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New Hampton woman is lucky winner of Moultonborough Lions raffle

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Lions Club held its raffle drawing for $5,000 on Saturday at the Holiday Fair at the Central School. Katherine Velie was excited to draw the winning ticket.  And the lucky winner was Bonnie Batchelder from New Hampton.

President John Menken called her and found out she was just getting off work from E.M. Heath's. This was an extra bonus for the Lions because Heath's has been a strong supporter of the Lions over the years donating thousands of dollars in food, merchandise, and gift certificates along with letting the Lions sell the tickets in front of their store.

Bonnie was asked to sit tight and the check would be delivered to her. Treasurer Joe Keegan wrote out the check after getting some information from Bonnie and President John made the presentation. Bonnie has two girls and a boy whose birthday is on Christmas Eve. No doubt about it. This will be a Merry Christmas for the Batchelder family.

On another happy note, the Moultonborough Lions Club displayed their true Christmas Spirit as members voted to give almost $6,500 in donations back to the community during the last two business meetings.

Each of the four communities the club serves, (Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Sandwich and Tuftenboro) received a donation of $500 towards food baskets. Other organizations that received donations include the following: Lakes Region Food Pantry, Central New Hampshire and Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Associations, Community Caregivers, Mayhew Program, Make- a- Wish, "UP" Fund, Loon Conservation Committee, Lions Camp Pride, Vision 2015, and ILMA Interlakes Hockey.

Since the sale of the club to the town in 2007 the Lions have donated $187,437 back to the community and awarded $61,700 in scholarships. Additionally the club has paid $212,296 for inside maintenance of the building which serves so many organizations including Meals-on-Wheels, Women's club, Scouts, Weight Watchers to name a few.

The Moultonborough Lions hold a business meeting on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Those who would like to find out more about Lionism can contact Pat and Joe Keegan at 253-9916 or John Menken at 707-7211.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:34

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#PanthersGiveBack campaign exceeds expectations

PLYMOUTH — In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, Plymouth State University hosted its first giving challenge, #PanthersGiveBack, on November 14-15. Alumni couple Wally '62 and Meredith (Bristow) Stevens '62 made a generous gift and set the goal: If, in 2 days, 240 alumni stepped forward with an Annual Fund gift to any area of the University, the Stevenses would make a $10,000 gift to support undergraduate student scholarships.

In less than 24 hours, more than 275 alumni donors already had stepped forward. "We feel a debt of gratitude to Plymouth State for the lives we have been fortunate to lead," said Wally Stevens. "We hoped that alumni would take part in this historic challenge and were overwhelmed by the response."

The momentum sparked a new challenge from members of PSU's President's Council, including Patti Biederman '76, Larry Haynes '86 and Dave Poulin '84. If 360 alumni made donations by midnight on the 15th, the group would give an additional $5,000 to The Fund for Plymouth State, which provides critical support for the University's core programs, such as financial aid, faculty development and research and library resources.

Driving alumni participation was a key goal, and of the 431 alumni who donated during the campaign, 142 were first-time donors to the University. Non-alumni made gifts as well, with many donations from community members, faculty and staff, parents and current students.

One alumni donor noted, "I am a better person for having attended Plymouth State. The lessons I learned have extended far beyond the classroom; lessons in service, leadership, and friendship. I made some of the best friends of my life, and grew as a person in ways that I never would have thought were possible. I wouldn't trade these experiences or lessons for anything."

