995, 2001, 2006, 2010) as resident director of the semester long UNH-Granada program.

The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series are free, but donations help support the Rey Center's art, science and nature education programs. All lectures are held in the center's Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square.

The 2014-15 Winter Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Lisa Reid.

For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit www.thereycenter.org or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:54

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Family Resource Center offering several parenting courses this winter

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire is offering a wide variety of parenting programs this winter for parents of children of all ages.

Most classes are held in the early evenings and are offered free of charge, with free dinner and childcare available at the center located at 719 North Main St. Advance registration is requested for each program as space is limited. Assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval.

Parenting classes beginning in January include:

-- Active Parenting of Teens (six weeks) which offers parents the guidance and support needed to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth, covering topics such as respectful discipline, clear, honest communication, preventing risky behavior and bullying. 

-- Tenant 101 (four weeks) supporting individuals in overcoming negative landlord references and learning to be the best tenant they can be.

-- Cooperative Co-Parenting (four weeks) for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together who share separate households, covering topics such as positive communication, reducing and resolving conflict, and negotiating agreements.

-- Understanding Children's Growth & Development: A Nurturing Skills Module (six weeks) focuses on understanding the stages of growth and development and on establishing nurturing routines. This class will be available during daytime and evening hours.

-- Transforming Stress...Simple Steps, Not Always Easy (four weeks) guiding participants in ways to reduce the physiological impacts of stress and slow the busy mind. This daytime class will be held at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center.

Further information about these courses can be obtained by calling Tricia Tousignant at 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 visit the center's website at www.lrcs.org and review the Schedule of Current Parent Education Programs at the Family Resource Center page.

Attendance certificates will be provided at all parenting programs sponsored by the LRCS Family Resource Center.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:50

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History of the Penacook lecture Jan. 12 at Laconia Library

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a lecture - "The History and Culture of the Penacook Native American" on Monday, January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.

Robert "Kunnaway" Tuner, known as "Youngbear", a storyteller, Metis flute maker and player, cultural teacher and native of Laconia. Kunnaway will present  the program." This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information about this lecture program, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at (603) 527-1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.laconiahistorical.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:44

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