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:28

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Super Bingo to benefit Winnipesaukee Historical

LACONIA —  Join the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society on Saturday, December 20th for Super Bingo, a high stakes bingo game, and take a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes. Doors open at 3 pm at the Funspot Bingo Hall, Rte. 3, Weirs Beach, NH.
The Super Bingo Game offers a $25 12-card package and a $30 18-card package for the evening session (6:45-9:15pm).
The evening session will include 12 games paying an estimated $320 each and three "Winner Takes All" games that may award up to $1,600. The "Carryover Coverall" game is guaranteed to pay $2,000. All prizes are based on attendance.
You may also rent a Bingo computer for just $6 per day, play e-cards, paper cards or both to increase your chances of winning. Players are allowed to buy a maximum of 54 faces on an electronic video bingo device and are limited to one unit per person.
Other cash prizes can be won through pull-tab tickets sold at 50 cents each that pay from $10 to $499.
Guests are encouraged to come early to get your favorite seat as seating is limited.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:16

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2 Laconia natives working together at U.S. Military Africa Command located in Stuttgart, Germany

LACONIA — It was more 35 years ago when two Laconia natives, Donald Bolduc and Tom Saunders, last met. Now, a continent away, the two are both playing supporting roles with the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. U.S. Africa Command (http://www.africom.mil/) or US AFRICOM - is the Department of Defense's lead military organization overseeing military support to the broad U.S. military and interagency effort to the African continent.

Army Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc and Tom Saunders are currently serving with US AFRICOM, the military command responsible for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. AFRICOM provides military support in areas such as operations planning, training, logistics humanitarian assistance, and engineering to assist African partners in improving security, governance, and development.

General Bolduc, a 1981 graduate of Laconia High School, is the deputy director of the Directorate of Operations for US AFRICOM, which conducts operational planning; organizes forces for assigned missions, coordinates movement and employment of forces, and monitors and directs operations in order to enhance stability in the USAFRICOM area of activity.

"It's great to meet up with a hometown friend. It brings back memories of youth and more peaceful and simpler times," said General Bolduc, who has served nine
deployments to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq, is one of US AFRICOM's leaders that provides recommendations to senior decision makers for orchestrating how the command responds to complex contingencies and crisis, often at short notice.

"I'm very humbled and grateful to serve the men, women and families of our U.S. military. It is an honor to be part of a U.S. military that is able to be called up to not only defend our country's freedoms during wars, but is also capable of rapidly responding to humanitarian disasters in order to prevent death and human suffering," said General Bolduc, who joined the Army as a private in 1981, received his commission to 2nd Lieutenant in 1988 and is now serving as a general officer.

Saunders, a 1979 graduate of LHS who retired in 2005 as a senior master sergeant after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, is currently an Army civilian employee assigned as a media engagement action officer with the US AFRICOM Public Affairs Office.

"It was ironic to go to a meeting, see the name plate 'Bolduc' on his desk, then suddenly have an image of a focused, enthusiastic southpaw at baseball practice," said Saunders. "It was like, 'Don Bolduc from Laconia?' And suddenly the years faded a bit and we were back in Laconia."

General Bolduc and his wife Sharon are planning a vacation in the Laconia area
in early December to visit family, specifically, his 20-month old grandson and
1-month old granddaughter, said the General with a big smile on his face. The Bolducs have three sons, Joshua (25), Zachary (18), and Matthew (16). General Bolduc is the
son of Armand and Janet Bolduc of Laconia. He has two brothers and one sister. His brother Armand is a retired Master Sergeant currently residing outside of Houston, Texas with his wife Sherry. His brother Dave is currently serving in the US Army as a Colonel and resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Karen and their two children. His sister Michelle resides in Laconia with her husband Dustin Muzzey and their two children.

Among Don's military decorations and badges are two Defense Superior Service Medals, a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" Device for Valor, four other Bronze Star Medals, and Army commendation Medal with Valor Device and two Purple Hearts.

Saunders is the son of Claudette Saunders of Laconia. He has two brothers (Tim and Eric) and three sisters (Linda Goodwin, Michelle O'Meara and Laurie Martines) living in Laconia and the surrounding region. Saunders and his wife, Dawn, have five children, Ryan (31), Brittany (24), Tommy (22), Gunner (18), and Tori (11). Tommy is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Brittany is currently in an Airman Basic at her technical training school at Keesler AFB, Miss. Saunders' dad, Thomas Noyes Saunders, who passed away in 2002, was a long-time Laconia Little League coach.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:42

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